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At Ellemes Medical Spa of Atlanta, GA, we treat patients who are suffering with keratosis pilaris (KP), which are small bumps on the skin. The good news, there are some treatment options available that can help combat keratosis pilaris. Schedule a consultation with us to learn more about what we can do to help!

 

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WHAT IS KERATOSIS PILARIS?

Keratosis pilaris is a common, harmless skin condition. It causes small, hard bumps that may make your skin feel like sandpaper. The bumps are often light-colored. They usually appear on your upper arms, thighs, and buttocks, sometimes with redness or swelling.

WHAT CAUSES KERATOSIS PILARIS?

Keratosis pilaris is caused by a buildup of keratin, the protein that protects skin from infections and other harmful things. The buildup forms a plug that blocks the opening of a hair follicle, but doctors don’t know what triggers the buildup.

If you have dry skin, you’re more likely to have keratosis pilaris. It’s usually worse in the winter months, when there’s less moisture in the air, and then may clear up in the summer.

WHAT AREA SOME KERATOSIS PILARIS TREATMENT OPTIONS?

Gradually, keratosis pilaris usually clears up on its own over time. However, in the meantime, you might use any of the various products available to help improve the appearance of affected skin.

If moisturizing and other self-care measures don’t help, more advanced treatments like the following may be necessary.

Laser therapies including more aggressive resurfacing lasers, carbon dioxide, fractional lasers, and other aggressive laser therapies have been successfully used in some cases for keratosis pilaris.

Laser hair removal has been used in keratosis pilaris to decrease hair growth in affected areas. Theoretically, laser hair removal may help decrease the portion of bumps in keratosis pilaris caused by small, coiled, ingrown hairs. There are no studies showing a cure of keratosis pilaris with laser hair removal.

Find answers and other general information

A list of additional frequently asked questions.

1. Will keratosis pilaris go away on its own?

It’s not uncommon for the condition to eventually go away on its own over time. Keratosis pilaris often shows up during the teenage years and many people outgrow it around the age of 30.

2. Does exfoliating help keratosis pilaris?

Since keratosis pilaris is caused by plugged hair follicles, exfoliating can help clear things up. Dry brushing, gentle scrubs and exfoliating body brushes like the Clarisonic, can all help smooth skin. You can also go the chemical route.

3. Can you pop keratois pilaris?

No. It’s important to never pick at, scratch, or attempt to pop keratin plugs. Doing so may only cause irritation.

4. What are the best keratosis pilaris treatment options for darker or black skin?

Not every treatment is safe for darker skin types, as some treatments may cause hyperpigmentation in darker skin tones. In addition to a proper skincare routine, keratosis pilaris treatment options that work best for black skin include regular chemical peels, HydraFacial, and microdermabrasion.

 

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