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!
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.
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.