Treating keratosis pilaris

There's little that can be done to treat keratosis pilaris, andit often gets betteron its own without treatment.

However, if it's bothering you, the followingmeasures may help improve your rash:

  • use non-soap cleansers rather than soap ordinary soap may dry your skin out and make the condition worse
  • moisturise your skin when it's dry your GP or pharmacist can recommend a suitable cream, although moisturisers and emollients only reduce the dryness of your skin and won't cure the rash; creams containing salicylic acid, lactic acid or ureaare thought to be the most effective
  • gently rub the skin with an exfoliating foam pad or pumice stone to exfoliate the rough skin be careful not to scrub too hard and rub off layers of skin
  • take lukewarm showers rather than hot baths

You can also ask your GP about "off-label" treatments that may help. These are products that haven't been officially approvedand licensed for treating keratosis pilaris, but are sometimes used because they've helped people in the past.

Examples include:

  • creams containing retinol, which is derived from vitamin A
  • chemical peels
  • microdermabrasion a cosmetic exfoliation treatment that is sometimes offered in health spas

There's nostrong evidence to suggest that these therapiesare effective treatments forkeratosis pilaris. You may also have to pay for some of them privately.

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Medically Reviewed by a doctor on 21 Dec 2018