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Understanding Keratosis Pilaris or KP and How to Treat It

What is Keratosis Pilaris?

Keratosis Pilaris or KP

Keratosis Pilaris (KP), commonly referred to as “chicken skin,” is a common skin condition characterized by small, rough bumps on the skin. These bumps are often found on the upper arms, thighs, cheeks, or buttocks and are caused by the buildup of keratin, a protein that protects the skin from infections and other harmful things. When keratin builds up, it can block the hair follicles, leading to the formation of these rough patches.

Symptoms of Keratosis Pilaris

  • Small, painless bumps, typically on the upper arms, thighs, cheeks, or buttocks
  • Rough or sandpaper-like texture
  • Dry, itchy skin around the bumps
  • Redness or inflammation around the affected areas – made worse by scratching

Causes of Keratosis Pilaris

While the exact cause of KP is unknown, several factors can contribute to its development:

Genetics: KP often runs in families, indicating a genetic predisposition.

Dry Skin: People with dry skin are more likely to develop KP.

Other Skin Conditions: Individuals with eczema or atopic dermatitis are more prone to KP.

Climate: KP tends to worsen in dry, cold weather due to increased skin dryness.

Keratosis Pilaris or KPTreatment Options for Keratosis Pilaris

Although there is no cure for KP, various treatments can help manage the condition and improve the appearance of the skin. At Advanced Dermatology & Skin Cancer Center, we offer several effective treatment options:


How it works: Regular exfoliation helps remove dead skin cells and prevents the buildup of keratin.

Benefits: Smooths the skin’s texture, reduces the appearance of bumps.

Recommended Products: Gentle exfoliating scrubs, loofahs, or exfoliating gloves.

Topical Treatments

How it works: Applying creams or lotions containing active ingredients can help soften and smooth the skin.

Benefits: Hydrates the skin, reduces inflammation, promotes cell turnover.

Popular Ingredients: Urea, lactic acid, glycolic acid, salicylic acid, retinoids.

Stay Moisturized

How it works: Keeping the skin well-moisturized prevents dryness and reduces the rough texture associated with KP.

Benefits: Hydrates and soothes the skin, improves overall texture.

Recommended Products: Thick, emollient-rich moisturizers, such as those containing ceramides or hyaluronic acid.

Chemical Peels

How it works: Chemical peels use acids to exfoliate the top layers of skin, promoting cell turnover and smoothing rough patches.

Benefits: Improves skin texture, reduces the appearance of bumps, can be customized to your skin type. We offer a few different chemical peels and are happy to recommend one for you.

Popular Ingredients: Glycolic acid, lactic acid, salicylic acid.

Choosing the Right Treatment

The best treatment for KP varies from person to person, depending on the severity of the condition and your skin type. At Advanced Dermatology & Skin Cancer Center, our medical providers will assess your skin and recommend the most suitable treatment plan to help you achieve smooth, healthy-looking skin.

Ready to tackle your Keratosis Pilaris and reveal smoother, clearer skin? Schedule an appointment today. Our expert team is dedicated to providing personalized, effective treatments tailored to your unique needs.

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