Keratosis pilaris, also known as follicular keratosis, is a skin condition characterized by the presence of fairly common skin thickening and small white or red pimples usually not associated with itching. It can affect the arms, legs, cheeks and buttocks and usually disappears within 30 years.


What kind of diseases can be associated with keratosis pilaris?

Diseases that may be associated with keratosis pilaris are the following:

  • Atopic dermatitis
  • Ichthyosis

Remember that this is not an exhaustive list and it is highly recommended to consult your doctor, in case of symptom’s persistence.


What is the therapy for keratosis pilaris?

There is no specific treatment that helps eliminate any form of keratosis pilaris. In most cases, the best approach is to try and soften the thickening of the skin with personal remedies and medicated creams.

Try to use the topical exfoliating (creams based on alpha-hydroxyl acids, lactic acid, salicylic acid or urea), also pay attention not to harm the skin too much, or use creams based on retinoid. In general, the skin affected by keratosis pilaris must be treated gently and be thoroughly hydrated. In some cases laser therapy may be useful.


When is most likely to contact your doctor in case of keratosis pilaris?

Generally keratosis pilaris is not a serious problem, but a doctor may suggest specific treatments that require a prescription.