Dermatology Department—What is Keratosis Pilaris? - Revere Health

About Keratosis Pilaris

Many people have chronic, small flesh-colored or pink/red bumps on the backs of the upper arms, face or thigh. This is a genetic condition called keratosis pilaris, in which the hair follicles in these areas do not form appropriately. It is harmless, but may be associated with dry, sensitive skin, and sometimes eczema.

How is Keratosis Pilaris Treated?

Keratosis pilaris is a genetic condition that can be difficult to treat. Some over-the-counter products may help minimize its appearance. Moisturizers with weak acids can be beneficial if you consistently use them over a long period of time and you must continue to use the moisturizers to maintain the benefit.

Three examples of weak acids in moisturizers are salicylic acid in Cerave SA Cream, lactic acid in Amlactin and alpha hydroxy acid in Eucerin Plus. Revere Health dermatologists can also prescribe acne medication that may improve keratosis pilaris.