Keratosis Pilaris

Keratosis Pilaris (KP) is a hereditary skin condition causing small raised red bumps on the outer surface of the upper arms. This condition, often described as “Chicken Skin,” may also occur on the thighs, buttocks, or cheeks. KP commonly presents itself during teenage years, but can affect younger children as well, and continue into adulthood. These rough raised bumps are cause when excess skin cells build up around hair follicles, widening the pore and causing a plug in the hair follicle. In some cases, hairs become trapped within the follicle. Although KP may be aesthetically bothersome, the skin condition is completely benign, and often improves with age. Moisturization and gentle exfoliation often improve this condition, however your Dermatologist may recommend prescription treatments to further improve the appearance of the skin.


  • Topical Retinoids- Used to increase skin cell turnover. Redness or peeling may occur within the initial weeks of treatment. It is recommended to apply a moisturizer following application.
  • Differin Gel- Apply pea sized amount to affected areas at bedtime
  • Tretinoin 0.025%- Apply pea sized amount to affected areas at bedtime
  • Urea Creams- Use to moisturize and exfoliate thick, rough skin. Applied twice daily
  • Carmol Cream (20% Urea)-  Over the counter
  • Carmol 40% Urea- Prescription RX
  • Utopic 41% Urea Cream
  • Glycolic Acid Wash

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