Keratosis pilaris is a common skin condition I diagnose very frequently in clinic. It presents as tiny flesh colored or slightly red bumps most commonly on the upper arms and thighs. It can give the skin in these areas a rough texture, and can be visually bothersome when it presents red in color. Keratosis pilaris is most commonly seen in children and teens, but can also be seen in adult. It is harmless, but can be annoying. Although there is no cure for keratosis pilaris, it can easily be controlled with topical therapy. Over the counter moisturizing creams and Amlactin cream are very effective. For stubborn cases, there are prescription creams we can give the patient like Retin-A or Tazorac.
I enjoy explaining skin conditions to my patients and helping them control or clear them. It’s very rewarding for me and educational for my patients. If you feel you have a “weird” skin condition, chances are it’s pretty common and we’re here to help you. Come in and discuss it with us!
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