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Keratosis Pilaris

Diagnosis And Treatment
Keratosis pilaris affects an estimated 40 – 50 % of the adult population worldwide, with varying degrees of severity. Many people have such mild cases that they do not ever realize they have the condition.

A doctor or dermatologist should be able to easily recognize keratosis pilaris. No special diagnostic tests or biopsies are needed.

Keratosis pilaris is completely harmless, but in moderate to severe cases, the bumps can be a cosmetic concern. There is no cure for keratosis pilaris, but there are several options for management and treatment of the condition. Treatment usually consists of exfoliating the skin gently and using plenty of moisturizer. Exfoliants containing salicylic acid or an alpha-hydroxy acid may be particularly helpful. If these measures fail, a dermatologist can recommend over-the-counter agents that are specifically formulated for the treatment of keratosis pilaris.

Last updated: Aug-02-10

 
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