Keratosis pilaris (KP) describes bumpy, dry skin caused by hair follicles becoming plugged by dry skin cells. It can occur at any age or location on the body, but it is particularly common on the upper arms of teenagers and adults, and on the cheeks of infants. The KP rash seldom itches, is never painful and is similar in texture to coarse sandpaper. It is more common in people with dry skin, such as people with atopic dermatitis (eczema). It tends to arise or worsen during winter months when the air is dry.
Treatment is focused on moisturizing the skin and gently removing the outermost layers of excessive skin (exfoliation). Our doctors may recommend topical retinoids in some cases, although not for children or pregnant women.
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