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What are some home remedies for keratosis pilaris?

I have keratosis pilaris on my arms, legs, and back. My mum won't let me see a dermatologist because she things I do not have to, but the little red bumps (not acne they are keratosis pilaris) and red patches are so embarrassing especially with summer coming. Plz help. Thanx!

I just googled this myself earlier today and found there is actually quite a lot of information online from other sufferers talking about what helped or didn't help them. Mostly they suggest using a moisturising body wash and a loofa in a circular motion. Pat the skin dry and follow up by using a good moisturiser. Others are suggesting eliminating dairy or wheat from your diet. Some people say tanning or steam baths or saunas have helped them. I know how embarrassing this is for you as it really bothered me too as a teenager, but it isn't the end of the world. I think you should just google keratosis and try some of the things that others have suggested for yourself.  (+ info)

What are good treatments for treating Keratosis Pilaris on your face and arms?

I have Keratosis Pilaris on my face and arms. I already drink lots of water, use some baby oil on my arms, and use a face cream/scrub. What would be a better alternative instead of using baby oil and face scrub. What is your favorite treatment. Btw, water helps a lot.

Scrubs containing AHA (glycolic acid)  (+ info)

What would work better for keratosis pilaris scars: bio oil or maderma?

I have scars all over my arms from picking and scratching at my bumps on my arms, also know as keratosis pilaris. I have heard good things about both, but before i go and spend $20 on cream, i want to know whats better! And if anyone had keratosis pilaris and used a different cream to get rid of the scars, please let me know!!!

I would recommend using Bio Oil. Its natural and from what ive seen cheaper. But i would recommend exfoliating your arms with any thing that will remove any dead skin and then rub on the Bio Oil. only thing is its really sticky so don't put it on right before you go to bed it will get on everything.  (+ info)

Does Acneticin really work for getting rid of Keratosis Pilaris?

I'm 13 and have Keratosis Pilaris. I've heard of this pill called Acneticin. From the reviews all around the web, I guess it's like a miracle. How many of you have used this before and does it work?

Hello, the Acneticin is an acne treatment that is for people that haven’t seen significant results from the many run of the mill topical treatments. Almost all of these topical treatments contain some form of ìcleansing agentî, usually benzoyl peroxide. These agents are very mild acids that ìburn awayî dead skin, allowing younger skin to rise to the surface and flourish.  (+ info)

How long does it take a cancerous actinic keratosis to turn into cancer?

10% of actinic keratosis may be pre-cancerous. How long would it take one to turn into cancerous spot?

For the 10% that does become cancer, the time it takes depends on a lot of things. It depends on the individual, their general state of health (immunocompromised people can't fight off cancer as well as others), and the other things they might do to increase their chances of getting cancer in general (like smoking, not exercising, not eating the right foods, exposing their skin to too much sun, etc).
There are actuarial tables that estimate mortality when you take some of these things into account. Also, treatment makes a big difference.  (+ info)

What are some Over the Counter treatments for Keratosis Pilaris?

From doing some research, and looking at pictures, I believe I have keratosis pilaris (on my thighs). What are some over the counter treatments that work well to cure keratosis pilaris?

Because it is hereditary, there is no way to cure or prevent keratosis pilaris. However, it may lessen over time with age.

In some patients, the condition clears up on its own. When it does not, patients may choose to seek treatment for cosmetic reasons. There are several treatments aimed at softening the keratin deposits in the skin to improve its appearance. They include:

Moisturizing lotions. Dry skin makes the condition worse, so applying moisturizer twice daily is important. Lotions that contain urea help the skin retain moisture and products that contain lactic acid or salicylic acid help to dissolve and exfoliate the keratin. Moisturizer should be applied immediately after bathing.

Loofah sponges or brushes. Rubbing the affected areas after a long soak in a hot bath may help to unclog the plugged hair follicles.

Topical retinoids. Class of chemical compounds that are chemically related to vitamin A. These drugs regulate skin growth but can be very irritating.

These are just a couple of the available treatment for keratosis pilaris. Take a look at this site for some additional information that I think you'll find helpful : ) It's great that you're educating yourself!

http://skin.health.ivillage.com/acneblemish/keratosispilaris.cfm  (+ info)

How can i make my keratosis pilaris go away?

I'm 14 and have keratosis pilaris on my arms, chest, back, stomach, legs and really bad on my thighs and butt. What are the best non prescription things that you found to work for you. And i already know that there is not permanent cure and it's hereditary and only cosmetic but what are ways that you know work for you and are relatively easy?

Aveeno lotions help me out a lot. I have like the whole line of products and they have helped me keep it under control for the most part.  (+ info)

I have Keratosis Pilaris, what kind of foundation do you recommend to cover redness?

I have keratosis pilaris and I was wondering if anyone knows of a foundation that'll cover redness and will last throughout the day. Some brands work but after about an hour or so or when I get really hot the redness on my face shows through...I've tried max factor it works best so far. I've also tried mineral makeups they dont work at all for me. Any suggestions would be appreciated.

Do u get maybelline brands where u live??? Cos maybelline liquid to powder finish is xellent. It blends really well. Leaves skin flawless. Or else u buy a foundation which nearly matches ur skin tone or one which is a shade darker.This one is also gr8 for people with an oily complexion or a normal one.  (+ info)

Can keratosis pilaris alba be removed by a laser?

I have keratosis pilaris alba on my upper thighs and buttocks, and I want it gone. I've tried many creams and such, but nothing works, and it's pain having to put lotion on all the time. Is laser keratosis removal possible? If it is, do you have any idea how much it is?

ive had it on my upper arm for 5 yrs now and just like you ive tried so many creams and lotions and went to so many doctors .. and nothing works

i think laser (for hair removal) does help because 6 months ago i went to this dermatologist and she did a little test on my arm and now six months later the area where i did the test is clear without any spots and also NO HAIR.. .
i waited this long because i have sensitive skin and i wanted to see if it really does work .. and it did

and she also said that it does go away 70% after 4 or 5 sessions
im gonna go do my full arms soon cuz im really sick of it

why dont you go make a test ,,,most laser centers do make a small test .. im sure it will work ..

good luck :)  (+ info)

What are the most affective treatments for Keratosis Pilaris?

I have a mild case of Keratosis Pilaris on my forearms & biceps. I know there's no permanent cure for this skin condition, but I would like to clear it up for the most part.

I have keratosis pilaris on my upper arms, and I use Aveeno Daily Moisturizing Lotion. It works better than anything else that I've tried, and it's much cheaper than prescription creams! Keeping KP moist is key to reducing the bumps and redness. It works for me!  (+ info)

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