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Keratosis Pilaris Treatment

Keratosis Pilaris (KP), a common skin condition affecting children and adults, is expertly managed at MJR Dermatology in Lawrenceville, GA. Our experienced dermatologists, including Dr. Matthew Reschly, are skilled in treating this condition, often referred to as ‘chicken skin’, due to its distinctive appearance. We focus on reducing symptoms and improving skin texture, providing effective and compassionate care.

Understanding Keratosis Pilaris

Keratosis Pilaris is characterized by small, rough bumps on the skin, primarily appearing on the upper arms, thighs, cheeks, and buttocks. These bumps are often skin-colored, red, or brown, and can create a texture similar to sandpaper. While KP is generally painless and not harmful, it can be a cosmetic concern and sometimes cause itchiness or irritation.

Symptoms of Keratosis Pilaris in Children

KP’s hallmark is its small, hard bumps that feel like rough patches of skin. In addition to the texture, those with Keratosis Pilaris might notice:

  • Bumps becoming more apparent during the colder months or in low-humidity environments, as skin tends to be drier.
  • Improvement of symptoms in humid, warmer climates or during summer months.
  • Skin appearing redder and more inflamed in those with fair skin.
  • Bumps feeling itchier, especially when the skin is dry.

Causes of KP Skin Bumps

Keratosis Pilaris arises from the buildup of keratin, a protein that protects the skin from harmful substances and infections. When keratin clogs hair follicles, it leads to the formation of these small bumps. The exact cause of keratin buildup in KP is not fully understood, but the condition often runs in families, suggesting a genetic predisposition. Other factors contributing to KP may include:

  • Dry skin conditions
  • Eczema or atopic dermatitis
  • Hormonal changes, particularly during puberty

Treatment Strategies at MJR Dermatology

While there is no cure for Keratosis Pilaris, several treatments can significantly improve the skin’s appearance and texture. Our treatment approach includes:

  • Moisturizing Regularly: Using thick, emollient lotions or creams, especially after bathing, to hydrate and soften the skin.
  • Exfoliation: Gently exfoliating to remove dead skin cells can help reduce the buildup of keratin in the hair follicles. However, over-exfoliation can irritate the skin and worsen KP.
  • Topical Retinoids: These can help by promoting cell turnover and preventing the plugging of hair follicles.
  • Topical Steroids: In cases where KP is red and inflamed, topical steroids can reduce swelling and redness.

Our dermatologists tailor treatments to each individual’s skin type and KP severity, considering the patient’s age and other skin conditions.

Lifestyle Adjustments and Home Care

In addition to medical treatments, certain home care practices can help manage KP. These include:

  • Using lukewarm water for bathing, as hot water can dry out the skin.
  • Applying moisturizer while the skin is still damp from bathing to lock in moisture.
  • Choosing mild, fragrance-free skin care products to avoid irritation.
  • Using a humidifier in dry environments to maintain skin moisture.

Long-Term Management and Support from a Pediatric Dermatologist

At MJR Dermatology, we understand the chronic nature of Keratosis Pilaris and provide long-term support and management strategies. Regular follow-ups allow us to monitor the condition and adjust treatments as needed. We also focus on educating patients about their skin condition, empowering them to manage their KP effectively.

Book Your Consultation for Pediatric KP Care in Lawrenceville

If you or your child are experiencing symptoms of Keratosis Pilaris, MJR Dermatology in Lawrenceville, GA, is ready to help. Contact us for a comprehensive evaluation and personalized treatment plan. Our goal is to improve the appearance and texture of your skin, enhancing comfort and confidence.

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Matthew J. Reschly, M.D., PC


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