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How can keratosis be cured?

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It is not possible to cure keratosis pilaris, according to the Doctor Oz website. However, there are several treatment options that can reduce the appearance of keratosis.

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Keratoris pilaris is something that up to half of the human population must deal with. Those with keratosis have small red bumps around the hair follicles on the backs of their arms, legs and buttocks. Luckily, this condition doesn't cause any pain or interfere with daily life. It is simply an issue that affects appearance. There are several treatments that help reduce the appearance of keratosis.

Alpha hydroxy acids, such as glycolic and lactic acid, are exfoliants that loosen and sweep away surface skin cells. Both over-the-counter and prescription creams containing these acids help exfoliate away keratosis bumps. Urea is another ingredient used in lotions and creams. It also helps exfoliate by softening hard or dry surface cells. Over-the-counter and prescription creams containing Vitamin A are used to treat more complex cases of keratosis. It attacks the problem in skin under the surface, resulting in a softer feel in a few weeks. With retinol, less is more, as it can dry out the skin when too much is applied.

Prescription strength drugs called immunomodulators that alter the immune system may also be an option. These drugs are often used for the treatment of eczema, and it is thought that keratosis may be related to the condition.

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