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How do you get rid of keratosis pilaris?

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According to NHS Choices, keratosis pilaris can be eliminated by keeping skin moisturized and exfoliated. In addition, ordinary kinds of soap can make skin dry and worsen the condition. Taking lukewarm baths also helps to remove the hard plugs found in the hair follicles.

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According to Everyday Health, the most effective types of moisturizing creams for treatment of keratosis pilaris are those which contain lactic acid, salicylic acid, urea, glycolic acid or Vitamin D. Those with keratosis pilaris should apply moisturizers several times throughout the day, especially after bathing. During a lukewarm bath, skin can be exfoliated by gently rubbing with a clean washcloth, a sponge, or a brush.

If these methods do not work or if the areas affected by keratosis pilaris are very red, a dermatologist should be consulted, according to Everyday Health. The dermatologist may prescribe antibiotics in case of any infection, and can also prescribe a chemical peel or a topical retinoid to help with exfoliation.

Everyday Health points out that keratosis pilaris is a skin condition characterized by tiny red or white bumps caused when skin cells fail to exfoliate naturally, with the skin protein keratin instead clogging hair follicles. While the bumps do not hurt, they sometimes itch and can make skin appear rough, especially on the arms.

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