Keratosis Pilaris

Keratosis pilaris is otherwise known as follicular keratosis. It is a skin condition showing rough patches with acne-like bumps on the skin. This condition occurs when the skin produces more keratin. It often occurs on the arms, thighs, cheeks, and buttocks. Applying medicated creams helps to improve its appearance.

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Why do I have red spots on my arm since I was 12 years old?

Query: Hello doctor, I have had red spots on my arm since I was 12 years old. I would like to know what are they and how to get rid of them? Kindly advise.   Read Full »

Dr. Dilip Kumar Meena

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I understand your concern. The condition you have is known as keratosis pilaris. It is a harmless skin condition in which tiny bumps form around hair follicles on the lateral parts of the arms and sometimes on the thighs. The condition is asymptomatic and benign and ...  Read Full »

I have had bumps on my nose for several years, and I do not know what to do. Can you please help?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 21-year-old and have had some bumps on my nose for several years. I have been informed by both a GP and dermal nurse that they are a build-up of keratin. It used to be only one as a teenager when I first started having them, and they slowly multiplied to the amount I have now. I ha...  Read Full »

Dr. Rajesh Jain

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I can understand your concern. Do not worry. 1. Use a herbal face wash. 2. Take some Azadirachta (neem leaves juice) daily in the morning on an empty stomach. 3. Take tablet Tibrolin or tablet Chymoral forte twice a day. 4. Capsule Doxt-SL twice a day on the first ...  Read Full »

How to treat little red bumps on the thighs and butt?

Query: Hi doctor,I have some red bumps on my thighs and butt for the last couple of years. It is present on the sides of the thighs and back of the butt. It is not painful or itchy. I thought of it as razor burn and tried to use different razors and creams. But nothing helped me. I also have them on my inn...  Read Full »

Dr. John H. Bocachica

Answer: Hi, Welcome to You have keratosis pilaris. They cause tiny bumps on the sites of hair follicles or just next to the hair follicles and they get irritated easily by shaving. Medications containing Lactic acid tend to work well by unplugging the pores and it reduces the bumps. It re...  Read Full »

Will laser hair removal help with the appearance of keratosis pilaris on legs?

Query: Hello doctor, I was wondering if laser hair removal helps with the appearance of keratosis pilaris on legs.  Read Full »

Dr. Sneha Mariam Varghese

Answer: Hello, Welcome to 1. Keratosis pilaris is a condition where there is abnormalities in the lining of the upper part of the hair follicle and the heir follicle get clogged with scales rather than it getting exfoliated. 2. This is a chronic condition, although Laser - assisted hair rem...  Read Full »

What causes acne-like bumps on the upper arms?

Query: Hi doctor, I have acne-like bumps all over my upper arms. I have tried Retin-A, but it did not help. Please guide me.  Read Full »

Dr. Suvash Sahu

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Is your acne like bumps only localized over arms? Or do you have these kind of eruptions over face, upper back and chest? If yes please review with picture. With your descriptions it seems you are having keratosis pilaris, which usually localized over upper arms. Kerato...  Read Full »

How can keratosis pilaris be cured?

Query: Hello doctor,I really have a big skin problem that has ruined my life. I have keratosis pilaris for years and as I have a tic that is to pop up the buttons of my keratosis pilaire, it relieves me when I do that but I am sick of seeing scars everywhere. I visited three dermatologists. The last one ga...  Read Full »

Dr. Sajeev Kumar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to The keratosis pilaris cannot be completely cured and it will have a recurrent pattern of coming. Keratosis pilaris is a common, harmless skin condition that causes dry, rough patches and tiny bumps, usually on the upper arms, thighs, cheeks or buttocks. The bumps gen...  Read Full »

I am having eruptions on my forearms since past two months. What can be done?

Query: Hi doctor, I have been having these eruptions on my forearms since past two months. They are not painful and cannot be popped. But they take a long time to disappear and look prominent. What are these and can they be stopped from re-occurring? I had them last year too during summers and they disapp...  Read Full »

Dr. Sunil Kothiwala

Answer: Hi, Welcome to From these two photos (attachment removed to protect patient identity), it is visible that lesions are little inflamed and red. It is indicating folliculitis. Non-bacterial folliculitis can be non painful. Specially pityrosporum folliculitis. Keratosis pilaris is a con...  Read Full »

I have tiny red raised spots on my inner arms. Should go in to see a doctor about it?

Query: Hi doctor, I have some tiny red spots on my inner arms. I have had it for a few days. They are slightly raised, but not much at all, and they do not itch or hurt. I do have psoriasis on my ankle, which I have had for a few months now. I also had a UTI and took antibiotics to treat it a little more ...  Read Full »

Dr. Ashwini. V. Swamy

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Is it one forearm or both? Is there any history of travel or stay in a new place like a hotel or camping? Is there any history of gardening, or playing outdoors? Considering the history and after seeing the clinical picture (attachment removed to protect patient identi...  Read Full »

How can keratosis pilaris be treated?

Query: Hello doctor, I am suffering from keratosis pilaris. My upper arms are full of bumps. Please help. It is like rashes in my upper arm and thighs.   Read Full »

Dr. Parth R Goswami

Answer: Hello, Welcome to The keratosis pilaris is diagnosed by physical examination only. So you should confirm your diagnosis by dermatological consultation. For that you can be prescribed topical exfoliant, topical retinoids like treatment to improve your symptoms. There is no definitive t...  Read Full »

How can I treat keratosis pilaris on the arms?

Query: Hello doctor, I am 30 years old male. My skin complexion is fair. I have keratosis pilaris on both upper arms. I am using Clindac A (Clindamycin phosphate topical solution) once daily for last one month as per my local dermatologist's advice. However, there is no improvement. How can I treat kera...  Read Full »

Dr. Rashmi Singh

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Clindac A has not much role in keratosis pilaris according to my opinion. If you have acne, it will help in alleviating it. I suggest you use topical Tretinoin 0.04% over the affected area at night and urea based moisturizer during the day. It will take few months to r...  Read Full »

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