Keratosis Pilaris: What Parents Need to Know About This Skin Condition! by Dr. Bridget Boyd

Keratosis Pilaris: What Parents Need to Know About This Skin Condition!

Keratosis pilaris is a skin condition that causes small, rough bumps on kids' arms, thighs, cheeks or buttocks, which can turn pink or red when inflamed. It's more common in winter when the air is dry. Treatments include:

  • Emollients and gentle topical exfoliants to smooth skin
  • A mild topical steroid, such as 1 percent hydrocortisone, can be used to reduce redness, but shouldn't be used for more than 14 days

Talk to your pediatrician to determine what's best for your child. 

The information on is for informational and entertainment purposes only, and should not be considered medical advice. The information provided through this site should not be used to diagnose or treat a health problem or disease and is not a substitute for professional care. Always consult your personal health care provider.

Donna John
My daughter has this, @bridgetboyd. We haven't really found anything that has helped too much. She was even using a prescription cream for a while. Do you ever outgrow it or is it something she'll deal with forever?

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