Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Keratosis Pilaris Article - Allure, May

Those little red bumps on the backs of your arms—they're not pimples. They're a genetic condition called keratosis pilaris, which half of the population has. There's no cure, but they are easy to treat. Twice a day, slather on a moisturizer with lactic acid or urea, which will dissolve the thickened skin. You can find AmLactin 12% Moisturizing Cream over the counter, but if you don't see a difference after about three weeks, ask your dermatologist about prescription creams such as Carmol 10 and Lac-Hydrin. Make sure you kick abrasive scrubs and loofahs out of your shower, and avoid cranking the hot water all the way up—all of these things can inflame the area further.

Credit: As Seen in Allure - May 2010

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