Keratosis Pilaris or Chicken Skin

Skin Rules: Trade Secrets from a Top New York DermatologistKeratosis Pilaris, Follicular Keratosis also known as chicken skin is a genetic condition with the appearance of tiny bumps on the skin, most commonly on the back and upper arms.

It can also occur on most other parts of the body and sometimes on the face, often mistaken for acne.

Some reports say that this condition is not curable, but for many people it can be removed using a variety of options.

Ketoconazole under such trade names as: Nizoral, Extina, Xolegel and Kuric is often used to treat a variety of fungal infections and can work with Keratosis Pilaris on some people.

Salicylic acid belongs to a group of medicines known as Keratolytics which include: Urea, Salicylic acid, Sulfur, and Lactic acid.

Although Keratosis Pilaris is harmless, it does appear to be hereditary, and can be common in people with very dry skin, or who have eczema.  However it can be cosmetically distressing for many suffers.

The warmer summer months can create in improvement for sufferers, with the colder winters causing flare up sof symptoms.

Various skins creams, lotions and soaps have been used in treating this condition and the common ones contain:

  • Urea (Keratolytic)
  • Lactic Acid (Keratolytic)
  • Glycolic Acid
  • Salicylic Acid (Keratolytic)
  • Tretinoin
  • Vitamin D

Individuals seem to respond differently to each product, so there is no guarantee that any one product will work for everyone.

Nizoral, with the active ingredient Ketoconazole is available in 1% or 2% solution products.
Clearasil Ultra Exfoliating Scrub used a 2% Salicylic Acid as its active ingredient.

Duofilm Solution contains over 15% Salicylic Acid, and is used for treating Warts but may be too strong for Keratosis Pilaris.
Salicylic acid can irritate healthy skin, so try to avoid using outside the affected area, especially in the higher solutions.



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