The Bumpy Skin of Keratosis Pilaris

Many skin conditions can worsen or develop in response to the cold weather of winter. One of these conditions, keratosis pilaris, is characterized by tiny, red or brown bumps that can appear on your thighs, buttocks, cheeks and upper arm areas. This condition is caused by dead skin cells clogging the hair follicles and can be worsened by the low humidity that occurs in the winter months. The bumps also are more likely to occur during pregnancy. While the bumps can be unsightly, they are not usually accompanied by soreness or itching.

Diagnosis and Treatment for Keratosis Pilaris

While the condition has no known complete cure, the symptoms can be effectively managed using the following suggestions:

  • Exfoliation—This will revitalize the skin and open the pores to help other treatments to be more effective.
  • Avoid dry skin—Moisturizing medicated creams and lotions and soap free cleansers can keep skin supple.
  • Laser treatments—Pulse dye laser treatment may be used to temporarily reduce redness. Laser light can also be used to remove hair follicles.

While this skin condition is no cause for alarm since it doesn’t really cause any major health problems, you may wish to have the bumps treated for cosmological improvement, requiring a consultation with your dermatologist to discuss management and reduction efforts that will help to minimize the appearance of the bumps. Dr. Juan Vaillant of Old Bridge Dermatology has been treating patients for hair, skin, and nail problems for over 30 years, and has the extensive background needed to help address a variety of dermatological issues. Dr. Vaillant can address your concerns whether it’s for acne, eczema, dandruff, hair loss, psoriasis, or nail fungus. If you are looking for an amiable, highly skilled dermatologist and a welcoming staff, call our office in Old Bridge, NJ at (732) 679-0222 and make an appointment.