What are treatment options for moderate keratosis pilaris (KP)?

Updated: Aug 12, 2019
  • Author: Ally N Alai, MD, FAAD; Chief Editor: Dirk M Elston, MD  more...
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Additional available therapeutic options for more involved cases of keratosis pilaris include lactic acid lotions (AmLactin, Lac-Hydrin), alpha hydroxy acid lotions (glycolic body lotions, urea cream (Carmol 10, Carmol 20, Carmol 40, Urix 40), salicylic acid (Salex lotion), and topical steroid creams (triamcinolone 0.1%, Locoid Lipocream), retinoic acid products such as tretinoin (Retin-A), tazarotene (Tazorac), and adapalene (Differin). Specially mixed “designer” compound creams with multiple different combined ingredients can also be prescribed by physicians. Chlorine dioxide complex cleanser has been reported as effective. [14]  

The affected area may be washed once or twice a day with a gentle cleanser such as Dove. Acne-prone skin may benefit from more therapeutic cleansers such as salicylic acid, or benzoyl peroxide.


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