What is the role of topical steroid cream in the treatment of keratosis pilaris (KP)?

Updated: Aug 12, 2019
  • Author: Ally N Alai, MD, FAAD; Chief Editor: Dirk M Elston, MD  more...
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Occasionally, physicians may prescribe a 7- to 10-day course of a medium potency, emollient-based topical steroid cream (eg, Locoid Lipocream, Cloderm) to be applied once or twice a day for inflamed, red rash areas. Once the inflammation has remitted, the residual dry rough bumps may be treated with a routine of twice-daily application of a compounded preparation of 2-3% salicylic acid in 20% urea cream.


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