How are severe cases of keratosis pilaris (KP) treated?

Updated: Aug 12, 2019
  • Author: Ally N Alai, MD, FAAD; Chief Editor: Dirk M Elston, MD  more...
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Severe cases of keratosis pilaris have been treated orally with isotretinoin pills for several months. Isotretinoin is generally a very potent oral medication reserved for severe, resistant, or scarring cases of acne. Its use in keratosis pilaris would be considered off label and not routine. There are no studies showing a permanent cure of keratosis pilaris using isotretinoin.


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