Which medications in the drug class Topical Skin Products are used in the treatment of Keratosis Pilaris?

Updated: Aug 12, 2019
  • Author: Ally N Alai, MD, FAAD; Chief Editor: Dirk M Elston, MD  more...
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Topical Skin Products

Alpha hydroxy acid is a normal constituent of tissues and blood. Alpha hydroxy acids act as humectants when applied topically and may decrease corneocyte cohesion.

Topically applied urea has a hygroscopic effect by increasing the water retention in skin and it decreases pruritus.

Urea (Carmol, Aluvea, Keralac, Kerol, Remeven)

Urea promotes hydration and removal of excess keratin in conditions of hyperkeratosis. It is available in 10-40% concentrations.

Ammonium lactate lotion (AmLactin, Lac-Hydrin, Geri-Hydrolac)

Ammonium lactate lotion is indicated for ichthyosis vulgaris and xerosis. It contains lactic acid, an alpha-hydroxy acid that has keratolytic action, thus facilitating the release of comedones. It causes disadhesion of corneocytes. Use 12% cream or lotion.

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