This condition causes small bumps on your upper arms, thighs, and buttocks. In children, they are also common on the cheeks and can be mistaken for acne. There is no cure but keratosis pilaris often improves during adult life.


Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) can help with the background redness.

Avoid regular soap since it may strip your skin of moisture and essential oils. Instead, please consider gentle soap substitutes such as Cetaphil Restoraderm Cleanser or Sebamed Liquid Face & Body Wash.

Avoid hot water

Remove the plugs of dead skin cells with a mechanical exfoliator such as
The Body Brush (Mio)
Exfoliates roughened skin, promotes lymphatic drainage, and helps breakdown dimply fat deposits

Consistent use of exfoliating topicals containing salicylic acid, lactic acid, glycolic acid, and/or urea is necessary for maintenance:

Glycolic Fix Body Cream (Nip + Fab)
Combines glycolic acid with salicyclic and lactic acids

Glow Tonic Exfoliating Toner (Pixi)
Glycolic acid gently exfoliates your skin, while ginseng improves circulation. Aloe vera soothes your skin as you tone, preventing irritation that can come from exfoliating.

Transforming Body Cream/Lotion (Ameliorate)
Starring lactic acid, this product melts the ‘glue’ that binds dead, follicle-clogging cells to your skin’s surface. In clinical trials, 80% of Keratosis Pilaris sufferers reported an improvement in skin texture within four weeks.

Retin-Oil (The Chemistry Brand)

Combining a rejuvenating retinoid with skin-enhancing lipids, this body oil is a multi-tasker for keratosis pilaris, scars, stretch marks, cellulite, mature skin, dehydrated areas, surface irregularities and hyperpigmentation. Please avoid when pregnant or breast-feeding.