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Recommended Treatments for Keratosis Pilaris in Kids

Every week, we search the drugstores, grocery stores and online websites to bring you a varied list of available products and recommended treatments for your child’s keratosis pilaris.

KPKids.netWhat is the recommended treatment for KP in children?

  • Treatment of Keratosis Pilaris is typically not medically necessary, although some extreme cases exist; however, many parents of children with this condition choose to seek treatment for cosmetic reasons.
  • A common initial treatment of Keratosis Pilaris is often intensive moisturizing.  In mild to moderate cases of KP, moisturizers and skin lotions may help with the dryness and ease KP symptoms, but usually do not clear up the bumps in more severe cases.
  • The most common treatment recommended for moderate to severe cases of KP is a topical lotion or cream (urea preparations, lactic acid creams and topical retinoids).  Mild peeling agents (alpha-hydroxy acids and skin-smoothing scrubs) are the most effective in opening the clogged hair follicles by removing the excess skin.
  • Keratosis Pilaris symptoms often worsen during the Winter months, when your child’s skin will likely be the driest.  In the Summer months, the increase in humidity leaves skin less dry, and the pinkish-red coloration can easily become camouflaged with bronzers.


What over-the-counter products are useful for children with KP?

There are many products available over-the-counter (non-prescription) that can be purchased in your local drugstore, grocery store or online which can be quite effective in lessening the symptoms of Keratosis Pilaris.  All of the products we recommend are ideal for young children with keratosis pilaris, sensitive skin and other related skin conditions.

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Common Prescription Treatments

Depending on the severity of your child’s case of KP, your child’s physician or dermatologist may recommend a prescription medicine including antibiotics.  Some common medicines include:

  • Erythromycin
  • Bactrim
  • Salicylic Acid



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