i have Keratosis Pilaris on my upper thighs both legs, no where else.
They are usually red and they never leave but when they do, they scar :(
anyone know why this happens?
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Cod liver oil has been helping me with mine a bit. Not a panacea, but better.
tretinoin works - get full strength retin-a slath it on generic is cheap
im not too good about keeping up with my skincare routine, but when i do, the bumps smooth out and the redness fades. All I use for KP is a lavender sea salt scrub from trader joes (or you can make your own) washing with a loofa(any soap) and moisturizing with coconut oil. hope his helps!
I'm not sure why it happens, but my body does the same damn thing. (Only, it happens around the backs of my arms, my thighs, collarbone, and neck.) Since going Paleo, its getting better all the time.
Check out fermented cod liver oil supplements, topical coconut oil for moisture, african black soap to exfoliate, and the d-isomer of alpha-tocopherol for scar healing.
I had KP on my thighs and arms for a few years. My derm gave me some Glytone products- a body wash with a loofah and a lotion. I wasn't too diiigent using those things, but I recall that when I did, the loofah and soap helped smooth my skin and lotion stung a bit. Anyways, my KP cleared up after maybe 2-3 years. No idea if that was due to the products (which I have not continued using) or if it just cleared up on its own. Definitely no relation to Paleo since I wasn't Paleo at all when I developed KP or when it disappeared.
I believe picking at the bumps is the cause of the scars, although I was a chronic picker and didn't get any marks. I would def see a derm for this, if you can. Or just try a loofah or wash cloth and really scrub the areas and see what happens. Good luck!
There are no known effective therapies other than various laser treatments. Intense pulsed light has been studied recently, with some efficacy (e.g.) It might be worth picking up a home IPL system like this if you are really worried about it. For many people it improves with time. Personally mine almost completely healed by the time I was 25.
As for why it happens, it's primarily genetic.