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    Default Over the Counter treatments for Keratosis Pilaris

    I have Keratosis Pilaris on my leg. Does anyone have here ? Do you know any over the counter treatments for Keratosis Pilaris.

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    **Brenda** Female

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    you could try products with lactic acid in them. amilactin is 12% lactic acid. also use treatments for very dry skin. something with urea in it. it would be great if you could find one with both lactic acid and urea in it. try a small bottle,tube or tub first because i have had a reation with urea. it isn't common but still. best of luck to you.

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    **Deepak Ghimire** Male

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    There is no any universally effective treatment available till date. But yea some treatment that completely clear KP might not work on others. Sometimes it even go away without treatment. The main aim of treatment is to soften the deposition of keratin in the skin.

    For mild cases of KP you can use over the counter moisturizer lotions which are available in the market. Other available options may be glycolic acid /salicylic acid pads or lotions, lactic acid lotions ( AmLactin, Lac-Hydrin), alpha hydroxy acid lotions, Urea creams (Carmol, Keralac) all these preparation can be bought in a local drug store. And yea combination therapy works better then single.

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    Answer: Creams containing urea, over-the-counter cortisone cream, and preparations containing alpha-hydroxy sych as glycolic acid or lactic acid. (From You can improve the appearance by moisturizing daily. Applying creams or ointments after bathing is best. DO NOT try to scrub the bumps away because that can worsen the condition.

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    While there is no cure for keratosis pilaris, there are palliative treatments available. The efficacy of these treatment methods is directly related to the individual's commitment and consistency of use.

    Creams containing the acid form of vitamin A, Tretinoin, have been shown to help. Most commonly sold under the trade name Retin-A, it is a topical retinoid medically approved in the treatment of acne. This medicine works by causing the outer layer of the skin to grow more rapidly, decreasing the amount of the keratin in the skin. As a result, the surface layer of the skin becomes thinner and pores are less likely to become blocked, reducing the occurrence of symptoms related to acne. While keratosis pilaris is not acne, some believe this action may be of benefit to those with KP as well.

    Another retinoid that has the potential to help with keratosis pilaris is Adapalene. Benefits include increased stability when applied in conjunction with other topical medications, such as benzoyl peroxide. Adapalene is a moderator of cellular differentiation, keratinization, and inflammatory processes, having both exfoliating and anti-inflammatory effects.

    An alternative is the prescription medication Triamcinolone. Most commonly sold under the trade name Aristocort, Triamcinolone is a synthetic corticosteroid, compounded as a cream, which has been medically approved as an anti-inflammatory agent in the treatment of eczema. As the action responsible for alleviating eczema symptoms is, as with retinoid creams, the reduction amount of keratin in pores, the effect of Triamcinolone on KP is expected to be similar.

    As with Triamcinolone, Tretinoin or any other treatment, once therapy is discontinued, the condition reverts to its original state. However, skin treated with Tretinoin may take several weeks or more to revert to its pre-treatment condition, but may, at the same time, take several weeks or more to show optimal results, with the condition commonly worsening initially, as underlying keratin is brought to the surface of the skin. Tretinoin is considerably more expensive and dispensed in smaller quantities than Triamcinolone and other treatments. Although it may be the most effective treatment for keratosis pilaris, it is not considered the first line of treatment.

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    This is simple but effective, milk bath usually on effected area rubbed with coconut oil,as milk contains alpha hydroxy acid which is good for texture.

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