Cavallo & Horlick Dermatology

631-732-9090Suffolk - Pt Jefferson Station
1500 Route 112 Bldg 6
Pt. Jefferson Sta., NY 11776

516-921-2294Nassau - Syosset
575 Underhill Boulevard, Suite 100
Syosset, NY 11791

Keratosis Pilaris Long Island

Conveniently located to serve Long Island

Also known as follicular keratosis, keratosis pilaris this is a hereditary skin disorder that causes goosebump-like lesions on the back of the arms, thighs or buttocks. The patches of bumps tend to get dry and itchy, particularly during the winter months. Keratosis pilaris occurs at any age. Because it is hereditary, there is no method of prevention. In some cases, it goes away on its own over time; in other cases, the condition is chronic. Keratosis pilaris is not harmful, however, it is very difficult to treat.

It is common to find keratosis pilaris in multiple members of a family. Its inheritance pattern varies from family to family, but it usually follows an autosomal dominant pattern. This means that each child of an affected parent has a 1-in-2 risk of inheriting the disease.

Keratosis pilaris is caused by a build-up of keratin, a protein in the skin that protects it from infection. Although the specific source of keratin buildup is uncertain, experts believe it is linked to skin illnesses such as atopic dermatitis and genetic problems. Keratin plugs up hair follicles causing the rough, bumpy rash. Treatment options include prescriptions for:

  • Medicated creams or lotions with 12 percent ammonium lactate that softens the affected skin.
  • Moisturizers (urea) that help loosen and remove dead skin cells.
  • Topical corticosteroids for short-term, temporary relief of symptoms.
  • Topical retinoids that increase cell turnover, which reduces the plugging of hair follicles.

To help alleviate symptoms, be sure to keep the affected area moistened at all times and avoid harsh soaps.

Who Is Susceptible to Keratosis Pilaris?

If you have dry skin, eczema, asthma, obesity, or hay fever, you may be more prone to keratosis pilaris. Anyone can be affected by this skin condition, but it is most common in women, children, and teenagers. Late childhood or adolescence are the most common times for it to occur. It’s normally gone by the mid-twenties, and in most cases, it’s entirely gone by the age of 30.

People with fair skin are more likely to develop keratosis pilaris. Women who are pregnant and teenagers who are going through puberty can have worsening symptoms of keratosis pilaris because of changes in their hormones.

How Is Keratosis Pilaris Diagnosed?

A simple physical examination of the skin where the bumps are found is usually enough to diagnose keratosis pilaris. In most cases, medical testing is not required to diagnose this illness.

If your doctor isn’t convinced that your condition is keratosis pilaris, they may order more testing to confirm the diagnosis. Other testing may include obtaining a small sample of your skin to rule out other skin problems. Your doctor can tell if you have keratosis pilaris by the position and features of the bumps.

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If you want to learn more about keratosis pilaris in Long Island, contact Cavallo & Horlick Dermatology today to schedule a private consultation. We will be happy to recommend the proper treatment option for you.


Syosset & Port Jefferson Station, NY

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