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S.S. asks from Park Ridge, IL on May 23, 2009
A.S. answers from Chicago on May 26, 2009
My son has this as well. His pediatrician recommended that I do not do extra scrubbing or exfoliation and said that would make it worse. She recommended Amlactin lotion and when I have used it 2x a day as it is recommended the bumps do seem to get better after a few days. I found the lotion at Walgreens but had to ask the pharmacist for it because it was behind the counter - probably because it is a bit expensive.
H.R. answers from Chicago on May 24, 2009
Like others, I've had this my whole life (I'm 36) and now my 1 1/2 year old son is getting it, although his twin sister isn't (she has my husband's skin type). This is typically a genetic condition, although it doesn't always show up as severely in some as others.
There is no cure for KP, but there are several different types of treatments that can help regulate it. When I was pregnant, my condition heightened extremely on my thighs which I've read is normal. Rather than list all the various treatments, here is a good site for KP, I've included in the link the page for parents of children with KP:
Until/unless a cure comes about in your son's lifetime, most likely he'll just have to live with it. Honestly, other than a few rude comments in junior high (I had it on my face too), it was never a big deal. I'm sure I was more concerned about it than anyone else!
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S.B. answers from Chicago on May 24, 2009
S. - The product I would recommend is called Amour D'Ore by Votre Vu and it can be purchased online at my website, www.votrevu.com/sallybriar. It has helped my daughter's condition and here is what another customer has to say about the product. "My favorite is Amour D'Ore! I have had keratosis pilaris (aka chicken skin) since I was 7 (25 years!) and this is actually getting rid of it! NOTHING has ever smoothed it like this. I've been to dermatologists galore who have given me everything, but this is seriously smoothing the skin on my arms! I can't even believe it." Please email me if you have any additional questions. S.
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A.S. answers from Chicago on May 24, 2009
It is genetic...I have it along with most of my family.
The lotion is called Amlactin or Lachydrin. It smells kinda funny cause it has acid in it to reduce the bumps. I found after I was using it regularly for a while I could move to every other day or every two days and it still worked quite well. You can find it in the lotion section (usually near the bottom, the bottle is not "pretty" and it is pretty pricey) or diabetic section.
Extra moisture does help *a little* nothing else does, unless it is something with lactic acid in it. Not sure why people are recommending other things but this is what was told to me by a dermatologist. I have had it since I was a young child and it does not improve with age. You cannot prevent it or make it go away, you just have to use the lotion to remove the bumps. It does sting a little at first when you use it, but if you use it regularly, it doesn't sting like that anymore (I am guessing cause there aren't as many bumps for it to go to work on).
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S.T. answers from Chicago on May 25, 2009
My husband and daughters have this. We use a lotion called Renew, from Melaleuca. If we use it daily, it really makes a difference. I don't think the bumps go away, but they really minimize themselves. Good luck!
K.S. answers from Chicago on May 24, 2009
My 10 year old has this on her back and arms, and legs, I would also like to know what lotion to get her.
J.G. answers from Chicago on May 24, 2009
I have heard of this and I have it-plus, my daughter (poor thing) has it. I went to a dermatologist for mine and he prescribed me a lotion, but that little kids my daughter's age (she's 3) can't so he suggested Cetahphil (it's a lotion). I use Wal Mart's brand-it's cheaper. I've been putting it on her for almost a year now and I see a little bit of a difference, but not anywhere near what I'd like to see. I'd like to know if there's something better out there that kids can use because I don't want her to feel self conscious about it like I did. I didn't want to wear short sleeve shirts that were above my elbows (that's where they were the worst-and my cheeks) becuase I thought they looked too much like zits. Sorry your child has this, but don't let me scare you. This is just how I felt because I thought I was some kind of freak. I didn't know ANYBODY that had this. Now I know there's at least a name for it and I'm not alone. I just wish I had gone to the dermatologist about it before I was 33 years old. Good luck!
C.J. answers from Chicago on May 24, 2009
I use Eucerine cream. the only problem is that it is so thick, my daughter says I am hurting her when rubbing it in. it does work though. i also try to keep the soap off of these areas in the bath. the soap seems to make them worse.
P.G. answers from Chicago on May 26, 2009
I bought these gloves from walgreens I use them daily in the shower soap them up good and scrub my whole body with them . I get that dead skin off on a daily basis wittling down those nasty bumps. They are almost gone. Try it they work for me cost 1.99 how worth it is that.