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Susan Evans, MD posted:
Dear Readers,

A very common skin condition complaint is the persistence of "acne-like" bumps on the back of the arms, on the thighs, buttocks, etc. Some people describe it as chicken skin.

This is not a disease, but rather a skin condition that is hereditary. People with this condition produce excessive deposits of keratin that accumulate in the pores of the skin.

Do not pick these lesions. You risk both infection and scarring.

One way to minimize the appearance of keratosis pilaris is to gently exfoliate every day and follow that with the application of a lotion or cream that has either urea or alpha-hydroxy in it as these can soften the hard buildup.

Best,

Dr. Evans
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