Is Microdermabrasion a Good Method for Treating Keratosis Pilaris?

I have tiny red bumps all over my torso and upper arms that seem to improve if I tan, but since I also have sensitive/fair skin I prefer to not have to rely on tanning.

Doctor Answers (2)

Keratosis pilaris management

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Keratosis pilaris is a chronic condition. We have no cure for it yet. Microdermabrasion , if anything, will only improve the appearance temporarily. A better option would be the use of a strong moisturiser [keratolytic] such as Amlactin, available as an OTC product. It is to be aplied after showers, & at bedtime , specially in dry weather.


Detroit Dermatologic Surgeon

Microdermabrasion for Keratosis Pilaris

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Microdermabrasion cannot do much for Keratosis Pilaris inasmuch as the  scales are  too deep.

No good treatment exists for Keratosis Pilaris. However,  moisturizing the skin with a 20% Urea cream or a 40% Urea cream can provide good temporary "masking of the problem". Unfortunately, the day you stop applying this cream, the condition immediately reappears.

Eugene Mandrea, MD
Chicago Dermatologist
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