about Keratosis Pilaris
Keratosis pilaris (KP) is a harmless skin condition that manifests as tiny, discolored bumps around the hair follicles located on the cheeks, upper arms, thighs, and/or buttocks. These bumps typically create a rough feeling on the affected area and may have surrounding erythema or redness. Although there's no direct cure for keratosis pilaris, there are treatment options available to reduce its appearance if one desires, but treatment is not medically necessary and many patients opt not to treat their KP . Usually, those who live in a dry climate, have dry skin, or swim regularly suffer from this condition. People of all ages can get keratosis pilaris, but it is more common in children and young adults. Keratosis pilaris can also occur in those who suffer from eczema. Board-certified dermatologist Dr. Adean Kingston can diagnose this condition at her practice, Adean Kingston, M.D., PLLC in Dallas, Texas. Using her years of experience, Dr. Kingston will help to minimize the symptoms of keratosis pilaris, as well as its physical appearance.
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"Dr. Adean Kingston absolutely changed my life. I moved to Dallas from Denver and immediately started breaking out like crazy which was terrible because it was my very first semester of college and I was experiencing more than enough stress! I went into Dr. Kingston and within minutes she she prescribed me an oral pill and two topical medications which I have been using for over a year. I was at first nervous because she very quickly prescribed me products, however as it turns out she just knows what the heck she is doing!! My skin completely changed and aside from the occasional stress breakout or breakout from over indulgence my skin is back to where it was when I was home. She is also incredibly nice, down to earth and very knowledgeable (also so beautiful!!). I have seen her for other skin conditions on other parts of my body and have had great success. She is just the best!!! PS the pharmacy she uses ships you your medication in like 2 days and is the easiest thing in the world"- A.N. / Yelp / Oct 30, 2018
"The office is beautiful and Dr. Kingston and her staff are so friendly! My skin is a lot better now, but i'm going in to treat genetic rosacea. Dr. Kingston has a really good understanding of different topical and oral supplements and figuring out what works best for my skin. In the past I've actually avoided going back to the Dermatologist due to really bad experiences in Highschool/College that just left me feeling very self conscious, but I felt so comfortable in this office. I'm confident in Dr. Kingston's plan and hopefully we're able to get my skin even better in a few months!"- G.D. / Google / Jan 27, 2021
"I’ve been coming here for years and I love it. They helped cure my perioral dermatitis, do my annual skin cancer screenings, and I’ve done Botox with them. I’ve also done IPL here. Always a 1 minute wait, everyone is so friendly."- L.M. / Yelp / Feb 04, 2021
"I've had really bad experiences with dermatologists in the past but Dr. Kingston was great! Everyone listened to me and validated my concerns before giving me multiple options for treatment. I received a steroid shot for my eczema and unfortunately have had really bad back pain in the couple of days since then. I'm hoping that it goes away. When I called in to ask if it was normal I was told that it wasn't, so I'm a little bit concerned. It was definitely due to the shot, as far as I know I didn't strain myself or develop a pinched nerve or anything. I'm 22 so back pain isn't something that comes and goes for me. But anyway, aside from that my visit was great and a huge relief because I've been so disappointed in dermatology appointments in the past. And my eczema is definitely clearing up a bit.show more"- T.E. / ZocDoc / Jan 11, 2018
"I went in for my eczema. Dr. Kingston was really approachable and listened to all my concerns. The appointment was fast and got everything I needed. Will be going back"- E.E. / ZocDoc / Nov 05, 2020
Keratosis pilaris is caused by the buildup of fibrous proteins called keratin, which protects the skin from infection. Keratin is produced near the hair shaft just under the skin. The resulting bumps that form on the skin are actually irritated hair follicles. This irritation of the swollen hair glands leads to a production of small bumps on the surface of your skin. Keratosis pilaris is not contagious and is considered an inherited skin condition. It is commonly seen among those who also suffer from eczema, dry skin, hay fever, or asthma.
Keratosis pilaris can occur in people of any age, but it's more common among children and young adults. Signs and symptoms may include:
- Sandpaper-like tiny bumps (like goosebumps) typically on the cheeks, upper arms, thighs, or buttocks that have no associated symptoms
- Dry, rough skin on the areas with bumps
- Worsening when seasonal changes cause low humidity and dry conditions
- Erythema or redness on the surrounding area affected
Dr. Kingston will discuss treatment options with you during your consultation and may include keratolytic moisturizers that smooth skin such as over the counter Am Lactin lotion that contains alpha hydroxy acid or prescription strength ones such as different strengths of salicylic acid or 20 – 40% urea cream. At times, topical steroid creams are used temporarily to address the red bumps and inflammation. Topical retinoids can also be quite effective in removing dead skin cells and reducing the appearance of the KP bumps.
Smoother Skin, Superior Care
Even though keratosis pilaris is not painful or itchy, the appearance of it on the skin can be bothersome. Don't allow this condition to control your self-confidence when there are various treatments available to help improve its appearance. Our exceptionally skilled staff at Adean Kingston, M.D., PLLC can help diagnose keratosis pilaris and lead you on the road to smoother skin. Contact our Dallas, Texas office today to schedule your consultation or to learn more.