Through a skin check, analysis of your medical history, and your symptoms, your doctor can diagnose keratosis pilaris without the need for complementary tests but may require patch tests to identify allergens or some additional test to make sure that there are no other skin conditions that can affect the diagnosis.
Treatment usually consists of a combination of various therapies to soften hard keratin deposits, including:
- Topical corticosteroids.
- Emollient lotions.
- Topical retinoids.
Treatment can take months or years and requires continuous medical supervision to prevent recurrences, which are quite frequent.
It is important to mention that keratosis pilaris has no cure and cannot be prevented, but a proper diet, as well as permanent skin care and cleaning can help improve symptoms and appearance, especially on the face. Therefore, it is recommended to use:
- Creams to loosen dead cells and prevent follicular obstruction.
- Dry your skin gently, without rubbing.
- Do not stay too long in the bath.
- Bathe with warm water and moisturize the skin with lotion at the end.
At ABC Medical Center’s Internal Medicine Department, we offer health care services with the highest quality and safety, from the prevention, diagnosis, timely treatment, and monitoring of infectious, respiratory, endocrinological, dermatological, rheumatic, nephrological, gastrointestinal, and hematological pathologies of both chronic-degenerative diseases and acute conditions, through a comprehensive and multidisciplinary model.