Lifestyle and home remedies

By Mayo Clinic Staff

Self-help measures won't cure keratosis pilaris, but they can help improve the appearance of your skin. You may find these measures beneficial:

  • Go easy on your skin. Vigorous scrubbing or removal of the plugs may irritate your skin and aggravate the condition.
  • Gently dry off. After washing or bathing, gently pat or blot your skin dry with a towel so that some moisture remains on the skin.
  • Use a moisturizing lotion or lubricating cream. While your skin is still moist from bathing, apply a moisturizer that contains lanolin (Lansinoh, Medela), petroleum jelly (Vaseline) or glycerin (Glysolid), ingredients that soothe dry skin and help trap moisture.
  • Try urea or lactic acid. Apply an over-the-counter product that contains urea (Nutraplus, Eucerin) or lactic acid (AmLactin, Lac-hydrin) twice daily. Both help remove extra keratin from the surface of the skin.
  • Use a humidifier. A portable home humidifier or one attached to your furnace will add moisture to the air inside your home.
Jan. 08, 2013