Keratosis pilaris is common disorder of keratinisation of the hair follicles. It affects the outer surfaces of the upper arms and thighs usually in adolescents, giving a roughened (goose flesh), uneven appearance to the skin. Keratosis pilaris tends to worsen in winter and improve in summer.
There are discrete small horny grey/red papules visible around the hair orifice giving an appearance of goose flesh.
It does improve with age so can be left alone to improve with time. Otherwise a series of glycolic acid peels can be applied in the clinic. Four peels needs to be done 2 weeks apart. This softens the skin and improves the appearance a lot but does not completely eliminate it. Frequent use of a glycolic acid cream will also maintain the effect and improve the appearance of skin in general. This can be purchased at our clinic.