While keratosis pilaris is thought to be a genetic skin disorder, not all children will inherit this skin condition from their parents.
However, your child is more likely to develop keratosis pilaris if they have any of the following:
- Close blood relatives who have keratosis pilaris
- Dry skin
- Hay fever
If the bumps on your child’s skin bother them (or you), applying one of the following treatments can help reduce the itchiness and visibly reduce the appearance of the redness or white bumps.
- Ammonium lactate cream or lotion (12%): Apply it as directed by your dermatologist. The most common brand is AmLactin.
- A moisturizer: A cream or ointment works best. Apply it after bathing and gently massage it into the skin with keratosis pilaris 2 – 3 times a day.
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Source: American Academy of Dermatology