Your KP Stories

Many of you have shared your stories of confusion and frustration as you try your best to find relief for your child’s (or your own) keratosis pilaris or sensitive skin.

These are your stories…


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My 2.5 year old daughter’s KP has improved significantly with the use of the KP kit that we got from the dermatologist (it is a 3 part kit that includes glycolic acid cleanser, green tea self-heating exfoliating scrub, and urea spray).  But she still gets small breakouts sometimes, and this past week she had a fairly bad breakout on her face.  Today I picked up some glycolic acid cleanser (active ingredient is salicylic acid), used it once this afternoon on her three big pimples, and this evening they are down to half the size that they were this afternoon.  WOW!

— Sarah


My 20 month daughter has this skin condition. With the summer months coming to Michigan, I notice it can get worse… I am just looking for ways to make her more comfortable and for it to look better.

— Melissa


16 month old daughter suffers from KP. I am trying to find a treatment that works for her.

— Benita


My daughter has had the “bumps” as we call them since she was a toddler.  Now she’s almost 6 years old and she still has KP on her cheeks and the back of ther arms.  I would say mild/moderate, and worse in the winter months.

— Kimberly


My son is 4 years old and I finally took him to a dermatologist whom advised he had KP.  He is a very active child and I wanted ot know if being in the sun all day in the swimming pool would make the condition worse.  He also has eczema on his hands.

— Liz


I have KP – bad…  I’ve had it since forever and it embarressed me terribly in middle and high school…  It went undiagnosed until just recently.  I was thinking the pebbly rash on my boys skin was an allergic reaction to something (lotion, detergent), though I am so careful about what I put on their skin.  Nothing seemed to help.  Then the light bulb went off and I thought.. HELLO – KP…   Thank you for posting those pics of your daughter’s KP… My youngest is 2 1/2 and hers looks *exactly* like my boys!  *Exactly*… Plan to make an appt with dr tomorrow to see her opinion…  As far as I am concerned this certainly seems to be it…  As for me… I have it really badly.   All over my thighs and backs of my arms.  The only thing that seems to help is loofahing like crazy then putting on loofahing or very super good moisturizer…  Wondering about coconut oil… But anyway, thank you so much for posting the pics! And thanks for making this page as I wasn’t sure if toddlers could have KP (or whether it usually appeared in teenage years – not sure when mine first appeared).

— Sharee


My daughter has had rough bumpy skin since she was born. Only now did they diagnose it as KP.  I am doing all the research I can to try to help her.  She is 10 now and it is all over her arms and legs.  Breaks my heart to see her sad and embarrassed.

— Jill


My 5 1/2 year old daughter was diagnosed with KP at age two. The condition is currently at its worst state and would like some much needed advice on how to minimize the appearance of the bumps and redness naturally. Her dermatologist prescribed Ammonium Lactate (12%) and Tazarotene (0.05%), I feel these creams are a bit harsh and therefore am reluctant to even try them being that they may even worsen the condition. I really hope I can get all the help my daughter so desperately needs!

— Marilyn


My 10 year old has KP. Please recommend some treatment and diet change needed?

— Teresa


My daughter developed her condition at 7 months of age. Ranges in severity. Noticing cheeks have worsened now that winter is here again. Would like advice on products that parents have found effective for toddlers. She is now 2 1/2 years old.

— Bonnie


I have a 13yr old son who was diagnosed with Keratosis Pilaris. I am looking for a product that will help clear up his face.

— Beth


I never knew there was a name for this skin condition. I just thought it was dry skin. I have it on my upper arms sometimes. And now all three of my children have it in various spots. My pediatrician said it’s just dry skin also. Now I know how to treat it!

— Lori


Our youngest son has this on his arms and face.  I am wanting to find out how to make the skin look and feel better.  Thanks.

— Kathy


My 14 month old was diagnosed with KP by his pediatrician at our 12 month check up. He has had bumps on his arms since birth, but now that winter is here, his little cheeks have red bumps on them. I would just like information on the best way to care for them and keep them from being so red as much as possible on his delicate skin. I know to moisturize, but want to know the best product for his face bumps. Thank you so much!

— Angel


Hello, I am 38 years old and have had KP since early 20’s.  Unfortunately, my 8 year old son has it.  He has had it for 2 years.  His arms get pretty bad.  I am looking forward to learning how I can tame the bumps on his arms.

— Carrie


Our 5 yo son has KP, and has started noticing his bumps…

— Denise


My 2 1/2 daughter has been diagnosed with KP by her pediatrician. She has red bumps on her face, and then the bumps on thighs and arms. I have been putting aloe vera on her face and keri cream on arms and legs. Is that ok to do??

— Linda


My 3 year old son was seen by several doctors and dermatologists including doctors at a prominent children’s hospital. We were told for 3 years that it was eczema and continually prescribed steroid/cortisone cream that temporarily helped, but you can’t keep putting steroids on your arm. Finally, an allergist took one quick look, said it was KP and said to try lac hydrin.  We just started this – its only been a few days – have not noticed a change yet, but I am excited to find this website and learn more about KP.

— Amy


I have a toddler, 18months, the bumps started to appear at age 1 and started to spread evenly on both hands, cheeks and thighs. He has much more on one of his hands. Though so far they are not itchy, however they are very visible. Many people ask what on his hands? Its very embarrasing because he’s looks like he has something wrong or ill.

— Annabelle


My 2 year old son has a bad case of KP! We have always thought it was a symptom of his dairy allergy… but now we know it isn’t!

— Jen


I am a 40 year old mom who has Keratosis Pilaris on the backs of both of my arm along with redness.  My 9 year old daughter has KP on her face and I would like for you to recommend some products that would be helpful for the facial area. Thank you.

— Ingrid


My 1 yr. old daughter was recently diagnosed with this.

— Heather


My two year old son has the bumps on the back of his arms and the sides of cheeks.  I’d like to know more about KP and how to care for his skin.  He has a family history of sensitive skin. 🙁

— Lisa


My two year old has severe KP on both arms and only one upper thigh.  Oddly enough, I had it when I was very young but it went into remission until after I had her.  My husband has it too.  Bummer for poor little Lesa 🙁   Looking for some good, safe products for her.  Thanks for the website!!

— Lariza


My nine year old daughter has a fairly bad case of KP on her arms and legs and some on her face. She has had this since birth. It just recently became very bothersome for her in her 3rd grade year when other kids started making fun of her because of the “ugly bumps” on her arms. She just wants them to go away! We tried some of the Alba products but noticed only slight improvement after a month and a half.

— Cindy


I have a 2 y/o with KP and am currently looking for treatments for him. I was diagnosed with KP and use AmLactin lotion which has worked for me but has not helped my son. I just recently bought an Aveeno baby wash and KP Duty Cream to try.  Any suggestions would be helpful.

— Jennifer


I had them since I was a baby. I now know I have kp so I am looking for more help then I have now.

— Sam


I have a 2 year old son who has KP on his arms, legs and rosy cheeks.

— Gina


I have a 2 yr old with KP.

— Angie


My daughter has these bumps, and I have tried just about everything. I am going to try some of the products listed on this website. Is there anything I should change about her laundry soap, I already use Dreft. Thank You

— Leighann


Thank you to each of you for sharing your stories!

We hope that by reading the stories of others you will understand that you and your child are not alone in dealing with KP.  And as always, we enjoy hearing from our friends and learning about new products you’ve tried and would recommend.

Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.


My almost 10 year old daughter has KP really bad on her arms, legs, face and at times torso . It’s alot worst in the winter or if she is in the swimming pools in the summer (because of the cloriene ). Last spring break my daughter visited mother in Hawaii and spent alot of time in the pool. My daughters KP became very bad. We didn’t know she had KP yet so We were unaware how to control it. When my mother and daughter were in line for a train ride the man behind them in line asked if my daughter had a contagious skin condition and stood a great deal behind them. I have only used over the counter lotions and creams from my local stores and they haven’t been much help. I am having to look into getting something online or from my daughters dr.

sonia williams

I am new to the whole KP thing, my son is 26 months and has a medical condition which has been the primary concern with surgeries etc so his KP has only recently been diagnosed and he is covered. He has it the full length of his legs and arms and he itches. Anyway my reason for posting, i make alot of my own products so we can avoid chemicals and i have started using my homemade moistuiser on his skin as well as making his baby bath and although the KP is still there his skin is alot softer and nowhere near as rough. The babybath just contains 100% pure olive oil soap, oatmeal and glycerine and the moisturiser has aloe vera gel, vitamin E oil, beeswax, almond oil, cocoa butter and essential oil, i store it in the fridge as it prolongs its life and is nice and cooling for his skin. If anyone wants to try making this i can post the actual recipe, its easy and chemical free so in my mind has to do more good than it can harm.

sonia williams

Leighanne i use soap nuts, they are 100% natural and i put a table spoon of white vinegar and bicard in the drawer for a oxy inwash and a bit of essential oil on the muslin bag containing the soap nuts, i use lemon as it makes the clothes smell fresh it is worth bearing in mind however that as there is no bleach your whites wont come as white small price to pay i just try and buy lesswhite and more coloureds.

Andrea D

I’ve had this condition for as long as I can remember…my mother, sisters, nieces and my son all have it. About 9.5 weeks ago I began a weight loss program which has drastically eliminated gluten and dairy from my diet. Since then, my KP has improved dramatically (in addition to GI issues)! My mother began the same program as me about 7.5 weeks ago, and her KP has improved. That being said, I did some research and have found that many people with gluten and/or dairy sensitivities also have KP. That being said, I am now going to reduce the amount of gluten my son is having to see if it clears up his KP.


Wondering if anyone has found dietary changes to help KP? My son’s GI suggested a gluten free trial to see if it would help.
We gave tried the rx from our gp and there was no change. We use aquaphor 2-3x per day and Aveeno washes & lotions. Sunscreen outside our son us 14mo. and his KP is pretty severe, I’d say.

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