Keratosis Pilaris (KP) - Children

Stuart Millar Updated by Stuart Millar

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Dr. Harlan recommends that anyone using SmartLotion® on their child do so with their Pediatrician or Dermatologist's supervision.

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Red small, rough bumps over the upper arms that persist. Can involve the thighs and sides of the face. An inherited, long-term condition of dry, bumpy pores. After years, it improves with age.


Dr. Harlan typically treats his child patients for keratosis pilaris (KP) by having them first moisturize 2x daily, using a recommended moisturizer.

If the redness or itching persists after a week of consistent moisturizing, he has them apply SmartLotion® 2x daily in addition to the moisturizer until the redness improves, then has them reduce the SmartLotion® applications to 1x daily.

Dr. Harlan notes that Amlactin or Lachydrin lotions with lactic acid are helpful in the treatment of keratosis pilaris. This type of product can further soften the rough, bumpy pores.

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