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Keratosis Pilaris in Children

If you’ve noticed a cluster of flesh-colored bumps on your child’s skin, it may be keratosis pilaris. According to DermNet, this common skin condition affects 50 to 70% of children and young adults.

The exact cause of this skin condition is unclear, but emerging research shows certain associations including gut dysbiosis and nutritional deficiencies. While there’s no direct cure for keratosis pilaris, various natural methods exist to manage and reduce its appearance.

Here at Natural Way Pediatric Dermatology, our team is dedicated to providing the best possible natural treatments for your child’s keratosis pilaris. Schedule your consultation with us today.

What Is Keratosis Pilaris?

Keratosis pilaris (KP) is a common skin condition that primarily affects children but can persist into adulthood. It’s characterized by small, rough bumps on the skin that typically appear on the upper arms, thighs, cheeks, or buttocks. These bumps can be skin-colored, red, or white and often have a sandpaper-like texture.


Keratosis pilaris is easy to identify due to its distinct appearance. Here are some signs and symptoms you should watch out for:

  • Small, rough bumps on the skin, resembling goosebumps or chicken skin

  • Skin-colored, red, or white bumps

  • Dry, itchy skin in affected areas

  • Mild inflammation or redness around the bumps


The exact cause of keratosis pilaris isn’t fully understood, but it’s believed to involve a buildup of keratin, a protein that protects the skin. Some factors that may contribute to or exacerbate keratosis pilaris include:

  • Genetics

  • Dry skin

  • Cold, dry climates

  • Hormonal changes

  • Nutritional deficiencies

  • Increased intestinal permeability

  • Atopic dermatitis (eczema)

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How To Treat Keratosis Pilaris in Children

Keratosis pilaris treatment in children often involves a combination of strategies to help manage symptoms and improve the appearance of the skin. Here are some approaches commonly used to treat KP in children:

  • Treating the root cause is key to managing KP by addressing any gut dysbiosis and nutritional deficiencies.

  • Regular, gentle exfoliation can help remove dead skin cells and smoothen the skin’s texture.

  • Topical AHAs, glycolic acids, and lactic acids are often used to manage the appearance of KP in conventional dermatology. 

  • Use gentle, fragrance-free cleansers and keep the skin well-hydrated. 

  • Using a humidifier in your child’s bedroom can help add moisture to the air and prevent the skin from drying out.

However, the chemical exfoliators commonly used to treat KP might not suit all children. Some chemical exfoliants are too potent for a child’s delicate skin. Opting for a natural alternative can be a safer option for children.

How We Can Help

At Natural Way Pediatric Dermatology, we use gentle, natural-based treatments to help manage KP in children. Our team of board-certified pediatric care providers understands the unique needs of a child’s skin and provides personalized treatment plans for each patient. Here’s how we can better help you.

Natural and Science-Based Treatment

Holistic natural treatment has always been our philosophy, especially regarding children. The products we use are natural and gentle on the skin, minimizing the risk of irritation or adverse reactions. Our approach combines science-based knowledge with natural remedies to effectively manage KP in children.

In-Depth Analysis

While KP doesn’t have a definite cause or cure, understanding the underlying factors that trigger it in your child can help manage its symptoms. Our team conducts an in-depth analysis of your child’s health to determine their specific needs and develop a personalized treatment plan.

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Lifestyle Optimization

Apart from topical treatment, lifestyle changes can also play a significant role in managing KP. Our team provides guidance on optimizing your child’s lifestyle habits, including diet and skincare routines, to help improve the condition of their skin.

Why Choose Natural Way Pediatric Dermatology

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At Natural Way Pediatric Dermatology, we treat children holistically. If you want to avoid using harsh chemicals and prescription treatments with severe side effects on your child’s delicate skin, our all-natural approach is the way to go.

A Comprehensive Approach

The great thing about our natural-based treatments is that they have little to no side effects. Our natural-based approach is gentle on the skin, making it safe for children of all ages.

No Severe Side Effects

By including families in the decision-making process, we create a collaborative care environment. It helps us foster open communication and trust to ensure that every aspect of your child’s skin health journey is considerate of family dynamics and needs.

One-on-One Attention

We don’t believe in a one-size-fits-all approach. Our team provides individualized attention and care to every patient, ensuring we address their unique skin concerns. We’ll work with you and your child to develop a treatment plan that fits their individual needs.

Natural Keratosis Pilaris Treatment for Kids

Keratosis pilaris can be annoying for children, but there’s a natural way to manage this condition. Natural Way Pediatric Dermatology uses gentle, natural-based treatments to help children with KP.

Book a free 15-minute consultation and learn more about our approach to managing keratosis pilaris in children.


Conventional Vs. Naturopathic 

  • Topical Acids 

  • Antibiotics 

  • Steroids 

  • Isotretinoin

  • (Accutane)

  • Oral contraceptives 

  • Hormonal Suppressants

  • Gut health testing 

  • Metabolic & nutritional deficiency testing

  • Targeted supplements

  • Personalized approach

  • Non-toxic products

  • Hormonal testing & natural support 

Let’s Transform Your Child’s Skin Journey!

Ready to give your child the gift of glowing, happy skin? 

Get in touch with our friendly experts, and together, we will make sure your little one’s skin is as resilient and beaming as their smile.

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