About Keratosis Pilaris
Keratosis pilaris is a harmless rash (and genetic condition) that manifests as tiny discolored bumps around the hair follicles on the cheeks, upper arms, thighs and/or buttocks. These bumps typically resemble small pimples and can create a coarse texture on the affected area. Some say this skin condition also resembles the look of goosebumps. Though there is no direct cure for keratosis pilaris, there is treatment available to reduce its appearance. Usually those with dry skin, who live in a dry climate, or swim often suffer from this skin condition. People of all ages can get keratosis pilaris, but it is common in children and young adults. Keratosis pilaris is also common among those who additionally suffer from eczema. At Summerlin Dermatology in Las Vegas, NV, Dr. Reuel Aspacio can assist with diagnosing this condition and minimizing the symptoms.
Most people do not even know they have the condition until they move to a dry, arid environment such as Las Vegas. The mainstay of therapy is keeping the skin moist and hydrated. When this fails, we at Summerlin Dermatology may be able to help you using a professional-grade medical skin care regimen, prescription creams, microdermabrasion, HydraFacialMD, and/or chemical peels.
Other Types of Keratosis
Actinic keratosis (AK) is a small, rough spot occurring on the skin as a result of chronic sun exposure. They are usually red in color, but may be dark brown and associated with sensitivity when touched. Also known as solar keratosis, actinic keratosis may lead to skin cancer. The key to management of actinic keratosis is prevention. Daily use of sunscreen and a sun protection device minimize the development of actinic keratosis. Treatment options include topical medications such as imiquimod, ingenol mebutate, and five fluorouracil. Procedures are also available — cryotherapy, photodynamic therapy, photofacials, and medical-grade chemical peels.
Also known colloquially known as "barnacles," seborrheic keratosis (SK), are flesh-colored to dark lesions on the trunk, face, scalp, and extremities. Some doctors may mistake them to be moles. These are noncancerous lesions and many opt to observe them. Dermatosis papulosa nigra is a form of seborrheic keratosis typically located on the face primarily around the eyes of patients of color. Although seborrheic keratosis is benign, development of multiple lesions in a short period of time may be a sign of internal malignancy. The lesions of seborrheic keratosis do not require any treatment. However, if the lesions are irritated or cosmetically unappealing to you, they may need treatment for a number of ways.
Keratosis Pilaris Reviews
"I’ve been a patient at Summerlin Dermatology for more than 10 years. Now I bring my entire family here, and have recommended to numerous friends and colleagues. My kids have never been treated better for their skin conditions, even after having gone to other “top” dermatologists in Las Vegas. I personally am a total skin care junky, and healthy skin is very important to my. Pamela, the medical aesthetician, is wonderful as well. I’ve recently had the Clear and Brilliant laser treatment and my skin looks better in my 40’s than it did in my 30’s!The front staff is equally wonderful. I love Dr Aspacio and team!"- C.T. / Google / May 26, 2018
"This place is absolutely perfect, & I'm not over exaggerating. I am a perfectionist & very strict on service & the over all quality of the treatment/office anywhere I go. I give this place five stars because they never give up on you. They are not afraid of going that extra mile to help you achieve the perfect skin/look you want. I'v been a patient for 4 years & I had very bad acne, but that never stoped them. Evey time a treatment/plan didn't work they wasted no time to set ...me on another treatment. My skin changes a lot, but they always adapt to my skin conditions. & I'm proud to say that my skin is clear & absolutely perfect. The staff are amazing as well. They always make sure that you matter, & that you are very important. As a patient that has been to many dermatologist (about 6) this has been my favorite & I'm planning on staying with them. Aspacio & the whole staff are amazing!"- K.B. / Facebook / Aug 19, 2015
"I’ve been a patient at Summerlin Dermatology for more than 10 years. Now I bring my entire family here, and have recommended to numerous friends and colleagues. My kids have never been treated better for their skin conditions, even after having gone to other “top” dermatologists in Las Vegas. I personally am a total skin care junky, and healthy skin is very important to my. Pamela, the medical aesthetician, is wonderful as well. I’ve recently had the Clear and Brilliant laser treatment and my skin looks better in my 40’s than it did in my 30’s!The front staff is equally wonderful. I love Dr Aspacio and team!"- C.T. / Google / May 27, 2018
"I have been a patient/client of Dr. Aspacio's since 2009. I had been searching for a place to get Botox and start my whole anti-aging regimen and hadn't had much luck. I went to a few places that made me feel really bad about myself and I left there feeling awful. Then I found Summerlin Dermatology and Trish Hoffman the cosmetic coordinator is amazing. She's honest, won't try and sell you a bill of goods, and takes her position very seriously. She gets it! Dr. Aspacio is top notch. He is an expert injector, which means he is specially trained to inject neurotoxins in places that normally other injectors would not. He is sweet, professional, smart and well known for his practice in Las Vegas. My girlfriends come here from SF and LA just so they can see him! I have also had many treatments by the Aesthetician's. My favorite is their clear and brilliant but also their Venus Viva is a great treatment too. It's a relaxing office with a cool waiting area where you can buy products. I forgot to mention the fact that Dr. Aspacio is a great dermatologist. If you have any skin conditions, problem rashes etc he's your man!!"- T.J. / Yelp / Jan 24, 2020
"I have been going to Dr. Aspacio for about 7 years now. He is a board-certified dermatologist. If you are looking for a top notch doctor you can trust with your dermatological health AND cosmetic needs, I highly recommend you call and make an appointment. He used a very individualized approach, not some "one size fits all" approach. He personally meets with the patient to explore the best way to successfully meet your goals medically and being your best version of yourself. He tends to land on the conservative side so my personal experience as well as patients I observe in his office don't have that fake plastic barbie look. Dr. Aspacio's staff is always knowledge and kind. Trish his assistant is a wonderful person and works extra hard to get you scheduled and discuss your cost budget. They have treated several pre-cancerous skin growths for me, helped my rosecia, Acne, as well as my injectable wrinkle relaxers and fillers. He has won many awards and takes incredible pride in making his patients look Amazing and avoid potential skin conditions. This office stays up to date on the very latest and cutting edge products and skin technology. You should call soon to make an appointment. Get off the coupon searching options and go see Dr Aspacio. You'll never be disappointed. Thanks Doc & Trish!"- S.V. / Yelp / Feb 25, 2020
Keratosis pilaris is caused by the buildup of fibrous proteins called keratin, which protects the skin from infection. Keratin is produced near the hair shaft just under the skin. The spots formulated on the skin are irritated hair follicles. This irritation of the swollen hair glands results in a production of small bumps on the surface of your skin. Keratosis pilaris is not contagious and is thought to be an inherited skin condition. It is commonly seen among those who also suffer from eczema, dry skin, hay fever, or asthma.
Keratosis pilaris can occur at any age, but it's more common in children. Signs and symptoms include:
- Painless tiny bumps typically on the cheeks, upper arms, thighs, or buttocks
- Dry, rough skin on the areas with bumps
- Worsening when seasonal changes cause low humidity and dry conditions
- Sandpaper-like bumps resembling gooseflesh
Dr. Aspacio can prescribe a 7 – 10-day course of a medium potency, emollient-based steroid cream to be applied once or twice every day to address the red bumps. Once the inflammation has ceased, the rough bumps may be treated with a routine prescription of either 2 – 3% salicylic acid or 20 – 40% urea cream. Intermittent dosing of topical retinoids (e.g., weekly or biweekly) seems to be quite effective and well tolerated. After the initial clearing up with stronger medications, patients may then be placed on a milder maintenance program.
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Smoother Skin, Superior Care
Even though keratosis pilaris is not painful, the appearance of it on the skin can be embarrassing. Don't allow this condition to control your self-confidence when there are various treatments available to help improve its appearance. Our exceptionally skilled staff at Summerlin Dermatology can help diagnosis keratosis pilaris and lead you on the road to smoother skin. Contact our office today to schedule your consultation or to learn more.