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DD's keratosis pilaris is getting worse- what can I do?

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dontstopmenow Mon 02-May-16 21:29:20

DD (5) has what I have google diagnosed as keratosis pilaris on her upper arms and sides of her face.
Does anyone have any helpful hints for a treatment for her? It's getting worse and she scratches it often.
She is too young I think to be exfoliating her face.
Thank you !

Cantstopeatingchocolate Mon 02-May-16 22:15:44

You don't have to use a rough exfoliator, just a face cloth, preferably one you don't wash with fabric conditioner as it makes them a bit rougher. My DS (6) used to be quite bad on the back of his arms and we used a wash cloth to exfoliate them and then we moisturised really well. Diprobase put on quite thick and then his PJ top on. BTW he gets wee break outs during growth spurts or when he's about to come down with an illness but nothing apart from that. We spent 4 years thinking it was baby psoriasis as that's what we told when he was a baby.
My niece also suffered really badly when she about 13, she used an exfoliating soap and then lathered coconut oil on, it cleared up really quickly.

Even rubbing dry with a slightly rough towel after a bath would help, but moisturising is the key.

Wolfiefan Mon 02-May-16 22:18:35

I wouldn't diagnose using Google. Seek medical advice?! confused

Kummerspeck Mon 02-May-16 22:21:58

My DD had this on her arms when younger and we noticed at always improved or went when we were on holiday which we put down to being in the pool (water softening and towel exfoliating) and the sun creams (moisturising)
It was hard to keep that up when little but, as she got a bit older, she loved having her own products to use and it is now no problem

Fourormore Mon 02-May-16 22:24:31

I've just bought some Eucerin urea 10 cream to use on my face. I thought it would be really harsh but it isn't at all. I've been using it for three days and it's really making a difference.

dontstopmenow Mon 02-May-16 23:12:50

Thank you all!! We will certainly try the facecloth approach first with moisturisers. Like the sound of urea cream too! Thanks!

FramptonRose Mon 02-May-16 23:22:58

I have had this all my life.
My oldest and youngest have it too.
My mum had me referred to a demertologost when I was younger (teen years). We were told it actually forms part of a vitamin D deficiency and actually sunlight is a massive help in reducing it. A PP mentioned her DC's gets better when they are on holiday, it is probably more to do with the sun more than anything else.
The demotolgost obviously did say he was not advising me in anyway to go and 'sit in the sun for hours' but getting some sun on it in the summer months does help.
I use diprobase on the children's skin but have also heard a lot of positive reviews on coconut oil, I did try this on my DC's, it didn't really make a huge difference.
Tbh mine has never disappeared completely but has reduced significantly over the years.

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