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Keratosis Pilaris Rubra Faceii

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Keratosis pilaris rubra faceii [KPRF] is characterized by redness (erythema) and the presence of rough bumpiness (follicular spines) which may begin at birth or during childhood or adolescence. You can see how confusing this would be to differentiate from rosacea. KPRF can also be a co-existing condition

"If it is possible to get rosacea on your arms, it would be incredibly unusual. Keratosis pilaris might be the more likely culprit, since keratosis pilaris usually affects the arms. (Keratosis pilaris is a very common skin condition in which keratin protein forms hard plugs within hair follicles). Keratosis pilaris can get red, dry and irritated (usually from scratching it), it is commonly misdiagnosed as rosacea on the face....Another possibility is eczema that can crop up anywhere, and one of the common areas is top of the arms. Eczema also goes misdiagnosed quite commonly as rosacea." Does rosacea only affect the face? ZocDoc

Click here for an example of KPRF.

Individual with KPRF

World of Felton photo of KP

DermIS Images

Keratosis pillars 101

KPRF is listed also as a co-existing condition

Treatment

KP Elements

KP Elements Treatment Cream and Scrub Combo Pack

Differin Gel, according to Wikipedia, contains "Adapalene [which] is a third-generation topical retinoid primarily used in the treatment of mild-moderate acne, and is also used off-label to treat keratosis pilaris as well as other skin conditions."

Anecdotal Reports 
mcinnis' report on misdiagnosis

Bowthy's 'cure'

JonathanB's chemical peels

poppe says to take Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) at post no 3 in this thread.

 

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