Those pesky, little white bumps on the surface of your skin are better known as keratosis pilaris. Keratosis pilaris is a genetic disorder that affects the keratinization of hair follicles. This basically means that keratin, an essential protein produced by the body, cannot be broken down naturally, so it ends up clogging the follicles instead. Keratosis pilaris affects approximately 40 to 50% of all adolescents and approximately 40% of all adults. Here are 3 methods that can effectively remove these unwanted bumps.

Microdermabrasion as a Temporary Solution

Microdermabrasion is known as a temporary solution for improving the appearance of keratosis pilaris. Microdermabrasion involves spraying tiny crystals onto the skin in order to gently polish the surface and remove the outermost layer. This technique is highly recommended because it is less aggressive than other options like dermabrasion, and should be performed ideally biweekly or monthly. Most treatments are coupled with lotions containing lactic acid, which hydrate the deeper layers of the skin and remove dead skin cells. 

There are very minimal side effects associated with microdermabrasion, and it is considered as a relatively safe procedure. The most common side effects include slight skin tightness and redness.

Slather on Coconut Oil

Surprisingly, one of the most effective treatment methods is to rub coconut oil onto your skin in areas that are affected by keratosis pilaris. Coconut oil is rich in lauric acid, which is actually very effective in breaking down keratin. On top of breaking down keratin, coconut oil also possesses antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties that will help treat any underlying redness that may be present and sanitize the skin.

Coconut oil is a highly recommended treatment option because it is an all-natural ingredient. There are no safety concerns associated with using coconut oil. Keep in mind that the results are not immediate, and you will need to use the coconut oil for sometime before you begin to see any results.

Target Affect Follicles with Laser Therapy

Last but not least, laser therapy can also be effective in removing keratosis pilaris. Laser treatment involves using a stream of laser to target the affected follicles. The laser will burn the follicles and prevent them from becoming clogged again in the future. Keep in mind that it may take several treatment sessions before you see any results.

Laser therapy is perhaps the most aggressive out of all of the options that are offered, and also the most expensive. There are some side effects that you need to be aware of. Some patients do experience scarring depending on their skin tone, and other factors.


Removing keratosis pilaris can be difficult. Although there are numerous cosmetic treatments available, they may not all be effective for you. Get a second opinion from a cosmetologist (like those at Age Reduxion Clinic) before making a decision regarding which treatment options may be best for you.