Keratosis Pilaris on the Back

One of the more rare locations to have keratosis pilaris (although not so rare that it’s at all unheard of) is on the back. This can be a tricky place to have KP for a number of reasons, firstly it can be much harder to see your skin clearly to be able to tell if it is KP that you indeed have on your back.

It’s for this specific reason that so many people tend to think that they have acne, and never bother to see what it is that they actually have. If they could see their skin close up like other parts of the body they would definitely note the raised keratosis bumps and the redness on the affected area.

Another reason that keratosis pilaris on the back can be so difficult to treat is simply being able to reach the skin to wash, exfoliate, moisturize and treat it properly. For those of you with a mate, this probably is no trouble at all. For the rest of you, however, probably don’t want to call your roommate Frank in your room to wash your back and apply your treatment lotion!

Besides, most people with KP are a bit shy and guarded about their condition, and would rather tell as few people as possible about it. If you’re one of those people, fear not, we’ve got some solutions to clear your back up as soon as possible, in the privacy and comfort of your bedroom.

First, let’s take a quick look at some pictures of people that have keratosis pilaris on their backs. Hopefully this will give you a better idea if it is actually KP that’s bothering your back. You can also have a look through our pictures of keratosis pilaris section to make sure that you do have KP and not some other skin condition.

Above is a mild case of KP on the back, notice how you can see the little bumps but not the obvious redness that many people experience with their KP.

A woman with keratosis pilaris on her shoulders and upper back.

The above photo depicts a woman quite a severe case of back keratosis pilaris. Note the very large size of the KP bumps, as in common only in people with severe or extreme KP.

Now that we’ve identified what keratosis pilaris looks like on the back, let’s get down to a treatment plan to get rid of it – and clear up the skin on your back. The following is a daily routine that should be followed everyday, it has shown to improve many people’s KP bumps and to get rid of the redness as well.

If it doesn’t completely clear up your KP, it should at least improve it greatly (after using the routine for at least a couple of weeks). Then following it up with an additional treatment may get rid of your keratosis pilaris for good.

Daily Routine to treat KP on the back:

Get a good quality back scrubber and use it with a soap formulated to wash skin with KP. Wash your back with these at least once daily (you may even want to wash twice daily if it seems to help your skin clear up faster, as it does with some people).

Using a large loofah back exfoliating brush with an exfoliating scrub, gently but thoroughly exfoliate your back twice a day.

Gently dry your back, and allow it to dry thoroughly for at least 15 minutes. Finally, apply a high quality moisturizer. You should moisturize twice per day, once after showering and once right before bed.

Recently, an all natural treatment for keratosis pilaris has been getting a lot of national media attention. Many people are attributing their being KP free to this new system, which uses commonly available ingredients that can be bought at any grocery store. You can learn more about it here.