Q: I have red bumps on my upper arms. They get worse during the winter and got really bad when I was pregnant. It’s embarrassing to wear sleeveless tops! What can I do to treat them? Help!
A: Red bumps that appear on the upper arms are known in the medical community as keratosis pilaris. It is a very common problem, often due to genetic factors and can be easily kept under control. The bumps arise from excess keratin production which can clog the hair follicle. Use a gentle cleanser and a glycolic body lotion on the affected area to keep the skin smooth and clear.
If the problem persists or worsens, make an appointment to see your dermatologist.
Ironically, the day I published this post, Cereve introduced their new product: Cereve SA Renewing Lotion which contains ingredients to treat KP as well as rough, dry patches on the heels and elbows. I have a trade size sample so I’ll be testing it and will keep you posted!