“I have red bumps on my upper arms, help!”

February 8, 2012 / 2:38 pm

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.

One response on ““I have red bumps on my upper arms, help!”

  1. Hannah

    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!

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