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Bumpy Skin on the Arm: What Can You Do?

Do you feel small red bumps on your arms that make you want to hide them in long sleeves?

These are called Keratosis Pilaris. 

They can appear in the face, legs, and buttocks, but are more commonly seen on the outer arms. They may look like small pimples but are actually an accumulation of dead skin cells with a bit of inflammation. 

Bumpy Skin on the Arm: What Can You Do?

How to Remove Them?

It may take a while to remove these bumps but they are not a hopeless case.

First of all, you need to hydrate and exfoliate your skin. 

Hydrating your skin will help in softening it and reduce the inflammation that is causing the redness. 

Exfoliating; on the other hand, will push out the dead skin cells and help in thinning out the rough areas. 

Bumpy Skin on the Arm: What Can You Do?

What are some good examples of these?

A good moisturizer is Urea. It is a 2 in 1 ingredient that attracts water and dissolves the scaly surfaces to have a more even skin texture. This can be applied twice daily after bath. 

Your other options would be hydroxy acids such as salicylic, lactic, and glycolic. Although a bit stronger, they can easily resurface rough skin. However, unlike Urea, the application is limited to once daily. 

And if you want a boost, you can always ask your dermatologist for a resurfacing laser. It will correct and strengthen the structure of the skin.

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Dr. Elli Reyes
Dr. Ellie Reyes

About the Author: Dr. Elli Reyes is a specialist of Aesthetic Medicine from the Philippines. With over four years of specialized training, her aesthetic practice has involved a variety of skin treatments involving Botox, fillers, and the like. As a licensed physician, she has been engaged by multiple clinics and is regularly interviewed by the local media as an expert in the science of the skin. Her research and writings to date have centered on nutrition, functional health, and general beauty.

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