(Closed) Keratosis pilaris (red bumps) on my arms

posted 6 years ago in Beauty
Post # 3
54 posts
Worker bee

I have this too- it is SO annoying!  I read online that using Am-Lactin lotion (I found it at my local CVS) it would help with the bumps… $13 and 6 months later, it really didn’t help at all :(.  If anyone has any insight I’d love to hear it!!

Post # 4
567 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I have it too and I’m wondering myself.  Basically, from what I’ve read, you can’t get them to go away.  I am planning on exfoliating, moisturizing, and getting some color on my skin.  Mine have gotten better as I’ve gotten older, but my arms are the worst spot.

I’ve read that if you do use a moisturizer, you should use one that is non-comedogenic.  Johnson and Johnson’s Aveeno lotion is one of those. 

Post # 5
101 posts
Blushing bee

There is no way to cure it, but you can reduce the appearance of it by exfoliation. The orange Nutrogena body wash for acne works for my boyfriend as does the body brush on my Clarisonic.

Unless getting a close up you most likely won’t be able to see it in pictures and it can be easily touched up if you can. 

Good luck.

Post # 6
11233 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

I have it, and it’s pretty common from what I understand. Mine isn’t bad, so I mostly just ignore it. My Future Sister-In-Law (the younger one who’s a bridesmaid) has it pretty badly, and at 15, she isn’t taking it all that well. She’s okay with it, especially since she found out that I have it, but she does to the dermatologist and gets them squeezed out (ew). I have no health insurance, so I can’t do that. 

Post # 7
217 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

Ack!!!  I hate this stuff..I have it on one arm more so than the other…and it’s noticeability changes.  Try the dermadoctor line, there is a lotion called KP duty, it’s suppose to be specifically for “chicken skin”.  It helps, but I haven’t used it twice a day everyday like im suppose too, opps!  They also have an exfoliating wash that helps too.

And while this isn’t for everyone, and I admit that I stopped tanning in a bed last June, I did notice a GREAT improvement when I tanned.  The coloring helped to cover it, and the bumps went down.  So, a few weeks before the wedding, I might tan 2-3 times a week for a few minutes, to see if it works again.  Now, if you use the KP duty, don’t tan…it makes the skin more sensative ๐Ÿ˜‰  Hope that helps.  They need to freakin cure this stuff!!!

Post # 8
581 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

Mine isn’t too bad, but I am going to a dermatologist soon for an unrelated issue so I will see if he reccomends anything.

From what I’ve researched online, you should exfoliate religiously and try alpha hydroxy lotion.

I also read in this month’s Better Homes and Gardens to try a lotion with salicylic acid (an exfoliating agent as well as acne fighter) like CeraVe SA Renewing lotion.  If that doesn’t work see a dermatologist for a prescription.

Post # 10
8664 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

I’ve tried exfoliating along with Eucerin lotion (with urea) and a glycolic acid lotion and neither really helped. Those are the two main ingredients in the KP duty I believe. The texture improved a bit but my arms were still red looking.

I did talk to a plastic surgeon about it and he recommended laser treatments to lessen the redness, but I don’t know if I’m really willing to go that far.

Post # 11
125 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

Tanning does help.  It’s supposed to be a parasite.  Ewww, I know, but tanning kills them off.  Also, a product called Sea Buckthorn oil is supposed to help kill them off but it takes several months.  I’ve never tried it because it wasn’t that big a deal to me.  I didn’t want to make such an effort. 

Post # 12
103 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

As PP have said, I have found that for the past year or so extra scrubbing in the shower with my puff and lotion has GREATLY reduced my bumps.

Post # 13
516 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

@vorpalette: I had the same problem when I was your FSIL’s age. Like many of you have said, the dermatologist told me there’s nothing that can really be done about it. As I got older, it got much better, and now it has completely disappeared. I thought I would just comment here so that maybe you can help ease your FSIL’s mind a little ๐Ÿ™‚ Although it’s not a huge deal either way, for some of us lucky ones, it does go away.



I am sure all of you look absolutely beautiful despite suffering with these annoying little bumps! Try not to worry too much over it, I definitely don’t think it will be as noticeable in pictures, and no one will be looking at your arms anyway! They will be looking at your smiles and you and your Fiance as a whole; the new man and wife! ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 14
18637 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

I use the Dermadoctor scrub and lotion and it has really healed it up.  I don’t get it as much now but it is great!

Here are the two products I use:



Hmm they have a new priming serum, I’ve never tried that so I can’t say if it’s any good.

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