Why do I have little bumps on my arm, between my elbow and my shoulder and how do I get rid of them?

They are small un-noticeable (except to touch) bumps on my arm where the biceps are. They usually feel softer when I put moisturiser on them, except this does not get rid of them. How do I get rid of them completely?

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  1. Ridge, 08 February, 2010

    I believe that you are talking about Keratosis pilaris and as far as I know its genetic. Here’s what I found on the internet. Hope it answers your question:

    Keratosis pilaris (KP) is a very common genetic follicular condition that is manifested by the appearance of rough bumps on the skin and hence colloquially referred to as "chicken skin". It most often appears on the back and outer sides of the upper arms (though the lower arms can also be affected), and can also occur on the thighs and tops of legs, flanks, buttocks or any body part except glabrous skin (like the palms or soles of feet). Less commonly, lesions appear on the face and may be mistaken for acne.

    Worldwide, KP affects an estimated 40 to 50% of the adult population and approximately 50 to 80% of all adolescents. It is more common in women than in men. Varying in degree, cases of KP can range from minimal to severe.[citation needed]

    There are several different types of keratosis pilaris, including keratosis pilaris rubra (red, inflamed bumps), alba (rough, bumpy skin with no irritation), rubra faceii (reddish rash on the cheeks) and related disorders.

    Many people with keratosis pilaris do not know they have it (if the condition is mild). While KP resembles goose bumps, it is characterized by the appearance of small rough bumps on the skin. As a result, it is often confused with acne.

    Keratosis pilaris occurs as excess keratin, a natural protein in the skin, accumulates within the hair follicles forming hard plugs (process known as hyperkeratinization). Bearing only cosmetic consequence, the condition most often appears as a proliferation of tiny hard bumps that are seldom sore or itchy. Though people with keratosis pilaris experience this condition year round, it’s during the colder months when moisture levels in the air are lower that the problem can become exacerbated and the “goose bumps” are apt to look and feel more pronounced in color and texture.

    [edit] Treatment

    There is currently no known cure for keratosis pilaris, however, there are effective treatments available which make its symptoms less apparent. The condition often improves with age and can even disappear completely in adulthood, though some will show signs of keratosis pilaris for life. Treatments are largely symptomatic and must be repeated. Regardless, exfoliation, intensive moisturizing cremes, lac-hydrin, Retin A and medicated lotions containing alpha hydroxy acids or urea may be used to temporarily improve the appearance and texture of affected skin. Milk baths may provide some cosmetic improvement due to the lactic acid — a natural alpha hydroxy acid in milk. Sunlight may also be helpful but increases risk of skin cancer. Small amounts of vitamin A can be used orally but only with exteme caution due to potential for liver damage. Check with a Dermatologist or Family Doctor before taking extra vitamin A due to the vitamins’ potential toxic effects.

    Scratching and picking at KP bumps causes them to redden (if they do not already appear red), and in many cases will cause bleeding. Excessive picking can lead to scarring. Wearing clothing that is looser around the affected areas can also help reduce the marks, as constant chafing from clothing (such as tight fitting jeans) is similar to repeatedly scratching the bumps.

    Many KP bumps contain an ingrown hair that has coiled. This is a result of the keratinized skin "capping off" the hair follicle, preventing the hair from exiting. Instead, the hair grows inside the follicle, often encapsulated, and can be removed, much like an ingrown hair, though can lead to scarring.

    Food allergies may also exacerbate the condition, causing hyper-keratosis pilaris, gluten being a common culprit (source: physician’s (MD) oral presentation).

  2. Rat Face, 08 February, 2010

    How long have you had them, and what color are they? Do they bother you at all other than appearance?

  3. jessicagarth102, 08 February, 2010

    try and go to a massage therapist and ask if it is your Lymph nodes……..

  4. bowery girl, 08 February, 2010

    i hate to tell u this and I’m hoping its not the same thing but it sounds like it and i have never been able to find out….the closest thing i could describe them as is little tiny goose bumps, just like you said cant see them but can feel them slightly…i have never been able to get rid of them but the best thing Ive found that has helped the most is Aveeno products. One, Positively radiant duel cleansing pads (for the face) and they have a moisturising cream\oil (the one with the pink top) i hope this helps for now, I’d be interested if u find out how to get rid of it, its just so small it became insignificant until i noticed your ?

  5. Ally H, 08 February, 2010

    Exfoliate your arms, apply hydrocortisone cream on it, or Alpha Hydroxy lotion. Use a loofah sponge in the shower for it. Be gentle when washing that part of your skin.
    I take a zinc tablet once a day and most of your skin problems fade away from it.

  6. Skins1212, 08 February, 2010

    It something that many people are afflicted with and it can be remedied with hormone cream acquired threw a dermatolagist
    but it’s kinda expensive, and when you stop using it comes back.You can also try mild natural soap and a poof scrub when showering.

  7. Strawberry BigMac, 08 February, 2010

    its keratosis pilaris…you can exfoliate it a bit and use a really good cream or oil to help them smoothe out. But otherwise its genetic and their is not much you can do about it unless its reaaally bad you can maybe pay for Pulsed Dye Laser treatments but they are expensive.

  8. chocodream88, 08 February, 2010

    it is keratosis pilaris. i have it too. don’t scratch at them, i used to do that and it only makes them worse. if you religiously moisturize and leave them alone, they should go away.

    you’ll need to use a CREAM, not a lotion though. lotions aren’t strong enough. this completely cleared up my problem, but for some people it never goes away completely. the cream will get it as best as it can be though.

  9. Lucy M, 08 February, 2010

    I know what you’re talking about, my friend has them, and I have a little bit. Well my friend is going to see a dermatologist about it to see what it really is. I personally think its something you go through when you start puberty.

  10. masterblaster, 08 February, 2010

    i used to have these and i started using a flannel with soap, and giving it a good scrub not too hard and not every day, otherwise you could make an exfoliating scrub out of salt(any will do) and glycerin( you can buy it cheap in chemist) and add any oils if you fancy i used ground up lavender but then ended up blocking the plug hole a bit, whoops , then moisterise with a light moisteriser if you want i use super drug coconut oil from the hair care section , but just remember dont go to mad with the scrubbing and make sure you are not allergic to anything you use, all the best

  11. sandyblondegirl, 08 February, 2010

    I’m not sure just what those little bumps are, or what causes them. I have them on the back of my arms and legs.

    Avon recently came out with an exfoliating moisturizer treatment called Moisture Therapy Skin Bump Minimizer. I just got some earlier this week, and even after using it for only 3 days the bumps are less noticeable.

  12. mwahmarshall, 08 February, 2010

    Lots of people have those and I had some too for a while.

    Those are tiny little ingrow hairs, caused by the short, unnoticeable "duvet" that grows all over your body. It’s short fuzz that’s usually light colored and you have some on your face, stomach, all over.

    Take a loofah or scrub and rub it over your affected areas when you shower and they should dissapear over time.
    That’s what happened to me

  13. Coda2, 08 February, 2010

    We call them "winter skin". You can get them on your arms, legs and upper back.
    Usually caused by wearing clothing to keep warm but getting too warm. Your pores need to breathe.
    Use an exfoliate and minimal lotion – as this won’t allow the skin to breathe. Wear loose cotton clothing to help and get some fresh air, when it warms up.

  14. jess_falk, 08 February, 2010

    I used to have those bumps on the same place you have it as well as all over my legs as well.

    I got Tea Tree Oil and would put in on cotton balls and smooth it on my legs and arms (where the bumps were) and they went away within a few weeks. *Keep in mind: Tea Tree Oil has a very potent smell, so, I would recommend putting it on before bed*

  15. LINDA J, 08 February, 2010

    it could be a food allergy

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