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Old 07-06-2006, 01:28 PM   #1
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tiny red bumps/chicken skin on upper arms?

I have tiny red bumps on the back of my upper arms. I have had it forever and do not know how to get rid of it. Someone told me a term used for it is chicken skin. I have exfoliated, moisurized and anything else i could do and nothing seems to work. I dont even like wearing tank tops. Is this a skin disorder? Any suggestions would be great. Thanks alot.

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Old 07-07-2006, 07:10 AM   #2
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Re: tiny red bumps/chicken skin on upper arms?


I have this also. It comes and goes. I still have faint scars (like freckles) where it occurs.
I'm sure I only recently read that it can be due to a lack of zinc in the diet. Maybe you could try a supplement for 30 days and see if it helps.
I know that the better my diet, the better it is.


Old 07-07-2006, 07:39 AM   #3
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Re: tiny red bumps/chicken skin on upper arms?

I have this also, and it was actually worse when I was in my teens and twenties. I'm 47 now, and went to a dermatologist for something else, and he took one look at my arms and gave me SALEX lotion. I didn't actually start using it until about a month ago (when short sleeve weather came).
It seems to be helping a bit, but I've been told it takes quite a while - so I guess I should have started over the winter!!

It does make my skin nice and smooth feeling, although the red bumps are still visible - but like I said, it takes a long time. I'm thinking I'll probably have to use this stuff forever - to keep it gone (if it every really goes away).


Old 07-13-2006, 02:05 PM   #4
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Re: tiny red bumps/chicken skin on upper arms?

This condition is called keratosis pilaris and unfortunately is an incurable condition. Because it usually doesn't itch and doesn't have any other side effects other than being ugly, it hasn't gotten much attention in the medical world -- we still don't know exactly what causes it, although some people think it has to do with a problem with desquamation and shedding of skin cells that get clogged in the hair follicles. The only thing you can do is try to treat the cosmetic appearance of it, but treatment must be continual or else any improvement will be lost. Your derm might prescribe a number of hydrating and exfoliating lotions like Am-Lactin, Tazorac, Urea, Carmol, Lac-Hydrin, Retin-A, etc. There are other commercial products like KP Duty sold in Sephora and online. With some people, it gets better with age; with others, it gets worse or stays the same throughout life. Sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but at least it's not life or health threatening!

Old 07-14-2006, 10:32 AM   #5
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Re: tiny red bumps/chicken skin on upper arms?

thanks for the reply's. maybe i will go see a dermatologist to see if i can get some kind of cream. It doesnt bother me, but I hate how it looks.

Old 10-29-2006, 11:43 AM   #6
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Re: tiny red bumps/chicken skin on upper arms?

I have found that my KP has been kept under control by doing the following:

1. Washing my arms with Plexion cloths and an exfoliating glove. I lather the plexion into the glove and gently clean my the backs of my arms. My dermatologist says that the glove probably makes it worse, but when I just use the cloths, i still get bumps.

2. Good moisturizer. I use Cetaphil lotion in the Summer and Cetaphil cream in the winter.

My skin isn't perfectly smooth, but the redness and raised bumps have been dramatically decreased. I've also had success in the past with Lac-Hydrin 6% which you can get at walgreens. I tried the Am-Lactin 12% from Costco, but the dosage was too high for my skin.

Hope this helps!


Old 10-30-2006, 04:05 AM   #7
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Re: tiny red bumps/chicken skin on upper arms?

Well, usually the Skin Problem has proved to be too tricky & it has always created much troubles & tortures for the Patients.
The fact is Each skin rash has so many complicated symptons & sufferings that the Problem & understanding the root cause as well as right treatment is either confused or lost or experimented.

Either People are not interested to listen about your Skin Problems or they pass on the Buck by advising to go for Skin Specialists. Again in stead of right treatment, either you are put to experimental treatments or asked to go for a Number of tests. Both the way If you are lucky you are geting some relief for sheer coincidence that experiments & disease were matching.

Its a fact that 85 % of Skin Problems are manifestation of some or the other Allergy, 5 % are due to Fungus & remaining could be any thing. So better get the Allergy treatment with Anti fungus topical & Oral Medicines.

Selun Shamoo or any Shampoo with 2.5 % Selenium Sulphide, puting all over body can prove to be good Anti fungul treatment if continued for 4 weeks.
Any good Anti Hitamines or Anti Allergy Medicines are also worth taking to see you have treated the Allergy, While most important is One must find out about the particular thing that each respective patient might have been allergic to. Unless one avoids the Allergen, he would continue to suffer.

Plus, One must take some Vitamin C rich Fruits & Vegetables, Anti Oxidents like Orange Juice, Some Garlic & other natural foods rich in Vitamins & Minerals, while keeping care of cleanliness & hygin of body.

I do wish relief to all, suffering from Skin Problems ( A whole lot suffers ) & like them to be with healthier smiles. Just "Takecare"

Old 06-04-2007, 04:48 PM   #8
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Re: tiny red bumps/chicken skin on upper arms?

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Old 11-12-2007, 10:04 AM   #9
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Re: tiny red bumps/chicken skin on upper arms?

KP sufferers unite!

I've found that by washing the bumps with a moisturizing body wash and then applying lotion with Vitamin E [not hard to find] really helps. It won't cure the condition, but it will help control it.
If it really irks you, make an appointment with your derm.

Andi xox

Old 06-05-2008, 09:36 AM   #10
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Re: tiny red bumps/chicken skin on upper arms?

Yes, I've had the bumps for years! I'm so excited that I FINALLY found the answer after dealing with the issue for more than 15 years!

I suspect we may not all have the same trigger, but for me it's definitely yeast. I used [B]Nizoral dandruff shampoo [/B] by putting it directly on my arms (and also backs of upper legs) straight from the bottle. I let it stay on 15 minutes before washing it off. The result:[B] I'm CURED![/B] I can't believe it. I did this two days in a row and now I keep rubbing my arms in disbelief! After 15 years - wow. I just wish I'd learned this sooner.

I don't know how often I will need to do this, but it's unbelievable. I hesitate to say it's the answer to everyone's Keratosis pilaris, but yeast is surely my problem. I learned that Nizoral is an anti-fungal that works well on yeast and apparently that's how it worked.

I live in Florida and so short sleeves and sleeveless clothing is worn year-around. I am SO HAPPY to find my cure! The shampoo costs $10 a bottle, but well worth it. I've spent as much as $80 for various bottles of lotions, etc. Lotions such as MD Forte from the dermatologist office helped only a little. It's such a shame that even the dermatologists apparently don't know the Nizoral cure.

I also have recurring vaginal yeast infections, irritated and swollen eyes and sometimes get cracks at the corners of my mouth. I'm convinced they're all yeast problems and will use the Nizoral on all places. I'll also continue to treat the yeast from the inside...been using Threelac product and also recently began drinking apple cider vinegar water (2 tsp. per 8 oz. water). It tastes bad, but works on the yeast. TRY IT!!!! Good luck to everyone with this painless yet very irritating and embarassing issue.

Old 06-30-2008, 08:44 AM   #11
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Thank you Susan000! I went out and bought some Nizoral dandruff shampoo over the weekend. Like you - I used it twice and the bumps on my arm are pretty much gone! My doctor had told me to use Amlactin, but this Nizoral dandruff shampoo works about 100 times better. Thank you again for sharing your information!

Old 06-30-2008, 09:13 AM   #12
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Re: tiny red bumps/chicken skin on upper arms?

thats great advice about the shampoo! I wonder if "Selsun Blue" shampoo would work as well? As it also is used for treating skin fungal problems.

But I also have the tiny bumps on back of my arms/shoulder and even a few on chest, I thought was Keratosis Pilaris however I showed my doctor and he said was Folliculitis. However looking at photos, to me it looks alot more like Keratosis Pilaris.

Old 07-05-2008, 11:26 PM   #13
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Re: tiny red bumps/chicken skin on upper arms?

Has anyone ever had KP on your face? I have it on arms and thighs, though it has gotten better now that I am in my 30's. Two of my 3 kids seem to have it, but my daughter has it on her cheeks, arms and legs. Drs. don't seem concerned, but it bothers me - she is just 7 and should have soft smooth skin! We have tried several ineffective lotions, but I will try the Nizoral, I just don't want it to hurt her face. she calls them her "goose bumps". They don't look too bad, but they are noticeable.

Anyone have this problem with children?

Old 07-11-2008, 11:01 AM   #14
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Hi there. Like you TXMommy27 my daughter is 7 and has this condition - mostly on her thighs, calves and upper arms, and a teensy sprinkling of these bumps on her cheeks. She hates it and has been known to take a pumice stone to her arms!! She [I][B]should[/B][/I] have perfect soft smooth skin and I was at my wits end as to how to treat it, especially as my other daughter who is 9 has beautiful soft, smooth skin and my little 'un laments often at the unfairness of it all!! She did have eczema when she was a toddler and I was advised that it was related...??!! [COLOR="Purple"][B] However[/B][/COLOR], after finding this site, after [B]many[/B] a google search, and reading this thread, I will buy Nizoral dandruff shampoo as soon as possible and give that a try! Im just hoping she wont have a reaction to it...fingers crossed! Thank you [COLOR="DarkOrchid"]susan000[/COLOR] for sharing, and everyone else for sharing their advice and experience with this too

Old 07-11-2008, 11:37 AM   #15
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Re: tiny red bumps/chicken skin on upper arms?

I have suffered from this also for my entire sister and father had it I believe it is genetic...the only thing I have ever found to work is the sun!!! I have tried everything known to man and doctor and it hasn't ever worked...I even went as far as only wearing shirts that would hide the rash and then one day I put a tank top on to get some sun and I did this for a summer and it was gone!!! I have been free of it since as long as I get some sun on it..the scares from it are still there not real noticable but it is gone!!!

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