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Old 06-14-2003, 01:12 PM   #1
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My husband gets little bumps on the back of his arms and has this really bad habit of picking at them all the time unless I tell him to stop. His daughter is now developing these bumps. He's pretty much had them his whole life and claims they are from ingrown hairs but his daughter doesn't have any hair on her arms so I don't think it is that. Does anyone know what they are? I have seen many people with them before. Also is there a way to get him to stop picking it really makes it look worse. It's not near as bad if he just leaves it alone. His daughter is 11 and she will pick her arms just like him and end up with little scabs all over her arms. Help any ideas.

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Old 06-14-2003, 01:54 PM   #2
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what they might have is keratosis pilaris. it is an annoying condition characterized by a pink goosebumpish rash. it is very hard to get rid of. i have a mild case on my butt crack of all places and i hate it.

Old 06-14-2003, 06:01 PM   #3
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I also have Keratosis Pilaris, I have a very widespread case it covers all of my arms,legs,stomach. I wish that i could help with the picking part but i can't. I use retin-a since there is no known cure yet to get rid of them. Good Luck with whatever you try.

Old 06-14-2003, 09:53 PM   #4
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Get this... I have milia and keratosis pilaris!! ARG... so my forehead is all bumpy, and so are the backs of my arms.

However, there is treatment. Milia, it seems, is easier to get rid of. For milia, I just use steam and a washcloth, and I do this daily... soak the end of a washcloth in very hot water, and then wipe along the forehead. Basically, it's a mild dermabrasion without damaging the skin. Just to remove the bumps and prevent new ones from forming. I also use an AHA cleanser which helps a whole lot.

And that leads into the topic... keratosis pilaris has no known cure, but I have noticed that using AHA and BHA solutions really help. I shower with a cleanser containing salicylic acid (BHA) and concentrate on buffing those areas with a washcloth. Then I use an AHA lotion (AquaGlycolic hand and body lotion) to moisturize while removing the dead skin cells. This seems to keep the problem down to a minimum, and I've noticed fast improvements over the past two weeks.

If you can't afford AquaGlycolic, just buy a bottle of Apple Cider Vinegar--nature's miracle cure. It's a powerful AHA (people with sensitive skin generally dillute it). It also has antibacterial and antibiotic properties. There are only two side effects when using apple cider vinegar: red skin and the smell. For me, the smell is nice, a slightly bitter apple smell. For many other people, it's an awful odor. However, inhaling the fumes of apple cider can help prevent bronchial infections. After applying apple cider vinegar to the skin, it generally turns it bright red--due not to irritation, but to the opening of capillaries and blood vessels under the skin. This creates an almost sunburn-like redness that goes away after thirty minutes or so. I only use this stuff at night before bedtime, as a result.

Old 06-14-2003, 10:20 PM   #5
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ugh, i have these bumps on my arms and i've been picking at them for over 8 years (!!!)

actually it's really caused problems in my life - i don't wear tank tops, go swimming, and even avoid intimacy. i try to leave the bumps alone, and i notice them getting better after a week or 2 but at the same time the urge to pick at them always comes back. i almost wonder if i have some kind of OCD. of course if there were NO bumps i would not pick at anything. i will try some of the things suggested here. oh and i have been to a dermatologist and a laser specialist - neither could help me.

Old 06-15-2003, 01:11 AM   #6
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Thanks for the info. Maybe it would help him if he used a Alpha Hydroxy Acid. He has never tried that before. The bumps do seem to have something inside them maybe it would help slough off the outside layer of skin and he wouldn't get so many bumps. He has been picking at them forever probably since he was a kid and he's 40 now. If he goes for two weeks without picking it looks alot better. Sometimes it bothers me not just because of the way it looks but now that he is totally comfortable around me he'll pick at it in front of me and sometimes I am trying to have a conversation with him and he isn't even listening he's just picking I just get so mad. His daughter that is starting with the bumps and habit now used to tell him to stop picking at it and this sounds really silly but he hated it when she would pretend to sing opera music really loud so when he would pick she would say she was going to do her opera and then if he didn't stop she would start doing opera really loud. Well that same daughter now has that habit. I wonder if her watching him do it contributed to her starting to also. I do also get bumps on the back of my arms but very minimal and rarely touch them because I know it makes it look worse. I just wish they could realize that.

Old 06-15-2003, 02:40 AM   #7
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Hey i was just wondering if the apple cider vinegar really helps with the bumps because i have them quite bad and would love to get rid of them.

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