July 12th, 2012 • Posted by Helene Taylor • Permalink
What are those pesky bumps on the back of my arm?
Keratosis Pilaris is a common skin condition where the Keratin in your skin forms a hard plug within the hair follicle. It affects 50%-80% of adolescents and 40% of adults.
What are the symptoms? Often described as " goose bumps" typically found on the back of the arms and thighs. Slight pinkness is seen around the bumps. Bumps on the face are often mistaken for acne.
What Causes it? Unknown, but it seems to run in families,50%-70% genetic predisposition. More common in people who have very dry skin, or with eczema.
Is there a cure? Although there is no cure it does seem to fade with age. Its generally worse in the winter and often clears in the summer.
Is there a treatment? Exfoliation scrub and lotions containing AHA of lactic acid, salicylic acid or glycolic acid. Steroid creams to reduce redness.
Call your health Care professional if you find the bumps do not get better with lotion you purchase over the counter. At La Bella Medispa our registered nurse will assess your skin and can offer a prescription grade scrub and lotion.