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Ugly red bumps on the back of my arms :( How do I get rid?

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Somethingtothinkabout Sun 14-Apr-13 17:59:13

Has anyone else had these? They are on the back top of my arms in a redish, purplish patch. They look rough, but don't feel rough.

My arms are fairly scrawny and I am frighteningly very pale so that might not help sad

I have 5 weddings to go to over the next 3 months and I need to get rid of them before then as all my dresses are short sleeves. <shudders>

Anyone have any ideas? I'll try anything.

TIA thanks

clattypatty Sun 14-Apr-13 18:06:24

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DameFanny Sun 14-Apr-13 18:07:29

Iirc, someone on here once got rid of them by using the flexitol heel balm on them - something to do with the urea content sorted them out. Worth a go?

SirToffeeDoris Sun 14-Apr-13 18:08:24

Old thread with ideas

whatamigoingtodonow Sun 14-Apr-13 18:14:10

Massage in extra virgin olive oil, 4 times a day. And a microfibre cloth to exfoliate - not a pricey dermaflannel (£12 wtf) but you get 5 for £1.50 from Tesco (value ones, nice and soft so they're suitable for skin). I also hear that Boots own brand version of Flexitol is brilliant, and doesn't smell peculiar smile

Somethingtothinkabout Sun 14-Apr-13 18:17:10

Dame for some reason I read your post as being about some sort of heel pumice stone and was confused when I googled it. blush It's definitely worth a try. I also once had a face mask that apparently had urea in it - might dig it out and try that too.

Thanks for the link!

I might take a photo of them and compare after a week or two so I can see if it's making any difference.

Somethingtothinkabout Sun 14-Apr-13 18:20:23

Thanks, WhatamI, I'm on it!

My only extra virgin olive oil is infused with garlic so I'll need a new one or I'll smell peculiar anyway grin

Ironbluemayfly Sun 14-Apr-13 18:26:52

Mine go when my arms get out in the sun

Laquila Sun 14-Apr-13 20:09:11

Exfoliation and sunshine will help. Also, Palmers Cocoa Butter skin-refining moisturiser - the ones in the blue bottle with AHAs in it.

shopafrolic Sun 14-Apr-13 20:29:05

Flexitol heel balm and exfoliate

PirateShit Sun 14-Apr-13 20:31:25

I had this last year and I exfoliated in the shower every day and brushed them with a body brush and it went away. The brush was from body shop I think. I still use it occasionally on arms and legs, supposed to be good for cellulite too!

WhenSheWasBadSheWasHopeful Sun 14-Apr-13 21:03:11

I've had this. Just repeating other posters advice - exfoliate and moisturise
I have dry skin and it really is impossible for me to over moisturise, have been know to put it on 4 times a day, it really helps.

2kidsintow Sun 14-Apr-13 21:06:35

TravelinColour Sun 14-Apr-13 21:09:53

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DownyEmerald Sun 14-Apr-13 21:34:35


fulltimeworkingmum Sun 14-Apr-13 21:37:36

Keratosis pilaris. You are genetically pre-disposed to it. Good exfoliation and moisturisation will minimise it.

Tigglette Sun 14-Apr-13 21:58:00

Deficiency in essential fatty acids can cause bumps on the backs of arms. Mine pretty much disappeared when I started taking an omega 6 supplement.

CarpeVinum Sun 14-Apr-13 21:59:04


Tis magic.

If it's out of stock keep an eye out for when it comes back and grab one quick. Bloody things sell out really quickly.

awaywego1 Sun 14-Apr-13 22:17:41

Mine are loads better since I had to go gluten free-although it's a big change for a smallish problem maybe reducing wheat might help a bit.

Abzs Mon 15-Apr-13 14:42:47

I second (third/fourth?) the exfoliate and moisturise plan. I've had this since I was a child and moisturising the proverbial out of it is the best solution.

Once the moisturising starts working, get out in the sun in short sleeves (and sun cream) as that helps too.

moongoddess Mon 15-Apr-13 15:55:53

I found this link on pinterest

I haven't tried it yet , it's from America but if you watch through they have some home remedies they say work including anti-dandruff shampoo shock

Somethingtothinkabout Tue 16-Apr-13 23:04:00

Has anyone used that Soap and Glory 'The Scrub Of Your Life'? That's the exfoliating scrub I have but I'm not sure it's aggressive enough?

I think the moisturising and scrubbing is helping though, and I'm going to get that heel cream this week too.

BeCool Wed 17-Apr-13 10:08:58

Supplementing with Omega 3 and Vit A will get rid of them quite quickly

kiwigirl42 Wed 17-Apr-13 11:42:20

flexitol got rid of mine. bought it off amazon. smells like peppermint. the urea in it breaks down the collagen overgrowth thats causing the bumps. it is really effective

kicker Wed 17-Apr-13 13:52:45

DD age 6 has this. I have been giving her cod liver oil (for an unrelated issue) and her skin has got a lot smoother. It's not cured but it's a lot better. I think the dietary route is the way to go.

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