Little red bumps on upper leg

sew and sewsew and sew Registered Users Posts: 3,443
About three months ago I started noticing that the skin on the upper part of my legs is looking really agitated. In the shower it turns red and really blotchy in patches, blotchy like the appearence of curdled milk, and it doesn't go away until about a half hour after showering. This morning I noticed my skin was red there for no apparent reason, but atleast not blotchy. Plus I am breaking out there, which is definetely something new. There's a few pimples on each leg (grossss i know :( )and then some really little red bumps, but they're not pimples. The top of the little bumps are kinda hard, it's weird. My skin is on the sensitive side and apparently also oily, but it feels dry :? Any suggestions, insight into what the little bumps are about would be really appreciated.
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  • curlyhockeyfan31curlyhockeyfan31 Registered Users Posts: 40
    It could be keratosis pilaris or maybe regular ingrown hairs, from shaving.

    KP is an acceleration of skin shedding. It happens so fast that it plugs up the hair follicles and you get red bumps. Usually people get it on the backs of their arms but you can get it on your legs, too. If it turns out to be that, exfoliate and moisturize!
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  • sew and sewsew and sew Registered Users Posts: 3,443
    KP is an acceleration of skin shedding. It happens so fast that it plugs up the hair follicles and you get red bumps. Usually people get it on the backs of their arms but you can get it on your legs, too. If it turns out to be that, exfoliate and moisturize!

    Wow, thankyou. That is definetely it because I do have a few on the back of my arms. So just exfoliate and moisturize, that's not so bad! :D

    Would you happen to know why the skin is shed faster in those places, is it because it's more prone to be dry there?
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  • curlyhockeyfan31curlyhockeyfan31 Registered Users Posts: 40
    KP is genetic. Glad to hear you only have a few. Mild cases usually clear up by the time you are 30 and are easier to treat in the meantime. Sadly, my case is not mild and shows no signs of clearing up. I may have to resort to a prescription. I have heard that lotions with glycolic acid or urea are helpful. Brands that have been recommended to me: Epilyt, Carmol 20, Dermadoctor KP Duty (expensive, that one, can be found at Nordstrom). Good luck!
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  • sew and sewsew and sew Registered Users Posts: 3,443
    KP is genetic. Glad to hear you only have a few. Mild cases usually clear up by the time you are 30 and are easier to treat in the meantime. Sadly, my case is not mild and shows no signs of clearing up. I may have to resort to a prescription. I have heard that lotions with glycolic acid or urea are helpful. Brands that have been recommended to me: Epilyt, Carmol 20, Dermadoctor KP Duty (expensive, that one, can be found at Nordstrom). Good luck!

    Aww thank you. Sorry to hear yours isn't mild. Hope you find something good that doesn't cost a fortune. I was telling my brother about this and he thinks he has it a little too. Do you know if KP can go hand in hand with breakouts or is that just two seperate thing?
    A lady at my Dad's work told him that urine helps clear up breakouts :shock: Why that fact was relevant to any conversation my middle aged father could be having with a female coworker is beyond me. But apparently because of the urea in there, it's effective ( but crazy :o )
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  • curlyhockeyfan31curlyhockeyfan31 Registered Users Posts: 40
    No, KP does not go with breakouts; it is a different thing altogether. And since it is genetic I would not be surprised if your brother has it, too. My cousin and my aunt have it, too. It is actually more common than you would think.

    Yeah, I have heard that about urine. Icky! I think the Carmol 20's active ingrediant is urea. I recently heard that salicylic acid is good, too. A multi-step approach is supposed to be a good idea. Like maybe use one type in the morning and another at night. Oh, and consistency is key. If you find something that works don't stop after it clears up because it will probably come back.

    Well, I am glad someone can benefit from all the research I have done. There are still a couple of things I have not tried so I have not quite given up.
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  • RednaturalcurlsRednaturalcurls Registered Users Posts: 1,814 Curl Neophyte
    I have a rather severe case of kp on both my arms and my legs (worse on my arms I think). My dermatologist recommended AmLactin for it. You can get it over the counter (you may have to ask the pharmacist but you don't need a prescription) or order it online. I know www.dermstore.com carries it. It comes in both a lotion and a cream. For me the cream works better because the coating is a bit stronger. Does make me feel a little oily but better than looking at tons of red bumps. I also exfoliate with a glycolic acid wash and that has been helping too. Depending on how bad it is, it can take just a few days to a few months to respond to the medication. Definitely be consistent like curleyhockeyfan31 said (that's my problem.....I forget to use it) and don't stop using it because you think it's gone. It never really goes away and it can come back quickly once you stop (again one of my downfalls). Good luck!

    Oh and ewww about the urine thing! I've never heard that but that's kind of gross.
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  • curlyhockeyfan31curlyhockeyfan31 Registered Users Posts: 40
    I have the Amlactin lotion. Maybe I should try the cream. I had not tried a glycolic acid wash, though the lotion I was using has it. But it was very expensive and I ran out in less than two months.

    How many times a day do you apply the Amlactin, Red?
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  • RednaturalcurlsRednaturalcurls Registered Users Posts: 1,814 Curl Neophyte
    Usually only once. If I remember, I try to do it twice but usually just once in the morning before I go to work. I have a prescription version of Amlactin creme but the dermatologist said the over the counter is the same. He prefers the lotion because it isn't as thick but I tried that and I don't think it works as well. The cream leaves a coating which also keeps me from popping the bumps too (another one of my bad things to do). I got the glycolic wash through www.dermstore.com It was a kit that came with a loofah and a lotion. Don't care much for the lotion but the wash seems to help. Opens up the pores I guess and then when I follow with the cream it keeps them from clogging back up. I think I will just buythe wash next time.

    Did you know that kp is a form of eczema? I just found that out at my last visit to the doctor.
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  • KirochkaKirochka Registered Users Posts: 43
    I happened to come across this thread, and I've got to thank you people who posted to it... I've always, always had this on my upper arms and thighs but never knew there was any treatment for it. I've ordered a couple of things that were mentioned here and will see how they work. Thank you, guys!
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  • curlyarcacurlyarca Registered Users Posts: 8,449 Curl Connoisseur
    Did you know that kp is a form of eczema? I just found that out at my last visit to the doctor.

    yup. before my kp appeared, i had "regular" eczema on my right arm and my left ankle (weird, i know) as a child.

    my case is beyond mild, too, but it's improving since i started exfoliating more.

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  • RednaturalcurlsRednaturalcurls Registered Users Posts: 1,814 Curl Neophyte
    I have eczema in my hands too. At one point it was so bad it had spread to my neck, my face and my toes. That only happened once though. Now I just get an occassional flare up on one finger of each hand (strange, right?). That is becoming less and less frequent as time goes on. But I never knew kp had any relation to eczema. Interesting.
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  • leenieleenie Registered Users Posts: 194
    Another one thanking you for this thread!

    I have the same problem -- kp on my upper arms. Does anyone know if Amlactin is available in Canada or if there is something similar I can look for?

    Thanks!
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  • Confused CurlyConfused Curly Registered Users Posts: 229
    I'm 35 and I never had this problem before this year. I have red bumps and pimples on the back of my upper-thighs and it is GROSS! I've always had "perfect" skin with the exception of a few mild monthly break outs on my face. I am not amused.

    I've ordered the AmLactin lotion referenced above. I decided against the cream because I have pimples as well as the red bumps. If this doesn't work, I'll try the glycolic acid wash.

    I also have a few little red bumps on my upper arms. Those don't bother me as much because they are very tiny and no pimples are involved.

    What is exzema? I always get in and psoriasis confused. :oops: I know one is just a very fancy name for EXTREMELY dry skin.

    I'll update once I receive the lotion in the mail. I'm too lazy to see if they carry it in a store near me. :oops:
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  • alelyalely Registered Users Posts: 12

    What is exzema? I always get in and psoriasis confused. :oops: I know one is just a very fancy name for EXTREMELY dry skin.

    no neither of them are just extremely dry skin. eczema is dry patches of skin only it itches horribly and even just with the lightest scratch the skin just peels and is usually red and dry looking. i have it and use a prescripstion ointment for flare ups. luckily mine is fairly mild IF i have a prescription which is running out :( unlike most ppl mine flares up in dryer colder weather. most ppl with eczema (my nephew) are opposite and it flares up in hotter humid weather.

    psoriasis is tons worse and it usually scars. at least from the few ppl with it that i've met. it even occurs on the scalp. i honestly dont know much about it but its tons worse than eczema :(
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  • RednaturalcurlsRednaturalcurls Registered Users Posts: 1,814 Curl Neophyte
    I think it depends on the type of eczema and where it appears. For me when it appears on my hands it starts out as these tiny little blisters that itch. Usually within 24 hours they pop and leave little sore spots that itch even more and then eventually just go away. However when it appeared on my neck, face and toes it was just itchy red splotch marks. According to the doctor it was because I had touched my face and neck with my hands and it spread that way which is why it appeared as splotch marks. Thankfully now I only get a flare up once in awhile and only on one finger of each hand although I have heard that is not that uncommon. Very wierd. It all relates to have extremely dry skin but there is more to it than that.
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  • puddlespuddles Registered Users Posts: 45
    Another thank you for the great information in this thread! I have had eczema like Red described (dyshydrotic my Dr. said) on my knuckles, elbows and occasionally my face. It's worse during humidity - like Sally. And now I know what those little bumps on my legs and upper arms are and that they're eczema related. I'm definitely going to exfoliate more for the KP. Thanks again for the tips!
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  • RednaturalcurlsRednaturalcurls Registered Users Posts: 1,814 Curl Neophyte
    I just saw this in my new Glamour magazine and thought I would pass it on. There is a short tidbit about kp on page 66. It says "Whatever you do, don't loofah off those dry, bumpy patches. Your problem, called keratosis pilaris, happens when hair follicles become chronically clogged, says Ellen Gendler, M.D., a dermatologist in New York City: "Nobody knows shy it happens, but we do know that scrubbing makes it worse." Try a nonabrasive exfoliant like glycolic, salicylic, or lactic acid found in creams such as Eucerin Plus Intensive Repair Body Cream ($8.50, at drugstores). With daily use, you'll be camisole-ready in two weeks."

    Personally I have not tried that cream but I thought it might be useful info to others with this problem.
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  • curlyhockeyfan31curlyhockeyfan31 Registered Users Posts: 40
    Yeah, I saw that about not exfoliating. The mixed messages are starting to irritate me. My derm just told me to exfoliate! :x And that camisole ready in two weeks is bull. Maybe for someone with a mild case. But not me. :cry:
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  • fuzzygurlfuzzygurl Registered Users Posts: 21
    Whatever you do, don't loofah off those dry, bumpy patches. Your problem, called keratosis pilaris, happens when hair follicles become chronically clogged,

    This makes no sense, right? That's like saying not exfoliating will cure clogged pores. KP does involve clogged pores but that's not the extent. I know personally that exfoliating GENTLY can help tremendously. I usually don't think about exfoliating in the shower unless i have an important event coming up and i spend every day for the next 2 or 3 weeks treating my mild case of KP. OVERExfoliation can certainly cause irritation but proper exfoliation with a loofah or buff-puff can do a lot of good.

    On another note, the KP on my legs has gotten just gross so last night i added a little 100% Vitamin E Oil to my lotion (for better distribution) and it made a world of difference. This morning my legs didn't feel as rough as usual and my skin had better clarity. I'm going to try this on my arms tonight and see how it helps.
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  • fuzzygurlfuzzygurl Registered Users Posts: 21
    "Nobody knows why it happens, but we do know that scrubbing makes it worse."

    Just had to post this info, too:
    Why KP occurs?

    The bumps of KP result from the way in which scales are shed from the outer skin around KP affected hair follicles. In these follicles, the outer skin scales are excessively adherent and do not shed easily. This phenomenon is known as abnormal keratinization or hyperkeratinization. The fact that it is localized to the individual follicles and occurs in each and every one in a certain area, explains its characteristic "millions of bumps" appearance.

    Sometimes, this hyperkeratotic buildup entraps the hair within the follicle. The trapped hair gets bunched up and may lead to a red irritated bump that may fill with pus. These pus filled red bumps are often confused with bacterial folliculitis or acne.

    People with a history of skin allergies are most susceptible to this condition. The papules tend to occur in association with allergic dermatitis and several types of xerotic (dry) skin disorders. Both of these conditions have a strong hereditary link.

    Keratosis pilaris tends to be more severe during the winter months or other times of low humidity when skin dries out. Areas where relative humidity is low have a higher incidence of Keratosis Pilaris.


    For those of you with KP, this is the most informative link i have found:
    http://www.keratosispilaris.org
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  • Confused CurlyConfused Curly Registered Users Posts: 229
    Yeah, I saw that about not exfoliating. The mixed messages are starting to irritate me. My derm just told me to exfoliate! :x And that camisole ready in two weeks is bull. Maybe for someone with a mild case. But not me. :cry:

    I'm with CHF: I got the AmLactin lotion in the mail and my legs have improved a lot but not as much as that quote implies. They look more like my arms now - ie passable but nowhere near flawless. I've been using it twice a day for about 3 weeks.

    fuzzygurl - thanks for the link:
    Keratosis pilaris tends to be more severe during the winter months or other times of low humidity when skin dries out. Areas where relative humidity is low have a higher incidence of Keratosis Pilaris.

    Unfortunately, in California it is dry in the summer. :x
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  • RednaturalcurlsRednaturalcurls Registered Users Posts: 1,814 Curl Neophyte
    This may be kind of a goofy question but I was thinking if the hair follicle get clogs and the hair gets trapped which causes the bumps to appear then wouldn't removing the hair stop that? Like waxing it or something? I just wondered about that because usually if I can get the hair out of the bump then it goes away.
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  • fuzzygurlfuzzygurl Registered Users Posts: 21
    I know for myself that regularly shaving seems to help, especially on my legs which can get pretty bad. But i wonder if it's because when i shave i am more careful about moisturizing (especially my legs)??? However, on the flip side, when the KP gets expecially bad on the legs, it's harder to shave, my skin gets more easily irritated and shaving the bumps makes it gross. I've had to go a couple of weeks without shaving (in summer, no less!) because of the KP being so bad.

    I did start shaving my arms 1-2 times a week this summer (though blonde, my hair is really, really long on my arms) and I noticed a difference in the KP after 3-4 weeks. Maybe because it's kind of an exfoliation for your skin, as well?

    On a side note, the Shave Minimizer Jergens lotion (with soy) seems to really help more noticably than any lotion i've used so far. I wonder what ingredient in it is working so well on my skin?

    OK, sorry, enough rambling.. . . . .. .
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  • RednaturalcurlsRednaturalcurls Registered Users Posts: 1,814 Curl Neophyte
    That's interesting. I might just have to try that then. I have blond hair on my arms too so I don't think it would be overly obvious if I got rid of it. I will try that lotion too. I have it for my legs but it never occured to me to try anywhere else. Thanks!
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  • hestercurlshestercurls Registered Users Posts: 31
    I have had KP on the backs of my arms and a little bit on my thighs since
    I was a little girl. I don't have it nearly as bad as I did before I started shaving my legs so I shave my arms too. My arms are worse than my legs so I try to remember to put on Alpha Hydroxy lotion (generic walgreens kind, 2 dollars smells terrible) on my arms and maybe my legs if I remember.
  • KurleeKurlee Registered Users Posts: 1,354
    I have always had some KP on my arms. I'll defenitely go look for the Amlactin or the Eucerin creme.
    Thanks for the info! :D

  • KurleeKurlee Registered Users Posts: 1,354
    I stared using the Amlactin. Seems to work. I got kinda white spots from it though I think. :headscratch:headscratch.gif Anyone noticing changes in the skin like that?
    Also do you get more sensitive for the sun using this product? Doesn't say anything on the bottle but I read on the Eucerin bottle with AHA that you get sensitive to the sun and will be until a week after you stopped using it. Little scary i think.

    ETA: Had to stop using Amlactin. Got a rash. :(

  • molliemaemolliemae Registered Users Posts: 8
    Thank goodness I'm not alone!! I've been researching and I think that I have Keratosis Pilaris . My problem is picking @ them!!! I'm getting worse about it too...kind of like a bad habit of biting your nails... :? I'm going to try some of the products mentioned above.
    Thanks for talking about it!
  • RednaturalcurlsRednaturalcurls Registered Users Posts: 1,814 Curl Neophyte
    My problem is picking @ them!!! I'm getting worse about it too...kind of like a bad habit of biting your nails... :?

    That's my problem too. When they get to the point of looking like big white pimples, I just want to squeeze them. Bad, bad, bad. I am trying to stop. My latest experiment is with Salex lotion (salicylic acid, sp?) and Retin-A. Can't tell yet if that is working.
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  • disneylovedisneylove Registered Users Posts: 112
    if it is ingrowns from shaving you could try a trick to find out. next time you shave, apply a powder deoderant to one of the areas that usually gets the bumps but not the other. if the powder deoderant one doesn't get the bumps you will know they are just ingrowns. powder deoderants usually prevents ingrowns (this is a tip from the miss usa pageant beauty book).
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