The condition that usually manifests itself with red bumps on arms, face or legs is scientifically known as keratosis pilaris. Most people refer to the condition as chicken skin. This is very fitting since the bumps appear right where your hair follicles are and resemble the skin of a chicken when its feathers have been plucked out.
Though the condition is hereditary and there are very little creams and other treatments can do, there are a few things that can help. No, they won’t cure you but may make the bumps less obvious by lessening their redness. Consider a few:
Avoid hot temperatures. You should try and stick with taking cold baths and keeping the affected part away from the heat. Heat only irritates your skin and will redden the area.
- Don’t scrub. Though it may seem like a good idea to scrub the bumps away, this will only make matters worse. Whenever you take a bath, leave the affected part away from your scrubbing.
- Keep a good diet. Having plenty of fruits may not cure the problem but it will get your body stronger. If you can’t cure it from the outside, try doing so from the inside.
- Keep your skin moisturized. This could include using a lotion daily with some urea content. Having well-moisturized skin will lessen the probability of your skin drying.
- Consult your dermatologist. This is very important especially if you want to try out one of the recommended medical creams. There are many retinol products that are being used to alleviate the condition but all require professional consultation first.
Having red bumps on arms is probably something you will have to live with. The condition is hereditary and there is little you can do to cure it. With the help of a doctor though, you can at least lessen it from spreading.