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Old 18-09-2008, 17:11
Shonebizzle
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Hi guys,

The skin on my arms has always been pretty smooth and clear, with only a handful of blocked pores at the backs of them, but they never bothered me. I noticed it's really common and normal for people to have that on their upper arms.

Anyways, around August time I was in the park with my friend when I noticed I suddenly had a few small whiteheads around my upper arms, and was horrifed because I'd never had that before, like I said. I thought that maybe I had an allergic reaction or something and it was a temporary skin rash that would go away. It wasn't hurting or irritating me at all, it was just that it didn't look good.

Over the next few weeks I noticed the whiteheads had started to appear more and more over my arms, I just couldn't understand it. I had acne in the past, plus I have eczema but that hasn't flared up since June. I think I may also have some sort of psoriasis as well - I basically have every skin condition in the book! But this problem is different... I went the docs eventually and she told me they were "blocked pores" and I needed to exfoliate them in the bath/shower and moisturise afterwards and they should go away, and that they're not a serious problem. When I went to my dermatologist recently as well, she also dismissed the problem and said the exfoliation would help.

I just wanna know if anyone else has this same problem, and how long I'm gonna have to wait until all the spots/redness goes away? Or if anyone has tips on how to get rid of them? I think I've noticed a little improvement with them - my skin feels a bit soother and there's not much actual whiteheads any more - but it's still quite noticeable and a bit reddish/pinkish.

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Old 18-09-2008, 18:04
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Hi, it sounds very similar to something i used to have called Keratosis Pilaris.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Keratosis_pilaris

It's faded over the years but i still exfoliate the upper arms and then use a fragrance free moisturiser just incase.

Lisa x
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Old 18-09-2008, 18:23
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I have Keratosis Pilaris too on my upper arms. Exfoliate, and don't pick the white bits....I have a scar from trying to remove one before I knew what it really was...
I live with it, as long as I exfoliate regularly it's not too bad.
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Old 18-09-2008, 23:41
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Damn, so is it like a permanent condition once you get it? You only improve it but can't really get rid of it?
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Old 19-09-2008, 03:35
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Wow, I never knew it had a name, I just thought it was my bad luck. Apparently it's common in people with atopic dermatitis and dry skin, both of which I have.
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Old 19-09-2008, 06:08
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Thanks for posting this thread as I now know what it is!

I just thought it was acne, as I do get bad acne on my face, but now I know that I can do something about it.

I don't wear short sleeve or even sleeveless tops because of it but hopefully soon I can.
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Old 19-09-2008, 08:33
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Wow, I never knew it had a name, I just thought it was my bad luck. Apparently it's common in people with atopic dermatitis and dry skin, both of which I have.
Same here! I have it on my thighs and calves as well as my upper arms. Bloody genetics

OP I've found that exfoliating in the shower with one of those body puffs and a moisturising shower lotion helps. I'm also prone to spotty shoulders from too much time at the gym, and it helps with that too
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Old 19-09-2008, 10:55
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This website has more info on KP.

http://www.helpforkp.com/

It also has a picture of what KP looks like for anyone who's unsure if that's what they have.

I use St Ives Apricot exfoliating body scrub on my upper arms, then the St Ives Collagen Elastin body lotion afterwards. They're both on offer in Superdrug at the mo.

Lisa x

p.s i don't know if it's related to the KP but i used to get really bad acne on my face until i switched from foundation to tinted moisturiser. The Boots no 7 is a really good one. It's improved my skin loads
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Old 19-09-2008, 10:58
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I use the sea salt scrub here http://www.nspa.co.uk/range/ which works well on my arms and legs. it leaves a sooting oil on as well which makes my arms stay smoother as well. Just in the shower or bath use a little. (You can buy it in Asda as well, cheaper I think..)

Also at Nirvana Spa itself they have a dead sea flotation pool which I go in, then follow with the scrub and moisturiser for free that they give you. My skin stays soft for ages afterwards. It's good for loads of skin conditions.
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