Keratosis Pilaris: How to Get Rid of Red Bumps on Arms
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How to Get Rid of Red Bumps on Arms

If you have small red, rough patches of skin with tiny bumps that never seem to go away, their appearance can be annoying, if not concerning, but they’re actually completely harmless.

The skin condition is called keratosis pilaris and it’s caused by dead skin blocking hair follicles. It’s more common among people under 30 and pregnant women and the bumps typically appear just on the upper arms, but can also appear elsewhere. If the bumps really bug you, there are a few things you can do to resolve them or minimize their appearance.

Resolving keratosis pilaris naturally

1. Take more baths.

Warm baths can help open up hair follicles and pores to allow trapped dead cells to surface.

2. Exfoliate.

Gently exfoliating one to two times a week can increase turnover of dead skin cells. Just don’t go overboard on harshness or frequency, which could worsen the condition.

3. Moisturize.

Daily and after exfoliating, use a moisturizer, as dry skin can exacerbate the bumps. I recommend looking for a non-toxic, clean skincare product.

4. Try an elimination diet.

Keratosis pilaris is thought to be a non-inflammatory condition, but at Parsley Health, we have seen some members completely resolve their keratosis pilaris by removing foods from their diet that they’re sensitive to. Common ones are eggs, dairy, and wheat.

Parsley Health is the only medical practice that leverages personalized testing with whole body treatments.

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