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Q. What could be the acne-like bumps present on my upper arms?

Answered by
Dr. Suvash Sahu
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.
This is a premium question & answer published on May 17, 2016 and last reviewed on: Mar 04, 2020

Hi doctor,

I have acne-like bumps all over my upper arms. I have tried Retin-A, but it did not help. Please guide me.

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Hi,

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Is your acne like bumps only localized over arms? Or do you have these kind of eruptions over face, upper back and chest? If yes please review with picture. With your descriptions it seems you are having keratosis pilaris, which usually localized over upper arms. Keratosis pilaris (KP) is a genetic disorder of keratinization of hair follicles of the skin. It is an extremely common condition that manifests as small, rough keratotic papules, often described as chicken bumps, in characteristic areas of the body, particularly the outer-upper arms and thighs.

The affected area may be washed once or twice a day with a gentle cleanser such as Dove or Cetaphil. You can try combination product of Lactic acid lotions (AmLactin or alpha hydroxyacid lotions), Glycolic body lotions, Urea cream (Carmol 10), Salicylic acid (Salex lotion), and topical steroid creams (Triamcinolone 0.1%, Locoid Lipocream), Retinoic acid products such as Tretinoin (Retin-A). Best results may be achieved with combination therapy.

For further information consult a dermatologist online --> https://www.icliniq.com/ask-a-doctor-online/dermatologist


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