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Red Bumps on Triceps – The Biggest Disease in History?

Do you have red bumps on your triceps? If so, then there’s a likely chance that you have a disease called keratosis pilaris. Now, before you start grabbing your keys in a mad dash for the hospital, let me tell you that KP is not a dangerous disease. It isn’t life threatening or contagious; it’s just a nuisance.

Keratosis pilaris is a disorder where the skin creates too much of a protein called keratin. This keratin will clog the pores, which results in raised bumps on the back of your upper arms. These bumps can also occur in many other places: lower arms, thighs, buttocks, face, chest, back, and calves (in no specific order).

Here are a few tips to keep in mind to alleviate the bumps:

Sunlight Helps: Use this with caution as overexposure to the sun can be very dangerous. I do not advise anyone to go bake their skin in the scorching sun, but I’ve noticed that a nice shade of brown does wonders for my KP.

Exfoliate Properly: It’s important to remove all of the dead skin which isn’t helping your keratosis pilaris. The faster your skin regenerates new layers, the less keratin there will be throughout.

Moisturize: A good moisturizer designed for keratosis pilaris can go a long way. Use one that’s designed for those suffering from keratosis pilaris.

Don’t Pick: Do not pick at the little bumps. This won’t spread or make the problem worse, but it can cause scarring, and what good is clear skin if it’s riddled with scars?

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