Bumps on Skin... - North Anson,ME

Updated on July 14, 2010
J.P. asks from North Anson, ME
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So I was pregnant last summer and I started noticing these little patches of tiny bumps on my arms and legs... They are not red or puss filled or itchy but I still don't like them. I know horomones play a big part in body changes, especially in your skin but I have never heard of this. I tried using moisturizing body wash and lotions and nothing works. I know its not excema... What are they and how do I get my skin smooth again?!

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answers from Hartford on

maybe they are what I have,keratosis pilaris (chicken skin bumps), I have had them forever. I went to the dermo prebaby and he came me lotion and it worked great, but I did not go when I was preggo or nursing bc I worry about meds so I am not sure if they are safe, bc I just never tried. I also used this stuff from sophora called kpduty that I think helped: http://www.sephora.com/browse/product.jhtml?id=P147925&am...

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answers from Hartford on

I'm not a dermatologist but it sounds like keratosis pilaris (chicken-skin)... I had the same problem, and do whenever my hormones change. I like "Derma Doctor- KP Duty" Lotion, you can find it at Sephora or online at Sephora.com, there are also over-the counter Lactic Acid lotions that help.
You may want to see a dermatologist either way :) Good luck!

I had PUPP when I was pregnant and for 4 months post-baby... but it doesn't sound like that... PUPP is VERY itchy!

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answers from Boston on

Hello - I'd recommend first trying to regularly exfoliate and see if that helps. Use a loofah when you're washing your body to help remove the dead skin cells (as we age, this process slows down). You don't have to scrub super hard but use a little pressure. After showering, use a sensitive skin moisturizer to keep the new skin hydrated. If you don't notice any improvement after a week or so, then you may want to see a dermatologist.



answers from Boston on

I have them and know many others that do. They look worse post showering/exercise. My Dr had told me there's not much to do, but go on acne drugs. Being pregnant and nursing or trying over the last 5 years I haven't done anything about them. Sorry I wasn't much help. I did see the lotion suggested and maybe I'll give it a shot if it's around post nursing :)


answers from Los Angeles on

Are they like red lil bumps? I have them also but ive had for quite some time i think since i started to shave, they just wont go away i have them in my legs, fore arms!!! Idk wat they are neither, so if u get really irritated when ur done shavin then i think it might be the razor!!? Sorry couldnt been much help!!



answers from Boston on

Have you looked into PUPPP (I gather it could happen post-pregnancy as well)? Here's from babycenter.com (just the first site I got to when I googled):

"pruritic urticarial papules and plaques of pregnancy (PUPPP) or polymorphic eruption of pregnancy.

PUPPP usually begins in the third trimester and is more common among women carrying twins and those having their first baby. The eruptions usually show up first on the abdomen around or in stretch marks (if you have any) and may spread to your thighs, buttocks, and arms. PUPPP is harmless for you and your baby, but it can itch like crazy!

Your doctor or midwife will want to see you for a diagnosis and will probably prescribe a topical ointment to give you some relief. She may also recommend an antihistamine. In severe cases, you may need a course of oral steroids.

PUPPP usually disappears within a few days after delivery, although it sometimes persists for several weeks. (In rare cases, it may even begin after you give birth.) Fortunately, it seldom appears again in subsequent pregnancies."

Just another thought. Best bet, I think is to ask your doctor or get a referral for a dermatologist. Good luck!

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