Skin Care for 10 Year Old

Updated on March 06, 2010
K.W. asks from San Diego, CA
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My Granddaughter has rough bumps on her face and the back of her arms. Description: red bumps and some have whiteheads, feels like sand paper. The doctor says nothing can be done about it. Do any of you have any suggestions? I have tried different soaps and drying creams yet nothing seems to work.

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Well, I am overwhelmed with all the responses. Thank You All So Very Much! I beleive the key is to reverse what I was trying to do and moisturize instead of trying to dry up the bumps. Everyone seems to agree. I found a a gentle cleansing bar PURPOSE which is oil-free, Hypoallergenic and won't clog pores. PURPOSE also has an Oil-free, Hypoallergenic, Fragrance Free, Won;t Clog Pores Dual Treatment Moisture Lotion. I will let all of you know how this works in a couple of weeks after it has had time to either clear up or make worse. I would also like to pickup the Aveeno Oatmeal Bath that so many of you mentioned. Thank You Ladies! I appreciate you so very much.
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S.M.

answers from Raleigh on

It sounds like Keratosis Pilaris. My daughter has it. I haven't found much to help it. Lotion makes it it a little softer, but that's about it. Here is a website with some more info.
http://helpforkp.com/
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T.S.

answers from Charlotte on

There is a couple things this could be.

1. Is she using a wash cloth to bathe? If not, she should, not just her hand. This could be simply clogged pores from not scrubbing.

2. The other thing it could be, but, less likely I think is Mesculum, her pediatrician should know about this, it is very common and goes unnoticed a lot. But it is a virus that is highly contagious that causes red, raised bumps with white in the center. Beetle Juice( I do not recommend, but it works) or an antiviral cream ( takes about 6 weeks) to get rid of, if you put it on every night.

I really think this sounds like #1.

Good Luck

T.

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M.C.

answers from Lexington on

Hi K., My daughter has also had this problem...the thing we have found that has helped her was when we started using Melaleuca's products. The Renew lotion is simply some of the best lotion I have ever used. Also, I use their laundry products and that has made a big difference for all of us. She also now uses their products in the shower. I don't know if it's any one specific product or a combination of all of them but it has made a difference for her.

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K.B.

answers from Memphis on

Hey K.,
I have a daughter with the same problem and the dermotologist said the same as your doctor.
So, we took matters into our own hands. What we did was make sure she was getting her 8 glasses of water a day. School age children really don't drink enought water at school, since teachers don't want them going to the bathroom except at scheduled times. Then we got some Burt's Bee exfoliating soap and she used it on the back of her arms. We put the soap in a plastic web holder, (like the ones a bunch of oranges or grapes come in. Then she used the soap every shower for a month, and continues to do so. It took a few months but they are gone! She'd had this issue since kindergarten, so we didn't mind waiting 2 months. For the face we bought some facial scrub, and used it every other day. It works, but it's not an overnight thing. Good luck. I know God will bless you for rearing your grandchild!

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T.H.

answers from Charlotte on

My children all have eczema which is what this sounds like. Whatever you do DON'T use a drying cream it will make it worse. Eucerin is good; aquaphor is better. My kids actually use Protopic on the face. It is a prescription, but it by far clears it up the best. Look at her diet and see if you can tell when it gets worse. This will tell you what to avoid to keep flair ups to a minimum. It will usually be lessened in the summer because being out in the sun produces natural oils in the skin and therefore your skin is not so dry. Definitely later up after shower time and avoid HOT showers; cool baths are better. Good luck, I know it is frustrating for both of you!

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T.R.

answers from Clarksville on

DHC is a wonderful product that is based on Olive Oil. You can order everything online and you get free samples with your orders and catalogs. She may have a skin condition that may need to be treated by a Dr. However, it is never too young to start a good facial routine. I am allergic to almost everything and have found that DHC is very mild and I can use all of the products I have tried so far. They are also very helpful if you call:
www.DHCcare.com

Good luck!

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A.S.

answers from Charlotte on

Hi, we have an 8 year old son who has had the same problem for about 2 years. We were connected to an infectious disease doctor for some other reasons and she noticed the bumps. She said it is a sign of yeast over growth in his gut. She put him on a perscription yeast pill, along with daily fish oils and the bumps have disappeared. His behavior has also gotten much better. Yeast over growth in the gut can cause so many other symptoms, like ADD, hyperactivity, etc. Normal doctors do not know to look for these things. So many doctors here that we took him to, just wanted to label him ADD and put him on meds. The want to mask the symptoms, instead of looking for the cause. Hope this helps and God Bless you with your granddaughter.

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K.K.

answers from Huntington on

K. i am going to give you some info i found on the net this is what my son has he is 2 1/2 and it sounds like what your granddaughter has

Keratosis Pilaris (KP) is a very common skin condition often referred to as "chicken skin". If you have keratosis pilaris, you are not alone. Worldwide, keratosis pilaris affects an estimated 40 to 50% of the adult population and approximately 50 to 80% of all adolescents. Varying in degree, cases of KP can range from minimal to severe.

Most people with keratosis pilaris don't know they have it. While KP resembles goosebumps, it is characterized by the appearance of small, rough bumps on the skin. Primarily, it appears on the back and outer sides of the upper arms, but can also occur on thighs and buttocks or any body part except palms or soles. (Often confused with acne.)

Keratosis pilaris is unsightly but completely harmless. KP tends to be worse during the winter months or other times of low humidity when the skin dries out. It may also occur and/or worsen among pregnant women or show up after childbirth.
Keratosis Pilaris (KP) cannot be cured, however

it can be treated.

There is no cure for keratosis pilaris, since KP is a chronic, genetic follicular disease, however treatments are available. Results from treatments vary and can often be disappointing. With persistence, most people will see satisfactory improvement. It is recommended that treatment not be discontinued because the buildup of keratin (the hard protein in the skin, nails, and hair) will continue to reform around the hair follicles

Use mild soaps or gentle body washes.

Apply moisturizers frequently -- For better absorption, apply to the skin while it's still moist after showering.

Take tepid showers rather than hot baths.

Dove exfoliation with an abrasive pad may sometimes be of help, however scrubbing the areas of KP is not recommended, and can worsen the condition.

Keeping areas of KP exfoliated with a Salicylic Acid or AHA based lotion works best.

Hope this helps sorry i am late in answering

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L.B.

answers from Louisville on

It sounds like keratosis pilaris or folliculitis. I'm not a doctor, but my 2 year old has had problems with eczema since she was three weeks old. One of her skin issues is keratosis pilaris, and we have treated it with the same medicine we use for her eczema outbreaks. What has worked best for us is a compound of desonide, menthol and velvachol cream, which was prescribed by a dermatologist. We are able to use this compound on her face, as well. We purchase it from Compound Care Pharmacy in Louisville, KY, ###-###-####) but any pharmacy can put it together with a doctors prescription. The two women who own Compound Care are wonderful and extremely helpful - you might want to give them a call - they could probably give you more advice and/or put you in touch with someone local to you who could be of additional assistance. - Kind Regards, L. B.

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C.F.

answers from Raleigh on

My son and daughter have these. There really is nothing you can do about them. They are genetic also. I have them and so does my brother. They will slowly get better over the years, but will always be there. You have to make sure to moisturize the areas everyday and that helps them become softer. I hope this helps.

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T.S.

answers from Lexington on

Hi K.,
There are a couple of things to consider here. It could be a food alergy or it could be a reaction to all the chemical that are in just about EVERYTHING around your home. Just changing laundry soap for example might help but most people don't realize that there is formaldyhide in toothpaste, shampoo,most all personal care items (a known carcinogenic) and very harsh ingredients in dish soaps where residue remains
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C.D.

answers from Chattanooga on

It is definitely not eczema. It sounds just like keratosis pilaris, which is actually very, very common, but most people never get diagnosed. It is harmless, but I understand that it's nothing you want right on your face. My husband has it on the backs of his arms. The doctor is wrong...there is no cure to get it to go away for good, but there are treatments that will make it go away as long as you are treating it. It sounds like maybe you need a new doctor, or maybe you should try a dermatologist. Our doctor prescribed an RX cream called ammonium lactate which should clear it up. Here are some other ideas: http://www.helpforkp.com/keratosis_pilaris_treatment_inde...

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D.K.

answers from Wheeling on

Hi Gram,
Another Gram here.....my grandson has the same thing. Usually goes away in the summer with the sun. Also,his dad would shower with him and use "dial"..believe it or not the rash seemed to lessin when dial was used. Seems a bit harsh, I always used aloe soaps or oatmeal. Hydrocortisone creams do help as well. Also, I'm sure "gram" gives her multivitamens, they seem to help. Otherwise, good luck grams.....she's at a rough age..but then, every age seems rough. I have an anger issue as well,especially when I think of the world we've left them. Know what I mean? Have a wonderful Easter, and miracles do happen through prayers.

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D.S.

answers from Fayetteville on

I am a Mary Kay Independent Sales Director, we have a cleanser that is formulated for young skin, I would love to send you a sample to see if that works for your grand daughter, my grand daughters use the product and it is great. It is called Velocity cleanser. Thank you.
D.

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T.G.

answers from Charlotte on

Their is a cream out that seems to be a miracle worker. My daughter had very dry skin called eczema and her friend has the same problem both myself and her mother bought this cream at CVS price about $15.00 a jar its called CeraVe moisturizing cream.

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C.B.

answers from Knoxville on

Hi K., Please contact me asap. I believe I can help your grandaughter. About seven months ago I began ordering from an online wellness company. I order everything from soaps, shampoos, lotions, vitamins, and all of our cleaning products from them.They are non toxic and extremely gentle on the skin. It is easy to do and I can explain it to you. Here is the thing, since we started ordering them, my son and my husband have both seen a drastic improvement in their skin. I can't guarantee you the same result but if you have tried everything else, it is sure worth a try. The products are not expensive and there is a great special going on now until March 31 that would save you even more. You can reach me at [email protected]____.com with your contact info and we can talk. You can visit the website www.saferhome4u.com and click on Total Wellness for some additional info.
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A.G.

answers from Memphis on

We use diluted TTO (tea tree oil) & swab the bump areas. TTO is safe for the facial area...but do NOT apply to close to the eyes!

TTO can be found at Wal-Mart & many other places, including online.

Best of luck!

be well.

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S.S.

answers from Huntington on

I got something similar after giving birth. My doctor said it was clogged pores and to exfoliate. I used an exfoliating wash in the shower once a week and they eventually went away. Good Luck.

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A.W.

answers from Louisville on

My daughter is 3 and has the exact same thing on her cheeks & back of her arms. Our doctor suggested taking Aveeno Oatmeal baths a few times a week, in addition to using Cetaphil cleansing gel the rest of the days. It's a mild wash and both can be found at Walgreens or other drug stores. It's really helped my daughter's skin stay under control. If we skip the oatmeal baths, it will flair up again. Hope this helps.

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N.T.

answers from Knoxville on

I have found that a good sugar scrub or gentle rubdown in the bath with a pumice stone followed up with Neutrogena's Body Emulsion takes care of this with my daugther and I. We both experience dry skin like this, especially in the winter, and it is a daily fight that is worth it! We only do the sugar scrub (regular sugar with oil mixture) once a week and as needed with the pumice stone, but we use Neutrogena's Body Emulsion everyday. The Neutrogena's Body Emulsion is the BEST lotion/creme that I have found on the market today. I have severe eczema on my arms, and this is the ONLY thing that works to keep it under control. At first I also had to use a steroid cream prescribed by my dermatologist along with the Body Emulsion, but after about 5 days with both, I was able to drop the steroid cream and just use the lotion. It is so rich and creamy, and absorbs fast so you know it's working. By the way, I've tried Palmer's, Vasoline Intensive Care, Jergens (burns), Eucerin, Kerry, Curel, Walmart Brand, Target Brand, several of the one's just for eczema (that are quite smelly), hydrocortizone creams, Gold Bond, you name it, I've probably tried it. Neutrogena's Body Emulsion is the BEST!

Good luck and God Bless You for taking such great care of your granddaughter!

N.

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A.L.

answers from Charlotte on

I had similar bumps on my arms during puberty, and when got them again during my pregnancies, I was told they were hormonal. You could try the creams they recommend for babies who have "acne" from their mothers' hormones.

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D.T.

answers from Charlotte on

Hi K.,
I would definitely avoid the drying creams. I had the similar bumps after I delivered my second baby--last October. The doctor told me they were a result of a lack of skin hydration (dry skin). I found that when I moisturized (moisturizing soap, lotion, etc.) the bumps eventually subsided. But it took a while.

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S.D.

answers from Greenville on

My son has very sensitive skin and I had tried everything!! The doctors gave me a lotion with steriods in it, several medications.....nothing worked. Nothing until I tried Renew Lotion and Melapower Laundry detergent. the combination of the two has been wonderful!! He has not had one problem with his skin in 2 months now. Renew and Melapower are from the company I work for. These are not item that you can find in the stores, but im telling you, it is worth atleast trying it for her. if you are interested please let me know and I will do what I can to help you!!

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N.P.

answers from Knoxville on

She's lucky to have you - God works miracles. My son had the bumps and has them now in his 30's. He had allergies but I don't think that had any connection. His facial skin is and always has been flawless and he is fastidious in bathing and scrubbing. He finds that using a scrubbing pad helps the bumps. Try witch hazel afterwards. It isn't a good idea to break the skin anywhere on the body as it allows entrance to bacteria. God bless.

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H.H.

answers from Huntington on

It sounds like just a bad case of dry skin. The best thing to do with out consulting a dr. is to not wash the skin everyday. Only wash the important parts in the shower and those dry areas every couple of days. When you get her out of the shower do not dry the skin completly just dab the skin dry and then use a non-scented lotion. There is a product called Cepaphil over the counter that should work pretty well.

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K.S.

answers from Fayetteville on

Is it ecxema? Try Aveeno soaps and lotions

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A.P.

answers from Asheville on

My little sister and I grew up with this and now my son has the same thing. It is just dry skin. When we were young our dr said it was eczema and gave us Rx cortizon lotions, but they never helped. I have found the best thing is a moisturizing cream or lotion after every bath while the skin is moist and morning and evening on the face. Also, a very moisturizing body wash instead of soap helps greatly. I know it seems like a lot of work, but I was almost 30 before I figured it out (with the help of a skin care therapist friend) and my finally softened and started to fade. Now I am starting over with my 18mo old son. Good luck!

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D.O.

answers from Chattanooga on

Hi K., I am a Mary Kay Independent Beauty Consultant and I would like to suggest our Velocity Cleanser and moisturizer. The cleanser cleans, tones and exfoiliates. The moisturizer smooths and softens. This set has worked for teens when nothing else would . You can go to my web-site at www.marykay.com/debbie141 to learn more. If you decide to order the shipping is free. Hope this helps. God Bless .

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S.E.

answers from Knoxville on

My daughter had something very similar. I took her to a dermatologist who recommended Dove soap (bar type NOT liquid) and CeraVe lotion and cream. I now use ONLY these products on her skin. This (as well as using All Free liquid detergent and Downy Free fabric softener -- she didn't do as well with Bounce Free) has worked amazingly well. I highly recommend going to a dermatologist if this doesn't work for your granddaughter. My daughter's pediatrician said much of the same as yours did. The dermatologist was able to help in no time flat and knew exactly what we needed to do.

I hope this helps!

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V.C.

answers from Louisville on

K., My little girl sometimes gets those on her face, (although I don't think it feels like sandpaper in my DD case) we have started to use Noxema on her face and use the rough side of a wash cloth, this stimulates the skin follicles and use very warm water, this could be done a few times a day, a little added pressure but not actually scrubbing as it will irritate the skin.

You don't say how old she is, some of it might be hormonal depending on her age.

Hope this is helpful

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M.S.

answers from Wheeling on

I work for a dermatologist. My guess would be that it is "KP" or Keritosis Pilaris. See below for more info!

I would schedule your child with a local dermatologist in your area. When looking for a new physician, always do your homework! Check online to see that they are Board Certified by an AMERICAN BOARD in their specialty. All of our physicians are Certified by the American Board of Dermatology. For a Board Certified Dermatologist in your area go to www.AAD.org to get a listing for your area.

Keratosis pilaris is a common skin condition in which a protein in the skin called keratin forms hard plugs within hair follicles.

Symptoms
Fine, bumpy texture to skin over the outer upper arm and thigh or elsewhere
Skin-colored bumps the size of a grain of sand
Slight pinkness may be seen around some bumps

Treatment
Moisturizing lotions are often soothing and may help the appearance of the skin. Skin creams with medications containing urea, lactic acid, glycolic acid, salicylic acid, tretinoin, or vitamin D may be recommended by your physician. However, improvement often takes months and the bumps are likely to come back.

HOPE THIS HELPS!!!

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R.L.

answers from Knoxville on

My daughter has the same thing all over her legs and arms. I believe it is eczema. There are some special lotions out there for this skin condition that don't make it go completely away, but help. Aveno oatmeal lotion and bath products work well for Syd, but I have seen others that are stronger. I don't worry about it much because for Syd, it doesn't itch or bother her...but it isn't on her face. Be careful of the sunscreen you use, as well, because it can inflame it. Look for special sunscreens for sensitive skin - Aveno has a sunscreen too. I had this pretty bad as a kid too and as I grew up, it went away mostly (except the back of my arms). Good luck!

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C.T.

answers from Greensboro on

You might want find out the cause of the bumps. It might be an allergic reaction to chemicals in the laundry products being used to wash her clothing and bedding. Shaklee has an incredible line of non-toxic laundry and household cleaners called Get Clean. You can learn more about them at www.rx4vibrantliving.com.

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K.S.

answers from Huntington on

Have you tried a BufPuf or loofah?

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V.G.

answers from Clarksville on

Hello K.

I wouldn't use the drying creams. It sounds to me like an excema type of rash. I would suggest using Nutrogena hand cream in the fragrance free formula. It is a concentrated cream and doesn't leave a greasy residue. I use it on my sons face when he gets a break out and it clears it up in a few days. Some breakouts are because of extremely dry skin and drying creams only make it spread farther. The advice nurse recommended the Nutrogena, and it worked like nothing else. I hope this helps.

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B.B.

answers from Goldsboro on

Aloette has some products that might help. My friends daughter has the same thing on the back of her arms. They have used the Bio-Active mist to help with this problem. A consultant could help you find just the right products to help. The products are kinda pricey but if you have a Aloette show you get a HUGE discount on the products. They are really great products. I recently had a show & got $250 worth of products for $29.95. A friend booked a show off of mine & for having her show within 2 weeks of mine I get $100 worth of products for $19.95. Great deal! Good luck!!

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S.K.

answers from Asheville on

My son has these too, and we treat it like eczema. Ours seems to get worse with drying creams, and better with lotion, like Aveeno for sensitive skin or eczema. On the arms, gently exfoliating once in a while helps, and washing with Cetaphil or some other moisturizing soap (fragrance free is best, in case the skin is sensitive too).

Hope that helps!

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P.P.

answers from Raleigh on

I have them too. Go to Bath and Body Works. Pick up a sugar scrub or a softer skin scrub. Ask the sales ladies which is the least harsh on skin. Get a pair of the gloves used with the scrub then use the gloves with the skin scrub a few times a week or less if the areas become red but within a few weeks, the bumps will be gone. I wouldn't be caught without these two items. It's the only thing I can use to rid these bumps.

Also, get a good body butter or heavy lotion to apply afterward to prevent over-drying. works wonders. I live by it & have for years now.

I forgot to add to this that some areas have Bath and Body Works Outlet Centers. You can find items at the BBW Outlet Stores for as high as 50% to 75% off; however, the only downside is that it is not always possible to find the fragrances you want but the discounts for things like lotion, gifts for teachers (I always gather various products from BBW Outlets such as lotions, candles, gardeners' hand balm, and other goodies on sale in addition to ALWAYS adding a bottle of lavender oil/bubble bath/bath oil since lavender is the one herb that when released in the tub or in lotion or bath oil scent that promotes restfulness and sleep; teachers are overworked, underpaid, and often put their own money, which isn't much at all, into project materials for their students. They deserve some pampering and the one gift that always gets the highest praise is the addition of lavender products of any sort - gather these items together and P. within a basket, often offered at BBWs but if not, you can easily find a basket at any department store or even Dollar Store. Wrap the basket in decorative cellophane wrap with a big bow on it and a card for the teacher to let them know how much their hard work is appreciated).... The BBW Outlet stores are the best P. to get gifts because of the mark-downs so this allows one to gather enough for baskets for more than one teacher at a time as well as a principal too. Check BBW's website for the local store and/or do a search or check your phone book or 1-800-free411 to find a local BBW Outlet store.

I don't like to disagree with other posters; however, in the case of Arbonne, unless you can or expect to spend a fortune, I would stay away, far away from Arbonne. It's entirely way overpriced for no more than one gets in product. This is not the case with Bath and Body Works, especially when shopping at the Outlet Store for BBW.

Another great store; however, it is also expensive but the products are organic and made from fresh ingredients including fruits and such is Lush. You can google for the online store or check phone books or the free 411 or anywho.com to find a local store. the products are great albeit they can be rather expensive for even the smallest amounts of product. Again, this is why I like BBW, particularly the Outlet stores. I live within a few miles of a BBW Outlet store.

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C.L.

answers from Chattanooga on

It sounds like your granddaughter has Keratosis pilaris, which is a very common genetic follicular condition that is manifested by the appearance of rough bumps on the skin. It most often appears on the back and outer sides of the upper arms (though the lower arms can also be affected), and can also occur on the thighs, hands, and tops of legs, flanks, buttocks, or any body part except glabrous skin (like the palms or soles of feet).

Her pediatrician should be able to prescribe a Salicylic Acid Lotion that is to be applied twice daily. This lotion should clear up the bumps in approximately 2 weeks.

Good Luck and God Bless!!

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S.U.

answers from Raleigh on

My neighbor has a little girl with skin issues and she finally discovered that Aveeno Excema (sp?) cream did the trick. It is a small tube, so she has to buy often. However, she said that it is the only thing that takes care of her rashy, scaley and bumpy skin.

Aveeno Excema (sp?) Cream)

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K.S.

answers from Raleigh on

Hi K.!
My understanding is that it is a case of Eczema. My daughter (age 5) also has it as well as my 15 month old son. It is a hereditary trait and most kids grow out of it by age 5. However, about 30-40% have patchy areas like that for life. I would suggest after bath time putting "Eucerine cream" on the patches after they have been exposed to the water for 15-20 minutes. This will help seal in moisture. Also cortisone cream for a few days in a row to get the reddness under control. If you cant get the Eucerine you can also use vasoline. Both of them are greasy but help with moisture retention. Some kids also respond well after taking an allergy medication ie..zyrtec, claritin, benadryl. As well as the other treatment listed above. I am new on here and I hope this helps!
K.~

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T.S.

answers from Lexington on

prayers do indeed work.try exfiolating and hyrocortisone cream on the arms first to seeif it helps then try on the face..

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D.A.

answers from Charlotte on

From D. in NC:
My 32 yer old baby daughter has 4 beautiful daughters. One of them has a skin condition such as you describe. Her dr. said it was hereditary; needed to be treated with cortizone cream.
Ask your dr.. It helped my g-daughter.

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W.M.

answers from Nashville on

Not sure what type of doc you took her to but try an actual dermatologist. I have seen those bumps before on other ppl but not sure what they are. I would bet that if you went to a good Derm that you can get rid of them. Also, ask what they are and maybe google some ways to heal it. Especially if they are on her face...I can't believe the doc would say that....try a different doc. I have a good Derm in Franklin if you want to make the trip. Dr Dana Latour ###-###-####

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T.M.

answers from Lexington on

Hello!! My daughter is four and it sounds somthing similiar to what she has. I asked the docotr this week about it and he told me to use and Alpha Hydroxie(sp wrong) face wash. Also, at one time we use cortaid cream and it worked really good also. At that time we only put it on her legs. If you have gotten any other suggestions I would love to hear them. I have a 7 months old and she is getting the same thing. [email protected]____.com Thanks, Tia

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A.N.

answers from Charlotte on

Don't know if anyone has answered back with this suggestion-I am w/ Mary Kay and we have a teen line called Velocity that many have found extrememly helpful for teens skin problems. It has acne meds in the product, that aren't too harsh. That in conjunction w/ a blemish control toner and acne treatment gel would help. Mary Kay products are also hypoallergenic and non-comodogenic. It does take consistent use, though. Good luck with whatever you decide to do!

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E.M.

answers from Louisville on

I have the same thing along my jaw line and arms. i usest ives vitamin E with vitamin A advanced therapy lotion... for extra dry skin. Done use drying creams b/c its dry skin already. i have had this since i was about here age and just now find out that this lotion works. my doctor told me its excema (SP?) so dont listen to theres nothing you can do about it!

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Keratosis Pilaris. both of my daughters and i have it their is nothing you can do for it to cure it. talk to her doctor they have a lotion that is supposed to help but we havent had any luck with it. look online some people swear by apple cider vinegar my daughter screamed when i tried to do it lol. i hope this helps you may be able to look onlike too for ideas to help. good luck

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Keratosis Pilaris is what this is called my daughters and i all have it. their is no cure but talk to the doctor and they should have a lotion that may help. we used it but didnt work. some swear by apple cider vinegar google Keratosis Pilaris and you may find other ideas that could help. sorry if i posted this 2 times it didnt seem to go through the first!

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J.H.

answers from Johnson City on

I would actually recommend moisturizing creams. It seems weird because it looks like acne, but can actually come out during winter months, cold, dry air and needs moisture instead of drying, which can actually make it worse.

Jess

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M.K.

answers from Louisville on

That almost sounds like a condition called Keratosis Pilaris. I have something similar on the back of my arms. It feels like constantly dry skin bumps. Although there are several things you can buy, I began using Eucerin lotion on my arms and it really helps alot; at least in making them feel smoother. I don't know if it would have the same effect on the face or not but it is worth a shot. You can buy it a most any store. Here is a website about that particular condition. http://www.helpforkp.com/
I hope this helps you some.

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K.T.

answers from Wilmington on

My son has the same skin disorder. His doctor showed me a picture of it and let me read about it in the diagnosis book. He said that he would eventually outgrow it although it may get worse before it gets better.

He said to apply lotion to help with the dryness and itch, but otherwise, you are kinda stuck. I think I remember reading that it is hormonal and when her hormones balance out after puberity it should clear.

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D.G.

answers from Raleigh on

I want to edit my answer- I've since learned more!!

I believe your granddaughter has the same skin condition I do. It is call Keratosis Pilaris. If you go to a dermatologist, they can give you a special lotion that will help (and it was really inexpensive). Unfortunately, the lotion only gets rid of the symptoms, and if you stop the bumps come right back. But, I have found that using the lotion everyday after getting out of the shower helps.

http://www.helpforkp.com/

D.

If it is the same thing I have, using moisture will help. I have had this my whole life, as does my brother. It is worse when the heating is on in the winter.

Best ways to treat it....drink lots of water. The products I have found most successful are from Arbonne. I use the moisurizing serum first, and then the thick lotion. Once a week I use a very mild abrasive to exfoliate.

Hope this helps!

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R.B.

answers from Raleigh on

It sounds like excema, my son has it, the best thing i have found for his outbreaks is Shea Body Butter from Bodyworks(?) not bath & body works but the other store is the mall , and i use Soft Soap Shea Butter Body wash w/ moisture beads in his bath, if we use anything else he breaks out in patches of bumps

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S.H.

answers from Nashville on

I also have had rough skin on my upper arms and my 18 month old has them as well. Our pediatrician said that there is no way that you can get rid of these permanently , but she suggested AM Lactin exfoliating lotion that you can get at a drugstore over the counter. I bought a bottle of this for myself, but do not want to use it on the baby.

Most days though I prefer to use a soap bar with exfoliators in it and then use a lotion that I found with a wellness company that I belong to (it is 7 times more effective than eucerin) This works just as well for me.

I hope that this helps.

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S.B.

answers from Nashville on

Hi K.,

If you find that the Purpose products are not working, please contact me. I am a consultant for a wonderful skin care company. We have a "baby" line that is amazing. I have clients ranging in age from newborns to baby boomers who use this line. I use it on my daughter. She is a redhead with Very sensitive skin. I would love to speak with you about these products and possibly send you some samples.

My email address is [email protected]____.com

Sincerely,
S.

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D.M.

answers from Johnson City on

This sounds like it could be anything from pre-teen acne to sun allergy to chemical allergy. I would definitely see a dermatologist. Although, I have been seeing dermatologists since I was 11, and it is very hard to find one who is concerned about these issues. Some dermtologist blow stuff like that off because it is not skin cancer. And sometimes doctors just throw creams at you, and that's it. So, find one that actually will listen and help. I would also ask them to do a topical allergy test on her skin. My friend is allergic to fermaldihide and all kinds of other chemicals that are in everyday products. You might want to try switching your detergent to all free and clear or Tide Free. I had serious acne from the time I was 11 until I was a junior in High school. So, your granddaughter has my sympathy. It is great that she has you to care about her and care about this issue.

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G.G.

answers from Charlotte on

OK, this might sound crazy, but I've had folliculitis (sp?) on my arms and this is worth a try. After a shower, very lightly go over the area on her arms (not sure if I'd try on her face just yet) with a cotton ball of alcohol. Then take a fresh bottle of olive oil and rub some on to the same area. I'd do this before bedtime and make sure to wear a cotton shirt covering the area so you don't get sheets messy. Olive oil, although an oil, has some natural antibacterials which actually helps whitehead type blemishes (even boils) and soothes irritated skin as well. Good luck!

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S.R.

answers from Greensboro on

Try something with benzoil peroxide in it, like Stridex or Oxy. It comes in gentle strength for sensitive skin. You might also get her a terry cloth bathrobe to put on after bathing. I had bumps on my arms and they cleared up after I got a robe. Good luck!

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A.B.

answers from Charlotte on

Well, if it's Eczema try Aveeno Lotion for dry skin formulated for Eczema. I just bought some yesterday, $5.49 at Target. I really like it and it seems to work, but my little ones have very bad eczema on their faces and legs. We also have a prescription that our pediatrician prescribed for my daughter and it seems to really help. Ask your pharmacist for any suggestions too. Try not to put to many soaps in the bathtub, surprisingly so that will dry out skin big time. Sometimes, depending on the day, we just play in the water with no soap, b/c the bubbles and soap dries out her skin. Johnson and Johnson also makes a bath lotion/soap that is creamy and seems to help with dry skin. Can't remember the name, but it is in a pink bottle. We use that when we use soap. Plus the dry cold weather doesn't help either. Hope that helps!
A.

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J.S.

answers from Louisville on

I get these bumps every winter, they are caused by dry skin and somethng CAN be done. You can see a dermatologist and get a topical steroid creme. OR you can do what i do and use richer creams in the winter. What happens is the skin gets dried out an small flakes clog opres causing what is called "chicken skin" by most people. I get this on the back of my arms and thighs every winter. I used to get them as a teenager on my face until I started using lotions and creams.

I would frist try using cetaphil clenser on her face (use a washcloth for a little added gentle exfoliating) followed by cetaphil lotion or lubraderm lotion (i would try sensitive first).For the back of her arms you can buy a sugar scrub with oil and have her use it every day in the bath or shower and follow it up with a body butter or rich cream with shea butter. You can also try Dove's new body quienchers, I use the ultra moiture one (red bottle) and if I don't have time to put on lotion it still moisturizes and keeps the bumps away.

Good luck and tell her not to pick or pop them, it can cause scarring. I know this seems like at lot but it will clear them up quick.

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T.S.

answers from Charleston on

It sounds a little like what my daughter has she uses Elladel We get it from her Dr. I think I may Have spelled it wrong but I think you can understand it It works realy well.

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J.H.

answers from San Antonio on

I have that skin condition and so does my daughter. we were told to use moisterizing creme daily. it has to be a creme not lotion. we put it on twice a day, and after every bath. it doesn't make it go away totally, but it helps. we just use walmart brand it comes in a big white tub.Its in the cosmetic department.
hope this helps you !

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M.M.

answers from Parkersburg on

My son has had that same thing for several years now. I took him to a dermatologist and was told he had Keratosis Pilaris, which is a hereditary skin condition where bumps of keratin protein congregate on the skin of the outer arms. What is on her face could be just plain pimples or maybe even acne. The doctor said that my son could use a loofah after showering each day. Also, he prescribed a medication. I cannot remember the name right off hand but I will look in the medication cabinet and post the name of it this weekend. It is quite normal but embarrassing for them.

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L.T.

answers from Knoxville on

I would seek treatment bu a Dermatologist that treats kids. This is a tender age and about to become a tricky age with personal insecurities. Maybe you can get it cleared up before ance becomes an issue on top of it. It's hard enough to be ten with all the social issues young girls face today without having extra blemishes on your face that maybe can be treated and minimized. Good luck.

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D.H.

answers from Nashville on

hello i read about your grand daughter i dont know if you would be interested trying but i am an Arbonne consulant and i have seen some amazing differnce in our skin and body care . it helps issues that other products do not work. i would love to send you some sample just to try. you can go on our website and checkout why we are different. www.arbonne.com or call me and i can explain and send you samples. this could help . why not to try. D. Haupert ###-###-####

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D.R.

answers from Charleston on

Sounds like keratosis pilaris. Exfoliate (like with moisturizing body wash and a shower puff) and moisturize well (with non-allergenic moisturizer such as Eucerin, aveeno, or aquaphor).

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D.P.

answers from Raleigh on

Try having her wash her face using original Noxema at night before bed. It removes dirt and oil, but also moisturizes without overdoing it. Try staying away from anything harsh, abrasive, or overly drying as this will probably just aggravate her skin and make the situation worse.

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T.C.

answers from Charlotte on

HI there...
I sell Mary Kay and thought this is not a sales pitch, I wanted you to know that this 3 in 1 bar soap I sell will help those red bumps you are talking about and smooth out your grandaughters skin. If you are interested in learning more about it please get in touch with me at [email protected]____.com
Good luck and have a great day!
T.

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C.R.

answers from Knoxville on

did she see a dermatoligist? If not you might want to consider it. Also does she drink enough water? If she is drinking a lot of other stuff, soda,tea, kool-aid etc... she might need more water to flush impurities from her system. The other thing that could be in play is a sensitivity to the laundry soap, perfumes or body soap. Try a detergent with no dye, perfume. Most of the main brands, Tide, All make "FREE" detergents along with some of the other brands.

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D.T.

answers from Raleigh on

Have you spoken with a dermatologist about it? It sounds like what I have and what my daughter has: keratosis pilaris. Unfortunately, there is nothing permanent that can be done about it, but there are prescription lotions out there that need to be applied daily, which will soften the skin.

I would suggest talking to a dermatologist first, and see what they say.

Good luck,
D.

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M.W.

answers from Nashville on

Have you taken her to a dermatologist??? seems like they will know more than a regular doctor. I would try aveeno bath, its like an oatmeal bath that softens the skin.
you can get it at any walmart. If that doesnt help, take her to a dermatologist for some tests.
hope it helps
M.

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C.P.

answers from Raleigh on

you do have to keep the skin moist... you might want to try Renew... it works great and is safe for you little ones skin... I use it on my baby...need info on it let me know
C.

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K.D.

answers from Raleigh on

I had the same problem when I was her age just on my arms. Unfortunately I just had to grow out of it too(I think I was 20 or so before it went away totally). There are things that will help though. Keep it moisturized. Nothing special, just body lotion will do. Also, exfoliate. I used a rough wash rag then, but I think an actaul product may be better. I may have used St. Ives apricot scrub? But that is way to harsh for your face. And last, but most important... DO NOT PICK!!! I still have little dots that look like freckles on the backs of my arms from where I picked at them. No fun. I never went to see a dermatologist about it, so that may give you another option. Be reassured that it does go away.

Hope that helps.

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Had this condition when I was a kid, and into adulthood. Best thing I've found for it is exfoliation and moisture. I use a micro-exfoliation cloth now that is very gentle and seems to do the trick. If you're interested I'll let you know where you can get one.

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B.S.

answers from Huntington on

K., my son has the same thing.(12) Use scratchers on her skin to remove the bumps like a scrunchy. A dr. i talked to said it was a sweat problem but i don't think so becasue he has had it since he was born. use lots of lotions-thick ones,and the scratchers for removing.also her diet may need to be altered -geared toward more healthy.

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R.H.

answers from Fayetteville on

Try Neutrogena for the body. It helped me when I was younger.
http://www.neutrogena.com/ProductsDetails_19.asp?lProduct...

Try Cetaphil for her face.
http://www.cetaphil.com/Products/Default.aspx
Cetaphil® Daily Facial Cleanser For Normal to Oily Skin
and
Cetaphil® Daily Facial Moisturizer SPF 15 with Parsol® 1789

This helped me after trying everything on my face. I have been using these two products only for over 3 years now.

Good luck and God bless,

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J.L.

answers from Charlotte on

Try cetaphil lotion and very short baths. It will not go away completely, but should get a little better. You may see it get worse during the really hot season.

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It is just really really dry skin. My daughter has had that on and off for years since she was born. I use cetaphil cream that comes in the tub. A little pricey but works fairly well. It won't completely get rid of it, but should give her some relief. Also I keep her in shower very short periods of time, no bubble baths, etc. My daughters seems to be worse in the summer which is strange since there is more humidity were we live then, but who knows.

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T.K.

answers from Fayetteville on

When I was in junior high/high school I LOVED using the St Ives formula for skin care. It kept my skin really clear. Mary Kay has a Velocity Line that is targeted to teens. I know several teens now that have used the Proactiv brand and have had really good luck with that.

T.

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M.K.

answers from Charleston on

Dear K.,

i'm glad to hear you've found a product to try. However if it doesn't work give me some notice via email or phone (you can find my information at www.homeofficemamma.com) I am a marketing executive for a company that really helped my daughter, in fact I beleived in the company so much I converted my home to their products and am now advertising for them. My daughter has Dyshydrostatic eczema (exposure to certain water breaks her out). I used the products for two weeks and she was clear. I have continued to use the products and she s had no outbreaks or symptoms for three months. Good Luck and let me know if I can help.

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T.G.

answers from Charlotte on

Hello K.,
Both of my kids have the same skin condition, as do I. Unfortunately, the doctors are right, nothing can be done to "cure" the problem. Our pediatrician suggested that we not bathe them in hot water, and if possible, bathe only every other day. Apparently this condition has to due with dry skin that builds up around the pores. Hot water will cause the skin to dry more. I use a bath sponge and gently scrub the area. As soon as they get out of the shower I use lotion/moisturizer. It helps; it doesn't eliminate all of the bumps, but it helps. On their arms I like to use Eucerin. It's more expensive than regular lotion, but it work well. I hope these suggestions help. Have a blessed day!
In God's Love,
T.
"Walk by Faith, not by sight."

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S.M.

answers from Parkersburg on

I have had those since I was 12 (am now 25) and there really is nothing you can do. They eventually will fade away. Now I have almost no spots on my arms, but they do get worse in the summertime. Try using Cocoa Butter lotion on them, as moisturizing helps minimize their appearance. Dry skin only makes them worse!

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D.W.

answers from Nashville on

If your other suggestions don't work, let me know. My daughter went through the same things and I started her on Arbonne products and now she has the prettiest skin ever!
D.

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N.K.

answers from Memphis on

sounds like what I have, I think it's called keritosis pilaris or something similar. Took me years to get a name for it. Lots of people have it, mainly on the backs of the arms. I've had it for as long as I can remember. Both of my kids have it. It's very common. My mom was told I was allergic to soap when I was little & had her use Cetafil instead of soap on me. The best thing I have found, at least for the arms, is an exfoliating scrub sponge when I shower. I found one @ Bed Bath & Beyond that has a soft scrub on one half & an exfoliating scrub on the other. I use the rough side only where I have the bumps. I think it's caused by clogging of the pores so if you exfoliate well, it will help keep the pores clear. I would say maybe an exfoliator for the face but at her age & all, have to be more careful. I think you should have her avoid soaps & lotions that clog the pores as well. Hope this helps!

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K.D.

answers from Raleigh on

This is a sign of Omega 3 deficiency usually - try a supplement.

Also, I noticed someone recommended Noxzema. Be careful with that because the menthol in it causes me to break out with bumps.

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A.W.

answers from Clarksville on

K.,
I sounds like she may have a form of Exema (sp?). My son and daughter get the same basic thing. I found that if they can go without a bath for a day or so the natural oils help. But I also found that Eucerin cream works well. You may have to put it on a couple of times a day if her skin is really dry. I have also tried a couple of the Aveeno creams, they work okay but not quite as well as the Eucerin. Hope this helps.
Alexa

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D.F.

answers from Clarksville on

I've had the patches on the back of my arms for my whole life. A few years back a doctor prescribed a topical cream to me that really helped. It didn't clear it up entirely though. I just can't remember the name. I would ask again because there obviously is something that will at least help!

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A.W.

answers from Memphis on

I took my son to the dermatologist for something similar to this a year ago, and if its what he has (which it sounds like the case) its called keratosis pilaris. I also have this same problem. There are a lot of websites that you can research different treatments. Our dermatologist perscribed a lotion, but it was pretty pricey. $45 a bottle. There is also a website called lovelyskin.com and they sell a lotion that is specifically for KP :) Hope this little bit helps from a fellow sufferer :)

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M.P.

answers from Raleigh on

She can try and exfoliating scrub like softsoaps apricot scrub shower gel for the back of her arms and maybe some other exfoliant for her face (I use proactive). These certainly helped me with problems that sounds similar. If she gets dry, then she can moisturize with something non-greasy.

I hope this gives you an answer that works.

M.

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K.R.

answers from Louisville on

I was told those bumps on the back of the arm is extra dry skin. I have found a safer, natually based lotion that works wonders on stuff like that! It's great for exzems, psoris, and even diaper rash. Both of my girls had this problem. I got it from the company that I'm partnered with that has lots of safer, naturally based products and even pays me to refer people to it. If interested in finding out about it my e-mail is [email protected]____.com Just leave your name and number and I'll call you.

P.s.
I'm glad to hear her anger issues are getting better. I know that can be a challenge at times, my 7 year old sister has that same issue.

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K.H.

answers from Chattanooga on

hi. my daughter also has the same rash on her arms and back and is starting to get some on her face. i was told that this rash is heriditary and the only thing to do is to keep it moisterized. creams and ointments are the best to keep moisterized with. i have found that keeping the rash moisterized help the apperiance of the rash not to be as obvious.

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M.E.

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hi K.. i have dealt with the same skin condition all my life. my doc once told me that it was underdeveloped hair follicles. there isn't really a cure and most times it is genetic. but i have found over the years that scrubbing with st ives appricot scrub helps reduce some of the bumps, also exposure to uv light(tanning beds), but she's too young for that, plus skin cancer risks, and olso using skin care products that are labeled for sensitve skin or noncomodigenic(SP?), which just means it won't clog pores. hope this helps.

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try Mary Kay acne cream.. it is only 7.00 and has remarkable results! Good luck!

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Bumps on the back of your arms is caused by an essential fatty acid deficiency. She can take a supplement that will help such as lecithin, Omega 3, 6, & 9's. For a 100% natural supplement try Shaklee. www.shaklee.net/carrie_claypool

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Hi, I had something similar after the births of both my son and daughter and was told it had to do with my hormones. After a couple of months it went away. Could she be going through puberty a little early? Also, my Mother had a horrible reddish rash over her arms face (and some of her body) and was told it was something called "Fifths Disease", then when it didn't go away she was told it was most likely an allergic reaction to "something". Have you been to a dermatologist? Also try washing her clothes and sheets (anything that comes in contact with her skin) in perfume/dye free detergent and try to find organic scent free soap and shampoo. Best of luck to both of you!

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I had the same thing after the birth of my second child, Doctor said 'nothing can be done'....went to dermatologist, same thing. Finally mentioned it to my OB/GYN (female) and she said it had to do with hormones being slightly out of whack and to try the cleanser "CETAPHYL" and use "EUCERIN" lotion. It took a few more weeks, (of using it daily) but it worked great. Now I use that combo on my 2 yr. old daughter's ezxema. She also gets those bumps on the backs of her arms. The cetaphyl is a little expensive, but worth it! It's not a soap, but it is a cleanser and can be used with or without water. Good luck!

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