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grrr at my arms

They're raised bumps, varying sizes, non-rashy, non-itchy. similar to pimples, in that they have white gook in them, but unlike pimples the gook is more solid, not hard, just not gooey-liquidy like a pimple. And there is not the blood and clear liquidy stuff that usually accompanies a pimple. The white gook is sometimes thick and solid-creamy like and sometimes like a little white ball o white- but not hard... and small. None of this is a vast quantity of gook. From what I can see, it sounds like it could be keratosis pilaris... but I can't get enough info to really say. Plus the pictures I've seen when looking it up through google images don't necessarily look right.

All the redness is because, shamefully, I am a picker. Really really really. It's bad.

Any insight? It's getting to be warmer weather and I do not look forward to feeling self conscious about it and embarrassed to wear short sleeved/sleeveless things. Plus I just dont like how it looks.

ETA: Also note that there are a ton of scars. Those don't bother me nearly so much. I believe they'll fade with time anyway.

Also ETA: I also seem to have similar bumps on my thighs, cheeks, and butt. None of those areas are as bad, perhaps because I exfoliate better/more regularly, and tend to leave them alone more? I'm a freak about my face, so that's bound to make a difference. I decided when I managed to be done having bad skin that I was done and was not going back. So I take care of my face nearly religiously.

Currently feeling: annoyed annoyed

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bluecarp From: bluecarp Date: May 23rd, 2005 08:55 pm (UTC) (Link)
Hate to say it but I have something similar (though it's gotten better since I've stopped picking ;)!). It's sort of a psororias (sp?..kinda like dandruff) inherited condition I think. Have the same problem of not wanting to wear sleevless top (damn hard in summer) cuz of it. Started doing mud treatments (I know it sounds silly but...) and regular exfoliation and it seems to help. My arms may not be picture smooth but theyre healthier and I think I'll start risking the sleeveless thing soon ;).
crushedglass From: crushedglass Date: May 23rd, 2005 09:02 pm (UTC) (Link)
I figure at least if I stop picking (easier said than done, that's for sure) that the redness will stop and that will make a huge difference in how it looks. It's the redness that seems more noticable.
bluecarp From: bluecarp Date: May 23rd, 2005 09:07 pm (UTC) (Link)
Even if it's a bit private...I'd go out in the sun a little (not too much!) anyways I think it helps the skin. Also, I've tried that drying acne cream. It's really something for a dermatologist, but they can be expensive and since this isnt health threatening it's iffy if they help.
crushedglass From: crushedglass Date: May 23rd, 2005 09:10 pm (UTC) (Link)
I've considered that if I treated my arms the same way I treat my face, including my cheeks, that maybe they'd look as nice. perhaps that's wishful thinking!
courtney_lynne From: courtney_lynne Date: May 23rd, 2005 09:20 pm (UTC) (Link)
It actually looks like a really bad case of excema. I have mild excema on my cheeks and arms...it's basicly really really BAD dry skin.

My doctor perscribed Hydrocortizone cream (I got the strong stuff...but you can buy Hydrocortizone cream over the counter that'll work just as good.) for me and it went away (it won't completley go away, but it'll fade to a point where you won't notice it at all). I was also told not to use perfumey soaps on it, or anything too drying. Wash with something mild and unscented..like Nuetrogena body wash. Make sure your arms are ALWAYS moisturized..and when you get out of the shower, vigorously rub the towel on it to exfoliate away any dead skin cells.

I use the hydrocortizone at night and in the morning, but throughout the day I rub uncented lotion on my arms.....something with a high concentration of Shea Butter will help (Try L'Occtaine...they have the BEST lotion!)

courtney_lynne From: courtney_lynne Date: May 23rd, 2005 09:22 pm (UTC) (Link)
Gah. To add to that...I stress keeping it mousturized. Do NOT use anything to dry it up..that'll make things a million times worse. Even though they look like pimples...they're not..it's just dry a type of dry skin that won't go away but is treatable :)

Let me know if that helps! Good luck sweetie <3
crushedglass From: crushedglass Date: May 23rd, 2005 09:44 pm (UTC) (Link)
I am going to be trying some new things. So thank you for giving me some things to think about! :)
crushedglass From: crushedglass Date: May 23rd, 2005 09:38 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm noticing that it looks dry in the pictures but it isn't really so I'm thinking that what's looking like dry skin there is actually all the scars, some from years and years ago. From mid arm to shoulder/back I usually tend toward oily even.
risala From: risala Date: May 23rd, 2005 09:20 pm (UTC) (Link)
It sounds and looks like keratosis pilaris to me. here

Do you have subversive_grrl on your f-list? I remember her talking about it before.
risala From: risala Date: May 23rd, 2005 09:23 pm (UTC) (Link)
PS I have it mildly, used to be much worse but has gotten better as I get older. It was always worse in the summer.

PPS I have pretty severe eczema and I don't think that's it. You don't get little bumps w/ eczema like you do with keratosis pilaris.
risala From: risala Date: May 23rd, 2005 09:28 pm (UTC) (Link)
ERR subversivegrrl sorry no _
crushedglass From: crushedglass Date: May 23rd, 2005 09:40 pm (UTC) (Link)
hey I think that's one of the sites I came across earlier when looking for info. nothing I found about that stuff was very encouraging! alas!
decadence1 From: decadence1 Date: May 23rd, 2005 11:18 pm (UTC) (Link)
Hmmm, my immediate thought was psoriasis too. It's possible it's atopic eczema as well I guess.

And stop picking! Do something else with your hands - no I don't mean that ... although... :P Paint or write or something but do try to avoid picking at it, it'll only cause scarring.
crushedglass From: crushedglass Date: May 24th, 2005 12:09 am (UTC) (Link)
yeah. that's not dry skin you see there... that *is* the result of scarring!
decadence1 From: decadence1 Date: May 24th, 2005 12:16 am (UTC) (Link)
There's the natural resulting scarring/scabbing which'll often fade; there's also scarring caused by picking at spots/blistering etc., which is less likely to fade so well. :(

:waggles finger:
crushedglass From: crushedglass Date: May 24th, 2005 04:39 pm (UTC) (Link)
There wouldnt be any natural scarring. If I didn't pick, there would be nothing to scar! I'm aware!
From: vegemiteking Date: May 24th, 2005 01:40 pm (UTC) (Link)
Go buy some all-natural soap from the local hippy-mart.
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