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November 19, 2008 11:54 AM   Subscribe

What the hell are these little bumps all over my legs?

For seriously as long as i can remember, I've always had these little flesh colored bumps on my legs. Now, I get small red bumps on the back of my arms, but I can exfoliate those right away. These bumps on my legs? DO NOT GO AWAY! I've gone months without shaving, I've tried waxing, I've tried shaving in the direction of the growth and NOTHING. They don't multiply, or get worse, or anything like that. Are they ingrown hairs - they don't look like it - they're just flesh colored, that's it. It looks like I have permanent goosebumps in some places.

I just want smooth legs, that's all. Anyone know what it is and how to get rid of it? Are some people just cursed with bad skin on their legs?
posted by damnjezebel to Health & Fitness (8 answers total) 10 users marked this as a favorite
Keratosis pilaris! Chronic, common, no fun. It's so common there's even an online community for it.

But there are some remedies, like urea and ammonium lactate. Personally, mine (on my thighs) goes away in the summer once I'm tan -- tanned skin regenerates itself more quickly, I've read. Here's an entire brand of kp treatment products.
posted by changeling at 12:02 PM on November 19, 2008 [1 favorite]

Since you mentioned the red arm bumps, I'm guessing the leg bumps are the same thing: keratosis pilaris. Nothing to worry about, but hard to get rid of. I have it on both my arms and legs, and it's totally annoying.

What has helped me most are lotions w/ alpha hydroxy acids or something similar. combined regular exfoliation. It hasn't made the bumps disappear completely, but it has lessened their appearance greatly.
posted by Knicke at 12:05 PM on November 19, 2008

that's combined WITH...
posted by Knicke at 12:06 PM on November 19, 2008

I had something like this as a kid and teenager it was never diagnosed as Keratosis pilaris but it looked identical to the linked picture. It went away when i stopped eating dairy products
posted by chelegonian at 2:53 PM on November 19, 2008

Nthing KP. If it's any consolation, it's estimated that 50 percent of the population has it.
posted by Sweetie Darling at 5:25 PM on November 19, 2008 [1 favorite]

Yeah, KP. Buy some of those exfoliating gloves that you see in the drugstore, and use those with a creamy shower gel (the one from Soap & Glory, available in Target, is fantastic). Once a week use a good salt-based body scrub. Moisturise afterwards with a good body butter or lotion (again recommending Soap & Glory here). You won't eradicate the KP but you will sort of smooth it out.
posted by essexjan at 1:09 AM on November 20, 2008

I've had luck with Clean & Clear SOFT In-Shower Facial. It's meant for the face but I've found it also works great on the body in terms of reducing KP and getting rid of ingrown hairs. Something to do with the combination of alpha hydroxy acids and exfoliating beads.
posted by kitkatcathy at 6:13 PM on November 20, 2008

Response by poster: Checking in: so far, i've been alternating with exfoliating gloves and St. Ives Apricot Scrub (switching out the Invigorating/heavy scrub and the rejuvenate/lighter scrub). Afterwards, slathering on cocoa butter body cream. While they're still there, they're way less noticeable and don't irk me if I touch my legs.

I don't eat a lot of dairy as is, so there's really nothing that I could cut out that would make a big impact. I've just been sticking with the exfoliating/scrubbing bit.

As it is winter, and my bf is overseas working, I don't really have to worry about shaving my legs unless I feel like it. I'm hoping that helps, since shaving always seems to reset anything I do to my legs (note: waxing will NEVER be done. ow).

Thank you for all of your suggestions. I'll check in again after a bit if I somehow get rid of the bumps. Thanks!!!
posted by damnjezebel at 10:56 AM on November 26, 2008

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