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I have bumps all over
my arms. Is this acne? How can I get rid of them?
If these bumps are small and rough and mostly occur on your
upper arms and thighs, it's more likely that you have an eczema-related
condition known as keratosis pilaris. It's a very common hereditary condition
(more than 50% of people have it) that creates raised bumps on the skin. It's
more common in women and tends to improve with age.
Keratosis pilaris occurs when skin cells build up in the
hair follicle, preventing the hair shaft from reaching the surface of the skin.
Often, this results in minor inflammation, causing the appearance of red or
brown spots beneath each raised bump. Since this affects the pores, keratosis
pilaris can cause or exacerbate blemishes, especially in adolescence. In fact,
up to 80% of adolescents experience keratosis pilaris.
Usually, keratosis pilaris is viewed as physically
unsightly, but not medically harmful. There is no "cure" for the condition, but
Every time I shave my legs, I get itchy, red bumps. How can I get rid of them and how can I prevent them?
In order to take care of shaving-related irritations, it's important to know the underlying cause of inflamed bumps. Razor burn, which results from improper shaving techniques, can create a rash-like appearance that usually fades on its own after a few days. On the other hand, it's possible that those razor bumps are the result of ingrown hairs, which are also referred to as pseudofolliculitis barbae.
When shaving, make sure you use a gentle hand. If your problem is simply razor burn, you need to make a few adjustments to your shaving routine in order to reduce irritation and inflammation. To start, soften the hair by soaking your legs for several minutes in warm water. Invest in a moisturizing shave gel-soap doesn't cut it-and lather the shaving area completely. Let the lather sit on the hair for a minute before proceeding.
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Definition Red birthmarks are colored, blood vessel (vascular) skin markings that develop before or shortly after birth. Alternative Names Strawberry mark; Vascular skin changes; Angioma cavernosum; Capillary hemangioma; Hemangioma simplex Causes, incidence, and risk factors There are two main categories of birthmarks. Red birthmarks are made up of blood vessels close to the skin surface, and are called vascular birthmarks. Pigmented birthmarks are areas in which the color of the birthmark is different from the color of the rest of the skin. Hemangiomas are a common vascular birthmark. Their cause is unknown. The color results from the development of blood vessels at the site. Strawberry hemangiomas (strawberry mark, nevus vascularis, capillary hemangioma, hemangioma simplex) may develop several weeks after birth. Cavernous hemangiomas (angioma cavernosum, cavernoma) are similar to strawberry hemangiomas but they are deeper. Salmon patches (stork bites) are extremely common, appearing on 30-50% ...
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