Hand & Arm Acne

Acne can occur in many different areas of the body. Acne caused by clogged pores or from infections within the skin causing bumps on the skin. There are many other reasons for the formations of acne of the hands and the arms. There are quite a number of people around the world who suffer from acne on their hand and arms, but it is typically less common than facial or back acne. Here are a few reasons of why acne occurs in these areas.

The hand is the portion of the body that has contact with most of the different types of dirt, germs, and bacteria. It is critical to keep the hands clean otherwise you may not just get acne in various forms on different areas of the body, but it also makes you more susceptible to becoming sick from unclean hands. In an acne outbreak, it is more common to have pimples arise on the back of the hand which could turn into acne when not taken care of immediately.
Acne occurs on the arms (primarily the under the arm) because of sweat and bacteria that accumulates. The arms are ordinarily a hairy area on the body, and the underarms can be even hairier. Thus, acne has an easier time to develop due to hair follicles on the arms and under the arms becoming clogged within the pores. In this case, pimples can form leading to acne.

Pinles are usually are caused by infected hair follicles or clogged pores, most commonly appearing on your face, back chest, and shoulders. This is typically where your oil glands in the skin are most active. However, it can occur anywhere on the body. A pimple like bumps on your arms can also be caused by other conditions such as keratosis pilaris, though there is not a cure that is 100% effective, some treatments can ease your symptoms.

Pimples on the Arm and Hand

A pimple occurs when one of the skin pores or sebaceous glands, which secrete sebum to lubricate your skin — becomes obstructed or infected with excess oil or hair, blocked or infected. This will cause inflammation, and a small sac of pus forms as your body tries to fight the blockage. It is not unusual for a rash of pimples to appear on the upper arms. This is sometimes described as arm acne; you can actually use the same treatment for your face.

Arm Pimple Treatments
While you may not be able to cure the condition completely, some methods can reduce the size and longevity of the pimples. Some experts recommend washing your arm twice a day with a mild soap and warm water. Avoid scrubbing as this can worsen your condition. Over-the counter solution which contains benzoyl peroxide, such a clerical can help. Benzoyl peroxide is an antibacterial that extracts dead skin cells so there’s less chance of them causing a blockage. However, this ingredient can lead to excessively dry skin, use it sparingly until you measure your skin reaction.You may also use products such as an alpha hydroxy lotion.

You should also avoid squeezing your pimples because this can force the blockage deeper into the skin and may create permanent scarring on the skin surface.

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Keratosis Pilaris
Kertoasis Pilaris can also cause pimple-like bumps to appear on your upper arms. A buildup in of protein keratin which plugs the hair follicles. Hair gets trapped under the skin’s surface, contributing to inflammation which produces small red bumps on the skin. The . condition is believed to be heredity and normally appear in the first ten years of life and can worsen during adolescence before easing off toward adulthood.

Treatment for Keratosis Pilaris
Although keratosis pillars may create an undersized appearance, it is not a serious condition and usually disappears as you move into adulthood. If you have Keratosis, you may need a different type of treatment than common acne. Make sure your skin does not become overly dry by taking warm rather than a very hot bath and showers. Very gently exfoliating may benefit the skin, as can using a lotion containing salicylic acid to remove dead skin cells. Exfoliating these areas will help you get rid of the dead cells on the skin. For any treatment to take effect, you will need to continue for at least 15 days for it shows any impact. INo some cases it can take between four to six weeks to see results from an acne treatment.

Listed are some recommendations for managing arm pimples.

  • It is important to wear clothes that fit properly to keep arm pimples away.
  • After you exercise, it is important to shower to keep the arm cleans.
  • Get the proper amount of sleep, since sleep helps to keep away stress, helping to prevent breakouts
  • Drink plenty of water – as this can help alleviate problems with pimples.
    People who have issues with upper arm pimples are advised to keep their hair cut short as long hair tends to touch the upper arms and trigger outbreaks of pimples.

Usage of Benzoyl Peroxide
Benzoyl can fade clothing, so wear sleeveless shirts or white shirts underneath any colored clothing to prevent bleaching. Do not pick or squeeze the acne on your arms, because this may spread the acne or cause scarring.

Health Life Media Team