Causes of Pimples on Upper Arms

Updated on 18 May 2009,
Published on 09 Feb 2009

A number of people suffer from acne. About 70% of the population in America suffers from this skin disease. Acne can occur anywhere on the body and depending on the area where it appears the causes may also differ. For instance, the causes of pimples on the tongue are mainly due to food allergy. Majority of people find pimples popping up on their face. There are also some of them who don't have pimples on the face but have it on the arms and back. Though this people are lucky enough to have a clear face but combating with these pimples on upper arm can be pretty challenging. It is not that easy to get rid of it.

90% of the causes of pimples on upper arms are due to dry skin. The skin of the upper arm tends to collect a lot of dead cells as it lacks proper attention. These dead cells clog the pores and lead to the formation of bumps on the skin. These bumps are related to acne but they are not acne in actual. Most people forget this upper portion of their hands. They would treat their elbows with extreme care by exfoliating it and moisturizing it. But the upper arms are neglected till summer sets in.

Other causes could be hereditary problem such as Keratosis pilaris, hormonal shifts and even vitamin D deficiency. Hormonal shifts occur most commonly among pregnant women which lead to the occurrence of pimples. Keratosis pilaris is not harmful and responds to the treatment through exfoliation and moisturizing. As far as the Vitamin D deficiency is concerned, you can take vitamin D supplements along with your daily diet or expose to sunlight for few minutes. However, tanning skin is unhealthy so it is best to avoid over exposure to sunlight.

As far as the treatment is concerned, there are a couple of ways that can be adopted to get rid of this skin disorder. The easiest way is to scrub your body with a loofah and apply a generous amount of moisturizer on that area. Exfoliating the pimple prone area will also be helpful in getting rid of it as it is formed by dead cells. You can also try using a stronger lotion than you normally use. For the treatment to take effect, you need perseverance and continue what you have been doing to get rid of pimples. It will take atleast 15 days to show its effectiveness on the pimples.

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15 Response(s)
EckouW
thank's for your inform.. can acne cause death to someone..??
Healthcareveda team
Acne as such is not liable to cause death to anyone but yes, the medications used for the treatment may likely cause death though very rarely. Especially the pills prescribed for acne cure may have serious health effects which can cause reactions in your body leading to death. Also, the creams prescribed for the treatment of acne may cause death as it contains synthetic form of vitamin A.
nannette
I heard that keratosis pilaris is the other name of pimples on upper arms. I have got a lot of them on my upper arms. I have been tried a number of things to get rid of it without much help = (.
greg
are the causes of acne different from the cause of pimples on the upper arm.
Murphy
Exfoliating with brown sugar and olive oil can do wonders to your skin. Do it regularly to feel the difference.
betsy
I have had this problem since I was a kid and nothing seems to help so far.
anonymous
It comes on and off from time to time. When it recurs it seems to appear more than it was earlier. Urgently need to deal with this issue. I have already seen a dermatologist but the medications don’t seem to work at all.
anonymous
i have these pimples but they hurt to the touch,whiteheads,very warm and happen time to time this is my second time
anonymous
i suffer from acne on my back and upper arms there actually not that bad, when i wear t-shirts people do not notice. but when i look in the mirror when im about to shower, i see them. it SUCKS . i HATE it. i feel so ashamed of having them. i've tried everything. i dont break out that much on my face, but sometimes i have huge RED pimples on my face. since im a darkeer shade of skin, people do not notice. but i notice, and i hate it so much.
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Acne is not easy to treat, but it is achievable. What the author stated about exfoliating is correct, but you want to be careful not to scrub active acne to prevent scaring.
Edward
I need help urgently, since mine are starting to grow on my lower arm too. I haven't tried the above mentioned methods yet, but I really hope they work. I have only had this for a few months now, so it looks like I have got a very intense version of what I like to call "something that I really hate".
ellenmoriah
I had these bumps on my upper arms for years. Last December (2010), I gave up wheat and dairy as part of an anti-inflammation diet. Curiously, the bumps are now gone. My guess is that I'm allergic to either wheat or dairy. It probably took 3 weeks before I noticed the bumps were gone. If you haven't had luck otherwise, you might want to give this a try.
pearl
From last 3 years i have got this problem. First i never paid attention as they were very little on my upper arms and i could easily wear any t-shirt. but now i feel so sad about my skin as its spreading to my elbow as well. Sometimes its itchy, rough and fluffy and that irritation has led me to scratch my skin which in return has resulted in brown/red marks..To make it more worst i have got ingrown hair on my lower legs ;-(( but my thighs are soft as before but are developing red bumps....although i dont get much pimples on my face now :-)) I would really appreciate if someone suffering from same has recovered and can suggest me anything....
Court
There are two remedies that I have seen that work- One is PanOxyl - it is a medicated cleanser. It can be found in most drugstores (I found it in our Wal-Mart) right in the facial cleanser area. Wash the affected areas with it daily. IT HELPS!!! This helps with "zit" type bumps. The lotions Amlactin or LacHydrin help are very helpful for the small bumps on the back of arms (not really "zit" like).
sky
I have always had this problem and none of the suggestions above worked. My upper arms were always full of little bumps. Last summer my husband and I started juicing veggies and after a couple weeks of drinking the juice the bumps totally went away. I was really shocked. So we got off track and stopped juicing and bumps came back. I decided to see if it would work again and after juicing again for a couple weeks bumps are gone, my arms are smooth. So maybe it's something in the leafy greens, beets, carrots and apples. Maybe lack of vitamins and minerals? Taking vitamins never helped the bumps so maybe vitamins are really duds compared to real veggies.
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