I have tiny, red bumps (keratosis pilaris or something like that)…though being out in the sun this summer seems to have helped a lot, what else can I do? A
Keratosis pilaris is unsightly but completely harmless. It usually grows worse during the winter months or other times of low humidity when skin dries out, and may worsen during pregnancy or after childbirth. Although it can be left untreated, persistent use of an intensive moisturizer may get you satisfactory improvement. Try a cream like Acid mantle or Complex 15 after bathing, then re-apply several times throughout the day. If this does not help, change to a medicated cream containing urea (Curel, Carmol-20) or alpha-hydroxy acids (Aqua Glycolic, Lacticare) and apply twice daily. You may find them too irritating to use more often.
My best advice is….
The plugged pores can be removed by taking long, hot soaking tub baths and then rubbing the areas with a coarse washcloth, stiff brush, or ‘Buf-Puf’. Put some epsom salt in the tub.
I use a body scrub made of Epson and Sea Salts with olive oil or ANY oil. VERY Light on the oil as it can clog pores even more.
Prescription medicines that may help include antibiotics (Erythromycin, Bactrim) if the spots are very red and Tazorac Cream. Tazorac, a relative of vitamin A, may cause irritation in some people.