How to care for rough skin on upper arms and thighs

If the skin on the upper arms is pimply and rough like a grater, it needs special care. You’ll get it smooth again!

The plague collects on the back of the upper arms, thighs or bottom. Little red bumps that are just annoying. Do you know them? “Many think they are pimples. But in fact it is a cornification disorder,” explains dermatologist Dr. Timm Golüke from Munich and continues: “The medical term is Keratoris Pilaris. Around 40 percent of all adults have this skin disorder.

One thing first: You don’t have to treat this urgently! A grater skin is not dangerous, but a purely aesthetic beauty problem. But if those rough spots bother you, we’ll tell you here how to get rid of them!

How is a grater skin created?

It comes from inside, so to speak. “The body produces too much keratin, which causes the openings of the hair follicles in the skin to clog. The result is the formation of small whitish reddish horn plugs that look like a mix of pimples and goose skin,” says Dr. Golüke. Because the skin in the affected areas – usually’s upper arms, thighs and buttocks – feels rough, keratosis pilaris is colloquially known as grater skin.

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Why do I have pimples on my upper arms?

Scientists are now certain that the skin disorder is genetically determined. So you can “thank” your parents for that. Dr. Golüke adds: “A Keratoris Pilaris often appears for the first time during puberty.”

In the course of life the grater skin can recede and even disappear completely. But often it also remains simple. That doesn’t mean you have to put up with it. Because with the right care you can make a difference.

What can I do for grater skin?

At least don’t nibble it off! This causes scars, and there are much gentler methods. These symptoms of Keratoris Pilaris can be easily relieved with the help of a regular care routine.

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This is how you properly care for grater skin:

  1. Putting lotion on is half the battle. Ideally with a lotion containing intensively hydrating urea (urea) and acids such as lactic or fruit acids. The latter dissolve excess dead skin cells and thus the cause of the rubbing effect.
  2. Speaking of dead skin flakes: Regular exfoliation can also help. Dr. Golüke recommends a loofah glove (from the sponge pumpkin Luffa aegyptiaca) or a normal body peeling.

    Rub off 1-2 times a week with it and the skin becomes much smoother!

  3. Watch out for fragrance-free care products! “Fragrances can dry out the skin and thus intensify irritations”, the expert says.

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Does sunlight make grating skin better?

Affected people often report that the grater skin improves during summer holidays due to sun and sea water. This is not scientifically proven. “However, there is evidence that dry skin favors Keratoris Pilaris,” says Dr. Golüke. Which is why it is particularly noticeable in winter, when the skin is stressed by cold and heated air.

Rubbing iron skin is annoying and not beautiful, but not a drama. Whatever you do, don’t pick at the pimples, it’ll scar the skin. With our tips you will get rid of the grater skin in a gentle way!