Red itchy bumps on the skin are a common problem, they can be annoying and painful. This condition is known as Keratosis pilaris. These bumps can happen on any part of the skin, however the back, arms, thighs, and buttocks are some areas that are more prone to it. Statistics say that approximately half of the world population suffers from these bumps.
The exact cause of these bumps is unknown but there are certain factors that contribute to their development. Hormonal imbalances are the major cause, while humidity, clothing, and pollution can lead to these bumps. Back acne in particular happens from clogged pores. Studies have found that students who carry heavy backpacks can get bumps on their back from the pressure these bags exert. Hot and humid conditions are also a leading cause for people who work outdoors.
Its not difficult to get rid of these bumps and there are things you can do at home to help you. The first and most important thing is to wear loose-fitting clothes. Wearing loose clothing allows the skin to get some air and reduces friction between skin and clothing.
The presence of bacteria in clothing is also a cause of back bumps. Its recommended to wash clothes carefully using a quality cleansing agent.
A massage of apple cider and vinegar can also reduce bumps. First clean your back properly and keep it dry. Place water in a bowl and mix it with vinegar in 50/50 ratio. Add cider to it and use a cotton ball to apply the mixture on the bumps, leave for 5-10 minutes. Wash it off and make sure your skin is dry before you dress.
Regular toothpaste can be effective. Place some toothpaste on your finger and apply it to the affected areas and leave for about 30 minutes until it dries. Gently wash it off with clean water, do not use soap. Repeat this process until the bumps go away completely.
Another homemade recipe for back bumps is a mixture of honey, milk, and radish seeds. Take one tablespoon each of honey, milk, and radish seeds and place them in a blender to make a smooth paste. Apply the paste to your skin and leave it for 2 hours. Wash your back with clean water and use your regular moisturizer if desired. You can preserve the paste in the refrigerator and use it daily for 5 days.
You can also wash your back frequently with a gel made with salicylic, lactic and glycol acid or use the lotions that contain them on the skin of affected areas. A polyester sponge, like a Buf-Puf, can be used to wash the back. Glycolic acid can be mixed with tea tree oil and zinc supplements to get rid of acne. Some people scratch the bumps too much which adds to their spread.
If the skin bumps do not go away after trying these home remedies visit your doctor to ensure it’s not something more serious.
How to Get Rid of Skin Bumps
By Divya Shree
Edited By Stephanie Dawson
Reviewed By Nima Shei MD