I thought bobbly bits of skin on the tops of my arms and outer thighs were caused by friction from clothes. Like minor burns, just not painful. I noticed them more in winter and assumed – incorrectly – it must be entirely because of the extra layers I was wearing. For literally years, I put up with the irritating bumps utterly convinced there was little I could do about them.
But I was wrong!
Rough fabrics and lack of humidity are scientifically proven to be contributing factors, but most of the time ‘bobbling’ is actually just dry skin. In less than a week, I’ve turned coarse pimples into expanses of smooth suppleness. And, if you pardon the pun, it didn’t cost me an arm and a leg.
Causes Of Dry Skin On The Arms And Thighs
Eczema, acne and psoriasis can cause skin irritation. However, by far the biggest origin of bobbling is pure and simple lack of hydration.
I must at this point mention keratosis pilaris. Come again? you may well be asking. It is a little-known condition caused by a build-up of keratin, and also causes blooming bobbling. It can make parts of your body feel as rough as sandpaper too. (Don’t tell your other half if he or she is a keen DIY-er!) Sadly, it’s surprisingly common. Thoroughly moisturising the skin and avoiding hot baths can significantly improve the feel and look of affected skin.
While lifestyle and environmental factors should always be considerations, the simplest explanation for most bobbling is that the tops of our arms and outer thighs are neglected. I mean, when we reach for body lotion or moisturiser, we are more likely to slap it onto the lower legs, the face and hands. The ‘bits’ of us that are on daily display.
Thighs and the upper arms are in with a better chance of some TLC during the warmer months when we may be wearing sleeveless tops or swimming costumes. I ought to mention mini-skirts and shorts, but they are pretty much out of the window now I’m in my 50s! How about you?
How To Treat Bobbly Skin
I literally banished bobbles in seven days with twice-daily applications of NIVEA’s Soft Moisturising Cream. Packed with vitamins, it delivers long-lasting moisture. This product is light but creamy and absorbs well. It’s cheap too.
I also highly recommend Dove’s Rich Nourishment Cream.
Want to use an exfoliating treatment? Use it carefully and rub gently to avoid further skin problems and infection.
If you are a ‘youngster’ reading this and thinking ‘Eww’ – here are some tips to stop ‘bobbles’ from forming in the first place:
- Ensure clothes are not too tight around the upper arms (bring back batwing sleeves!)
- Increase humidity in the home
- When buying new clothes, choose soft-textured fabrics
- Avoid baths and showers that are too hot
- Use a soft sponge or flannel when washing
- If you want to exfoliate, use a product that is gentle and moisturise immediately after drying the skin
These products are ideal for use to banish any roughness from upper arms and outer thighs:
Share your tips for treating dry skin in the comments section below.
- All prices correct at the time of publishing.
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