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Old August 18th, 2011
Rezzealaux Rezzealaux is offline
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I have this unattractive skin or hair condition, and I'm not really sure what the cause is. My parents and sister don't have it, but my brother has something similar, though I haven't bothered investigating him. I've only recently noticed this since I'm trying to improve my image now, though I'm sure I've had this before.

On my upper arms and upper legs, A non-insignificant percentage of my hair fails to grow out of my skin. I am not hair-less, it seems simply that, for whatever reason, many of my hairs simply remain under. Those that do grow out, a large portion seems somewhat abnormal. Another skin condition I seem to have is that I have many "bumps". This is only in the upper arm areas, though it seems to correlate with the hair problem.

There are three distinct types of abnormalities I have noticed.

Both upper arm and upper leg: Hairs that do not grow out are circles underneath the skin. Not sure if they grow into the circles or are just there like that. Shallow enough so that a safety or clothing pin of some sort can peel it out with no pain or bleeding, deep enough so that hair doesn't grow out on its own.

Upper leg: Some hair follicles have 2 or 3 hairs. Like, if you imagine a cartesian plane and each point is a hair follicle, some of the points have two points beside the main one. I have not observed any of these grow out of my skin yet and there's no obvious way to get them out (the "circles" can be manipulated by sticking the pin into the circle) so I don't know if this will actually end up being an issue.

Upper arm: Two hairs growing out of the same spot. Observed both growing out of skin and under skin. If I attempt to pull on the hairs, one comes out easily.

Any thoughts or info?
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Old August 18th, 2011
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Default Re: Skin/Hair condition?

Our hair follicles go through several stages of growth, including a rest stage with no hair growing or visible. So you are constantly growing hair from some follicles while others are shedding hair and others have no hair.

Many people mistakenly think some parts of their body are, or become hairless, when actually their hair on those parts is simply very short and fine, so very hard to see.

I think it is conceivable that in some people, hair may be retained longer, and dues to the characteristics of their skin and how the epidermis sheds, some hair may get trapped just under the surface of the skin as it grows. Whether this is a condition to be concerned about, I have no idea, but you sound like you are concerned.

Why don't you go see a dermatologist and find out what he thinks? That sounds like the appropriate specialist to me.

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Old August 18th, 2011
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My skin will occasionally do that, too, Rezz, particularly on my thighs; I don't grow much hair on my upper arms. You might try a body scrub, or something of that nature. I use a hemp mitt to help exfoliate the skin. They are usually found with other bath products. I wouldn't recommend digging out those hairs though, you can get an infection pretty easily if you dig too deep.
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Old August 18th, 2011
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I have a same problem with my upper thighs. Mostly on the areas where I rest my elbows or forearms. Particularly after I experimented with shaving my legs. Felt awesome in the swimming pool, but I'm never doing that again. I usually have a few ingrown hairs but after shaving the problem exploded. Did a little research and pulled some knowledge from my past and basically came up with this. The hair is having issues emerging from your skin. This can occur with dry skin, hair breakage, shaving, etc. Most places recommend to treat it the same way as acne. Exfoliate with a body scrub or other similar product to remove the dead dry skin. Treat the area with an astringent\toner, this helps to close the pores (mostly done on the face for acne to keep your oil producing pores from clogging, the cause of most acne). The toner can probably be skipped since we aren't dealing with acne but ingrown hairs, but I do it anyway, can't hurt. Since we've stripped our skin of its natural oils we'll need to replace it with some moisturizing lotion otherwise we will still have the same dry skin that is preventing our hair from being able to emerge.

Now for the cool part. I learned this in boot camp. Everyone was required to shave every day no matter what. For some this caused major irritation, particularly around the neck line, with ingrown hairs. We were told to use a soft bristle toothbrush to massage the area. This gentle massage cleared up a lot of the problem hairs. Those tiny bristles moved around in a circular massaging motion helped those stubborn little hairs to emerge from the skin. Been out of the military now for 12 years and I still use a toothbrush for ingrown hairs on my neck and thighs. Definitely a better alternative to a needle.

Greg_b is right. Your hair does go through several stages. So this will be more of a habit change. Just make it part of your daily grooming ritual. Only adds a few minutes to help you have clean clear skin.
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Thanks for the the advice guys
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Originally Posted by Rezzealaux View Post
I have this unattractive skin or hair condition, and I'm not really sure what the cause is. My parents and sister don't have it, but my brother has something similar, though I haven't bothered investigating him. I've only recently noticed this since I'm trying to improve my image now, though I'm sure I've had this before.

On my upper arms and upper legs, A non-insignificant percentage of my hair fails to grow out of my skin. I am not hair-less, it seems simply that, for whatever reason, many of my hairs simply remain under. Those that do grow out, a large portion seems somewhat abnormal. Another skin condition I seem to have is that I have many "bumps". This is only in the upper arm areas, though it seems to correlate with the hair problem.

There are three distinct types of abnormalities I have noticed.

Both upper arm and upper leg: Hairs that do not grow out are circles underneath the skin. Not sure if they grow into the circles or are just there like that. Shallow enough so that a safety or clothing pin of some sort can peel it out with no pain or bleeding, deep enough so that hair doesn't grow out on its own.

Upper leg: Some hair follicles have 2 or 3 hairs. Like, if you imagine a cartesian plane and each point is a hair follicle, some of the points have two points beside the main one. I have not observed any of these grow out of my skin yet and there's no obvious way to get them out (the "circles" can be manipulated by sticking the pin into the circle) so I don't know if this will actually end up being an issue.

Upper arm: Two hairs growing out of the same spot. Observed both growing out of skin and under skin. If I attempt to pull on the hairs, one comes out easily.

Any thoughts or info?
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Keratosis_pilaris

Try moisturizing those areas. Seems to improve mine.
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