Clogged pores can lead to acne on your face, but they can also occur elsewhere on your body. On your arms and legs clogged pores can lead to a skin disorder called keratosis pilaris, or chicken skin in common parlance, that causes tiny red bumps on the skin. This disorder usually runs in families, but a few steps added to your daily skin-care routine may help clear up the problem.

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Apply a skin cream containing beta hydroxy acid or glycolic acid to the affected area at least once a day. Experiment with different productsto find the one that works best with your skin.

Rub moisturizing lotion onto your arms two to three times a day.

Exfoliate once or twice a week with a loofah or sponge and an exfoliating cleanser. Apply the product directly to the loofah or sponge, then rub it into your skin using a circular motion. Press down harder than you would when using soap in the shower, but not hard enough that you irritate your skin; the point is to strip the topmost layer of skin without damaging it any further.

Moisturize with an oil-free moisturizer after exfoliation.

Use a moisturizing body soap in the shower. Use it sparingly as soap tends to dry out the skin.


  • Exfoliating strips the top-most layer of skin, so use sunblock when going outside after exfoliation.

  • See a dermatologist if your condition worsens or does not improve.