Patches of tiny, rough, skin-colored bumps

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Wiseguy

United States

#1 Jun 2, 2007
I've got several of these on my body. I remember when I got the first one on my chest years ago. Eventually they started appearing on other parts of my body as well.

They don't itch, they are the same color as my skin, but to the touch, the difference in texture is obvious, and you can see it if you look close.

They only appear in patches with many others, and they're too small to notice if one appeared alone anyway.

Places patches have appeared (and stayed): on my right arm, just past the armpit. My chest. My left arm, in the crease of the elbow. And now one seems to be forming on the penis.

Anybody know what this is and what I can do about it? It's getting to be a problem. Like I said, they don't itch or hurt, but I'm beginning to get self-conscious about them, especially since their spreading doesn't seem to be halting.

Thanks in advance.
LexieLou

San Jose, CA

#2 Jun 23, 2007
I can't tell you what it is, but it sounds like the same thing I have, on my face, neck and chest. Thought it was acne at first, but its just patches of small invisible bumps. I'd really like to know what it is.
Wiseguy wrote:
I've got several of these on my body. I remember when I got the first one on my chest years ago. Eventually they started appearing on other parts of my body as well.
They don't itch, they are the same color as my skin, but to the touch, the difference in texture is obvious, and you can see it if you look close.
They only appear in patches with many others, and they're too small to notice if one appeared alone anyway.
Places patches have appeared (and stayed): on my right arm, just past the armpit. My chest. My left arm, in the crease of the elbow. And now one seems to be forming on the penis.
Anybody know what this is and what I can do about it? It's getting to be a problem. Like I said, they don't itch or hurt, but I'm beginning to get self-conscious about them, especially since their spreading doesn't seem to be halting.
Thanks in advance.

rjn

Since: Jul 07

Pleasanton, CA

#3 Jul 4, 2007
The patches and rough spots described above sound like keratosis. These need to be burned off with liquid nitrogen by a dermatologist. If left untreated, they can develop into something more serious.
Candace

Carrollton, GA

#4 Jul 5, 2007
I'm having the same problem with 2 patches of those things on my face!! No itching, No color, No swelling, NOTHING... just a rough texture that is visible when very close.
What is it??
LexieLou wrote:
I can't tell you what it is, but it sounds like the same thing I have, on my face, neck and chest. Thought it was acne at first, but its just patches of small invisible bumps. I'd really like to know what it is.
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ashanti

United States

#5 Jan 22, 2012
im gettin them to on my left arm try putting alot of lotion on and they should help
Chris

Smithtown, NY

#6 Dec 31, 2012
I just got it on me to and im pretty sure it is the trapped hair folicles. This runs and my family,although dosnt look the same as upper arms, im sure it is
Sara

United States

#7 Feb 9, 2013
It sounds like Keratosis Pilaris. It's common and occurs when your body produces excess keratin. The keratin builds up within hair follicles causing crystallized, "sandpaper-like" patches. It is harmless other than being somewhat annoying. Check online for home remedies.
Kate

Coos Bay, OR

#8 May 14, 2014
I have been googling for the last hour trying to figure out what these tiny patches (.5-2mm) are on my forehead. Everyone's description sounds the same as mine. Flesh-colored, non-itchy, non-painful little patches. If I scratch them off they go away, but return within a few days. I have had them for several years now, and they are slowly spreading. I have gotten them to clear up in one area, but now they have returned on another part of my forehead, and near my eye. I also believe I found a spot near my lip. I am afraid they will eventually spread all over my face. They are mostly unnoticeable except up close. Makeup seems to make them more noticeable. They are different than keratosis pilaris in that those are larger, harder, individualized bumps associated with the hair follicle(?). These are some sort of patchy, irregular shaped growths on the top layer of skin. If I scratch too hard the skin underneath does bleed a bit, and then it scabs over but within a few days the growths return. These have persisted through all seasons, and are not associated with dry skin. I have recently eliminated gluten from my diet, which has cleared up my acne and cystic acne, but not affected these unusual, sort-of callous-like patches. Switching makeup and skin care products has not affected them, nor does moisturizing, though using salicylic acid oddly, may have caused them to spread. I am trying natural products now such as coconut oil, tea tree oil, and colloidal silver. I will update if any if these remedies seem to work.
JMx

London, UK

#9 Jun 17, 2014
Maybe they are warts?, like flat warts or something. I don't know. But I got them in patches on my hands, chest, arms, knees, and they don't seem to go away, just spread over the years. I have a weak immune system as I am always run down with colds, sinus problems. I am wondering if a weak immune system is allowing these things to spread and not go away.

If you smoke or drink alcohol, try cutting it out for 12 months and see if your condition gets better, boost your immune system up. this is what I plan to do. If it doesn't work, I guess I will go to a doctor about it.

But it's the same kind of thing described by Kate above. I never had this problem until I hit my 20s, and it's never gone away in over 15 years, just got steadily worse. But I am not healthy all these years anyway, I was drinking to much and smoking all the time. I blame this lifestyle for allowing this condition to get a hold.
JMx

London, UK

#10 Jun 17, 2014
Kate wrote:
I have been googling for the last hour trying to figure out what these tiny patches (.5-2mm) are on my forehead. Everyone's description sounds the same as mine. Flesh-colored, non-itchy, non-painful little patches. If I scratch them off they go away, but return within a few days. I have had them for several years now, and they are slowly spreading. I have gotten them to clear up in one area, but now they have returned on another part of my forehead, and near my eye. I also believe I found a spot near my lip. I am afraid they will eventually spread all over my face. They are mostly unnoticeable except up close. Makeup seems to make them more noticeable. They are different than keratosis pilaris in that those are larger, harder, individualized bumps associated with the hair follicle(?). These are some sort of patchy, irregular shaped growths on the top layer of skin. If I scratch too hard the skin underneath does bleed a bit, and then it scabs over but within a few days the growths return. These have persisted through all seasons, and are not associated with dry skin. I have recently eliminated gluten from my diet, which has cleared up my acne and cystic acne, but not affected these unusual, sort-of callous-like patches. Switching makeup and skin care products has not affected them, nor does moisturizing, though using salicylic acid oddly, may have caused them to spread. I am trying natural products now such as coconut oil, tea tree oil, and colloidal silver. I will update if any if these remedies seem to work.
Re reading your post Kate, are you sure it's not just blocked hair follicles you are talking about?. I have seen pictures of people with clusters of pin head like raised bumps on their face, around their cheeks, eyes, forehead, and it's not something that will spread, it's just blocked pores or blocked hair follicles. You can get that fixed at a dermatologist or google a home remedy. If that's what it is.

I said flat warts because they are small, flesh coloured, and appear in clusters and are not itchy or painful, but spread it you scratch them to much, or mess with them.

If you have warts, don't try cutting them off or acid, it just makes things worse in the long run. The best thing you can do is improve your health and fitness, boost your immune system so your body can clear them in time, it may take a few years, but most warts clear up if you are healthy, and not run down or compromising your immune system with smoking and alcohol or bad diet. Also get enough sleep every night, a multi vitamin, and maybe some exercise.
Kate

Coos Bay, OR

#11 Jun 18, 2014
JMx wrote:
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Re reading your post Kate, are you sure it's not just blocked hair follicles you are talking about?. I have seen pictures of people with clusters of pin head like raised bumps on their face, around their cheeks, eyes, forehead, and it's not something that will spread, it's just blocked pores or blocked hair follicles. You can get that fixed at a dermatologist or google a home remedy. If that's what it is.
I said flat warts because they are small, flesh coloured, and appear in clusters and are not itchy or painful, but spread it you scratch them to much, or mess with them.
If you have warts, don't try cutting them off or acid, it just makes things worse in the long run. The best thing you can do is improve your health and fitness, boost your immune system so your body can clear them in time, it may take a few years, but most warts clear up if you are healthy, and not run down or compromising your immune system with smoking and alcohol or bad diet. Also get enough sleep every night, a multi vitamin, and maybe some exercise.
JMx, I am pretty sure they aren't hair follicles. But when you mentioned that they might be warts, that made sense to me. I don't drink, except the occasional glass or two of wine, and don't smoke. I am in generally good health and trying to improve my diet, but I don't take my multi-vitamin regularly, and don't drink enough water. I am sure that a stronger immune system would help, as it does with everything else. I will work on that and see if I see any improvement. Thanks for the ideas!

As an update, the coconut oil and essential oils don't seem to be helping at all, but I haven't tried the Colloidal silver long enough to give it a fair chance. It does seem as though scratching them might cause them to spread, but only very slowly over time.
mhks

United States

#12 Jul 6, 2014
Wiseguy wrote:
I've got several of these on my body. I remember when I got the first one on my chest years ago. Eventually they started appearing on other parts of my body as well.
They don't itch, they are the same color as my skin, but to the touch, the difference in texture is obvious, and you can see it if you look close.
They only appear in patches with many others, and they're too small to notice if one appeared alone anyway.
Places patches have appeared (and stayed): on my right arm, just past the armpit. My chest. My left arm, in the crease of the elbow. And now one seems to be forming on the penis.
Anybody know what this is and what I can do about it? It's getting to be a problem. Like I said, they don't itch or hurt, but I'm beginning to get self-conscious about them, especially since their spreading doesn't seem to be halting.
Thanks in advance.
I have them on my fore arm and 1 or 2 on my face and I'm 12 . I think lots of lotion will help
Kate

Aguadilla, Puerto Rico

#13 Jul 7, 2014
Ok folks, I am back with an update!!! Through a little bit of research, I have confirmed that they are indeed flat warts! I am so excited because I have found a simple inexpensive treatment that has actually worked!

Using organic apple cider vinegar as a facial astringent one day, I got carried away and seemed to have dissolved a moley growth on my nose.

Remembering this last night, I soaked a cotton pad in the ACV and applied it to the most annoying of the bumps, near my eye brow. Within a few minutes the callous-like growth turned white, and other small white spots began to appear between my eye brows. The longer I left the cotton pad on, the more this fleshy stuff dissolved, and eventually, it bled a little and turned a dark greyish color.

I remembered that JMx had mentioned that they could be warts and also remembered when my kids had plantar warts removed from their feet how the callous part turned white and then black with a little bit of blood. The dr explained that this black was the "root" and it was bleeding because she had gotten down to the healthy skin. This seems like exactly what I was experiencing with the ACV on my face! It appeared as though the ACV was "burning" holes in my skin, but they quickly scabbed over and this morning they look better. It did sting, but not unbearably.

So I did a google search for warts and found out that there are indeed "flat warts". Their medical name is much less-offensive sounding: "verruca plana". Turns out they are pretty common, and are a type of HPV that enters the skin through small cuts. In my case, I'm sure I contracted it from picking at my acne. HPV is very common, and in most cases harmless, and most people have it without ever knowing. Kind of like how they say everyone has some cancer cells, but not everyone's will develop into full-blown cancer. I must have picked up the HPV somewhere and then picked at my acne without washing my hands first. Lesson learned!

Anyway, once I had this information, I took it to my favorite natural remedy website and typed in warts. I selected "HPV/genital warts" and I was thrilled to see how many people have had amazing results with the ACV just like I have! I was so excited to get back on this website to share with you all! I truly believe this is what we have been dealing with, and we no longer have to be bothered by it!

I hope you all receive this update and do a little web-digging yourselves! I believe you can be wart-free in just a matter of days! Good luck to all, and thank you so much for sharing on here! TMx, without your input I may never have put two and two together! Thanks for helping me solve the mystery!!!:D
PS: What was the outcome of your situation?
abby

Chicago, IL

#14 Tuesday Aug 19
Kate wrote:
Ok folks, I am back with an update!!! Through a little bit of research, I have confirmed that they are indeed flat warts! I am so excited because I have found a simple inexpensive treatment that has actually worked!
Using organic apple cider vinegar as a facial astringent one day, I got carried away and seemed to have dissolved a moley growth on my nose.
Remembering this last night, I soaked a cotton pad in the ACV and applied it to the most annoying of the bumps, near my eye brow. Within a few minutes the callous-like growth turned white, and other small white spots began to appear between my eye brows. The longer I left the cotton pad on, the more this fleshy stuff dissolved, and eventually, it bled a little and turned a dark greyish color.
I remembered that JMx had mentioned that they could be warts and also remembered when my kids had plantar warts removed from their feet how the callous part turned white and then black with a little bit of blood. The dr explained that this black was the "root" and it was bleeding because she had gotten down to the healthy skin. This seems like exactly what I was experiencing with the ACV on my face! It appeared as though the ACV was "burning" holes in my skin, but they quickly scabbed over and this morning they look better. It did sting, but not unbearably.
So I did a google search for warts and found out that there are indeed "flat warts". Their medical name is much less-offensive sounding: "verruca plana". Turns out they are pretty common, and are a type of HPV that enters the skin through small cuts. In my case, I'm sure I contracted it from picking at my acne. HPV is very common, and in most cases harmless, and most people have it without ever knowing. Kind of like how they say everyone has some cancer cells, but not everyone's will develop into full-blown cancer. I must have picked up the HPV somewhere and then picked at my acne without washing my hands first. Lesson learned!
Anyway, once I had this information, I took it to my favorite natural remedy website and typed in warts. I selected "HPV/genital warts" and I was thrilled to see how many people have had amazing results with the ACV just like I have! I was so excited to get back on this website to share with you all! I truly believe this is what we have been dealing with, and we no longer have to be bothered by it!
I hope you all receive this update and do a little web-digging yourselves! I believe you can be wart-free in just a matter of days! Good luck to all, and thank you so much for sharing on here! TMx, without your input I may never have put two and two together! Thanks for helping me solve the mystery!!!:D
PS: What was the outcome of your situation?
Just wanted to thank you for your post! Ive had one tiny patch that isn't noticeable to anyone else but has a different, rough texture. It has persisted for a while so I googled it and came upon this website. I recently foubd out I have high risk HPV. My doctor did tell me it wasn't the strain that caused warts, but apparently its caused the flat warts on my face.
To be honest, since the diagnosis, I've felt really insecure due to the stigma attached to the name HPV. But doing my research I feel much better and appreciated the positive light you put on the issue. So quick thanks for the positive attitude and the oh so helpful remedy! 

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