Beauty Advice Needed

I almost never wear sleeveless tops, and most of my life I’ve been wearing only short sleeve ones. So now I have a bit of a problem. I even took a pic to show you, although it is really more noticeable in real life:


My arms are two-toned!! As you can see, my shoulder is lighter than my elbow. Since my arms will be shown the day of the wedding, I’m wondering if there is something I can do”¦obviously I can try to get a tan, but how do I tan only one arm? Is it possible?

And since I’m already asking for arm advice, lately I’ve noticed some tiny bumps all over the upper part of my arm. I’ve tried exfoliation, but it doesn’t seems to make much of a difference”¦any suggestions?

Thanks in advance, fellow sleevless-wedding-dress-wearing-bees!


Mrs. Weather Vane

June 27
Mexico City
Wedding Date:
March 2014
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    Yellow.Clover 3134 posts, Sugar bee @ 5:19 am

    Are you opposed to getting a spray on tan? I’m very two toned, I have red blotches all over, and it worked perfectly for me. Good luck.

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    kaepo1, Guest @ 5:23 am


    I am a dermatology provider, the little bumps that you have on the upper outer arms (although they can occur in other spots too) is a condition called keratosis pilaris. Chances are a parent of yours also has/had this condition as well as some people can outgrow the condition. One of the best over the counter lotions to use is called AmLactin, this should be applied in the direction of hair growth. (or downward strokes on the upper outer arms) One of the worst things you can do is pick or scratch at the bumps as this can cause permanent scarring. Hope that helps!

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    mswallaby 2070 posts, Buzzing bee @ 5:48 am

    I honestly can’t tell anything from your photo! I was debating whether to get a fake tan for our wedding, but I realized it wouldn’t be anything like me – I’m naturally so pale that our wedding photos would look a little crazy. I just wanted to be myself on our wedding day. I’m glad I went that direction, because I’m really really happy with our photos and I felt comfortable and beautiful the entire day! So my vote is, be yourself and don’t change anything :)

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    MissCoffeeBean 131 posts, Blushing bee @ 5:53 am

    For your light shoulders, I recommend mineral make up (matte rather than shimmery type). I once got tan and burnt during the same week, so I had splotchy skin on my back/neck (half tan, half light where the skin peeled). It was my senior prom and I had a strapless gown. I had my mom apply it, but she put on the mineral cover up first, and then the mineral powder and it blended perfectly. To avoid it getting on the dress, you can spray with finishing spray.

    You can also get a spray tan, that would probably even your skin tone. I’d certainly do some trials before the big day, just to make sure it’s not an off color or splotchy.

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    bribaby119 203 posts, Helper bee @ 6:11 am

    Honestly if you start to tan that one spot on your arm being as it is so pale will catch up fairly quickly to the rest of your skin tone. When in doubt I would suggest a gradual tanning lotion. That way you can control it. Hope that helps! BTW I totally suffer from upper arm bumps too. Annoying!

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    Damaris 3 posts, Wannabee @ 6:52 am

    I wore a strapless dress at a friend’s wedding, and unfortunately had tan lines – strapless dresses in August after a summer of tank tops is a horrible plan.

    I used the lotion that adds a little color for several weeks before the wedding to even everything out, and it worked pretty darn well.

    I also would get little bumps, that were more like tiny whiteheads than anything. I switched from store-bought soap to homemade, and that took care of the issue.

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    Mrs. Filly 827 posts, Busy bee @ 8:00 am

    I think you look absolutely fine in your photo (let’s be real, you’re gorgeous!)! But if you’re feeling really self conscious and want to do something about it, an airbrush tan is probably your best bet.

    As far as the bumps in your arms, I know you said you’ve tried exfoliation, but have you tried using a Salux cloth? They are these amazing Japanese nylon washcloths that are like a whole new level of exfoliation. I swear by mine.

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    melizabe 108 posts, Blushing bee @ 8:02 am

    My guess would be that the difference will not be very noticeable on the day. Everyone will be dazzled by your beautiful smile and gorgeous dress. Who cares about the arms?
    You can try a soap with salycilic acid to get rid of the bumps on your arms – most acne washes have some.

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    Nia, Guest @ 8:10 am

    I have little bumps on my arms too and my legs. I use some serious sugar scrub and go to town on them. It’s been about a year that I have been doing it regularly but they have improved!

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    misspaperbee 14 posts, Newbee @ 9:23 am

    I had the same issue of the small bumps on my arms as well. It never really bothered me until the wedding. After a lot of research I decided to give the most suggested options a try. Many people said a dry brush before the shower would work, and others said AmLactin after the shower. I did both, and I actually saw improvement! The thing is, I made a big deal out of it, and worked hard to get rid of it, but by the time the wedding day rolled around, I didn’t care! Good luck!

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    blonde17jess 1290 posts, Bumble bee @ 9:43 am

    I agree with PP’s, it’s not really noticeable, but if you want to even it out, gradual tanning lotion could work. You just risk streakiness if you don’t do it perfectly, and like a spray tan, it’ll likely rub off on your dress a little bit. I wouldn’t worry about it, honestly, but I know, easier said than done!

    I also have bumps, so thanks @kaepo1: for the expert advice!

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    pocketfox 677 posts, Busy bee @ 9:51 am

    It’s not a huge difference, but I understand that if you notice it, it’ll both you. Maybe a tinted moisturizer would be best thing. Not too much colour, but enough to even everything out.

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    pocketfox 677 posts, Busy bee @ 9:51 am

    That was supposed to say bother

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    Mrs. Pyramid 104 posts, Blushing bee @ 11:13 am

    I think if you are able to get a little color on your skin, it will even out, either from a spray tan or the sun.

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    ilikeballet 277 posts, Helper bee @ 12:09 pm

    Check out :

    Great education on keratosis pilaris!

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    weathervane 171 posts, Blushing bee @ 9:42 pm

    @kaepo1: Thank you so much for the tip! Do you happen to know the active ingredient? Since I live in Mexico it will probably be hard for me to find it by name :)

    @ilikeballet: Oh, thanks! This is really helpful!

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    weathervane 171 posts, Blushing bee @ 9:53 pm

    @MissCoffeeBean: Thanks! These are great tips, I will definitely have a trial before the wedding!

    @Mrs. Wallaby: You have a good point! I don’t want to end up looking orangey or not like me :s

    @Yellow.Clover: I’ve never used spray tan! Is it hard to use? I think I will try it to see how it looks!

    @Bribaby119: Those bumps really are annoying, uggh! :(

    @Damaris: Thanks for the tips, gradual lotion sound better than spray tan to me! I’m a bit scared of spray tan.

    @Miss Filly: You are so sweet! Oh, I will try to get one of that washcloths. Do you also use it on your face?

    @melizabe: Perhaps you are right, but the two tones have always bothered me…but as you say, maybe no one will notice, and besides, the wedding will be at night, so it will be dark.

    @Nia: How often do you use the scrub?

    @misspaperbee: I think you are right, maybe when the big day comes I won’t care anymore!

    @Blonde17Jess: @pocketfox: Thanks to both of you…. I’m beginning to think no one will notice :)

    @Miss Pyramid: Thanks Miss Pyramid! Perhaps I will try a tanning lotion or a little spray tan… :)

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