5 Causes of Bumpy Skin (And What To Do About It)

14th Jul 2020

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What causes bumpy skin, and is there anything you can do about it? There are several reasons your skin might have bumps, and there are just as many bumpy skin treatments for you to research. Here, we’ve detailed the five most common causes of bumps on and under your skin.

Black and White

Comedones, or blackheads and whiteheads, are among the most common causes of bumpy skin. They occur when your pores are clogged with makeup residue, dead skin cells, and excess sebum.

The good news is that you can easily get rid of these bumps with a daily skincare regimen. Look for a face wash that contains salicylic acid to help clear your pores. Other essential ingredients include benzoyl peroxide and retinoids. Exfoliating is highly beneficial, as well.

Milia Bumps

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Milia bumps look like simple whiteheads. These bumps are small, white cysts made of keratin. If you have them, then they probably show up around your eyes, on your cheeks, or on your nose. They sometimes appear in people who have other skin conditions, such as sun damage or rosacea. However, they can also occur when you simply have clogged pores.

The best bumpy skin treatment for milia bumps is regular use of alpha hydroxy acids, or AHAs, which often appear in skin care products. If that doesn’t work for you, then you can talk to your doctor about removing the bumps via a tiny incision.

Keratosis Pilaris

Another cause of bumpy skin is keratosis pilaris, which results in tiny bumps that resemble goosebumps. Although they’re usually found on the upper arms and thighs, they can occur on the face, as well. Bumps caused by keratosis pilaris are just dead skin cells that plug the hair follicles.

Adding an exfoliating product to your skincare routine is ideal. The bumps will become much less noticeable. Face washes and other products (like our Multi-Action Cleanser) that contain salicylic acid should help, too, since salicylic acid is excellent for exfoliating the skin.

Eczema Bumps

If you have eczema, then it can cause bumps as well as inflammation and redness. Known as atopic dermatitis, eczema is a common skin condition that can pop up at any age. The bumps might be a bit crusty and sometimes they ooze. In extreme cases, eczema can present as scaly-looking skin.

There are several bumpy skin treatments for eczema. Talk to your doctor about injected medications, topical creams, and oral treatments. It’s a good idea to avoid skincare products with added fragrances, as well. Make sure you regularly moisturize your skin. When you bathe or shower, use lukewarm water rather than hot water.

Infected Pimples

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Inflamed and infected pimples cause bumpy skin, too. Pimples become inflamed for numerous reasons. They turn red and may be complicated by puss. All of that is caused by bacteria in your pores, which then combines with sebum and dead skin cells.

No matter what, never squeeze a pimple. Try a benzoyl peroxide-based cleaner, instead, but avoid anything too harsh. Applying a mixture of benzoyl peroxide and hydrocortisone cream to the affected area should help it to clear up quickly.

Whatever the cause of your skin bumps, our line of medical-grade skincare is a great start to beautiful, youthful-looking skin. Visit Salameh Skin Care to learn more about the causes of bumpy skin and how to treat it.

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