No matter how involved your skincare routine is – whether you use cleansers, makeup, soap, or moisturizers – most of us have something about our skin we’d like to change. Many people find themselves plagued by small bumps on cheeks, bumps on nose, and generally bumpy skin.
On the upside, you don’t have to just live with those bumps – there are ways to help your skin smooth out. The key to transforming bumpy skin into skin that’s flawless and smooth lies in identifying those bumps – and taking the proper action.
What Are Those Bumps (And What Causes Them)?
Now, there are many different kinds of skin blemishes. Not only that, but small bumps on faces can have many different causes. Let’s look at some of the most common culprits of bumpy skin:
- Skin tags are clumps of blood cells and collagen that form bumps. As their name implies, they look like tags on the skin.1
- Keratosis Pilaris are little bumps that are sometimes brown or red in color. They can look like goosebumps, except they’re present all the time, not just when you’re cold. They’re very common and harmless.2 They’re caused when dead skin plugs your hair follicles.3
- Milia are small white bumps that often occur in patches. They form when keratin, the same material that forms your hair and fingernails, accumulates in clogged pores. Milia tend to appear as small bumps on cheeks or the nose.4
- Some small bumps are caused by an allergic reaction or contact dermatitis, which is an allergic reaction to certain irritating materials. Allergic or contact dermatitis-related bumps can vary in color and texture.5
While the above list isn’t inclusive of every possible bump that could appear on your skin, these are common causes of a bumpy face. Occasionally, unusual bumps can be a symptom of something more serious, so if you think your bumps are suspicious, be sure to talk to your dermatologist.
Getting Rid of Bumps
Now that you know about the different kinds of bumps you can have, the next step is to figure out how to get rid of them.
Trying to “pop” these bumps like a pimple can be tempting, but don’t do it!
Some bumps don’t pop, and any kind of picking or prodding risks introducing bacteria under your skin. This can lead to worse bumpy skin on face in the long run.
Different bumps have different causes. And there are different methods to get rid of different kinds of bumps.
1. Many bumps, including keratosis pilaris, often go away on their own with time.6 However, if you’re worried about those unsightly, tiny bumps, you may need to take aggressive steps to get rid of them faster.
2. The appearance of bumpy skin may be improved by using a good, soothing face wash. Milia and other bumps may respond well to washes that include honey or cinnamon bark, which can also clean clogged pores.7
3. Hydrogen water can clean pores, which may help keep you from developing some skin bumps, including keratosis pilaris.8
Keep in mind – everyone’s skin is different, and you may find some of these remedies will work better than others. If you’re not sure how your skin will react to a new product, test it for an allergic reaction on a small patch of skin before spreading it all over your face or body.
Avoiding Bumpy Skin
While it’s great to get rid of bumps when they appear, nothing is faster, or more effective, than stopping them from showing up in the first place. If you’re plagued by unwanted bumps on nose and the rest of your face, try incorporating these steps into your daily routine.
- Keep your pores clear. Clogged pores can lead to all kinds of bumps. Cleansers that keep your skin clean may help avoid bumps from forming, particularly cleansers that contain salicylic acid.9
- Use a high-quality moisturizer to keep your skin smooth and healthy.10 Coconut oil has been shown to help skin remain hydrated, which may help you avoid bumpy skin.11
- Avoid hot water. If you suffer from bumpy skin caused by allergic reactions, bathe in warm (not hot) water and limit bathing time.12
- Find out what’s triggering your skin. If you suspect your bumps are caused by an allergic reaction or contact dermatitis, try to find out what’s triggering the problem, and avoid it if you can.13
- Try a soothing oil. If you have bumps caused by contact dermatitis, you can also help your bumpy skin recover by applying hemp seed oil, or a moisturizer that contains sweet almond oil.14,15
- Exfoliate your skin. Gentle exfoliation helps to remove dead skin cells, oils, dirt, and other irritants that lead to clogged pores and cause bumps on your skin.
- For a more intense form of exfoliation, consider a facial peel. The most effective facial peels contain salicylic acid or glycolic acid.16,17 If you’re new to using facial peels, start with a mild formula, because peels that are too strong can actually make milia and other facial bumps worse.18
Sun damage can also create bumps on your skin. Whenever you’re planning to spend time outside, apply sunscreen to protect your skin. Avoiding sun damage may help reduce your rates of milia, keratosis pilaris and other bumps on your skin.19
Be sure to keep in mind – when it comes to your skin, only your doctor knows what’s best for you. If bumpy skin is a major problem for you, be sure to speak to a dermatologist.
Addressing the Bumps on Your Skin
Depending on what causes your bumpy skin, you can help it clear up with something as simple as a home remedy, or a small lifestyle change. Stronger products can also help, but before you try them out, you need to figure out what kind of bumps you have and what’s causing them.
If you’re striving for clear, smooth skin, bumps may seem like a frustrating problem. However, with these simple steps, YOU can take control of your skin – and help reduce bumpy skin for good.
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