When it comes to uneven skin texture, there's a lot to unpack: It's a very prevalent complaint because it's actually a group of issues that includes rough spots, discoloration, flaking and peeling, and lumps. And that's what we're going to talk about today.
Because bumpy skin can occur for a variety of causes, knowing the types of bumps you have is critical—treat a cluster of bumps incorrectly, and you may end up with even more mounds than before.
Is the color of your pimples flesh-toned and do they live under the skin? Or are they swollen and rashy? Take a look at your skin—you're probably suffering from one of the following conditions:
Subclinical acne is a fancy term for congested skin, which looks like flesh-colored pimples that never seem to go away. They are normally painless and do not leave scars or discoloration on the skin, though if left untreated and inflamed, they can turn into pimples or pustules.
This sort of acne can show up anywhere there are pores, but Rodney says it's most common on the forehead, chin, and nose (where people produce the most oil), as well as the chest, back, and shoulders.
Milia is a skin condition characterized by persistent, small white or yellow pimples on the skin's surface. Because you're not dealing with acne, these white spots never get inflammatory, red, or bloated. Milia are keratin-filled cysts that get trapped beneath the skin's surface. It's a rather frequent ailment that appears above the cheekbones and beneath the eyes.
Contact dermatitis is an allergic reaction caused by coming into contact with triggering chemicals, which can be topicals (such as essential oils and fragrances) or physical rubbing from rough textiles (hello, masks). The exact cause varies from person to person, but it commonly results in an irritated, bumpy rash. It's only transient and can occur anywhere.
Keratosis pilaris (KP) is a rough skin condition that affects the backs of your arms, the fronts of your thighs, and possibly your buttocks. Because it's essentially clogged hair follicles, it's extremely common—it affects 50 to 80 percent of all teenagers and about 40 percent of adults.
Keratosis pilaris is a condition in which keratin and dead skin cells accumulate within the hair follicles, causing them to swell, have a bumpy texture, and become irritating and inflammatory.
Yes, each circumstance has its unique strategy, however, there are some crucial general guidelines to remember:
Topicals are only one part of skin care. Whether you have rosacea, acne, or KP, lifestyle variables like food and stress management can have a big impact on those bumps. Doctors believe KP is a low-grade inflammatory condition that manifests itself in the hair follicle. As a result, increasing your consumption of specific nutrients and avoiding foods that cause inflammation may help to alleviate KP symptoms.
If you're not sure what kind of pimples you're dealing with, or if they're uncomfortable and won't go away, it's always a good idea to see your dermatologist.
It's not a one-and-done method to get rid of rough skin. Bumps can occur for a variety of reasons and require a variety of treatments. Before plunging head-first into topicals, it's critical to figure out the types of bumps you're dealing with.