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Small Bumps on Face

Developing small bumps on face is a fairly common skin problem that may have many causes. This article discusses some of their causes and treatment options.
Sujata Iyer
Most of the time, little bumps on your face tend to be harmless; however, sometimes, they can be harmful. They may occur due to various conditions such as allergies, infections, skin cancer, hereditary disorders, etc. Depending on the cause, the size and texture of these bumps may differ.
Following are some of the most likely reasons why you may have developed small and annoying bumps on your face:
  • Acne: If you're a teenager and are irritated with small red pus-filled bumps on your face, chest, and back, then it's probably just acne. It is a fairly common skin disorder that has its onset at puberty. Proper care needs to be taken, and it will go away as suddenly as it appeared.
  • Oil Glands: If you have white bumps on your face, it could be because the oil glands haven't been able to develop completely.
  • Extra Protein: Another reason for developing bumps on your face (milia) is that there is extra protein clogged in your skin, which cannot find a way to escape due to the absence of adequate pores.
  • Excess Fat: It often happens that excess fat and other skin waste get deposited beneath the skin, around a hair follicle (whiteheads). Because there is no other escape route for the fat, small bumps develop, which on bursting, will secrete the fat and waste.
  • Sun Exposure: Sometimes, due to prolonged exposure to sunlight, some people may develop small bumps that itch on the face.
  • Allergies: Sometimes, you might break into a skin rash which has been triggered off by some unknown allergies.
  • Genetics: Sometimes, skin disorders are passed down through our genes. So we can't really do anything, but identify it and take necessary measures.
  • Rosacea: This is a skin disorder that looks like acne, but is more severe and renders a reddened face to the affected person.
You need to look for the signs carefully, so that you know which condition is causing the bumps. Depending upon the condition, proper treatment can be adopted as follows:
  • Acne: The best way to treat acne is to use natural acne cures. But if that does not work, then you might consider using benzoyl peroxide treatment for it.
  • Milia: The best way to treat the breakout of milia on the face is to have a regular skin exfoliation regime. There are many natural exfoliators and various skin-care products that will help you exfoliate your facial skin.
  • Sun Exposure: If you've realized that the bumps on your face are due to extended sun exposure, then you can take necessary precautions like using skin-care cream before going into the sun, or if that does not help, then try staying out of the sun for a while.
  • Allergies: The only way to tackle allergies is to stay away from the thing that caused it. So, identify the allergen, and do not consume or go near it. If you do develop an allergy, then visit the dermatologist for suitable allergy-relief medication.
  • Rosacea: Consult your doctor, who might prescribe you some antibiotics.
These bumps can also be caused due to other conditions. If you cannot associate your symptoms with the aforementioned reasons, or if your condition persists, seek medical advice.
Disclaimer: This HealthHearty article is for informative purposes only, and should not be used as a replacement for expert medical advice.