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Skin Bumps

Bumps on the skin have a variety of causes. Some viruses, skin diseases, medical conditions and reactions to medications can cause them, but the most common cause of bumps on the face, neck and upper trunk is acne. In fact, the majority of teens and adolescents experience skin bumps due to acne at some point before they reach adulthood. Acne isn’t confined just to teens, adults get it too. Some adults continue to experience outbreaks of acne well into their forties.

There are several types of acne lesions. The typical acne pimple looks like a red bump on the surface of the skin. In some cases, it may look swollen and inflamed. This type of inflamed bump is more common with cystic acne. People with acne also form comedones, which are whiteheads or blackheads. These are hair follicles that are clogged but aren’t actively inflamed. They look like white or black dots on the skin.

What Causes Them?

Skin bumps or pimples due to acne appear when hair follicles become clogged. Around each follicle is a sebaceous gland that makes a sticky material called sebum. Sebum is produced to help moisten and protect the surface of the skin. When there’s too much sebum, it sticks to dead skin cells inside the follicle and causes the opening of the follicle called the pore to become clogged. Bacteria feed on the mixture of skin cells and sebum. This causes the immune system to attack the bacteria, leading to inflammation. This inflammation shows up as red skin bumps or pimples.

What causes sebum to be overproduced? The hormonal fluctuations that occur around puberty are mostly responsible, especially hormones called androgens. Androgens stimulate the production of sebum. Genetics also play a role in acne since it tends to run in families. Other factors that seem to play a role are stress, diet and overuse of cosmetics that clog pores.

Treatment

Treatment of skin bumps due to acne begins with proper cleansing. Use a gentle cleanser that’s oil-free and non-comedogenic. A cleanser formulated for acne is best. Cleanse twice a day using your hands or a washcloth to move the cleanser around on the skin. If you use a wash cloth, apply only light pressure. Too much pressure and rubbing will cause irritation, and this can increase oil production and the risk of outbreaks.

Non-prescription treatments like benzoyl peroxide and acne treatment products containing sulfur help to lower the population of bacteria on the skin and reduce the inflammation that leads to outbreaks. Sulfur also helps to open up pores by keeping the dead skin cells inside the follicle from clumping together. Some products contain a combination of benzoyl peroxide and sulfur, while some include another ingredient called salicylic acid.

Salicylic acid is a weak acid that helps to stimulate skin cell shedding. This helps to open up clogged pores. Salicylic acid is available in some skin care products used to treat acne. It’s effective, but some people experience skin irritation and redness when they first start using it. This acid is also effective for bumps caused by keratosis pilaris, a condition caused by excess keratin or protein in the skin. When the keratin builds up, the follicle becomes clogged and the result is bumps which are sometimes red in color. The bumps typically form on the back of the arms and legs but can also be present on other areas of the body as well as the face.

Prescription Treatments

When acne skin bumps persist despite non-prescription treatments, dermatologists often prescribe retinoids found in prescription products like Retin-A. Retinoids work by increasing the turnover of skin cells inside the follicles. This helps to open up clogged pores. It works well for this purpose, but it usually causes more skin irritation than salicylic acid. That’s why it’s important to try non-prescription treatments first. Some doctors also prescribe antibiotics for people with cystic acne to reduce bacteria, but, unfortunately, oral antibiotics have side effects.

Some dermatologists also offer chemical peels using weak acids like salicylic acid to treat acne. This requires a series of treatments to get the best results. Another relatively new treatment is blue light therapy. Dermatologists offer this service, but there are also hand-held devices that deliver blue light you can use at home. These devices work by shining blue light on the skin. Chemicals called porphyrins produced by acne-causing bacteria absorb the light and produce free radicals. This destroys the bacteria and reduces skin bumps and pimples due to acne.

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Treats dark spots and improves skin's radiance with a highly effective 3-step process.
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VJ009
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A powerful anti-blemish moisturizer that fights pimples, pore visibility, acne marks, shine and redness.
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Blemish Dots flood skin with a continuous flow of advanced blemish-fighting ingredients for fast and effective breakout relief within hours.
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A lightweight, mattifying serum that treats existing breakouts and helps prevent future blemishes.
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A refreshing toner to remove surface residue, excess oil and promote cell turnover.
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6 oz | QB005
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A 10% aromatic sulfur mask to clarify and prevent new blemishes.
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2.3 oz | QB002
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Blemish banishing acne treatment conveniently packaged in individually-wrapped, pre-treated swabs.
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30 ct | KS088
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An oil-free acne cleanser formulated to treat existing blemishes and help prevent future breakouts.
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4.2 oz | BE967
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A unique gel cream oil-free moisturizer leaves skin feeling noticeably soft, with renewed resilience and vibrancy.
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A lightweight gel that glides on effortlessly, prepping skin for a beautifully smooth makeup application.
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1 oz | BE993
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A weekly treatment cleanser to rescue oily skin from build up and pollutants.
$49.00
3 oz | UC016
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A lightweight gel packed to provide a shine-free complexion and reduce the appearance of pores and acne scars.
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0.5 oz | UC023
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A nourishing 100% botanical complex to restore skin's natural moisture level.
$42.00
0.5 oz | UC017
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An emergency spot treatment that works to reduce pimple size and appearance overnight.
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0.5 oz | UC019
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A daily acne serum to soothe the skin and control break outs.
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An ultra-light pH balanced lotion that hydrates, exfoliates and purifies.
$77.00
1.75 oz | UC018
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A lightweight, matte finish toning fluid for oily, blemish prone skin formulated with marine extracts.
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1.69 oz | PM130
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Complete acne treatment specifically formulated for normal to oily skin to help treat acne where it starts.
$124.95 $159.00 value
OB101
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Innovative, clear acne patches help to eliminate blemishes as they contain the affected area to minimize the spread of bacteria.
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6 ct | PT269
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Fights body acne fast and prevents new breakouts from forming.
$23.00
4 oz | PN072
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Hydrating yet mattifying anti-blemish treatment helps reduce inflammation and smooth skin texture.
$26.00
1.35 oz | AE098
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Regimen of anti-aging solutions uniquely formulated for oily and acne-prone skin.
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EX128
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Use after cleansing to help clarify and deeply clean large pores to help reduce blemishes.
$29.00
50 ct | JB130
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Thoroughly cleanses skin without causing any irritation to acne prone skin.
$49.80
6.7 oz | SY178
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A calming yet purifying sheet mask to help clear blemished skin.
$60.00 $72.00 value
6 ct | WE033
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A multi-functioning hydrator that regulates oil production while minimizing the appearance of pores.
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2 oz | FC042
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A calming yet purifying sheet mask to help clear blemished skin.
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1 ct | WE032
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Adult Anti-Acne System is a clinically proven three-step regimen to reduce sebum and improve fine lines.
$130.00 $164.00 value
SK103
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Unique daily treatment is ideal for those struggling with wrinkles and breakouts.
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3 oz | PN050
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Four replacement brush heads for acne-prone skin.
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4 ct | CSPK70
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An acne treatment that helps to reduce blemishes and inflammation.
$70.00 $73.90 value
2.7 oz | LPPK07
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Clears pores and diminishes imperfections associated with acne and more oily skin types.
$56.00
1.7oz | ED009
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Skin Accumax® is a scientifically advanced nutritional supplement.
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120 ct | JI582
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A pure facial wash that leaves skin clear and refined, without over-drying.
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Gel-cream mask helps unclog pores and reduce acne blemishes without over drying.
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2 oz | KS082
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A fast acting spot treatment that reduces acne-causing bacteria and helps reduce pimple severity.
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0.5 oz | MR206
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A value priced acne clearing system with clinically proven results.
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MR207
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A soothing gel-cream formulated to leave blemish prone skin replenished, comfortable and calm.
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1.69 oz | PQ018
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Reveal healthy skin and help create a flawless complexion.
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60 ct | AZ028
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A fast-acting, medical grade and dermatologist recommended 3-in-1 Benzoyl Peroxide 5% acne treatment.
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2 oz | KW001
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Effaclar Clarifying Solution gently exfoliates to clear clogged pores and smooth skin texture.
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6.76 oz | LP116
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Draws out impurities and addresses the signs of aging.
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6.76oz | AZ027
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Absorbs impurities, tightens the appearance of pores and reduces breakouts.
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2.5 oz | CP175
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Improve skin tone and minimize the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
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1 oz | AZ029
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Cleans and exfoliates dirt, pollution and excess oil, minimizing breakouts.
$26.00
4.2 oz | LS050
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This blemish serum clears blemishes, normalizes oil production, shrinks pores, increases skin's immune support, hydrates, calms inflammation.
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1 oz | OM017
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A treatment mask formulated to combat and help prevent breakouts.
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1.69 oz | PQ019
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Acne Clearing Solution treats and prevents breakouts, redness and restores skin clarity.
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