Acne Treatment for Face Bumps from Bustle Mag

Facial bumps are not limited to the occasional pimple or typical white head or black head as Bustle magazine explains “at some point in your life you may end up with different kinds of face bumps that you simply don’t recognize,” in their recent article “7 Types Of Face Bumps & What They Mean, According To A Dermatologist.”

To help Bustle readers learn more about common facial bumps that pop up now and then and get the best advice on acne treatment for the various bumps, Fashion and Beauty writer, Phoebe Waller, “reached out to Dr. Hadley King, dermatologist at SKINNEY Medspa, to help clear up some different types of face bumps.”


Inflammatory Acne

Inflammatory acne are those pink or red zits that form below the skin’s surface, and don’t have a white head or black head. They are usually tender, due to the inflammation, and squeezing or picking at these types of zits, usually only makes them worse. To explain the causes of inflammatory acne is, Bustle quotes Dr. Hadley King: Inflammatory Acne “results primarily due to hormones and genetic factors.” But just because inflammatory acne is typically genetic, you aren’t helpless in getting rid of acne of this nature. Start with an over the counter acne treatment, ones that contain benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid. If that doesn’t help get rid of your acne, Dr. King suggests you see your dermatologist for professional acne treatment.

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Comedone is the medical term for your typical black head or white head. This type of non-inflammatory acne is also typically a result of hormones and genetics. One thing to avoid when trying to get rid of blackheads and whiteheads is comedogenic skin care products such as algae extract or cocoa butter. Dr. King gives Bustle similar advice on acne treatment for comedones “Try over-the-counter salicylic acid and benzoyl peroxide products and if those don’t do enough then see your dermatologist.”



Milia are those smooth, tiny white bumps that commonly form on the forehead around the eyes. These bumps are actually tiny cysts under the skin. Milia may go away on their own, eventually, “but for faster resolution a dermatologist or facialist can puncture them and clean out the contents,” says Dr. King.

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Sebaceous Hyperplasia

Sebaceous Hyperplasia manifests as white or yellow bumps. They result from enlarged oil glands and commonly occur with people who have oily skin. Like most facial bumps, Sebaceous Hyperplasia is genetic. Dr. King tells Bustle “We don’t have any perfect treatments for these but if they bother you see your dermatologist.”


Dermatosis Papulosa Nigra

Dermatosis Papulosa Nigra  Are small bumps that are brown or skin colored, and like many other types of bumps or skin blemishes that appear on your face, Dermatosis Papulosa Nigra are genetically linked. Dr. King explains that this skin condition is seen more in individuals with darker skin. Dermatosis Papulosa Nigra is “not at all dangerous but if they cosmetically bother you your dermatologist can cut or burn them off.”



Nevi are moles that look like brown or skin colored bumps. Dr. King tells Bustle “many people have skin colored or brown bumps on the face that are moles. These should always be checked by a dermatologist to make sure that they are not atypical.” Of course, if you want to get rid of Nevi for cosmetic reasons, “they can be cut off,” assure Dr. King “but this will leave a scar.”

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While most facial bumps are benign, Dr. King advises the readers of Bustle to “keep a watchful eye on flaky or non-healing bumps or patches,” as these may be skin cancer. Dr. King concludes “please see your dermatologist if there are any new bumps on your face that are not resolving.”

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