How to manage small bumps on the face?

Bumps on the face

Small bumps on the face

Well, if you are someone who has been through acne and small bumps on the face then you might often think of them as the same, however, they do vary from each other. 

Acne and small bumps on the face can make us anxious and doubt ourselves, we all go through acne and small bumps on our face from time to time they usually heal themselves, but what to do when they don't? Worry not we are here to give you all the required information on small bumps on your face. 

If you are tired of treating small bumps on the face then make sure you read this article till the end to get to know some ways in which you can treat them. 

Causes of Tiny Bumps on Face 

If you thought that bumps on the face happen only due to one reason then you are wrong. There are many reasons why you might be getting tiny bumps on your face. Here are some of the common causes of tiny bumps on the face. 


Comedones are a type of acne that happens when dead skin cells and oil, or sebum, block the pores and form tiny bumps on your skin. Both whiteheads and blackheads come under comedones, one is a closed comedones, and the second one is an open one.


Papules usually occur due to extreme inflammation on your skin. This results in hard, clogged pores that are soft to touch but have a hard inside. The skin around these papules is usually pink, they can be painful too.


Pustules are a type of acne that forms when your pores break down. Unlike papules, pustules are filled with pus and can be extremely painful if not treated. These bumps come out from the skin, they are usually bigger and are red, they have yellow or whiteheads on top which are bigger than your usual whiteheads.


Cysts usually develop when the pores are clogged by a combination of bacteria, sebum, and dead skin cells. If you thought treating nodules will be hard then cysts take the cherry off the cake, cysts form even further within the skin which makes it even harder to treat.


Milia the most common type of small bumps are called milia they develop when dead skin cells are trapped in pockets under the skin’s surface.

While Milia is one of the most common types of small bumps here are two different types of Milia that you might go through, if you do find this type of Milia on your skin then we advise you to visit a dermatologist for further treatment. 

  • Primary milia: You might notice this type of Milia on the forehead, eyelids, cheeks, and genitals. They take a few months to clear up but you usually can get rid of them without any treatment.
  • Secondary milia: A secondary type of milia usually develops when the skin is damaged. This can occur after injuries like burns, blisters, or excess sun exposure.

Contact dermatitis

Contact dermatitis usually happens when your skin touches a substance that may cause a rash. There are two types of contact dermatitis Allergic contact dermatitis is caused by a reaction to an allergen like nickel or poison ivy. Irritant contact dermatitis, which is more common, develops when a substance irritates the skin. 

How To Get Rid Of Small Bumps On The Face

After getting to know all the causes of small bumps on your face now let us look at some of how you can get rid of them. 

  • Cleanse your face: It is essential to cleanse your face twice a day, use an oil-free, mild cleanser, one that will not disturb your skin. If your skin is irritated or inflamed, it’s best to use a cleanser that has little to no chemicals.
  • Moisturize regularly: After cleansing your face, moisturize with a gentle cream or lotion. This product should be oil-free and non-comedogenic so that your pores are not clogged. Moisturizing your face will help the bumps become smoother over a time
  • Over-the-counter medications: Over-the-counter (OTC) medications may help conditions that cause bumps. Medicated creams or gels and skincare products with active ingredients like salicylic acid, might help in easing out the acne.
  • While treating small bumps on the face on your own is possible we would still advise you to visit a dermatologist if your small bumps change in color, shape, size or if they bleed. 

Take Away 

Small bumps on your face can be for a lot of reasons like we shared above, but the good news is that they are treatable. We hope you all like the information we shared above. If you are going through this condition then use products with less to no chemicals and visit a dermatologist if the issue is not resolved. 

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