For the past 5 months or so, I’ve had this tiny small, white bump under my eye. Occasionally it sits right underneath my eye, but sometimes it is also to the side. It can be on my left eye or my right, depending on the day. It doesn’t hurt or itch and to be honest, initially I thought it was just something on my face. When I tried to move it and it didn’t go away, I began to wonder if it was acne.
It’s a tiny bit raised and without the proper knowledge, anyone could have been fooled. I mean think about it, it’s tough enough to identify all the different types of bumps on the skin. But rest assured, not all bumps are created equal. In fact, with the right information, even the most colorful, large, or raised bumps can be identified.
That’s where we come in. Ahead, we break down the 4 skin conditions it could be to help you better identify and figure out a treatment plan, if need be.
A shocking 50 million people are affected by acne (whiteheads, blackheads, nodules, pustules, and cysts) annually in the United States. Whiteheads, of course, appear with a white pus-filled top and blackheads are generally found in your T-zone. Papules are comedones that become inflamed, creating tiny bumps on the skin, whereas pustules are inflamed with yellow pus inside. Nodules present as bumps and feel quite hard when you touch them, with cysts as the most sever form of acne, resembling pus-filled lesions.
Essentially, if a hair follicle is clogged with dirt, oil, and dead skin, acne could thrive. Basically, the oil glands produce sebum (oil) to keep skin moisturized, but once the follicle is clogged, the oil has nowhere to go and build up can wreak havoc on the skin.
To treat acne, use active ingredients like benzoyl peroxide and salicylic acid. These ingredients act as effective antibacterial treatments that deliver oxygen into the pores, unclogging them and killing the bacteria, while promoting the shedding of dead skin cells.
If you need something prescription strength, try Clindamycin.
Often found around the eye area, milia are tiny bumps on your face that are known as milium cysts. They generally appear as a small, white gathering on the skin. They can be on the forehead and cheeks and occur when the protein keratin or dead cells become trapped underneath the surface of the skin.
The nice thing is, milia often clears up on it’s own. So don’t try to pick or scratch it away, as that can just end up scaring or becoming inflamed.
Moles can occur at any age and are essentially skin growths that are brown or black in color, and can sometimes grow hair out of them. They can be caused from genetics or excess sun exposure — be sure to inform your dermatologist when you get one.
Keratosis pilaris are the most harmless on our list and can appear anywhere on the body, but are more commonly seen on the back of the upper arms. Typically, they are red in color and can be found in small, tiny patches. It is caused by a buildup of keratin on dry skin. To treat this, exfoliate often. It will be key to slough off dead skin cells at least once per week in the shower with a manual exfoliator to keep keratosis pilaris from forming.
Basically, there are a numerous amount of bumps that can form on your skin, including acne, malia, moles, and keratosis pilaris. The key is identifying first what they are and then treating them.