What is that Bump on My Skin?Your basic guide to lumps, bumps, pus and pustules!

Quite often I’ve had some type of new bump somewhere on the body.

.. and Googling it can be quite frustrating when there are so many types of bumps, rashes, pimples etc out there. And believe it or not – I’ve had about 10 enquiries in the last MONTH about pimples, pus and pustules!

So here are all the lumps, bumps, itches and pus that you could have on your face (and other places!)

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In-Grown Hairs

These bumps are small, red and protrude on the top surface of your skin, they can be filled with pus at times. They occur when a hair follicle has grown sideways or backwards into your skin. They are extremely common on people with coarse or thick hair and are usually found in places where the hair has been shaven. The genital area, in particular, is prone to ingrown hairs after waxing and they can be incredibly painful.

What do In-Grown Hairs Look Like:

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How to Treat In-Grown Hairs:

Most of the time in-grown hairs will go away of their own accord.  Giving the area a gentle exfoliation is a good way to prevent them, however, if they are particularly painful or you pick at them, they can get infected. If left too long, an abscess may also form which can result in infection and illness. If this is the case, make sure you get it looked at by your local Doctor who may make an incision to release the build-up of pus (gross!) and prescribe a course of antibiotics.

Bump Eraser has a range of products that reduce in-grown hairs.


See our article on ‘Avoiding In-Grown Hairs When Shaving Down There’


Keratosis Pilaris

These bumps appear as hard little bumps that feel like sandpaper. They are little bumps of dead skin cells and keratin, usually found on under arms, shoulder and backs. These occur from dry skin or climate and are usually mistaken for pimples. They can have a small amount of puss in them, and feel like tiny cysts.

How to treat Keratosis Pilaris:

Make a paste of bicarbonate of soda and water and apply to the area.  Give a quick scrub and remove.  If you do this regularly, it should reduce the problem.  Keratosis Pilaris is not a dangerous medical condition.  Regular exfoliation of the skin can assist in prevention long term.

See our article on ‘What You Need to Know About Keratosis Pilaris’.

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Acne can come in many different forms, being red or pus-filled bumps of different sizes on your face, back, chest and back. Acne is a more serious condition than occasional pimples through puberty. Acne affects the oils glands as they produce sebum and protrude through your pores. There are many different causes of acne – hormones, diet, medication, and stress can all be factors causing acne.

How to Treat Acne:

Mild acne is a fact of life, but if it starts to become very inflamed or painful, see your local GP.  There are many medications and treatments that can be used to reduce the severity of acne and it is the sort of problem that really needs medical intervention.

See our article on ‘Adult Acne: Types and Treatments’.


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These are small dark coloured bumps or ‘dots’ that appear on the skin, particularly on the face.  They are a mild type of acne caused by clogged hair follicles and when the skin is producing too much oil clogging your pores. They can appear in all the same spots as acne can. They are usually particularly bad in the nose area.

How to treat blackheads:

Using AHA’s in your skincare goes a long way to preventing blackheads.

Or: Two words: Professional Extraction.  See your local beautician who can organize a facial and extraction of the blackheads.

See our article on ‘The Best Blackhead Treatments’.


Milia are tiny white bumps that appear on the face, usually around the eyes.  They are tiny cysts created when small flakes of skin become trapped near the surface and are often ‘milky’ in appearance.  Milia are common in newborn babies (usually known as Milk Spots) and are totally harmless.

How to Treat Milia:

In babies, the Milia will usually always go away within a few months on its own.  In adults, Milia can be lanced (by a dermatologist) or even by lasering the skin surface.

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