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Grr…What Are These Bumps!?

Over the last several months, we’ve gotten as many as 3 contacts from our favorite Cheeky’s to discuss ‘bumps’ on their faces. In all situations, we were able to decipher what the bumps were and take appropriate action. 2 of the 3 have reported back to me saying they’re seeing improvement (I haven’t heard from the 3rd Cheeky yet!), which makes our heart happy, BUT we thought some of you Cheeky’s may be experiencing the same issues. We’re sort of take a ‘help one, help all’ approach here at Cheeky, so what better way to reach the masses than writing a blog about it 😉

And speaking of bumps… I have one that I’ll be ready to see go here in a couple days!

When it comes to bumps on your skin, it can be difficult to know what they are. There are truly so many possibilities of what it could be! But knowing what you’re dealing first and foremost is the best thing you can do & will aide in your treatment approach.  According to various sources, there are 4 main ‘bumps’ that appear on our beautiful faces: Miliaclosed comedonesskin growths, and skin tags. For me as of late, I have experienced milia, closed comedones (I have one on my forehead at the moment, just lovely) and an actual skin growth that was caused by the sun and dryness (I went to the doc and he confirmed. Was put on a quick anti-bacterial medicine and it cleared right up). Cheeky prides themselves in quality skin so getting these is something we’d rather not share, but because so many of us are dealing with bumps here and there, I knew you Cheeky’s wouldn’t judge. So despite taking great care of my skin, bumps are bound to appear. And we’re here to help you figure out what to do when you see one front and center!

Milia

I used to get these a lot more than I do now. But that’s because of my change in regime which I’ll share shortly.

The Problem – 

Milia are hard, tiny bumps on the skin that appear when keratin and hardened oil get trapped beneath the skin. These boogers are round and sometimes resemble a tiny pearl. They are most commonly found around your eyes, cheeks and nose. < I have mine on my cheeks!

Milia are caused for a variety of reasons:

  • Injuries or general skin conditions
  • Excessive sun exposure
  • Laser treatment performed incorrectly
  • Thicker skin with a slower turnover process
  • Use of heavy creams
  • Smoking (around the eyes mainly)

The Solution – 

So for my milia, Retin-A or retinol has been my saving grace. It helps with exfoliation and clears it right up. For the 2 Cheeky’s who have been suffering with it, this is what I recommended to them and they’ve seen results. One of the Cheeky’s went to get a facial the day after we talked and her esthetician confirmed our suggestion, so we stand behind this approach. However, you can get some that are stubborn, in which case, you’ll need back up 😉

Manual extraction or electric cauterization is when the derm or skincare provider helps ya out. It’s basically when they pierce the skin and gently extract it. Or you can consider cryotherapy which basically just freezes it off with liquid nitrogen.

^ I have done my own extraction and it’s tough. Those suckers really do sink into the skin. So I’d definitely recommend a pro if you’re in this predicament. Or, try the retinol route and see where that gets ya. Could take a while, but your skin eventually will come around (I hope!). 

Closed Comedones

This is the guy I’ve got in the center of my forehead. It’s tiny, but when downward lighting is in full force, it looks like another head sprouting 😉 Just kidding, that’s dramatic… It’s literally tiny, but it’s annoying.

The Problem – 

This is just a fancy word for a clogged pore that’s not infected. They’re small and are oftentimes hard to address. Closed comedones are caused by a blockage in the pores and may be triggered by a number of goodies, including:

  • Oily skin
  • Using the wrong skincare products
  • Makeup
  • Hyper-keratinized skin (thick skin)

The Solution – 

So this is another one you may wanna see a pro for, but these are generally easier to remove on your own. However, in my experience if I don’t feel like puncturing the skin, I think the most trusty method is to add a good acid into the mix. We’d recommend a BHA that can really get deep into the skin. Or, just stick with your trusty retinol product. It helps in this case too!

How to Add Acids Into Your Routine!

#CheekyConfidential If you’re at pro status, considering using a lancet to pierce the skin and the comedones should come out quite easily. 

Skin Growths 

I had this sucker on the tip of my nose, it has since gone away, but I definitely needed a dermatologist for this one, which we would ultimately recommend too!

The Problem – 

They are usually non-cancerous and may begin as small flat or rough bumps. Like with me, I thought it was a little breakout or a clogged pore. However, it wasn’t responding to a week’s worth of treatment.

Because these growths can mean SO MANY THINGS, there are quite a few reasons we get them. But for the most part, there are a few common reasons we do:

  • UV damage
  • Maturing skin
  • Oily skin
  • Hormones

The Solution – 

Set up a visit with your derm. For some, it requires cryotherapy or an instrument to remove it. In my case, it was almost like a tiny blister and responded well to the sample tube he asked me to use twice daily. So he or she will be able to rule out any more serious issues & get you on the path to clearer skin.

Skin Tags

The Problem – 

These guys are known as the most common type of non cancerous skin growths. They are soft, fleshy pieces of skin. That’s about all that they are 😉

Skin tags are made up of fat and tissue and can be the color of your skin or can get darker over time, especially if there is no real blood supply to them. In my observations, I see these most commonly near the arms.

Apparently, there isn’t a real cause for why skin tags formulate in the first place, but docs do have some guesses:

  • Friction over time
  • Genetics
  • Pregnancy hormones
  • Maturing skin

The Solution – 

Some skin tags will fall off on their own. But in some cases, you may need to get them removed. The most common methods of removal for small skin tags are cryotherapy and electric cauterization. If you’ve got a biggin’, you may need manual removal which involves sharper instruments. So be sure to connect with your doc.

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