Everyone wants their skin to look its best. Millions of dollars are spent on beauty regimens and products, each promising to rejuvenate and improve the appearance of your skin. Spa treatments are widely available and there is
constant pressure to look younger and healthier and better. It is no wonder that the morning ritual of getting ready can take upward of an hour – wading through all the bottles and lotions and processes to present your very best skin can be time consuming.
What is that bump on your arm?
You’re looking in the mirror and notice something new on your skin. A bump. How did it get there? How long has it been there? What does it mean? Find answers to some of the common bump issues your body may face. These common skin bump types may be the reason you have a new bump on your skin. If you are concerned about your bump, seek advice from a doctor or dermatologist.
Should I seek treatment?
Most bumps and lumps are harmless, especially soft, easily rolled ones. A
lump that appears suddenly and is painful is typically a result of injury or infection and should be evaluated by your doctor. If you have a skin bump that is painful, bleeding, changes size and/or shape and does not heal, contact your doctor. You may have a skin cancer that will need removal and treatment.
What caused that bump?
These slow-growing and painless bumps can occur anywhere on the body. They can occur as a result of an infection, clogged pores or even
Typically harmless, they will not go away unless removed by a doctor.
A common complaint of people over 40, these tiny, cherry-red skin bumps most often occur on the trunk of the body. The cause is unknown, and no treatment is necessary for these harmless bumps. They may be removed for cosmetic purposes by laser treatment.
These harmless growths are mainly found on the arms and legs. A build-up
of scar tissue, they can feel like hard lumps in the skin and are red, brown or purple in color. They are typically painless, but may cause itching or tenderness. A common trait is a dimple that occurs when the area is pinched. They can be removed surgically if desired.
These benign skin bumps can occur anywhere. A dark, round cyst becomes visible on the skin. Infection may cause redness and pain. Treatment of these cysts will require the removal of the cyst sac completely and must be done by a doctor.
Also known as chicken skin, this harmless condition appears on upper arms and thighs. A small patch of red or white bumps appear which does not itch or hurt. A gradual improvement with age will alleviate these skin bumps most of the time and intensive moisturizing will reduce the bumps. There are medicated creams available if necessary.
Some other causes
If your skin bump is in your armpit, neck or groin area, it is most likely an enlarged lymph node. A bump surrounding a hair follicle is most likely a boil. Another common cause of lumps is warts. This skin virus typically shows up on hands and feet and has a cauliflower like appearance. Warts can spread easily, but are able to be treated with over the counter medication available at most drugstores.
Love the Skin You Are In
People do cardio workouts to exercise their heart, strength training to develop and maintain muscle tone, Zumba for weight loss and agility. They are experts at taking care of what’s inside their skin, but neglect to put effort into taking care of their body’s largest organ – their skin.
Taking care of your skin will eliminate some of the bumps that may occur due to climate, product or stress related issues. Use body washes and soaps that are specifically designed for the type of skin that you have. Remove all makeup before going to bed and apply moisturizers and sunscreen. Drink at least 64 ounces of water daily and always wear a wide brimmed hat that provides shade from the sun. Take care of your skin, and it will take care of you.