There are any number of reasons (beyond acne) for the bumps on your skin. And while the only way to know for sure is to have a dermatologist check them out, you’re likely Googling for answers anyway, so we put together a starter guide to help you through this (ahem) rough patch.
If your bumps are inflamed, red and itchy: It could be eczema
- Location: Eczema presents itself anywhere on body but tends to favor folds of skin like the arms, wrists, neck and behind the knees.
- Causes: It depends on the type (atopic, contact, dyshidrotic, etc.) but can be anything from dryness to an irritating substance (like solvents, detergents or certain fabrics).
- What to do: Make an appointment with a dermatologist to come up with a proper course of action. In the meantime, try your best not to scratch the bumps (they can be very itchy) and use gentle, fragrance-free cleansers when you shower.
If your bumps are red, raised, scaly (possibly with a silvery white coating): It could be psoriasis