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The Best Skin Bump Treatments


You may have resigned yourself to the fact that your skin is more Beanie Baby than baby's bottom, but you can treat even your smallest bumps.

Pimples
Put an ice cube on the zit for 5 minutes, take a break, then ice for another 5. This can reduce inflammation for a couple of hours. Next, squirt on a few drops of Visine to take the red out. If you've got bigger pimple problems, try the old standby OTC benzoyl peroxide and salicylic acid or doctor-prescribed Finacea and Azelax.

As for the highly hyped new Zeno acne-clearing device that claims to deliver 119 degrees of heat to spot-treat pimples: Save your $225. "It doesn't work," says Jeanine B. Downie, M.D., director of Image Dermatology in Montclair, New Jersey, and coauthor of Beautiful Skin of Color. "Most patients I've seen are burning themselves with it and creating permanent dark marks."

Arm Bumps
Those pointy red papules with white heads can grace your upper arms, thighs, or bum. You're not getting acne in unforeseen places, just dealing with a common dry-skin condition (it affects 40 percent of the population) called keratosis pilaris. "Moisturizers that contain alpha hydroxy acids, such as glycolic acid or lactic acid, can be helpful in exfoliating and dissolving the skin, reducing the appearance of keratosis pilaris over time," says Grace H. Pak, M.D., a New York City dermatologist. Apply OTC AmLactin or Eucerin Plus daily after showering. If the bumps itch, rub on a 1 percent hydrocortisone cream. Just don't let the loofah tempt you; it can provide entry points for bacteria.

Lie Bumps
These painful red or white bumps on the tongue are called transient lingual papillitis in M.D.-speak. (They're called lie bumps in the South because of an old tale that telling a whopper would bring one on.) The true culprit: sharp or crusty foods that cause teeth to scrape the tongue's papillae, or taste buds. The papillae will heal on their own in a few days, but you can ease the pain with OTC protective gels such as Orabase or Zilactin-B, says Carl Allen, D.D.S., director of oral and maxillofacial pathology at the Ohio State University's College of Dentistry.
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