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Bumpy Skin Suggestions

Dear Sugar,
I don't have acne, I just have a few pimples every once and while. It's really a rarity. But I do have kind of bumpy skin, it's just not smooth. I've tried so many different products and nothing relieves the bumpiness. My face just dries out and/or gets flaky. I was wondering if Proactive would be OK, or would it be too harsh on my skin? If not, what products would you suggest? Bumpy Bethany

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Dear Bumpy Bethany
Since you don't have acne I would stop using acne products containing benzoyl peroxide and/or salicylic acid. They are going to dry your skin out. This includes Proactiv. It sounds like you have a skin texture problem rather than a skin condition problem.

Have you considered getting Microdermabrasion? It's great for smoothing out the skin and creating a healthy even glow. I specifically recommend going with the microdermabrasion systems that use a diamond wand rather than the messy crystals.

The crystals used in crystal microdermabrasion are aluminum oxide and sodium bicarbonate which is an older method and they really aren't strong enough to do the job as well as diamonds. Plus, crystal microdermabrasion bears the risk of leaving tiny particles in your eyes, nose and mouth.

And yes, it is true what they tell you when you are shopping for diamonds - they are the ultimate gemstone. A diamond is the hardest substance found in nature and is four times harder than the next hardest natural mineral corundum (sapphires and rubies). I hope this helps.

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robinm999 robinm999 10 years
I have had problems with acne and just general bad skin for about 15 years. The "regimen" at has saved me. I almost never break out anymore and my skin is very smooth. It's also cheap and wayyy easier on my skin than proactiv. Not sure if it's good for just "bumpy" skin but my skin used to be acne AND bumps...
lesocialite lesocialite 10 years
i don't have this problem but i think i might just get that diamond microdermabrasian thing anyway. it sounds (and looks) soothing. :)
appreciated appreciated 10 years
I had/have a similar problem. Its mainly on my lower cheek towards my chin...and you can only see it in certain light since the bumps aren't red at all. My friends thought it might just be dry skin. Just putting a good amount of lotion on before bed helped me. Definetly try little things first before spending excess money! :)
FrugalFranny FrugalFranny 10 years
It sounds to me like you have congested skin. Don't use anything to harsh often this will jsut stimulate more oil and make things worse. As a beauty therapist i always told people not to forget to exfolitate, and to use good products. You skin should never feel "squeaky clean". Sothys have great products and I am sure they are availabe in the states. 3 times a week after exfoliating. They also have a serum and treatment cream to be used under a light moisturiser which is designed to basically desolve hardened sebum in the pores which is what causes black heads, congestion and this can even help stop some pimples coming up. If your skin feels rough and if you pull yous skin tight and can seem bumps then this is waht I would recomend you do. Dermabrasion is basically jsut a really really good exfoliation, but you will still have to follow this up with a good skin routine or you will end up being back were you started at soon enough
Nicadema Nicadema 10 years
I am 35 and have been fighting with my skin since I was a teenager. The acne went away with time--but not the bumps under the skin. My skin also tends to get dry and flaky with acne solutions like Proactive. It simply didn't work on me. I DID FIND A SOLUTION! I started using MURAD products. They have an entire skin care line with solutions for problems like acne, rosecia, etc. My face cleared right up. You can order the products and have them sent to you every three months--the same kind of deal as proactive. I've been using Murad for almost two years and I will NEVER go to another face care line. One more tidbit of advice--I saw even faster results when I stopped wearing liquid cover up/foundation and switched to BARE MINERALS makeup. It clears up your skin and is a natural sun block. MURAD and BARE MINERALS saved me from fighting my skin. Now I have clear, and with bare minerals, flawless looking skin. Anyone suffering out there, I hope my story and solution will help you!
facin8me facin8me 10 years
You may have keratosis pilaris, which is characterized by bumpy skin. (Do you also have the bumps on your arms?) It's very common in people of European descent and is the result of quick skin cell turover- your body doesn't have enough time to slough off the skin cells, and you get the bumps as a result. If this is the case, do not use proactiv or any kind of cleaser that will dry your skin- you'll only add more skin cells to the mix. Instead, gently exfoliate and mosturize, moistuize, moisturize. Ask your doctor for a prescription for lac-hydrin, or alternatively use a cetaphil or eucerin. Also, you may want to consider the hair products you're using. Many mousses and products that smooth the hair contain chemicals that give people reactions- which usually manifest as you guessed it- little bumps on the skin. Avoid products that contain polyquarternium.
yayita yayita 10 years
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karmasabitch karmasabitch 10 years
Neutrogena is great and I have a friend that uses cetaphil and loves it.. I tried that in high school and it didn't really do anything for me, but it's the same as proactiv, works for some people and not others. Peep I'd keep using proactiv if it's working so far.. like other people have said, some people use it and swear by it.
yayita yayita 10 years
I've always wanted a good abrasion and I will get one this winter
heatherp heatherp 10 years
there are over the counter micro dermabrasion kits and acid peels that are not too harsh - you may want to keep them on for shorter than the recommended time. there's a lot of trial and error.
peepshow peepshow 10 years
I'll probably use it for about a month, then if my face blows up, I'll switch to something else.
jennifer76 jennifer76 10 years
But, peep, proactiv works for some people. Consider sticking it out...?
jennifer76 jennifer76 10 years
Peep - I love Neutrogena's Advanced Acne Solutions. I actually only use the overnight cream but it works wonders for me. I had the same prob going off the pill.
peepshow peepshow 10 years
Oh no. I just started using Pro-Activ. I went off birth control and my skin is acting like a teenager! savebrit, and ep-- what do I use then?!?!
savebrit2277 savebrit2277 10 years
DEFINATELY don't use Proactiv I tried it and used it for about 4 months and it just made my skin much much worse and gave me these big bumps under the skin!
kixstr8up kixstr8up 10 years
cetaphil, for real, the best thing that ever happened to me
ethiopian_princess ethiopian_princess 10 years
don't use pro-activ
karmasabitch karmasabitch 10 years
I had a friend in high school that had problem skin.. A few other people we knew were using proactiv and loved it, so she tried it out and it broke her skin out horribly!! Some people love it but she definitely had a bad reaction to it.. If you do end up using it I would recommend trying it out for a few days on a small area of your face to make sure it's right for you.
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