Skin bumps come in many forms. For the most part, they are all benign, but should always be monitored if they change color or shape, or begin to bleed. There are numerous forms of skin bumps, including: milia, sebaceous hyperplasia, moles (nevi), Barnacles, red bumps (hemangiomas), warts, cysts, keloids, skin tags, and keratosis pilaris.

A few of the most common kinds of skin bumps are cysts, skin tags, and keratosis pilaris. Cysts are noncancerous, closed pockets of tissue that can be filled with fluid, pus, or other material. Skin tags are tiny, outpouching areas of skin that develop for many reasons, such as hormonal changes, age, or genetics. They are completely harmless and do not require treatment, although many people elect to have them removed for cosmetic reasons. Keratosis pilaris (commonly called KP) looks like chicken skin bumps on the upper arms and thighs. They can also appear on the cheeks, back, and buttocks. Keratosis pilaris is harmless, but the appearance can be bothersome. The condition is helped by finding a balance between exfoliation and moisture. Glycolic acid is also an effective product to use to treat this condition.


Thanks to advancements in dermatology, skin bumps no longer need to stop children or adults from feeling confident in their daily lives! At Kwan Dermatology, we believe that everybody deserves smooth, even-toned skin. This is why we are proud to offer the latest state-of-the art laser technologies, traditional treatments, and topical products to smooth and eliminate skin bumps.


If you have skin bumps and are seeking topical products, microdermabrasion, liquid nitrogen, or laser resurfacing treatments, the Kwan Dermatology center can help you achieve the smooth, even skin tone you’ve been waiting for.


It is important to remember that no one treatment works for every skin bump. Some of the best treatments for removing skin bumps are liquid nitrogen, glycolic or salicylic acid peels, laser skin resurfacing, and mild surgeries. Liquid nitrogen is applied to affected areas and freezes the skin bump(s), whereas glycolic or salicylic acid peels exfoliate the skin and smooth affected areas. Peels work well for milder skin bumps such as KP. For more serious skin bumps, such as cysts or skin tags, laser or surgical treatments are often the best methods. The most important thing in treating skin bumps is ensuring that they are properly diagnosed. If you have skin bumps that are not going away in a few days, please contact Kwan Dermatology to schedule a consultation.