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Teeny tiny white bumps on my chin and jaw. Help?



I seem to be cursed with little tiny white bumps all over my chin, jaw, and upper neck. I'm 23 years old and I've had a least a few since I was in my early teens. However, they have become significantly worse in the past 6 months or so. I have dozens of them. =(


It's definitely not acne. These just look like little white/ flesh colored bumps (I have fair skin). They only hurt when I try to extract/ pop them. Some of them will pop (white gunk will come out, but only very little), but some of them wont budge.


It's very frustrating because I have absolutely no idea how to get rid of them.To top it off, I have extremely sensitive skin, acne prone, and combination skin (oily t-zone and normal- dry cheeks). Most acne medications tend to dry out my skin.



Does anyone know how to treat/ remove/ eliminate these?


I'm open to trying cleansers, masks, serums, etc. As well natural products (i.e., oils, etc.). Any suggestions would be much appreciated it!


Thank you so much for your help!

Re: Teeny tiny white bumps on my chin and jaw. Help?

Hi!! I see you posted this years ago so not sure if you’ll see this message but did you ever see a dermatologist or fine a cure for it?! I have this EXACT issue. Very similar skin type too. I’ve googled everything under the sun trying to figure out what it is & how to get rid of it. Tried countless products. Nothing seems to do the trick...): I am 21 & these little bumps only really started to sky rocket on appearance within the last 2 years for me.

it could be milia - which are basically dead skin cells t...

it could be milia - which are basically dead skin cells that get trapped under the skin's surface. (I get them too and have been doing some research) A dermatologist will remove them, but it's not necessary to spend the money. There is a milia treatment cream, which I've never tried....what works for me is cleansing with something super mild (like Purpose) and exfoliating at least twice a week. They say one of the causes can be from suncreen, so I always make sure to buy suncreen that designated for faces. Hope this helps - good luck!

Hey! I would get bumps like that too when I would wax or...

Hey! I would get bumps like that too when I would wax or thread my eyebrows and I was told it was due to a mix of irritation and bacteria that can cause this. Are you doing any type of treatment on that area of your skin? Have you started using any new products? Because usually white flesh colored bumps seems like there's bacteria stuck into the pore of the skin. I would cleanse the skin with a mild soap, something with no fragrance and hypo-allergenic (Clinique for example) and see how that goes. If you see that nothing is changing then definitely try seeing a dermatologist to see if any effective treatment, like prescription creams, can be applied in this case.


Good luck and update us if you can! 🙂



Re: Hey! I would get bumps like that too when I would wax or...

No, I don't do anything like that. I've had this for so long that I don't think it's a specific product (though I sure wish it was!). Maybe something I'm using is making it worse, but I'm not sure what it would be.

I've tried several treatments but nothing seems to help. Over the past few years I've tried the following for both these bumps and regular acne:

• Murad's Acne Spot Treatment
• Murad's Acne & Wrinkle Reducer
• Peter Thomas Roth's AHA/ BHA Acne Clearing Gel (though this is great for my husband's acne!)
• DDF's Acne Control Treatment Salicylic Acid Acne Med
• DDF's Sulfur Mask
• Philosophy's older acne regimen
etc, etc, etc. Even a prescription acne med called Duac.

Nothing gets rid of these stubborn bumps. I have hypersensitive, combination skin that apparently loves to dry out in response to any type of acne treatment. (Grrr!)

I will definitely post an update after I see a doctor or find a treatment that helps. Thank you for your help!

Hi littlejoy, that must be so annoying. My best advice is...

Hi littlejoy, that must be so annoying. My best advice is to go to the Dermatologist. You should try to avoid messing with them, you can make it worse and cause scars. I know how aggravating acne and various problems like this are since I am super, super fair skinned. Are you using any makeup on those areas?


Sometimes acne near the chin and jaw can be caused by hormonal changes, don't know if this is what's going on with you though. I know it is something that nobody wants to do, but, I really do think this is an issue for a doctor.  I'm hoping you have insurance, if not, mention that when you set up the appointment and maybe they can work out a monthly payment arrangement, or something like that with you.


We can guess and offer lots of suggestions for lotions and potions and creams and salves but I hate the idea of you spending money for things that might not be what's needed to help you with this condition. That money could go to the doctor where you'll hopefully get a diagnosis and suggestion for what products, prescription or over the counter, would be most beneficial.


I hope you'll come back and update us, hope this can get cleared up. Hope this helped. Hang in there. 🙂

Re: Hi littlejoy, that must be so annoying. My best advice is...

Thank you so much for your reply. You are so kind, gentle, and helpful. I really appreciate it!

You're right, it is beyond annoying. Nothing helps. 😞 You're also right about needing to go to a doctor. This has been a recurring problem that doesn't seem to be fading whatsoever. The fact that it is in a hormonal acne area makes me think that maybe there is some type of hormonal imbalance issue or something. I'm old enough that I would think that my skin/ body would be past that, but apparently not.

I seriously wish there were "lotions and potions", etc. to solve this for me hahah. I think someone needs to invent a little suction cup vacuum thing that will just pull these out of my face immediately haha. That would incredible. Miracle cures!
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