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Red Bumps on the Chin

by
author image Jonathan Croswell
Jonathan Croswell has spent more than five years writing and editing for a number of newspapers and online publications, including the "Omaha World-Herald" and "New York Newsday." Croswell received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the University of Nebraska and is currently pursuing a Master's of Health and Exercise Science at Portland State University.
Red Bumps on the Chin
Red bumps on the chin may be caused by shaving and the sharpened hair follicles that result. Photo Credit Jupiterimages/Goodshoot/Getty Images

Red bumps on your chin are often easily noticed because they are on such a prominent location. These can occur for many reasons. The good news is most types of red bumps are easily treated and are temporary in nature. Most bumps can be identified at home through their accompanying symptoms, but if you want to be sure of the cause of your red bumps, you should visit a doctor.

Appearance

Bumps can appear in several different forms. They may be very small, seeming only the size of a pinprick, or they can be several millimeters wide. You may develop a white pustule on the top of the red bump, or it may look similar to scabbing skin. The sheen on the skin of the bump may also be very shiny or dull. Additionally, you may have only one bump, a few scattered spots or a lesion of red bumps that may or may not be limited to the chin.

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Other Symptoms

The most common symptom accompanying a red bump is sensitivity or pain, especially when the bump is touched. But you may also notice inflammation and swelling in the area around the red bump. Peeling skin is a less common symptom, and in some cases, you may also experience itching on the chin.

Types

Very small red bumps are likely only blocked pores -- these will go away over time, whether they recede while small or develop into larger lesions called pustules. If you suffer from numerous pustules on the chin, you may have acne. Itching bumps are most likely the result of either a bug bite or an irritation from something like poison ivy or a material you are allergic to. Bumps that appear scabby and appear in low numbers may be oral herpes, and they are more likely to develop on the lip than the chin area. If the bump is very painful, you may be suffering from a razor bump, also called an ingrown hair.

Treatment

Itching medications and calamine lotion can relieve any bumps causing itching. Washing the skin regularly can help lower the rate of blocked pores and minimize the occurrence of acne, although special over-the-counter creams and medications can further treat this condition. Herpes is not curable, but a doctor can prescribe you medication that will help keep the cold sores under control. Razor bumps often heal themselves over time, but you can treat them on your own by gently pulling the sharpened, ingrown end of the hair follicle out of the skin, eliminating the irritation.

Prevention

Razor bumps are difficult to avoid, but if you choose not to shave, you won't have to deal with this risk. Acne can be avoided by practicing good hygiene such as washing the skin regularly with a gentle cleanser. Herpes can be avoided by practicing safe sex habits or abstaining from sex, particularly with people you are not familiar with. Bug repellent can protect you from some bug bites outdoors that can cause itching red bumps to develop on the skin.

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