How to get rid of bumps on skin

Updated May 10, 2017

Bumps on the skin often accompany conditions such as eczema, acne and allergy-induced rashes. In some cases, bumps disappear on their own, such as hives and contact irritants. However, using certain ingredients can help speed recovery and the reduction of bumps. Although in-home alternatives are popular treatment methods, they are not a substitute for medical attention. If bumps persist or worsen, contact a doctor immediately for the appropriate testing and treatment.


Mix 1 tbsp of organic ground nutmeg with 1 tbsp of organic whole milk and finely minced mint. The Organic Facts website reports that nutmeg has anti-inflammatory, antiseptic and antibacterial properties helpful in reducing acne bumps and lesions. In addition, it aids in calming inflammation associated with spots while cleansing impurities that can clog pores. Milk contains lactic acid, a form of alpha hydroxy acids helpful in gently exfoliating the skin and decreasing the amount of acne bumps, reports the Skincare Resource Centre. In addition, fresh mint helps to cleanse the skin due to its antiseptic and anti-itching qualities, according to the Organic Facts website. It helps soothe skin and fight infection resulting in acne.

Mix the ingredients in a small bowl until a semi-firm paste appears. Dab it directly on the acne bumps and lesions.

Leave the spot treatment on overnight or for at least 20 minutes. This mixture is safe to use daily until bumps disappear.


Stir 4 tbsp of unflavoured oatmeal with 2 tbsp of water in a small bowl. The Skin Sight website reports that hives generally disappear on their own after a few hours, but new ones can appear at the same time. The RN Guide to Skin Care website asserts that the soothing and antihistamine-blocking ingredients of oatmeal help to quickly eliminate allergy-induced bumps on the skin such as hives. The Archive of Dermatological Research affirms that the avenanthramides unique to oats help reduce inflammation and itchiness by blocking histamines from triggering epidermal nerve cell receptors.

Apply a thin layer of oatmeal over the hives and allow to dry for 30 minutes.

Rinse the oatmeal off or leave on for stubborn hives.


Blend 10 tbsp of baking soda with 80ml of chamomile tea. Baking soda helps to combat skin rashes, according to the Organic Facts website. It also works as a skin protectant without drying out the skin. Usually, irritating substances that cause rashes either have low or high pH levels. The centrality of baking soda helps to neutralise irritation, affirms In addition, chamomile reduces inflammation of the skin, which causes raised bumps and lesions, reports the Drug Information website.

Apply the paste in a thin layer over bumpy regions anywhere on the body. Allow to dry for at least 20 to 30 minutes.

Rinse away the mixture using lukewarm water. Repeat two to three times a day until the rash subsides. Should it persist, contact a medical professional for treatment.


For a thicker acne spot treatment, substitute 1/2 tbsp of organic whole milk with evaporated milk. This works well for overnight application.


Always consult a medical professional prior to using home treatments.

Things You'll Need

  • 1 tbsp organic ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 tbsp whole milk
  • Mint leaves
  • 2 small bowls
  • 4 tbsp unflavoured oatmeal
  • 2 tbsp water
  • 10 tbsp baking soda
  • 80ml chamomile tea
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Skyler White is an avid writer and anthropologist who has written for numerous publications. As a writing professional since 2005, White's areas of interests include lifestyle, business, medicine, forensics, animals and green living. She has a Bachelor of Arts in anthropology from San Francisco State University and a Master of Science in forensic science from Pace University.