Article medically reviewed by Dr. Gavin Chan (MBBS, cosmetic physician, liposuctionist)
Templestowe Lower and Berwick Clinics
Dr. Gavin Chan has a background in intensive care, anaesthesia, and emergency medicine. Since 2004, Dr. Chan has provided cosmetic procedures, including anti-wrinkle injections, dermal fillers, liposuction, fat transfer, skin needling, and laser treatments. He is a doctor trainer for various dermal fillers and anti-wrinkle injections.
I’m 15 years old and I have pretty clear skin,however on my forehead I have lots of small skin bumps that are really obvious. I know they are not pimples because there is nothing inside them to squeeze out. I also have a few on my check area next to my nose. Thanks please help
This may be what we call ‘congestion’. Congestion is a build up of oil, similar to a pimple, however it is burried deep within the skin, which is why it is unable to be removed via squeezing.
This is very common in teenage years, and can easily be treated.
I would recommend some chemical peels – salicylic 12%. Chemical peels use light acids to exfoliate the skin, however they are able to penetrate the skin at a deeper level, allowing them to digest some of the debris within and underneath the skin, unlike scrubs which can only target the top layer of skin. BHA/Salicylic is oil soluble, meaning it has the ability to penetrate through oil, and eat away at the built up oil within the congestion.
Chemical peels have advanced over the years, and light chemical peels, such as 12% salicylic, have no downtime, and little to no peeling or flaking associated. You leave the room just looking like you’d had a facial.
Being that you are 15, you will need to bring an adult with you for supervision and permission of treatment.