How to Smooth Bad Bumpy Skin

by Celeigh O'Neil ; Updated July 18, 2017

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Skin can go from soft and even toned to bumpy and red overnight. This may be due to hormonal changes, ingrown hairs or neglecting the post-shower moisturizer in favor of a warm housecoat one too many times. The key to healing your skin is to add extra nourishment to your shower routine three to four times a week. Resist your housecoat for a few minutes longer to renew and smooth bumpy skin.

Step into a warm shower. Cold water makes your skin feel bumpier than it is, while hot water dries out the skin and causes irritation.

Pour a quarter-sized amount of exfoliating scrub onto a shower puff. A shower puff buffs away dead skin without being as abrasive as a loofah. Use a scrub containing lactic acid to gently renew the surface of your skin.

Massage the scrub into your skin using a circular motion. Concentrate on areas most prone to bumps, such as the backs of the arms and legs.

Rinse the scrub from your skin. Pour a dime-sized amount of moisturizing body wash into the palm of your hand and smooth it over your body in a circular motion. This cleanses your skin and replenishes the moisture barrier. Choose a formula containing almond milk or coconut oil, as they are best for deeply nourishing skin.

Rinse off the body wash with warm water. Gently pat your skin with a clean towel until damp. Pour a quarter-sized amount of body lotion into the palm of your hand and massage it in to your skin. Continue to pour and apply the lotion until your skin is coated completely. Use a body lotion containing urea to soften your skin and reduce redness.


  • Stay away from scented lotions. Fragrances can irritate the skin and slow healing time.

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About the Author

Celeigh O'Neil has been writing professionally since 2008. She has a Bachelor of fine arts from the University of Ottawa, as well as degrees in fashion illustration/design, digital arts and certification in hair and makeup artistry. O'Neil was a frequent contributor to Toronto's "Dialog" newspaper and has worked as an instructional writer, creating lessons in fashion, art and English for students of all ages.