Dry and Bumpy Skin: Skincare To Combat & Makeup To Camouflage

About a month ago, my skin condition got weird. It was behaving erratically, with sudden dry skin but oily T-zone, clogged pores and bumpy jawline. For my skin, I was either reacting adversely to a certain product, or it was hormones. Foundation with high alcohol content sat on top of my skin like clay mask and all dry patches and bumps were magnified. It was not flattering, nor was it comfortable. I then switched out some of my skincare and changed up my makeup routine. My skin is a lot calmer now, and is nearly restored to its original state. What did I do??


I used cleansers with salicylic acid to calm down the breakouts. During the day, I used Vichy Normaderm and in the evening, I used Elemis Tri-Enzyme Resurfacing Facial Wash to get rid of dead skin cells. Exfoliation is key to clear the clogged pores, so in the morning, I used my trusted Clarisonic with the Vichy Normaderm foaming cleanser for fresh skin. I probably won’t recommend too much exfoliation for those with sensitive skin, but it works great for mine. I also used a softening hydrating toner free of alcohol. For this, I use Lancome.


skincare for bumps


I never miss my Dior One Essential serum and it helps detoxify my skin anyway, so after this, I apply Clarins Intensive Whitening Smoothing Serum to lighten the marks. After moisturizing my face with an oil-free moisturizer, I apply Differin as a topical treatment for the bumps. After a few days, smaller bumps disappeared while bigger ones take a little longer. My jawline is no longer bumpy, save just a couple of stubborn ones. Some bumps needed extraction, and once the bumps are dried up, they are easily removed.


skincare for bumps 2


Base Makeup

Do you use full coverage foundations when your skin is not cooperating, with hopes it’ll cover up imperfections? I usually try to avoid that. In fact, I make it a point to use products that make my face look even more natural and undone. During that breakout phase, I stayed away from foundations especially those high in alcohol content. I used Bobbi Brown BB Cream in Light. It only gives sheer coverage, but helps even out my skin tone and covers some redness. Furthermore, it absorbs into my skin when other foundations make my skin look absolutely fake and cakey. I use RMS ‘un’ cover up as a concealer (review coming up). It is an organic product good for problem skin. I find cream blushes are great for dry skin, and I just love Bobbi Brown Pot Rouge. The colour I often used was Raspberry. It gives me a healthy natural flush. Then, I set everything using a brightening powder. I find that important when skin is especially dull.


makeup for dry bumpy skin


Now, my skin is much better and foundations are easily buffed in. No more bumps and flaky skin. What do you do when your skin is acting up? Do you stick to your skincare routine, or do you change it according to your skin condition?


xoxo Lily


  • Kay

    When my skin starts to misbehave, I still use the same clarins cottonseed cleanser in the day and i use oatmeal as an exfoliator after. I use the clarins tamarind cleanser at night with clarisonic.

    Usually I will wait for the pimple to “ripen” then I will poke a hole with the needle and paste an acne patch overnight which will do its job to suck out everything bad. If it is ripe enough, one time should do the job, otherwise it takes two to three nights to completely flatten it.

    To reduce scarring, on top of my oatmeal exfoliation in the morning and clarisonic at night, I “dilute” clarins gentle refiner with the cottonseed cleanser twice a week in the morning.

    For makeup, I always opt for light makeup. I don’t use concealer at all because they always turn streaky on me. I use the clarins tinted beige uv as base, and I apply a compact foundation evenly over. And I use the compact as a spot concealer by adding more layers to spots I want to conceal, so I don’t have to worry about finding a concealer that matches my skintone and compact.

    That’s many things I do 🙂

    • I love reading what you do Kay! You’re so detailed 🙂 Thanks for sharing

  • Parita

    I love vichy normaderm range and hve been using them since 2 years 🙂 where do we get vichy products in KL?

    • Unfortunately, Vichy pulled out from our country. I got it when I was in Singapore.

  • Stephanie/Yukaeshi

    Oooh my skin recently misbehaved, but it’s clearing up now. Didn’t change my skincare routine much bar for the addition of a hydrating serum, and alternating between Differin gel and Fucidin ointment- Differin gel dries up my skin like mad even when I use it above my skincare (BTW you’re only supposed to use it at night because it’s considered a retinol and thus makes your skin photosensitive when used during the day) but that’s nothing exfoliating won’t help with thankfully 😀 Oh I also started taking some skin supplements so maybe that actually helped too!

    Bobbi Brown BB Cream FTW! Always a great choice during “meh” skin days even for me 😛 I’ve placed an order for the RMS ‘Un’ Cover Up and am still patiently waiting for it- fingers crossed!

    • I hope you get your un cover up soon. I like it more every day!

  • Hey, my skin sometimes would just flip out on her bipolar mode without any reason at all. Especially the sudden clogged pores, ugh. Since I usually prefer to leave extractions to my beauticians, lately I find myself increasing the frequency during intervals to my next visit.

    and yes! I am so with you that a simple pharmacy anti-acne gel would just do the nifty trick!

    • Hi pondsandleaves, thanks for dropping by. I used to go for monthly facials before I had children and now, it seems to be a very scarce occasion. In fact, I can’t recall going to one for more than a year now! I really have to set aside some time to pamper myself and that includes getting monthly massages. Lol!

  • I hate confused skin! It’s a terrible annoyance and hard to find products that do both. Sounds like you have it under control, s that wonderful. Lots f great stuff here. I can’t wait to hear what you have to say about the un- cover up! When my skin is weird ill use it as foundation as well or just to take a break sometimes.

    • Yes, my skin is definitely calmer now. No more bumps! Review of the un cover up will be up soon. I’ve already scheduled it 🙂 I’m now looking at living luminizer and lip2cheek. All the lip2cheek shades look good so it’s hard to choose -_-

  • Liz

    I did exactly the same thing as you with different products (and minus the serum) and my skin became so much better! It’s weird but the skin needed more frequent exfoliating but with gentler topical treatments to really settle it down. I don’t even use spot treatments anymore but just rely on REN AHA Concentrate or La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo to calm down breakouts.

    Love the look of that Raspberry pot rouge!

    • Oh, I’ve been wanting to try LRP for a while now but I don’t know where to start. Perhaps I’ll try the one you mentioned here.
      The pot rouge in Raspberry is gorgeous! It’s my go to blush ever since I got it. You have to try it 🙂

  • Marisa Anderson

    Wow, i didn’t know that there was anyway to get rid of those pesky face bumps! I’m so glad i read this article, really want to try out the Clarisonic tool. To answer your question, When my skin acts up I usually switch foundations, to allow my ski to “breath.” I find that most of skin problems stem from irritants in my foundation. I’m sure excited to try out the Bobbie Brown BB cream,it sound wonderful!

    • Hi Marisa, thanks for dropping by. Well, I’m sure there isn’t a specific way to get rid of bumps since our skin is so individual, but I was just sharing what worked for me. Might work for someone else, might not. For that particular period, I know my skin clogged up due to a product I was testing. Oh, yes, you should give Bobbi Brown BB cream a whirl. A few of my friends and readers like it too 🙂