What are they?
Milia are small, raised, pearly-white or yellowish bumps on the skin.
Milia are not acne!
Milia are very common in newborn babies but can affect people of any age. In babies, milia clear by themselves and no treatment is needed. In other people, they may take longer to clear and, in persistent cases, treatment may be suggested.
They are formed when keratin (a substance produced by the skin) becomes entrapped beneath the outer layer of the skin, forming a tiny cyst. An individual milium (the singular of milia) is formed at the base of a hair follicle or sweat gland.
The main causes of adult milia are as follows:
- Sun damage,
- harsh facial scrubs,
- heavy comedogenic lotions and sunscreens
- overly hot showers.
The KEY to Preventing Milia is EXFOLIATING!!
Avoid heavy moisturiser; preferably try an oil free & non-comedogenic product.
Where are they found?
They are most often seen on the skin around the cheeks, nose, eyes and eyelids, forehead and chest but they can occur anywhere on the body.
Signs and Symptoms;
Milia appear as 1–2 mm white-to-yellow, dome-shaped bumps that are not painful or itchy.
Home treatment; although milia are found in the outer layers of skin, they are difficult to remove without the proper tools.
*Do a targeted Massage using a suitable facial exfoliant twice weekly.
If your skin is dry try mixing the home made exfoliant using; Almond Oil, Brown sugar & 2-3 drops of lavender oil. If you have oily skin try mixing a small amount of almond oil, porridge oats & brown sugar, you may also add 2-3 drops of tea tree. Rinse well & tone with a natural astringent like ‘Witch Hazel toner’.
Milia may be removed using a fine needle and then squeezing, or pricking, out the contents. You can get them removed by a dermatologist but unfortunately they can return.
*Regular facials with an experienced therapist…Me;-) will definitely improve the condition.*
If milia become very widespread and persistent, various other treatments may be suggested, usually by a skin specialist (a dermatologist). They include:
• Laser treatment.
• Dermabrasion (a procedure that removes the topmost layers of the affected skin).
• Chemical peeling (a treatment where a chemical is applied to the face to burn off skin lesions).
If you are considering removing the Milia yourself (although it is not recommended to squeeze or try to treat milia yourself. This can lead to skin damage and scarring or infection.*) make sure you follow these rules; all tools& implements Must be sterilised, Disinfect your skin really well afterwards to prevent infection.