Milia are tiny white spots found in people of all ages. They can generally be found around the eyes and on the upper part of the cheeks. Basically, they are a type of harmless mini cyst full of keratin(keratin is a substance that gives our skin, hair and nails structure). Keratin is good stuff, but in milia, it’s just in the wrong place.
Milia are not spots, so don’t try to squeeze them – you will just make a red unsightly mess. They have nothing to do with your pores – they are in fact under your epidermis – the outer layer of our skin.
They are not harmful or infectious and are not caused by germs or bacteria. You can be genetically predisposed to them – ask your Mum if she suffers from them too. Some people just get the odd one – if this is true, you probably just need to review your skin care and use more appropriate products.
If you only have the odd milia that just won’t go, the best way to get rid of it is to go to a beauty salon where they are qualified to do milia removal. When you ask about this skill, only agree to attend if they sound confident and are qualified in this service.
If you have lots on milia, a dermatologist is the best person to deal with them through laser treatments – Very simple and with only a little redness for a couple of days.
So, how about preventing milia ?
Have a thorough cleansing routine. Exfoliate about three times a week with a gentle exfoliant. Use a good toner and keep your skin moisturised with a moisturiser that is suitable for your skin type.A clay mask use at home a couple of times a week can also help.
What ever you do DO NOT PICK THE MILIA OR USE A NEEDLE TO REMOVE IT – IF YOU ARE NOT TRAINED TO DO THIS YOU WILL SCAR YOUR FACE.
Hope this post helps you to understand milia a little better.
17 August 2020