Milia are small cysts that form under the top layer of skin. They look like whiteheads but, unlike whiteheads, they won’t pop. Milia usually go away without treatment but if you want to get rid of them faster there are many different treatments available.
Milia can occur at any age and any stage in life but it is most common in infants and young children. It is also common in adults and it is more common in females than males. You may have heard them called “milk spots” because they appear as little white spots under the skin.
They form when dead skin cells become trapped underneath the surface of the skin instead of being shed off the body naturally like they’re supposed to be. The trapped dead skin cells form small pockets called cysts which cause milia to appear on your face or anywhere else on your body where there’s enough fat tissue present (such as around your eyes).
At the bottom of this page is a list of some of the most common skin problems that I see as a facialist. Here is a quick and easy explanation of what they are and how you can get rid of them.
Milia are small hard white or yellowish bumps under the surface of the skin. They are not spots or acne, instead they are keratin cysts. The most likely place for them to occur is around the eye contour. They can also be found on cheeks, chin & forehead.
Milia form when the keratin (a protein) becomes trapped beneath the outer layer of skin, forming a tiny cyst similar to a blister. Milia may also form after injury to the skin, such as laser resurfacing, dermabrasion or other skin treatments, especially in people who have fair skin and blonde hair.
I find that it’s very common for people using cream concealers to have milia under their eyes. If you work in an office where you wear make-up every day then keep an eye out for it because you could be at risk from getting milia.
Other causes include dry skin, sun damage and ageing which all decrease cell turnover and therefore your skins ability to shed dead cells effectively. Mil
Milia are small white hard bumps that usually form around the eyes. They can also form on the cheeks and forehead, but milia around the eyes are most common.
Milia are formed when dead skin cells become trapped in a small pocket on the surface of the skin. In adults, milia most often occur after an injury to the skin, such as from laser treatment, chemical peels, or dermabrasion. Milia can also form in people with certain skin conditions, including epidermolysis bullosa and those with pachyonychia congenita. Milia are very common in newborns, but they usually go away after a few weeks.
What causes milia?
Milia can be caused by many things, they commonly form after laser treatments, chemical peels and dermabrasion. They can also be caused by burn injuries to the skin as well as severe acne. Milia can also be present in people who have a genetic condition called epidermolysis bullosa or pachyonychia congenita.
How do you get rid of milia?
There are a number of ways you can get rid of milia on your face ranging from ineffective to painful to expensive and potentially dangerous!
Milia are common and very small cysts that appear in the outer layer of your skin. They look like tiny white or yellowish spots, about 1-2mm across, and are most likely to appear on the face – around your nose and eyes, or on your cheeks and chin.
Milia can also form around the eyes, on the eyelids (known as milia en plaque) or inside the lower eyelid (known as a milium cyst). They can also occur on other parts of the body, including the genital area.
It is not known exactly what causes milia to form. However, they are thought to be caused by a build-up of protein called keratin under the skin’s surface.
The protein usually works its way out of the skin over time but sometimes it becomes trapped under the surface, forming a milium cyst. Milia are not infectious and do not contain pus.
Milia are small, white bumps that form on your skin. They’re most often seen around the nose, cheeks and chin. Milia can also form anywhere you have a crease in your skin, such as under the eyes or on the eyelids.
Milia can form on anyone, but they’re most common in newborns. They’re also common in adults who’ve had an injury to the skin, such as a burn or blister.
Milia can be treated at home or by a dermatologist. Treatments include exfoliating products and prescription retinoids.
Milia are small, pearly-white or yellowish bumps that appear on the skin. They are very common in newborn babies but can occur at any age.
Milia are formed when skin cells become trapped rather than exfoliate naturally. The trapped cells form a tiny cyst that looks like a blister or pimple. Milia form most often around the eyes, cheeks and nose but can appear anywhere on the body.
Milia are common in newborns because their skin is still developing and not yet fully functional. Babies typically have milia on their face, forehead, nose and chin. When milia occur in babies under 6 months old, they usually disappear within a few weeks without treatment.
When milia occur in children older than 6 months old or adults, they may last for several months or longer if not removed by a dermatologist.
Milia are small, white, hard bumps that form around the eyes, nose, and cheeks. They are often called milk spots or oil seeds and can be found under the skin. The white color is from a protein called keratin.
Milia are commonly seen in people of all ages including infants. Milia occur when dead skin cells become trapped in a small pocket on the surface of the skin. Milia are very common in people who have been using heavy moisturizers and sunscreen. These occlusions will block the normal exit routes for dead skin cells leading to trapped cells.
Milia are often confused with whiteheads but they are completely different types of lesions. Whiteheads are formed when a pore becomes clogged with bacteria and oils which creates inflammation and swelling of the pore itself. In contrast milia do not involve any type of inflammation which makes it impossible to “pop” these lesions.
Since milia are benign, they do not require treatment unless they are cosmetically unacceptable to the individual or become inflamed or irritated by rubbing or picking at them.