Unwanted bumps on the skin often appear in the form of pimples, blackheads or whiteheads …but some of those tinier white bumps might be something else completely. Milia are characterised as tiny, painless white bumps that often appear on the nose, cheeks or around the eyes. What makes them so different? They can’t and shouldn’t be popped.
What is Milia and how to tell if you have it?
Milia are keratin-filled cysts that form just under the skin and can look very similar to whiteheads. Keratin is a protein in the outermost skin layer formed from skin tissue, hair and nail cells.
If you think you may have milia but are unsure how to tell the difference, an Australian Skin Clinics dermal technician will be able to identify them for you.
Who is at risk of getting milia?
There is no specific reason as to why these tiny white bumps forms. It can appear on anyone, at any age, regardless of gender and skin type. Interestingly, babies tend to be more susceptible to milia however they do not require treatment at this age.
The condition often forms when dead skin builds up in the pores of the skin and can sometimes occur from infection or skin damage such as blistering sunburn following a day out in the sun. They commonly occur in conjunction with other skin conditions such as rosacea, or when skincare and makeup clog the pores.
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How to treat milia?
Milia don’t have an opening onto the skin’s surface, which is why they cannot be removed with a simple squeeze or pop. Attempting to pop them can lead to red, inflamed marks or scarring on the skin.
Most cases disappear on their own, often lasting a couple of weeks to months. If you find the condition continues or worsens, we recommend visiting an Australian Skin Clinics dermal technician who can assist with the removal of persistent and stubborn milia.
To remove, a professional dermal technician will make a tiny incision and remove the blockage using sterilised equipment such as a micro-lance needle and comedone extractor. It’s quick and painless, we promise
Is it possible to prevent Milia?
The good news is – yes! The skin condition can be prevented by adding a few easy steps to your everyday skincare routine.
Regular exfoliation is the best way to help prevent milia and after exfoliating it is important to use products that include ingredients like alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) and beta hydroxy acids (BHAs) such as salicylic acid or glycolic acid.
Microdermabrasions are also a great way to get a deeper exfoliation for your skin, it will help to clear clogged pores and have a professional address the issue. When booking your microdermabrasion make sure it includes extractions as part of the treatment and not just the exfoliation, especially if you want to specifically target milia.