What are milia?
Milia, are small white, pearl shaped bumps containing a hard mass of dead skin cells trapped under the skin’s surface. Often mistaken for closed comedones(spots)/whiteheads, which occur when sebum gets trapped under the skin’s surface and the skin grows over the pore. Milia, on the other hand, has keratin only, no sebum! Whatever you do when it comes to milia. PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE don’t try squeeze them. You will only damage your skin and could end up scarring! Cleanliness is not the problem, it’s your skin’s natural ability to exfoliate is the problem.
There are many different causes of these annoying little skin occurrences including –
- your skin’s natural ability to exfoliate has slowed down
- not exfoliating enough as part of your skincare routine
- using creams that are too rich and heavy for your skin type
- can often be caused by sun damage
- genetics – unfortunately we often inherit skin issues we don’t want
Prevention and Treatment
- Milia often occur around the eyes and across the cheeks. They usually go away on their own. If they don’t, the only real way to get rid of them is through lancing. This is where a dermatologist uses a tiny needle to pierce the skin and it releases the trapped keratin inside.
- Regular exfoliation really is your best friend in trying to prevent milia. I would recommend a gentle exfoliator that you can use every day and one that doesn’t contain beads. I’d recommend Dermalogica’s Daily Microfoliant, it’s a powder exfoliator that activates upon contact with water that gently sloughs away dead skin cells and can be used every day. Only a small amount is needed and it will last you aaaaaages. You can read my review here => The Dermalogica Duo that will Benefit Everyone! Google search your nearist stockists or you can buy it online here from glamazon.ie => glamazon.ie/Daily Microfoliant
- Thoroughly cleanse your face, then steam your face BEFORE exfoliating. Doing this ensures the pores are more open and the milia are softer.
- Look out for the ingredients glycolic acid or retinol in cleansers and masks, as they are powerful ingredients in preventing and fighting milia by increasing exfoliation
- Limit your exposure to the sun and always wear an SPF.
What not to do!!!
I am a body and beauty therapist for 10 years and believe me when I tell you that the most important piece of advice that I can give you for milia is to REFRAIN FROM SQUEEZING THEM….Pretty Please!
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