If you’ve seen these little raised white bumps on your face but it’s not a pimple or a whitehead, it could be milia. Milia, or also known as an inclusion cyst, is a small amount of accumulated oil or tiny flakes of skin that is plugged in the pore. These are usually found on your forehead and your cheeks but can also be seen on other body parts. Milia are most commonly 1 to 2 millimeters in size. Keep reading to know how to remove milia and other facts you might not know!
What causes milia?
Truth be told, milia does not usually have an exact cause. However, factors could make you more prone to having them. Aside from using strong corticosteroids and having contact dermatitis, using skin care products or makeup that are greasy and heavy can turn a clogged pore into milia when it doesn’t turn into a full blown pimple.
Milia is created when the pore becomes full of excess makeup or oil and the skin grows over the pore. The skin traps these things underneath and becomes milia. And because they are concealed, they are usually difficult to remove.
How can I prevent milia?
You’ve heard it all before – going to sleep with your makeup on is really bad for your skin. It not only causes acne and premature aging, but also milia. Remove all makeup and leave nothing behind. It’s not just wiping off your makeup – really get in there and wash it all off. Even your mascara can cause milia if not removed.
Keeping your skin exfoliated regularly is also a known preventive method.
Usea enzyme-based or glycolic cleanser. These can dissolve surface impurities and keep milia from forming. Chemical peels are also helpful.
How do I remove milia?
It’s not advisable to remove them at home by yourself. Milia are embedded in the skin deeper than blackheads and the skin will need to be punctured to remove this. No, your blackhead extractor won’t do any good with this one.
Picking at your skin can lead to infection and then scarring. What’s worse is there isn’t any satisfaction that comes with trying to remove milia because it’s really in there and you can’t get it all out on your own.
However, certain over-the-counter products may help soften the top layer of your skin. It will also help if you use a gentle exfoliator in your regular every day routine to prevent milia from growing in size.
But you still have to make an appointment with your dermatologist if you want to get rid of the milia once and for all. The doctor will use a lancet to puncture under the skin, apply gentle pressure, and pop that nasty milia out. Find a doctor that is experienced and highly skilled in this procedure because this process is harder than it looks.
Keep in mind though that milia will keep forming until you change your bad skin care habits or stop what is causing them. So for example if you’re using an awesome skin care product that gives you great skin health benefits but is giving you milia, you might want to consider finding another product that works better for you.
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