What Are Milia?
Milia are tiny white (or sometimes yellow) spots that form on the skin, usually around the eyes, nose, or chin. They are also called "whiteheads."
Milia are often thought to be a form of acne or pimples, but this is not true. While acne occurs when hair follicles are clogged with oil or dead skin cells, milia are actually tiny cysts that form when a substance called keratin becomes blocked in a pore.
There are two types of milia:
• Primary This form is fairly common in newborn babies. In fact, almost 50 percent of babies are born with tiny white bumps on their face. These milia can also be found on younger children and adults.
• Secondary Secondary milia are also tiny cysts and look similar, but develop after a duct is clogged due to an injury, burn, or blistering of the skin. These type of milia can erupt on any part of the body.
Milia spots form when the skin is unable to shed dead cells naturally, leading the cells to accumulate near the top layer of skin. Dermatologists have found that sun exposure, lack of Vitamin A, and use of oily products can cause the skin to produce milia.
Milia cysts can also occur after the use of:
Heavy Cosmetics and Facial Products Oily foundation and creams can inhibit your skin's ability to shed its dead cells. If you have milia on your face, switch to a lighter makeup and cream. Do not forget to clean your face after using cosmetic products.
Toothpaste Some people experience irritation from fluoride, which may lead to milia around the mouth.
Some forms, including juvenile milia, are caused by genetic disorders such as basal cell nevus syndrome or pachyonychia congenita.
Home Remedies for Milia Treatment
Try these home remedies to exfoliate your skin and get rid of milia bumps. Several of the remedies include honey, which contains anti-oxidants and anti-aging properties which can rejuvenate your skin and help it to exfoliate naturally.
• Mix two or three tablespoons of honey with jojoba oil into a paste and apply to milia bumps. Keep the mixture in place for 15 minutes and then use a mild scrubber to clean your skin. Apply daily before going to sleep.
• Add some roasted and powdered pomegranate to lime juice and form a paste. This mixture helps to treat sun damage to the skin.
• Create a hot facial sauna by pouring boiled water into a bowl. While seated, bend over the bowl to the steam rises up to your face. Make a tent with a towel around your head. This method can be effective at loosening the dead skin cells. After 10 or 15 minutes, use a gentle brush to clean your face.
• A mixture of sandalwood powder and rose water can be an effective toner. Make a paste and apply to wet skin. Gently scrub away after about 15 minutes.
Your skin is highly porous and needs plenty of water to flush out and slough off toxins and dead cells. Gentle, daily cleaning will also help maintain a healthy complexion.
• Avoid harsh chemicals, wear sunscreen with SPF 15, and reduce exposure to the sun.
• Don't wear rough clothing that might irritate your skin.
• Use creams rich in Vitamin A.
Maintaining Healthy, Milia-Free Skin
• Use a gentle mild scrubber three times a week. Avoid heavy scrubbers as they can cause more irritation and will do more harm.
• Drink eight cups of water daily to flush out toxins from your body.
• Wash your face twice daily to remove dirt and pollution.
• Find out about milia and its treatment.
Dermatological Procedure to Remove Milia
Medical Remedies for Milia Treatment
It is possible to have milia removed by a dermatologist. The procedure a doctor will likely use involves puncturing the milia bumps with a sharp instrument and pushing out the contents. Patients who have undergone this procedure describe it as uncomfortable, but not painful.
farzeen on September 23, 2012:
honey is very gud home remedie but it did not effect on me please any other best solution if u had........im so worry about my milia problem