#LetsTalk About Milia: Causes and Treatment Options
Those little white bumps that aren't zits are Milia.
What Are Milia?
According to Dermstore.com, "milia is the medical term for small, keratin-filled cysts" which can be seen individually or in clusters around the cheeks, nose or eyes. They can also form on the arms or hands especially for the older demographic. Those who have severe sun-damage are most susceptible to the condition.
What Causes Milia?
Milia form when keratin becomes trapped beneath the surface of the skin and is a consequence of the skin's inability to naturally exfoliate. We should note that they do not form from a pore like acne.
How Do I Treat Milia?
Eventually milia do go away on their own so it is best to leave them alone. However if it is becoming a larger concern, treatment should be considered and you should consult a dermatologist.
Tips for treating milia on your own:
Exfoliate regularly - Use products that boost natural exfoliation and prevent milia from occuring. Try IMAGE Skincare's AGELESS Total Facial Cleanser ($52.50). The three-in-one formula removes makeup, balances skin’s pH and gently exfoliates surface cells to reveal smooth, supple skin.
Other products, especially those that contain glycolic acid and retinol, are also great for treating milia. See IMAGE Ageless Total Retinol-A Cream.
Professional extraction - We don't recommend doing this at home on yourself. Book an appointment with a dermatologist to perform this treatment.
Use sunscreen - Sun damage is a primary contributor to milia and signs of aging. Every morning apply sunscreen before makeup. You can try IMAGE Skincare PREVENTION+ Daily Hydrating Moisturizer SPF 30 ($64.80) or PREVENTION+ Daily Ultimate Protection Moisturizer SPF 50 ($64.80). Be sure to use oil-free makeup as well.
Follow a regular skincare routine that involves exfoliating, cleansing, and preventing milia. You deserve to enjoy smooth skin without the bumps.
*The content on this blog post are not a guarantee of individual results. Individual results may vary. The information provided on this post is for general informational purposes only, and does not replace the need for a formal consultation with a dermatologist before undergoing a skin care treatment. Photos are used for illustrative purposes only and may vary from individual to individual.