Milia are small white (ish) looking bumps which form when a build up of dead cells and sebum build up and get trapped beneath the surface of the skin, in essence, forming a closed duct. Most commonly they are found around the eye area but can also form on other areas of the face.
Milia can be due to genetics. However there are other causes,including sun-damage and creamy product formulations. Using thick products and formulas can cause milia due to the clogging of pores. Cleansing and exfoliating properly can definitely help.
Opt for non- comedogenic eye products formulated with retinol and peptides, these won’t clog the skin and are great for stimulating collagen. If you are prone to milia, gel and lightweight products are best. It is a good idea to add a salicylic or glycolic toner into your skincare regime, these ingredients facilitate cell turnover and remove dead cells.
Unlike whiteheads or blackheads, milia won’t budge, no matter how hard you squeeze. You should not attempt to squeeze or try to extract them on your own as this can cause trauma to the skin and scarring.
The good news is there are ways to treat milia. Typically, an aesthetician will use a small micro-lance needle to safely and hygienically remove the milia.
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