Milia or Milk Spots

About Milia – or Milk Spots

milia around the eyeMilia or milk spots are superficial, pearly-white to yellowish, domed lesions measuring 1-2 mm in diameter.  These hard white lumps contain keratin (a naturally occurring skin protein). They lay just under the surface of the skin. They appear most commonly on the face, around the eyes, cheek and nose.

Who Gets Milia?

Milia affect both males and females equally, from newborns through to old age. Milia or milk spots can occur at any age, but are particularly common in young babies with experts estimating as many as 50% of newborns have them.  In babies, milia usually clear up on their own within a few weeks and no treatment or intervention is advised for newborns.

Adult milia can be more stubborn, although it is possible for them to just disappear in adults too. The word ‘milia’ is searched in Google nearly 8,000 times a month in the UK… so if you suffer from milia, you are most certainly not alone.

Their actual cause is unknown, but they’re often found on people with dry or acidic skin. Every day your skin rejuvenates by shedding dead skin cells and replacing them with new ones.  In essence your skin naturally exfoliates itself.  However, if your skin has trouble shedding all of the dead skin cells, they build up and get stuck under the skin causing the tiny white spots which are visible in milia (or milk spot) sufferers.  One of the top causes of milia is thought to be the use of products which are heavy in oil or are comedogenic (pore-clogging).  These are thought to contribute to milia or milk spots as they increase the likelihood of the dead skin cells clogging the pore. milia

Milia Removal

It is sometimes possible to get rid of milia with some gentle exfoliation.  It is important not to scrub vigorously at your skin, especially with milia under eyes, as this may actually make the problem worse and/or lead to thread veins.  Place a hot (but not burning) wet cloth over your skin for a few minutes.  Then apply a gentle exfoliator using light, circular movements.  Repeating this 2 or 3 times a week may disturb the top layer of skin and allow the cysts to fall out.

Milia or Milk Spot Removal in Winchester

If gentle exfoliating at home isn’t successful at getting rid of milia, we can safely and effectively do it for you at the Skin Evolutions Clinic in Winchester.  Milia are easily treated with Advanced Cosmetic Procedures (ACP) technology. Click here to find out more about the treatment>> .

The risk of scarring and/or infection from DIY milia removal using pins or needles is high, so our advice is definitely “do not try this at home”!

Call us today on 01962 809937 for a consultation.

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