What is Milia and how to tell if you have it?
Milia are keratin-filled cysts that form just under the skin and can look very similar to whiteheads. Keratin is a protein in the outermost skin layer formed from skin tissue, hair and nail cells.
If you think you may have milia but are unsure how to tell the difference, our dermal therapists will be able to identify them for you.
Who is at risk of getting milia?
There is no specific reason as to why these tiny white bumps forms. It can appear on anyone, at any age, regardless of gender and skin type. Interestingly, babies tend to be more susceptible to milia however they do not require treatment at this age.
The condition often forms when dead skin builds up in the pores of the skin and can sometimes occur from infection or skin damage such as blistering sunburn following a day out in the sun. They commonly occur in conjunction with other skin conditions such as rosacea, or when skincare and makeup clog the pores.
How to treat milia?
Milia don’t have an opening onto the skin’s surface, which is why they cannot be removed with a simple squeeze or pop. Attempting to pop them can lead to red, inflamed marks or scarring on the skin.
Professional extraction is the only way to remove milia. Skin will appear red after extraction and heals in a few days. Correct use of exfoliation and AHAs (alpha-hydroxy acids) will help keep them at bay.