Milia are not harmful or dangerous but can affect your confidence and can be a little uncomfortable when they are on the eyelid. It’s possible to cover Milia with make up but they can be easily and permanently removed with a simple, quick treatment.
What are Milia?
Many people believe that milia are similar to spots, but this is not the case. They occur when there is an excess of keratin under the skin. Keratin usually helps keep your skin, nails and hair strong but can form tiny cysts when it’s trapped under the skin.
Who is Prone to Milia?
This condition is really common and can occur at any age including infancy. It affects both men and women of all races and skin types. They are usually found where the skin is very thin, especially around the eyes.
Home Remedies vs. Permanent Treatments
There are a few things you can do to reduce your chances of getting Milia. Firstly use a cleanser and toner with Glycolic or Salicylic acid in to keep the skin exfoliated and prevent keratin from being trapped; this will really help keep the skin regenerating. Avoid moisturisers that contain mineral oils or lanolin and do not attempt to remove them at home, they are not spots and squeezing them will cause a lot of damage to the skin.
The quickest way of removing Milia is by extraction, a small lancet or needle is used to create an opening and the Milia can easily be removed with tweezers and a little pressure. Extractions are very quick and painless and following treatment the Milia will not return; please make sure that your practitioner is experienced in this technique.
Electrolysis is also often used to treat Milia; a pen is used to deliver an electric current which painlessly breaks down the Milia allowing the keratin to be reabsorbed into the skin.
Treatments last around 30 minutes and your technician will talk you through the best option for you. Book your appointment now for instantly smoother, clearer skin.