* Milia are small, hard, white bumps commonly found under the eye
* They usually pose no medical threat but can look unsightly
* These 5 over-the-counter treatments can help get rid of them
Small white bumps on the surface of your skin? They’ve got to be pimples, right? Not always. Milia are common, small cysts, which develop on the skin, usually under the eye around the cheeks, nose and forehead. And even though they may share their white-headed appearance with the common pimple, milia aren’t pop-able (even though everyone’s tried).
Milia are nothing to worry about health wise. They are usually nothing more than a cosmetic issue, which will go away naturally over time. That process can take a few days or a few months. If your milia fall into the latter category, you may want to treat them rather than waiting for them to disappear on their own.
So, if the often lengthy time milia take to disappear from your skin sounds like a process you’d rather speed up, take a look at these 5 over-the-counter options for helping your skin heal.
It’s also important to note that if these at-home remedies don’t effectively reduce or eliminate your milia, you may also want to seek professional extraction at a doctor’s office.
1. Steam Your Face to Open Pores Prior to Cleansing
By steaming your face, you allow the pores on your skin’s surface to open fully, helping to release irritants, debris and skin flakes trapped under the surface. This cleansing prevents some of the known causes of milia and also gives you treatment-ready skin for effective milia removal. Devices like the
2. Use a Chemical Exfoliant
It’s important to understand that milia are caused when your skin doesn’t shed dead skin cells properly. This lack of exfoliation results in the build up of a keratin plug that gets trapped under the skin’s surface. But you can prevent that from happening by using an artificial exfoliant.
3. Use a Gentle Exfoliating Scrub
Like a chemical exfoliant, a gentle exfoliating scrub will also encourage cell turnover in the milia-prone skin surrounding your eyes. The
4. Use a Gentle Retinol Each Night
If you are prone to milia, you should probably avoid heavy eye creams. These tend to exacerbate the problem. However, using a gentle retinol each night will help keep your eyes wrinkle free and will also encourage faster turnover of the skin cells affected by milia. We recommend the
As a last resort before going to the doctor for professional extraction, you could try at-home extraction using the
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