Nicknamed as milk spots, milia (the plural of milium) are small cysts that usually appear in cluster on the face. Although they can appear anywhere, milia commonly appear on the skin around the eyes and on the cheeks.
What Causes Milia?
Milia form when the dead skin cells or keratin, a protein, get trapped under your skin.
How to Get Rid of Milia?
Most of the times, milia will disappear on their own within weeks or months. Don't be tempted to remove them on your own. Squeezing and poking at them can damage your skin. If you want them to disappear fast, you can get them removed by a skincare professional. The removal of milia often requires an incision.
How to Prevent Milia?
There are 3 simple things that you can do to help prevent the appearance of milia:
1. Cleanse your face properly, twice a day, in the morning and at night. Always remove your make up before you go to bed.
2. Exfoliate regularly. Instead of using a face scrub or chemical peeling, use a muslin cloth to gently exfoliate your skin. I use it while I clean my face at night. It helps remove the dead skin cells without causing skin irritation.
3. Always choose non-comedogenic skincare products. Silicones and its derivatives such as dimethicone, cyclomethicone and cyclopentasiloxane, are known to be comedogenic. They clog your pores, traping oil, dead skin cells and keratin. Avoid using any face serum or moisturiser that contains silicone and its derivatives.
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