Treatments | Milia Removal
What is Milia Removal?
Milia are small, white, or yellowish raised cysts, bumps, or spots on the skin. They are usually found around the eye area and cheeks but can appear anywhere on the face or body. Unlike a pimple or spot, milia feel hard, almost like a small piece of grit under the skin, and do not have any redness or inflammation as you might expect with whiteheads or acne-related spots. It is common to have several milia appear in clusters on the skin around the eyes. It is possible to have just one milium at a time, and they can occur on any part of the body, including the groin and genital area.
What causes milia?
Milia are caused by the build-up of keratin (a naturally occurring protein) beneath the surface of the skin. Some dermatologists suggest this could be due to damage to the sweat glands after skin trauma, or in the case of new-born babies, blocked sweat glands. Cell turnover usually slows down as we get older, making mature skin more susceptible to recurring milia.
Milia are not contagious or harmful in any way. There is no known genetic link with milia and, the condition is not thought to be hereditary. People may feel self-conscious about them, especially if they are on a visible area of the skin such as the face.
Milia can sometimes take a long time to disappear naturally but can be professionally removed through a simple, minor procedure. There are several treatment options to remove Milia depending on the type, location, and number of Milia that need removing. The most common way to remove Milia removal is with a sterile needle.
Milia removal methods
At The Skin Investment Clinic, we offer the following methods of milia removal:
Needle extraction - Once the skin with milia has been cleaned, a sterile needle is used to create a tiny incision and the contents of the milia are carefully extracted.
Prescribed medication- It may be more suitable to prescribe a topical medication to treat the milia, but this is only for certain types of milia where physical extraction is not suitable.
Your milia removal consultation: what to expect:
Your milia removal consultation will be with a doctor who will assess your condition and determine the most appropriate form of treatment. During your consultation, they will be able to answer any questions you may have about your milia removal and give you personalised advice. If they decide your skin condition can be treated, they will be able to carry out the procedure in-clinic.
Can I remove milia myself?
Removing milia yourself is not recommended. To avoid any infection the treatment should be carried out in a safe clinical environment, with sterile equipment. Trying to squeeze or pick at milia can cause the area to become inflamed, bruised, or infected because they do not ‘pop’ in the same way as a pimple or whitehead.
How can I reduce the white spots under my eyes?
Ensuring you have a good skincare routine can help reduce white spots under your eye, which should include good quality products, regular exfoliation, and wearing high factor sun protection.