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  • Writer's pictureHelena Sergeant

SKIN : Milia

Updated: May 27, 2020

Understand Milia, the cause & how to treat it

What is Milia?

Milia are tiny, white bump-like cysts underneath the skin usually found around the eye, on the eyelids and on the cheeks. They can appear in adults as well as in babies.

What is the cause of Milia?

Milia are formed when skin flakes or keratin become trapped under the skin. Some people are prone to them and they pop up every now and again. If your family also suffer you’re probably genetically predisposed to them. If only one or two appear simply change up your skincare routine.

How to treat Milia

Most importantly Milia are not spots as such, they do not sit in your pores so it's impossible to squeeze them. Never try, it will only cause scarring. They are not infected and aren't caused by bacteria.

Cleanse your skin thoroughly making sure to remove all traces of makeup. It may mean you need to double cleanse or even triple cleanse. Just make sure your cotton pad is completely clean before you stop. You then need to add a good facial exfoliator to your routine, either in acid form or a gentle exfoliator. I have listed a few recommended products below. Use any one of these on a daily basis and you will see a huge improvement in the appearance of your skin and will help to remove your Milia.

If your Milia is stubborn the best and quickest way to remove them is to visit your nearest beauty salon where they will be safely removed with an electrolysis needle.

Facetheory Glycolic Acid Face and Body Scrub £10.99

Tough on grime while being gentle enough for daily use. Skin feels soft and smooth, without any redness. Glycolic and salicylic acids help to clear blockages and reduce the appearance of enlarged pores. Alpha and beta hydroxy acids and tiny pieces of jojoba remove surface oil and dead skin cells. Free of parabens, silicones, PEGs, SLS, SLES, and mineral oils. Vegan and cruelty-free.

Tropic Fruit Peel Resurfacing Serum £42.00

Tropic is known for it's clean, natural based skincare.

Tropic fruit peel created for those with lacklustre, rough and uneven skin texture, this restorative overnight serum resurfaces the top layer of your skin and refines pores to reveal a brighter, more youthful-looking complexion by morning. Achieve the transformative results of a chemical peel using only naturally derived ingredients!

EVE LOM Cleanser 20ml £18.00

Deep cleanses without drying or stripping the skin and removes even the most stubborn of waterproof make-up. Thorough cleansing and gentle exfoliation enables skin cells to regenerate quickly and provides a receptive base for beauty products to work at their best. De-congests, and with the signature massage technique helps drain toxins. Exfoliates, tones and improves circulation when combined with the Muslin Cloth. Softens and conditions the skin.

These products will all work to de-congest your skin. Use on a regular basis to keep Milia at bay. The EVE LOM cleanser worked a treat for me!

I'd love to hear about your tried and tested products, please comment below and don't forget to subscribe!

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