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Milia

Milia are harmless cysts present as tiny white bumps just under the skin. Book at our clinic for a consultation if you want them removed.

Milia

What are milia?


Milia are small, bump-like cysts found under the skin. They are commonly 1 to 2 mm) in size.


They form when skin flakes become trapped.


Where are they found


Milia can be found on many areas of the face such as the.


  • eyelids

  • cheeks

  • forehead


Causes of milia


The cause of milia is often unknown but they can occur after injury, topical steroids, creams or even chemical peels.


Skincare products


Some ingredients in skin care and makeup products can cause milia in some people.


If you have milia-prone skin, avoid oil based products such as paraffin or petrolium.


Traumatic milia


These are milia following injury to the skin:


After skin blistering


Skin resurfacing, such as dermabrasion or laser resurfacing


Excessive exposure to sunlight


Treatments for milia


Milia may disappear on their own however we do offer teo effective treatments if they are bothering you.


Diathermy


The milia are removed with a small hot wire. We use Sterex system.


Cryotherapy


The milia can be frozen off with liquid nitrogen. This can cause blistering, which disappears within a few days.


Chemical Peels


Used for extensive milia.


Please be aware that picking at milia can cause scarring or infection so do not try and remove them yourself.


Most milia disappear on their own.


Preventing milia:


  • Avoid excessive exposure to the sun

  • Avoid the use of thick face creams or oil-based products

  • Exfoliate 3 times a week

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