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Milia; Causes, Treatment and Prevention

How to get rid of those pesky white lumps

Milia are incredibly common. If you have skin, you’re likely going to get milium at some point. They can occur at any age, from newborn to 110.

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What is a Milium Cyst?

A milium cyst is a small, white bump that typically appears on the nose and cheeks. These cysts are often found in groups. Multiple cysts are called milia.

Milia occur when keratin becomes trapped beneath the surface of the skin. Keratin is a strong protein that’s typically found in skin tissues, hair, and nail cells.

What causes Milia?

Milia can develop if the skin loses its natural ability to exfoliate. This can happen as a result of aging.

Milia are also associated with some type of damage to the skin. This may include:

  • burns
  • long-term sun damage
  • long-term use of steroid creams
  • blistering due to a skin condition, such as epidermolysis bullosa (EB)
  • blistering injuries, such as poison ivy
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Treatment & Prevention

Milia tend to hang around a lot longer than your average pimple. While most acne breakouts will naturally heal within a few days time, milia can easily last for weeks or months.

One treatment option is to have your milia extracted by our Dermalogica Skin Expert, Ashleigh. This is a simple process, combined in with a beautiful facial and gives immediate results.

Products that speed up cell turnover, like topical retinoids or glycolic acid, can help prevent and treat existing milia (for example Dermalogica Overnight Retinol Repair).

Whereas thick, heavy moisturizers or eye creams can be a trigger and make it more likely to develop these little pearly bumps.

To book in for a full skin analysis and Dermalogica FaceMapping - call us on 0448160702

The Beauty Room Team xo

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