Those hard, white bumps under your skin that just won’t let up, no matter how hard you squeeze?
They probably aren’t spots.
Often tiny but always annoying, milia can crop up anywhere under the skin, although most of us tend to mistake them for acne clusters or even skin tags.
The good news? There are so many simple ways to stop them from rearing their heads and some seriously effective methods for milia removal if you’re late to the game.
Smooth, flawless skin, here we come.
WHAT ARE MILIA?
Before you undergo some major milia removal, it pays to know exactly what they are.
Spoiler: Even though they may look similar to whiteheads, they are nothing like them.
‘Milia are small white bumps or cysts that appear on the surface of the skin when dead skin cells become trapped,’ explains Consultant Dermatologist Dr. Anjali Mahto.
‘They are made up of keratin, a protein on the outer layer of the skin, and whilst they resemble whiteheads, they are not related to acne or infection and are simply a pocket of normal skin. They shouldn’t be treated in the same way,’ she adds.
WHAT CAUSES MILIA?
According to Dr. Anjali, milia on the face are usually formed spontaneously, and there are a number of factors that contribute.
‘Milia found around the eye area can be caused by heavy creams, where the skin around the eye is much thinner than other areas of the face,’ adds Dr. Anjali.
But they can also crop up elsewhere.
‘Milia can also occur on the nose and other areas of the body,’ she says. ‘They tend to occur as a result of skin damage – predominantly sun damage – as well as rashes and excessive use of harsh products on the skin.’
HOW TO REMOVE MILIA
Dealing with milia might feel like a never ending battle, especially as you can’t satisfyingly squeeze them like spots.