Milia are tiny white bumps that typically appear on the nose, cheeks, and chin. For some people, it’s no big deal. But if you love the look and feel of soft and smooth skin, then how to get rid of milia is a serious concern.
From identifying milia to getting rid of them, we answer the most common questions about milia right here.
What are milia?
Milia may look like skin, but they’re not. They are formed when a protein called keratin gets trapped under the surface of the skin. Typically 1-2 millimeters in size, milia can occur anywhere but are typically found clustered around the cheeks, eyelids, nose, and chin.
What causes milia?
Up to 50% of newborns have milia, and its exact cause is unknown. Milia usually go away on their own after a few weeks. On the other hand, adult milia are typically associated with skin damage. Some reasons why milia develop are:
- Blistering due to skin conditions like cicatricial pemphigoid, epidermolysis bullosa, or porphyria cutanea tarda
- Skin resurfacing procedures such as laser resurfacing
- Sun damage
- Lack of exfoliation
- Dry skin
No matter why you have milia, one thing is clear — milia is a real skin issue that should be addressed as soon as possible.
When do milia become a problem?
Since milia resemble other skin conditions like whiteheads and acne, some people make the mistake of popping, breaking, or treating milia with the wrong products. In addition, milia itself is an unsightly blemish that can be frustrating for beauty lovers.
Fortunately, treating milia is easy when you know what they are and what to do.
What should you do about milia?
Before we talk about what you can do about milia, it’s equally important to know what not to do about milia on the face. This will help you avoid damaging your skin further.
Don’t try to poke, pick, or pop milia. Yes, they can be very annoying, but trying to remove milia this way will only cause wounds. Worse, they can bleed, get infected, and scar. If you’re not sure what to do about milia yet, then it’s best to leave them alone while you learn all about milia treatment.
How do you get rid of milia?
The main way to get rid of milia is to exfoliate your skin to release all that trapped keratin and prevent clogged pores. A lactic acid peel is one of the best methods for effective yet gentle skin exfoliation. Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to use lactic acid for milia:
- Clean your face thoroughly.
- Use a pre-peel solution to prime the skin for the peel.
- Apply the peel, and leave it on for a few minutes.
- Neutralize the peel with a post-peel solution.
- Leave the peel on for around 10 minutes post-peel for maximum effect.
It'll take a few weeks to see results, so make sure to add a lactic acid peel to your skincare routine. The good news is that once milia are gone, regular exfoliation can help prevent them from coming back.
Get Rid of Milia with Lactic Acid Peel
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That’s why we have formulated our Lactic Acid Peel at 25% – 90% strength especially for conditions like milia. You can also get our complete Lactic Acid Peel Kits with everything you need for successful exfoliation so you can say goodbye to milia for good!