Milia are small, white or yellow, bump-like cysts that usually appear on the face often found in newborns but can affect people of any age. They form when keratin or skin flakes are trapped under the skin. Although they pose no threat to you, they can be a common cosmetic annoyance. In most cases, Milia disappear on their own, but if they are bothering you, Terrence Keaney, a dermatologist from Skindc healthcare can suggest a few things to help speed up the process of healing.
A good skincare routine can help you get rid of milia quickly. Clean your face daily, washing it with warm water twice a day. Use a light, gentle cleanser, especially one that specifies “sensitive skin”. Rub the cleanser for a while and rinse thoroughly. Teens or adults can treat milia using an exfoliating treatment to help clear the skin. You can use a targeted exfoliating product or an exfoliating moisturizer.
The exfoliating moisturizer is much more appropriate if your milia are widespread and are accompanied by dry skin. It reduces the build-up of dead skin cells under the skin, allowing the skin to release them. If possible, find a moisturizer that contains vitamin A, one that is free of any heavy oils. If your milia are not widespread, and you have no other skin problems, a targeted moisturizer is much more suitable. Find a targeted moisturizer that contains salicylic acid.
If the home remedies don’t work for you, see a qualified dermatologist. Before visiting them, jot down some notes before your appointment to give them specific information to work with. It will help to include how long you’ve dealt with the problem and how frequently it appears. A close friend or family member can recommend a dermatologist they trust, but don’t hesitate to look for reviews online.
Schedule a professional chemical peel. Talk to the dermatologist about your expectations and whether you’ll need a light peel or a more aggressive peel. The dermatologist can apply a stronger chemical peel than what you can find at home. The peel doesn’t hurt, but the skin might feel irritated or appear red for a few days. The dermatologist will also provide instructions on how to care for your skin after the peel. For a deeper skin cleansing, get professional extractions or laser ablations, which help to unclog the skin.
Before trying out any supplements, make sure they have been approved by your doctor. Niacin or vitamin B3 supplement is an important nutrient thought to maintain multiple systems in the body, including the skin. Consider biotin supplements, which will help to support adequate skin health. Increasing amounts of CoQ10 in the body also helps maintain systems and functions of the body, one of which is the skin. It also acts as an emulsifier, thus it removes oils from the body, helping to clear out blocked pores.
Milia can worsen with exposure to the sun, especially if you’re suffering from secondary milia that worsen with blistering. Stay out of direct sunlight as much as you can, but if you have to spend time outside, wear a wide-brimmed hat to shade your face. Apply a gentle sun-block specially formulated for facial care. An oily sunblock will clog the pores, making exfoliation more difficult. Additionally, avoid heavy creams and cosmetics, which make it more difficult to get rid of your milia.