You’ve just caught a glimpse of yourself in the mirror and… wait, what are tiny those bumps around your eyes? They’re white, but they’re not whiteheads. They’re too small to be pimples. And it doesn’t look like your skin is irritated either… What’s going on?
Milia seeds. They’re not as famous as other types of blemishes, but very common. And not that easy to treat. Prevention is often the best cure, but don’t fret. You can still get rid of them once they rear their ugly heads.
Here’s all you need to know about milia seeds:
What Are Milia Seeds?
Milia seeds form when skin cells get trapped under the skin’s surface. They look like white bumps, and often appear around the eye area (but they can pop up all over your face). They’re caused by:
- Unprotected sun exposure
- Lack of exfoliation
- Moisturizers and sunscreens that are too rich for your skin type
How To Prevent Milia Seeds
Now that you know what causes milia seeds, you can easily prevent them. Here’s how:
- Exfoliate: use a gentle exfoliant with glycolic acid two or three times a week. My favourite is Paula’s Choice Resist Daily Smoothing Treatment With 5% AHA.
- Use lightweight creams: if a cream or lotion is greasy and doesn’t sink in quickly into your skin, throw it away. It could clog up your pores and cause milia.
- Use sunscreen: every single day. It protects your skin from milia seeds and the other harmful effects of UV rays, such as wrinkles and sun spots. My favourite sunscreens are from Sunumbra.
How To Treat Milia Seeds
Prevention is all well and good, but what can you do if you already have milia seeds? The safest bet is to see a dermatologist. She’ll be able to remove them safely and quickly.
What about homemade treatments? I heard some people get rid of them at home with the help of a needle, but I wouldn’t recommend doing that. Milia often appear near the eyes, and, unless you have a super steady hand, popping them yourself could be quite dangerous!
Even if you are absolutely confident you can do it, it may not work. Once milia seeds have hardened, removing them is a tough job that’s best left to the professionals.
The Bottom Line
Exfoliate, wear sunscreen, and use lightweight lotions regularly, and you’ll never again have to deal with milia seeds. If you already have them, don’t attempt to do anything on your own. Consult a dermatologist instead. It’s better to be safe than sorry!
What do you do to prevent milia seeds?