What the heck are those tiny white 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. Or white bumps on your eyelids, as we all like to call them. They’re common but super hard to treat. Prevention is key here.
But if it’s too late for that, don’t fret. You can still treat milia once they rear their ugly heads.
Here’s all you need to know to prevent and treat 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, just to annoy you). Blame them on:
- Unprotected sun exposure
- Lack of exfoliation
- Moisturizers and sunscreens that are too rich for your skin type
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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. I’ve written a post about my fave sunscreens here.
Related: The Complete Guide To Glycolic Acid: What It Is, Why It Helps And Where To Find It
How To Remove And Treat Milia Seeds
Prevention is all well and good, but what can you do if you already got white bumps on your lids?
The safest way to treat milia seeds 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 stick to light lotions: that’s how you prevent and treat milia seeds. But if you already have them, go to a derm. Better to be safe than sorry!