What are milia seeds? You may never have heard the term, but you may have noticed them around your eyes. They look like tiny white bumps, but they’re not whiteheads. They’re too small to be pimples. When you try to pop them, they don’t pop. What’s going on with your skin? These tiny bumps are milia seeds (also called milk spots). 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?
- What Causes Milia Seeds?
- How Long Do Milia Seeds Last?
- How To Prevent And Treat Milia Seeds Under Eyes
- When To See A Dermatologist
- The Bottom Line
What Are Milia Seeds?
Milia seeds are fleshy-coloured, keratin-filled bumps that look like whiteheads (but aren’t). They’re more common in newborns and around the eye areas, but adults can get them too – all over the face.
“Milia are tiny white bumps on the skin that are often mistaken for pimples and occur when the skin cells don’t turn over rapidly enough and a buildup of keratin—a protein found in the skin—hardens and becomes trapped,” says Astarita, founder of Just Ageless Body Sculpting and Beauty Lab in New York City. “These can linger for years if not treated.”
Milia Seeds VS Whiteheads
Both milia seeds and whiteheads like look white bumps of skin. But, there’s a key difference between them. Whiteheads are closed comedones. They pores is clogged by sebum and skin cells trapped under the skin. They’re filled with pus. They can be popped.
Milia seeds “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,’ says Consultant Dermatologist at Skin 55 Dr. Anjali Mahto. They have a pearly white, spheric appearance and they can’t be popped.
Types Of Milia Seeds
There are different types of milia seeds:
- Neonatal milia: Usually found on the nose, scalp, face, inside the mouth and upper trunk. They can be confused as neonatal acne, but they don’t cause redness. Milia affects 50% of newborns, making an appearance around 2 weeks after birth. They can disappear on their own after a few weeks.
- Primary milia: Found on the foreheads, cheeks, and eyelids, they’re common both in adults and children. They may go after a few weeks, but you can still treat them to speed up the process.
- Milia en plaque: Milia seeds that clamp together over a raised patch of skin. This plaque is flat and broad, with clearly defined boundaries. They’re usually on your jaw, eyelids, cheeks, and beyond your ears. They’re common in children and adults, especially middle-aged women.
- Multiple eruptive milia: This type of milia is very rare. You get several bumps in the same area after many months, usually on the upper arm, face, and trunk. It can feel itchy.
- Traumatic milia: A.k.a. secondary milia, it typically happens when skin has been injured (for example, an allergic reaction, blister, or burn). This type of milia seed is usually permanent.
What Causes Milia Seeds?
Milia seeds are caused by buildups of dead skin cells, lack of exfoliation, and moisturisers and sunscreens that are too rich for your skin type. This build up gets trapped in your pores, leading to these white little bumps. They’re not painful and don’t cause any negative side effects, but they’re unsightly. If you have them, you probably want to get rid of them, pronto.
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How Long Do Milia Seeds Last?
Left untreated, milia can last up to a few months or even years in older children and adults. There are also secondary milia, i.e. milia that forms as your skin heals from burns or blisters. Secondary milia tend to be permanent. *sighs*
How To Prevent And Treat Milia Seeds Under Eyes
Prevention is all well and good, but what can you do if you already got white bumps on your lids? Here’s how to treat and remove them:
1. Don’t Pop Them
Never pick, poke, try to remove milia seeds. Popping doesn’t work (milia seeds aren’t poppable!), but don’t try even that. Trying to remove milia seeds in these ways can read to scars, bleeding, and even infections. Plus, when skin is injured, you may develop permanent milia seeds.
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.
“Primary milia is the most common, and the same type seen in babies and adults, caused by dead skin cells that build up in the pore-lining because they are unable to shed properly,” says board-certified dermatologist Dendy Engelman.
Exfoliation remove excess dead cells that cause milia seeds, preventing them from forming in the first place. When milia are fresh, exfoliation also helps remove extra layers and get rid of them faster. Avoid scrubs. They’re irritating. Instead, opt for an exfoliating acid (glycolic or salicylic acid are my faves) that dissolve the glue that holds skin cells together, so they can slough off and reveal the brighter and smoother skin underneath.
- Paula’s Choice Clear Regular Strength Anti-Redness Exfoliating Solution With 2% Salicylic Acid ($34.00): This exfoliant unclogs pores, treats acne (including blackheads), and soothes redness. It works for milia seeds too. Most suitable for oily, acne-prone skin. Available at Dermstore, Paula’s Choice, Selfridges, and SpaceNK.
- The Ordinary Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution ($13.00): A simple, no-frills Glycolic Acid exfoliant that brightens the complexion, fades away dark spots, and treat milia seeds. Available at Beauty Bay, Boots, Cult Beauty, Sephora, SpaceNK, The Ordinary, and Ulta.
- Drunk Elephant T.L.C. Framboos Glycolic Night Serum ($90.00): This exfoliant has both salicylic acid and glycolic acid to unclog pores, brighten skin and fade away milia. Available at Cult Beauty, Sephora and SpaceNK.
3. Use Lightweight Moisturisers
If you’re experiencing milia around the eyes, opt for a lighter cream that moisturises skin without being too oily or leaving a greasy residue behind. I usually don’t recommend using eye creams. They’re facial moisturisers in smaller jars at a higher price tag. But, if you need a richer cream for your face and a lighter one around your eyes, then using a separate eye cream makes sense.
- CeraVe Eye Repair Cream ($15.99): This eye cream features niacinamide and ceramide to deeply hydrate the eye area without feeling greasy. Available at Boots and Sephora.
- Dr Dennis Gross Hyaluronic Marine Dew It All Eye Gel ($58.00): It uses mineral pigments to brighten the undereye area and “hide” dark circles, hyaluronic acid to hydrate, and antioxidants to prevent premature aging. Available at Cult Beauty, Net-A-Porter, Nordstrom, SpaceNK, and Sephora.
- Drunk Elephant C-Tango Multivitamin Eye Cream ($64.00): This moisturising cream is loaded with every antioxidant you can think of, including 5 different forms of Vitamin C! Available at Boots, Cult Beauty, and SpaceNK.
4. Use Sunscreen Daily
I know you know it: sunscreen keeps wrinkle (and skin cancer) away. That alone is a good reason to use it every day. But did you know it can prevent milia seeds as well? “Sun damage can be a contributing factor to milia because it makes skin rough and leathery, so it’s more difficult for dead cells to rise to the skin’s surface and shed normally,” says Engelman. “The resulting clogs can trigger milia formation—and they’ll stick around unless steps are taken to unclog the pores.” Don’t forget to reapply every day – even in winter. UV rays can penetrate through clouds and windows and even be reflected on snow!
- Ultrasun Ultra Sensitive Very High SPF50+ Extreme Formula (£54.00): It uses the latest generation of chemical UV filters to provide water-resistant, broad spectrum protection even in extreme conditions. Available at Boots, Sephora, and SpaceNK.
- La Roche Posay Anthelios Clear Skin Dry Touch Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 60 ($19.99): A lightweight sunscreen for oily skin that protects skin from sun rays, absorbs excess oil, and can withstand heat, humidity and up until 80 minutes in water! Available at Blue Mercury, Ulta and Walgreens.
- Paula’s Choice RESIST Youth-Extending Daily Hydrating Fluid SPF 50 ($37.00): This lightweight chemical sunscreen is loaded with every antioxidant you can think of to prevent premature aging and provide broad spectrum protection. Available at Cult Beauty, Dermstore, Paula’s Choice, Sephora, and SpaceNK.
5. Try A Retinol Product
Retinol is the OTC gold standard for anti-aging. In addition to boosting collagen and fighting wrinkles, it also speeds up cellular turnover (the skin’s natural exfoliating process). Translation: retinol can slowly fade away any build-up on skin, such as milia. The catch? Retinol can be drying and irritating when you first start using it. For best results, start with a small concentration once or twice a week and build up frequency gradually.
- Paula’s Choice Resist Wrinkle Repair Retinol Serum ($42.00): An anti-aging serum with 0.1% retinol. It also includes antioxidants, like Vitamin E, to prevent premature aging, and soothing ingredients to reduce irritations. Available at Paula’s Choice and Sephora.
- Skinceuticals Retinol 0.3 Night Cream ($62.00): This cream contains only 0.3% retinol but it packs an anti-aging punch. It comes in a moisturising base, but you need to use a separate moisturiser to counteract the dryness of retinol. Available at Dermstore and Skinceuticals.
- Peter Thomas Roth Retinol Fusion PM ($65.00): A micro encapsulated 1.5% retinol serum in an oily, moisturising base to fight wrinkles and fade away dark spots. Available at Beauty Bay, Cult Beauty, and Peter Thomas Roth.
When To See A Dermatologist
Most milia disappear on their own. But if it’s been months and you’ve tried everything in the list above to treat them and they’re still there, it’s time to see a dermatologist. “A dermatologist can remove them right there in the office using a needle or a tiny lancing utensil and, sometimes, a comedone extractor,” says Engelman. “This in-office procedure is fast, painless (numbing cream may be applied) and heals quickly for most people.”
If your milia grow into clusters, then you need “a gentle laser resurfacing treatment like a low setting Fraxel treatment, Halo by Sciton, or a series of chemical peels [to] push the reset button on your skin,” says Astarita.
Can You Extract Milia At Home?
If you’re on a budget, you may be tempted to try and extract milia at home yourself. Don’t. Even if you have the proper tools to do the job, doing it yourself may lead to skin damage, like scarring (and that can lead to more milia and a lot of other unpleasant things). Be safe and let a dermatologist do it for you.
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!
I have milia around my eyes but exfoliation seems to help. If the eye cream is too rich, a seed will definitely sprout.
thank u! i’ve had these my whole life but never knew what they were til i was an adult. they weren’t “whiteheads” or “blackheads” and no matter what i did, they never went away. mine are trapped below the surface and no amount of exfoliation would get rid of em. i tried to squeeze them out and sometimes that’d work but the milia is way bigger than the pore and so it was nearly impossible. i did try the needle thing too– it works but it hurts. the skin is so delicate and u basically have to create an artificial hole and squeeze the thing out.
definitely recommend seeing a dermatologist. altho, most eye creams tend to be rich anyway, so i don’t see how u can avoid that. the other thing i’m trying is aveda exfoliant (liquid toner/glycolic acid) to keep my pores clean. but it’s hard when u use creme de la mer or other rich creams (esp in winter)
Exfoliating helps for me although sometimes they disappear by themselves. Thankfully, I don’t get them that often.
I think I might actually be getting some on my neck, of all places! I don’t exfoliate that area nearly enough. I’ll see if exfoliating more often will help.
Dao: if the milia seeds are new and not hardened too much, exfoliation will remove them, but it takes a lot of time.
Suz: I’m sory to hear you have this problem. I think exfoliation helps only if milia are new. But if it is already hardened, consulting a dermatologist is the better thing to do. The needle thing sounds painful and, if one is as clumsy as me, dangerous. I know it’s hard to avoid richer creams, esp in the winter, but if don’t apply them around the eye area, you should hopefully be fine. As for the eye cream, you just need to experiment until you find one that is light enough and works well for you. But I know that finding good skincare product isn’t that easy.
Jnie: lucky you! I never heard of them disappearing but glad they do for you.
Danielle: The neck is such a neglected area. I’m guilty of not taking care enough of it in the winter when I usually war those halterneck sweaters. If the milia seeds are new, exfoliating should help, but it will take a while.
The ones on my neck have mostly gone away with exfoliation. Do you have any experience of getting rid of small, soft bumps around the eye area? I have some where I have undereye circles. They’re about the size of milia seeds, but they’re soft and I’m afraid of exfoliating them because the skin is so thin there. Any ideas? I’ve heard some women refer to them as “chicken skin”
I’m sorry to hear you have chicken skin. Personally I’ve never had it but as far as I know there is no cure for it. There are treatments available but you need to be consistent or the condition will reapper. One option is to exfoliate with a loofa and dermatologists recommended mild exfolaiting products that contain AHA, like glycolic acid. Products with Retin-A would help too. But for a better diagnosis and proper treatment II recommend consulting a dermatologist.
🙁 🙁 🙁 i have several milia seeds under my eye, due to some moisturizing eye cream some years ago. i didnt know then! bah 🙁 now i cant do anything abt it unless i visit a dermatologist, i dont know if i can handle the pain of removing so i just do not bother abt it now
pettybeautiful, that’s too bad! Removing milia can be painful and also very expensive. I’ve heard more dermatologists charge about $100 to do it! But unfortunately it’s the only way to get rid of them once they’ve hardened.. 🙁
A good home ingredient that can get rid of milia is aspirin.. i recently discovered that the tiny raised bump i have n partso f my face are called milia.. so i made a desperate search and found that solution to come up in places.. so i tried it,.
Apparently aspirin masks work good after a while (like 15 mins 2-3 times a week) but i was impatient so i did an aspirin mask then rinsed.. then took an aspirin tablet and wet the edge SLIGHTLY (cos it dissolves quick) n rubbed it on areas where i had the milia (which took AGES cos there are quite few lol). But i could see it working!.. little balls came out or would come onto the aspirin.
However don’t do it on whiteheads or spots – it will not have the same affect and only irritate that part… but as far as milia is concerned it improved it… i’m planning on continuing till it goes.. but i’m givin my skin a little break from all the rubbin.
Anyway i hope this helps someone!
Hi Ella, thanks for sharing. I’m glad aspirin worked for you and hopefully it’ll help others too.
I tried your trick and it works!!! It has cleard up some of my milia, i will keep doing it a few times a week. Thank you so much, sometimes i look at my face and all i can see are those white dots!!
It does leave the area you rubbed a little red, but i put a little eye cream over it!
anyways hope this works for everyone out there, has anyone else tried??
Hi Amber, I’m so glad that Ella tip worked so well for you. 🙂
I also have milia under my eyes, I didn’t knew it was milia at first then I found this site (Coz im searching for solutions he he!). I think its already 4 months since I have this and I’m getting very frustrated because it doesn’t disappear. I suspect its because of my eye cream clogging my pores. I’m afraid to pick it with needle because its soft, very small my skin under my eyes is very thin. Do you think diamond peel can remove this milia?
Chill, I feel any peel and exfoliator can help when milia have just appeared, but once it’s hardened (and I think after four months it’s probably hardened), the best thing to do is visit a dermatology to have it removed. You can try exfoliating first, but usually it takes time and you have to do it several times. But after a few months, I’m not sure how well it’ll work. Sorry I can’t be of more help.
hey,if i get them removed from a doctor ,they will come back or not(milia),if thet will then wats the way 2 get them rid permanentally
Pk, milia back could come back even if you have them removed by a doctor. But you can prevent them by exfoliating regularly and avoiding too thick and greasy creams in the eye area.
HOw do you make the aspirin mask?
Tracy, it is very easy. My friend Connie wrote a blog post about it, here’s the link: http://www.skindeco.net/2008/11/monday-is-aspirin-mask-day.html Hope this helps.
The aspirin mask calls for a “cleansing gel.” What kind do you recommend, is Cetaphyl okay? Also, I’ve had milia for just under two months now. Is it too late for home treatment? I really want to get rid of these!! Thanks!
Violet, yes, I think Cetaphyl would be ok. It’s gentle but effective. I’m afraid two months may be too long to do something about it. You can try to exfoliate and see if there are any improvements, but it may be necessary to consult your dermatologist to have them removed.
How can you tell if there are improvements? Does it become smaller?
Also, for the Aspirin mask, how many tablets and how often do you recommend if you are trying to remove milia?
Last question, is removing a milia by a dermatologist painful (especially because I have them on my eyelid) and does it leave a mark for a few days after if you get it professionally removed (like an incision or something)?
Thanks in advance for answering my questions!
Violet, yes, it should become smaller and then disappear if the exfoliating treatment works. To be honest, I have never tried the aspirin mask for milia so I’m not sure about doses and frequency. I doubt you’d need more than one tablet though.
The dermatologist may use a needle to remove the milia so it may be painful but that depends on how good he/she is and the patient’s pain threshold. Also, if the doctor is expert and well-qualified and everything goes well then there shouldn’t be any mark or scars.
Hope this helps.
Hi, I had melia my whole life, I have them removed with a needle all the time, I have used glycolic face wash and retine for years and I still have them all over , had apptmt. wit doc and he gave me a priscription fo
TAZORAC, he told me it is very strong.
Has anyone used this before ? please e-mail if you know about this. thanks.
Susan, hi. I’m sorry to hear that. I never used Tazorac so I can’t help you there, but if your doctor prescribed it to you I guess you should give it a go and see what happens.
thank you, I will try it for a while and will let you know the outcome.
Susan, you’re welcome. I hope it works well for you.
Hi Susan, I have milia my whole life all over my face, they are very deep.
It gets better with needles but if I dont keep it up, they will be back. got tazorac, did it for 6 months, no better. They told me it is very strong.
I had no peeling. If you try it I hope it works for you. no one can help. Good luck.
I haven’t tried the aspirin mask yet but after four days of exfoliating using a loofa and St. Ives Apricot Exfoliating scrub my milia have almost all disappeared! Even the one that is months old! This site helped a lot 🙂 Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!!
Violet, you’re welcome. I’m so glad to hear that! 🙂
If i apply aspirin then the milia will go away but the skin will remain red. So, is it permanent or temporary and is there anything we can do to avoid it?
What do you think of aspirin and honey would it be bad or would it help to prevent the redness?
Alia, I haven’t tried the aspirin mask to get rid of milia yet so I’m afraid I don’t know if it is a normal reaction or not. You just mention redness but can you please provide more information? It could be an irritation but I wouldn’t want to give advice until I know for sure that’s what you have or I may make things worse.
I don’t think there’s anything wrong with mixing aspirin with honey. Honey has soothing properties so it could help prevent redness but since I haven’t tried it, I can’t say for sure. Sorry I can’t be of more help.
I have milia deposits between my eyelashes!!! How do i get rid of them? they look loke dried sleep on my eyelashes Ugh!
Prue, I’m sorry to hear that. Considering they are in such a delicate area, I think your best option is to go to a dermatologist to have them properly removed.
I started getting these when I turned 40. My best advice (and only if you are not a clutz) Using a very sharp sterilized needle with a small point: Prick inside the milia and do it about three times. Using a motion similiar to that of pulling a splinter out (dont use this motion on the eyes, only pricking straight away) Then apply a very warm compress and leave alone for a day or two. Apply the warn compress again and squeeze it out this time similar to a pimple. If it hurts too much on the eye area-leave it alone then. I get these on my eye lids and use the back end of my tweezers to squeeze them out. My dermatologist refused to remove the ones on my eyelids but I got them out myself-and did a great job might I add. Good luck!
Lori, thanks for sharing these tips. I’m glad you managed to get rid of your milia seed safely. I am really clumsy so I think it’s best I don’t attempt it but I’m sure lots of people will find them very useful.
Milia-what a digusting and horrible thing to have. Within the last few years milia have popped up around my lips and high on my cheek bones. I can often remove the ones on my cheek bones but around the lips – it is impossible. I have tried squeezing, usingh hot compresses and a tool specifically designed to remove milia…very little luck…I might get rid of one a year. I try to be careful with mosturizers and only use ones that are extremely light. Anyone else have them around the lips. I need HELP!
I will try to aspirin masque.
Fiona, I’m sorry to hear you have milia, how awful! I hope the aspirin mask will work for you. If not, I think you should see a dermatologist to remove them.
I have a 5 year old that has what seems to be milia seeds on her face. She has had these spots for months and months. I have been trying to figure out what they are and how to get rid of them. Is this something that happens often in children? She has them on her eyelids, lower eyelids, around her nose, and around her mouth. I wash her face with a gentle cleanser every night. They don’t seem to be improving. Would you suggest just taking her to a dermatologist? Do you think they would numb the areas before extraction? I don’t want her to be tortured! Thanks for the information.
Lisa, I’m sorry to hear that. Milia seeds is something that can affect everyone, both children and adults. Even newborn babies can have them. I would suggest to take her to a dermatologist yet. I’m not sure if the doctor would numb the area before extraction, but you can always ask him/her to do so. Or maybe he/she will just recommend an alternative treatment like exfoliation. Usually children’s skin exfoliates naturally and well on its own, so I wouldn’t suggest you try an exfoliant unless recommended by a doctor.
i hav a milia problem befor 4 years ,,will u suggest me smthing to remove this
Chand, if you’ve had milia for 4 years, I’m not sure exfoliation will work well for you. I think your best bet would be to have them removed by a dermatologist.
Glycolic acid 20% applied nightly with a qtip to each one. Works like a charm. 🙂 takes a week or two, but no needles are necessary. I bought it on eBay.
Jen, I’m always a bit weary of buying this type of products on ebay but I’m glad you had a very positive experience and that glycolic acid 20% worked so well for you. 🙂
I wanted to share how I cured my milia on my chin because I too, was as frustrated as all of you since last year May and searched all over internet for anyone who has any advice.
So I went to a dermatologist for extraction, which cost a lot of money. She gave me some cream and a lotion to use after. Now, the lotion was the key!
At first I was stubborn. I wanted to use my expensive anti-aging Lancome product and ignored the lotion. I am 37 and want to fight aging.
Of course after a while, the tiny hard bumps grew back all over my chin. Although not very noticeable, it bothered me so much when you feel them in clusters while washing face. I finally decided to not use any product after washing face. But after reading more threads, it was said that with oily skin like mine, not putting on moisturizer is as bad. The skin would excrete more oil to moisturize itself and probably makes the milia worse. This is when I started only use that lotion, which I understand has very minimal chemical.
After using it for about a month, not only the existing milia has fellen off on their own, I haven’t grown any!
The lotion is La Roche-Posay! You can get them on drugstore.com or walgreen.com, pretty common.
The dermatologist gave me La Roche-Posay Toleriane Fluide Soothing Protective Non-Oily Emulsion. I finished it. I bought and am current using La Roche-Posay Effaclar M Daily Mattifying Moisturizer and La Roche-Posay Anthelios Water Resistant Sunscreen Cream, SPF 15 when I go outside during the day.
However, I find the Sunscreen Cream feeling sticky, even though it says light and non-greasy, so I am going to buy La Roche-Posay Anthelios Face Ultra Light Sunscreen Fluid, SPF 45 to try. Since the “fluid” ones feel really light and smooth when applied. I like them a lot.
I still use Lancome anti-aging for the rest of my face, and use La Roche-Posay for only my chin and jaw line.
I also tried to make oatmeal mask at home and take fish oil to lower cholesterol, but I have given up on them. The lotion is what I am sticking to for over 2 months now and seems to work for me.
Hope this helps! 🙂
Jane, thank you so much for sharing your story. I’m glad you’ve found a way to get rid of your milia seeds and I’m sure other people with your same problem will find your comment very helpful. 🙂
In July I noticed a bump on my eyelid close to my browline, thought maybe it was a bug bite but wasn’t sure, it itched slightly. As days passed by the bump grew bigger, the doctor said it was a bug bite and it would disappear on it’s own. In September a family friend who is an RN said to use some steriod cream on it to see if it would help it go away, and it did go down drastically. Then a few months ago, not sure when to be honest, I noticed a white spec close to it. I ignored it and thought maybe it would go away but then people starting noticing it. I researched it right away to see that many people have the same condition. I’ve been soaking it with steaming hot water on a wash cloth for a few weeks now, sometimes I think it’s getting smaller and other times not so much. I currently do not have health insurance so I need home remedies! I am getting married in a few months and really can’t afford a dermatology visit right now. Help!
Tina, I’m really sorry to hear about your problem, but unfortunately I don’t think I can help. I’m just a blogger, not a doctor and so I can’t make a diagnosis, especially without seeing it. And if I don’t know the cause, any treatment I may suggest will only make it worse. If the steroid cream worked once, you can try that again, but I do suggest you try and see a doctor if you can. DIY treatments may be cheap, but you risk doing more harm than good. I know that money is a problem for many people, especially at this time, but I really wouldn’t know what else to suggest. Maybe if you ask a blogger who is also a dermatologist, like Dr Cynthia Bailey or Dr Jeffrey Benabio, they will be able to help.
Hello,every one.I’m from Myanmar,a hot country.
About 1 year ago,I’ve studied a lot.So,I slept at most 4 hours every night.
And,because of Stress,I was suffered from Acne.
Then,I use an antiacne emulsion that my friends suggest me.
I appiled it at night before going to bed.When I woke up,I found my face is seriously irretating.
So,I went to an aesthetic center which is popular here ‘cuz most celebrities here go.
There,the worker use a small surgery knife to my acnes.
When the pimple seeds are not totally came out,they are seriously irretating & worsen my skin.
So,I was really afraid,& saw a Dr.,she used chemical peeling method to get rid of them.
After it,my skin got milia seeds on my chin.When they are forced,they came out.But,they appeared again.Really itchy!Then,I consulted with another Dr,he also do chemical peeling again and again.
Then,my facial skin’s epidermal layer is full with those white seeds.
What should I do?Please advise me,I’m on [email protected].
Should I take plastic surgery on my whole face?Or,still remaining other ways???
Please give me your advice.
Thank you all.!Good luck!!!
Mhanswal, I’m so sorry to hear about your problem, how awful! I’m only a blogger, not a doctor, so I can’t really prescribe you a treatment. I know that glycolic acid peels, when done right, do help get rid of milia seeds, but unfortunately, they can reappear at any time. I wouldn’t really do much to your skin atm. Just wait for it to heal and apply a sunscreen with Zinc Oxide to prevent the sun rays from causing further damage.
Also, you mentioned the you suffered from acne because of stress, so I would suggest you talk to your doctor to determine if your problem is caused by some underlying condition that hasn’t been diagnosed yet, such as a hormonal imbalance, perhaps? If that’s so, realising the cause will help your doctor to prescribe you an appropriate treatment that will solve the problem once and for all. Hope this helps.
im suffer from milia seeds and i want to know which sunscreen ,scrub and moisturizer is good for my face (product name ) .my face is oily and sensitive ,now i am using cetaphil cleanser from 2 weeks , please help me .
Manu, I’m sorry to hear about your problem. It’s really hard to recommend something, especially since you have sensitive skin and I’m not sure what ingredients your skin can’t tolerate. I would suggest to stay away from creams with rich textures which can cause milia seeds, and opt for lightweight products with few ingredients, such as those by cetaphil, as they will be less likely to irritate your skin. I’ve also written a post about the sunscreens for oily skin I recommend. You can find it here: http://beautifulwithbrains.com/2013/05/07/what-are-the-best-sunscreens-for-oily-skin/
thanks dear .
Manu, you’re welcome.
I went to the dermatologist to have mine removed. It was painful, she used this wand that felt like it burned the milia out , I have scabs right now and I have to use ice pack on my forehead where they were are about 15 of them, to get the sweeling down that I was told would take a couple of days and it has been 5 and it is still a little swollen.
The dermatologist charged me 115 dollars to remove them. Not including her doctors office visit.
Linda, thank you for sharing your experience with us. I’m sure it will help others to know what to expect when going to the dermatologist to have them removed. I’m just sorry it wasn’t more positive and I hope the swelling will subside soon.
I am suggesting if creams containing aloe vera and cucumber can be good for someone with milia seed
Grace, they’re not bad, but they won’t remove the milia. You need exfoliation for that.