We have many clients coming to us complaining of these little white bumps that look like black heads but are not disappearing! The truth is that they are not like blackheads, they wont just be gone with a small squeeze post shower. In fact these common little bumps are what we call milia. The good news is we can get rid of them for you.
Milia develop when tiny skin flakes become trapped in small pockets near the surface of the skin. There are several factors that cause milia in adults. Most commonly, they occur due to dead skin building up and getting trapped in the pores near the surface of the skin. If it doesn’t get expelled naturally, it can become small cysts. This type of milia is called Primary Milia.
The other type of milia is Secondary Milia. Primary and secondary milia look the same but develop from very different reasons. Secondary Milia happens when something clogs the sweat ducts. This usually is caused from some kind of skin trauma or infection, such as blistering, laser treatments, chemical peels, and herpes.
Other possible contributing lifestyle factors include: lack of sleep; smoking; poor personal hygiene; using oil-based beauty products in excess; and long-term steroid use.
Milia are not painful but they can be annoying and unsightly so lets get them gone!
In order to do this we need to ensure the face is clean and warm. At an appropriate time within the facial we will use a lancet to pierce the skin allowing the milia to pop out. This can be awkward to do on yourself so best see a professional. Once gone the results are worth it.