Have you ever noticed stubborn white bumps under your eyes? You might mistake them for an acne spot or skin tag, but it is a cyst-looking skin condition. No matter how much acne-treating products you put on them, they just won’t go. Usually appearing in a cluster form, these are called milia or popularly known as ‘milk spots’.
Milia are usually white to yellowish or the same colour as the person’s skin. Although newborn babies are more prone to milia, they also occur in many adults. They are more commonly seen on the tender skin of the body, such as areas around the eyes, cheeks, forehead and even genitals. Yes, you read it correct!
Unlike zits, you can’t pop them. They don’t grow. Neither they are infected. Milia are infact made up of keratin trapped under the skin. This keratin provides the strength to the skin, hair and nails. In time whenever each skin cell dies and sheds off within the pores, the keratin may collect and stay trapped within the pores causing a blockage. This results in the formation of a small cyst, or a milium.
If you’re unfortunate to experience milia on your skin, chances are they can occur and reoccur again. According to experts, reasons for developing milia under the eyes can be slightly different and differs from one person to another. However, this can be a result of a trauma to the skin or a side effect from a cosmetic procedure. One may also develop milia due to application of strong topical medications. Think of it as a bad skin reaction.
From laser ablation to cryotherapy, one can opt from a list of methods to get their milia extracted. However, one must choose according to their level of severity only. In cases of early-stage, chemical peels can create quite an impact on the skin. It is best to look for the signs and consult the doctor for the diagnosis.
While there’s no magic cream or potion for milia, it is surprising to notice that milia at times disappear on its own. But for other unlucky ones, it is advised to take help from the experts.
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