What are those little white bumps that show up under your eyes? Are they whiteheads? How can you get rid of them?
Unfortunately, these bumps are common and they are also tough to conceal, even if you’re wearing makeup. Here’s a closer look at milia, what causes them and tips for preventing and treating them.
Milia – What are They?
Sometimes called milk spots or oil seeds, milia are those little white bumps that often show up under the eyes. While they look a little like whiteheads, they are quite different.
Milia are small keratin filled cysts and they can appear under your eyes, on the chin, on your nose, on the cheeks or even on the roof of your mouth.
What Causes Milia Seeds?
So, what causes these little milia seeds to occur? In some cases, oil-based skincare products or rich creams may cause them to form. Hormonal changes or even heredity can be the cause of milia. Some pollutants and medications may result in the formation of milia too. The good news is that they rarely cause a serious problem.
Tips for Preventing Milia
The best course of action is to prevent milia from developing in the first place. Here are a few tips that will help you prevent milia formation.
- Tip #1 – Skip Rich Creams – Rich creams, especially in the eye area, can end up blocking pores. Eye creams that are too rich or even rich concealers may cause this problem, so avoid them to prevent milia.
- Tip #2 – Use Oil-Free Products – Make sure you use oil-free skincare products on your face. This way you don’t use products that contain oil, which could clog your pores. In some cases, you may even want to change the beauty products you are using to make sure you’re not dealing with an allergic reaction.
- Tip #3 – Protect Skin from the Sun – Sometimes sunburn may result in damage, which causes milia to appear. Prevent this problem by always wearing sunblock.
- Tip #4 – Keep Hands Away – Your hands often carry a lot of bacteria. Avoid touching your face with your hands so you don’t spread that bacteria to your face.
- Tip #5 – Consider a Supplement – Niacin is an excellent supplement that may help prevent milia. Other great supplements to consider to prevent these little cysts from occurring include CoQ10 and Biotin.
How to Get Rid of Milia?
If you already have milia, you probably want to know how to treat them. First, you need to realize that the little bumps are under your skin, so they can be tough to extract on your own. The safest way to eliminate them is to head to your dermatologist, who can take care of the extraction.
Your best course of action will be to ensure that the milia is not a sign of any underlying illnesses or issues within your body. It is recommended to consult with a specialist about the small bumps to make sure that they are not related to any health problems.
If you Decide to Remove the Bumps Yourself
You can try to treat milia yourself, but you need to take precaution, since it is so delicate under the eyes.
- Before trying to remove the milia, start by placing a damp, warm cloth on the affected area for a few minutes.
- Then, sterilize a needle with some alcohol or boil the needle. Use the sterilized needle to puncture the skin in the middle of the bump.
- Then, cover thumbs with some clean tissue and carefully squeeze the skin on either side to squeeze the bump out. After you remove milia, make sure you cleanse skin and use an astringent to prevent infection.
The best method for preventing these bumps is to use eye creams that do not contain irritating ingredients, as well as sunscreen products without chemical and synthetic ingredients.
A Note of Caution
If you notice that you have milia, consider talking to your doctor. In some cases, they could be a sign of an underlying medical problem.
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