I have five milia on my chin and I desperately want them to go away. Every time I think I have finally gotten rid of them, they come back. Do you know of any way to stop this from recurring and get rid of them once and for all? Irritated Irene
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Dear Irritated Irene
Milia are small white spots or white heads which are commonly found on the face. Oftentimes they also cluster around the eyes and cheeks. Oily skin types are more prone to milia than others, however, they can effect even combination or dry skin from time to time. The good news is that there are ways to lower your risk of outbreaks.
Milia derive from a few different sources. Do you tend to smother your skin in heavy skin care products? Do you over expose your skin to the sun without using proper SPF? These nagging white pimples are skin cells that become trapped under the skin's surface. This is why they are so difficult to clear up.
Exfoliating frequently at home is essential. This will hep to clean your face as well as prevent any of these skin cells from clogging. Do not abrasively scrub layers of skin off your face, simply use a gently exfoliating cleanser one to three times as week. When you are out in the sun, remember to use oil free sunscreens and protect your face from the sun as much as you can.
Picking at milia on your own can cause them to come back, so steer clear of the magnifying mirror. Consult your dermatologist if the at home solutions do not help; they can administer microdermabrasion and glycolic peels, a stronger method than the at home remedies.