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Treating Milia Around the Eyes

How-To: Prevent Milia Around the Eyes

Have you ever had little white bumps on your face that look like acne, but upon further inspection, you realize they're not? Those bumps could be milia, which form when skin cells get trapped under the skin's surface.

In short, milia are caused by lack of natural exfoliation, and they often pop up near the eyes. Since it's such a sensitive area of the face, my first bit of advice is to get thee to a dermatologist. But, for tips on preventing milia and treating it safely at home, check out my list below:

  • Avoid: Greasy/waxy products which can clog pores; aggressive scrubs, which can irritate the delicate tissue around your peepers, picking at the milia, sun exposure, and too-rough pillowcases.
  • Don't avoid: Oil-free makeup removers, washing your face (make sure the skin gets to breathe), and drinking water, which helps to flush out toxins and keep your skin hydrated.
  • Have an AHA moment: Look for lighter-textured eye creams with alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) to help gently exfoliate around the sensitive eye area. Try SkinCeuticals Eye Renewal Gel ($32) or Neutrogena Healthy Skin Eye Cream ($11).
  • DIY: Help the skin get a kick start on exfoliating by carefully steaming your face over a bowl of very hot water for several minutes. This helps open up the pores, hydrate the face, and feels invigorating.

What are your milia prevention tips?

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danny3 danny3 5 years
Sun Damage and .Facial Products are the main reason why mili appears.Milia causes
danny3 danny3 5 years
They are near my eyes, i have stopped using my moisturisers and sun scream looks like they are reducing
fashionplate525 fashionplate525 8 years
Cordata, I use baby oil for makeup remover, too, and I wonder if that is the culprit!!!
Allytta Allytta 8 years
witchbaby, sounds like something i might have. my dad has these. i had them forever and there's a lot of them and they are smaller and not as defined as milia. they look like mini milia. and only under my eyes (the dark circle area). Bella, any ideas and tips on that?
Allytta Allytta 8 years
i had them since i can remember (about when i was 2 years old) and they never go away. and i don't really care, cause they're tiny.
cordata cordata 8 years
Thanks for posting this Bella! My skin is normally in good shape but over the past few months, I've gotten a slew of these on one side of my right eye. I think using baby oil as an eye makeup remover has been to blame ... right now I'm trying to use baby shampoo instead
tglynn tglynn 8 years
I hate these! I've been using the same technique as Scully, but thankfully I haven't gotten any for a few months
Autumns_Elegy Autumns_Elegy 8 years
I get these around my eyes. Usually they're small and I can cover them with foundation but occasionally I get one that just grows and becomes massive. I then have the fun of trying to remove it without damaging my skin.
sofi sofi 8 years
Scully, I have done that before, too. :oops: I had one that was just so annoying. Haven't had issues since I started Retin A.
Tech Tech 8 years
I've never gottem them around my eyes, but I was getting them near my chin. My esthetician recommended that I avoid moisturizers with SPF that are heavy, and any other heavier products; my derm said that Retin-A will take care of them. I'm doing both and having great results!
emalove emalove 8 years
I've never heard of this either, but good to know.
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
i've never heard of this before, and i do'nt think that i've ever had that - but it's good to know what it's all about. i worry sometimes because i just don't always know what things are and i freak out. it's good to know that something as small as exfoliating could really be a proactive tool to avoid this. i'm pretty regimented in my routine though, so hopefully i won't have to worry about this one.
witchbaby witchbaby 8 years
my derm told me I have this... i use to get these little white bumps that looked like milia but different and my derm said those are heriditary. :\ both my parents get it can't remember the name but they are very similar
le-romantique le-romantique 8 years
I have one under my left eye... had it for a few months I had NO idea what it is but now I'm 100% sure it is Milia after reading your posts about it... hmph... now to try to get rid of it. . .
scully22 scully22 8 years
I shouldn't admit this but I will. I remove them myself by using some rubbing alcohol and a thin sewing needle. Works like a charm.
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
I've never had this but thanks for the tips. :)
amybdk amybdk 8 years
I get these! I had several on my eyelids when I was in high school and went to a dermatologist to have them removed -- OMG. Most painful thing ever! Poking at my eyelids with a really sharp object = not good.
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