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How To Get Rid Of Milia

Dear Sugar
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.

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RoseEatsBabies RoseEatsBabies 8 years
I'm pretty sure milia can be removed by Microdermabrasion. It's basically this suction thing that scrapes a thin layer of skin with sterilized crystals. I hear it's good for milia, blackheads, acne and acne scars. :] I'm thinking of doing it myself! I don't have a bad case of milia, but i hate those freakin spots next to my eye...
KSox KSox 9 years
My Milia is realy bad, i have over 50 white spots under my eyes, and i have one on my nose and some on my cheeks! I feel like a freek and I cant get rid of them! My confidence has gone down hill, because they keep spreading round my face. They're just getting worse and worse and I get made fun of at school. I looked up this site and became a member just to find people who know what im going through. I never new there were people who had it to, there are over 1000 people in my school and no one else has milia. I feel so alone still x
Daffodil Daffodil 10 years
Rosyposy I've tried Clinique's version of micro dermabrasion and it's made a huge difference to my skin.
Butrfly4404 Butrfly4404 10 years
Wow, I totally have that...I thought my DR made it up. When I was prego, one showed up on my cheek (looked almost like a tiny bubble in my skin) and my ob told me it was a cyst. Then a while later, I asked another dr. who 'dabbled' in derm. about it and he told me that's what it was - but he told me there was nothing I could do to prevent them. He said that the in-clinic treatments were expensive and probably not covered by insurance. He said you can "pop" them with a sterile needle, I tried but I just can't poke myself. The big one I had (I also got a handful of the little white-head kind) went away after I held a hot washcloth on it repeatedly one night. But just a week ago, I got a new 'bubble' one on my face. Do you get "You have something on your face."??? I can't believe how many people pointed it out to me. Maybe because it doesn't look like a zit, but come on, it's MY FACE, I know what's on it!
jennifer76 jennifer76 10 years
Do you rest your chin on your hand while you're sitting? That could be causing your problems.
gossipqueen gossipqueen 10 years
LOL, by the picture I thought milia was chin hair...LOL!
rosyposy rosyposy 10 years
Hmmm I think I must have had milia when I was younger but the doctor never called it that name. I have a little scarring on my cheeks and was thinking of micro dermabrasion, has anyone tried it?
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