Skin Complaint Snapshot: Milia

It’s been a while since I’ve done one of my skin snapshots, but after an influx of queries about Milia I thought it was high time I resurrected these informative little sessions!

Milia are small white lumps that usually appear around the eyes and cheekbones.

Filled with keratin, a naturally occurring protein, Milia are thought to be caused by a build up of dead cells at the skin’s surface. While they are completely harmless and pain-free, Milia can be frustrating and confidence-crushing.

How can I avoid developing Milia?

It is thought that excessive use of heavy eye cream or eye make-up increase the likelihood of Milia, as they combine with dead skin cells and block pores.

Make sure you remove all traces of make-up at night, and avoid using eye creams that are particularly rich or waxy. Our Echium & Argan Gentle Eye Cream is a great option as it is light, fast-absorbing and beeswax free.

Keeping the skin hydrated, detoxified and in optimum condition will help maximise skin cell turn over and decrease the likelihood of dead cells building up. Follow the usual advice and drink plenty of water – hot water with a slice of lemon is particularly good for decongesting the complexion.

How can I treat existing Milia?

Dermatologists can remove Milia by pricking the blisters with a needle, however I wouldn’t recommend doing this at home!

Exfoliating is considered the most simple and effective way to get rid of mild Milia. First steam the face with a hot muslin cloth, and then massage the area in circular motions to try and dislodge the built-up cells.

Do remember that the skin around the eye area is extremely delicate though, so be REALLY gentle to avoid causing any damage.

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