What is Milia?
Milia can best be described as small white bumps that are grouped together on the nose, chin, and cheeks. Since they generally appear on the skin, they may be found elsewhere. Milia is formed when keratin builds up and gets trapped, or when skin flakes gets trapped under the skin surface.
READ ALSO: 10 Ways to Use Turmeric for Treating Acne
Though milia is mostly found in newborn babies, it can also affect children, adolescents, and adults. Without treatment, milia can resolve on its own. However, to hasten the healing process and prevent more milia from forming, you can do the following.
Don’t pick at them
You must avoid picking milia on your face or your child’s face no matter how irritating they may be. Poking or picking at milia can cause the bumps to scar or bleed. Scraping the skin can also introduce germs to the area, leading to infection. If you have a baby with milia, it is best to let the bumps be or see a pediatrician.
Get the area cleaned
To clean the affected area, use a paraben-free soap daily. Using a harsh soap will strip your face of the oils it requires to remain balanced and healthy. Pat your skin dry after washing to prevent it from chafing.
READ ALSO: 7 Home Remedies for Rashes on Face
Steam open your pores
The next step to help get rid of milia after cleansing is steaming to open up your pores. You can do this by:
- Sitting in your bathroom with the shower running on a hot setting.
- Sit in the steam formed in the bathroom for 5 to 8 minutes so that the steam will help open up your pores, releasing skin flakes trapped beneath.
- Turn off the shower and wait a few minutes. Pat your face dry, and rinse with lukewarm water to wash away any irritants before you step out of the steamy room.
Exfoliation helps to keep your skin free of irritants that cause milia, but you don’t have to exfoliate every day. You can exfoliate once a week. Some exfoliating agents keep the keratin in your skin from producing too much. Choose exfoliating cleansers that contain citric acid, salicylic acid, citric or glycolic acid.
Apply a Manuka honey mask
Manuka honey contains antimicrobial agent that most ordinary commercial honey doesn’t have. This honey helps to reduce inflammation, thereby calming your milia.
Honey mixed with cinnamon bark extract was potent in eliminating bacteria that cause acne, according to study. Milia aren’t usually caused by bacteria, but a honey mask with cinnamon extract might still improve the appearance of your skin.
To apply a Manuka honey mask:
- Mix together 3 or 4 tbsp. of Manuka honey with about 1 tbsp. of cinnamon.
- Microwave the mixture for about 30 seconds.
- Apply a thin layer of the mixture to your face and feel the soothing effect for up to 10 minutes before rinsing.
Apply rose water
Rose water is demineralized water that contains rose oil. Rose oil contains anti-inflammatory agent which is effective on your skin. Spritz some rose water over the affected areas two or three times a day and see if the milia improve. Avoid contact with your eye area.
Try a facial peel
Facial peels that contain exfoliating ingredients may also help get rid of milia, but using a strong facial peel can cause more milia to appear. Go for facial peels that contain salicylic acid or glycolic acid.
When to see your dermatologist
Milia bumps usually resolve on their own after a few weeks without treatment in most cases. However, if you have recurring milia outbreaks, or if your milia don’t go away, it would be best to consult a dermatologist.
Photo source: babycenter.com, acne.org
Disclaimer: The content provided on healthdiary365.com is purely informative and educational in nature and should not be interpreted as medical advice. Please use the content only in consultation with an appropriate certified medical doctor or healthcare professional.