How to Get Rid of Milia: 5 Ways
Milia are small, bump-like cysts found under the skin. They are usually 1 to 2 millimeters (mm) in size. They form when skin flakes or keratin, a protein, become trapped under the skin. Milia most often appear on the face, commonly around the eyelids and cheeks, though they can occur anywhere. However, there are a few things you can do to help speed up the healing process and prevent more milia from forming. 1. Don’t pick, poke, or try to remove them 2. Cleanse the area Make sure you’re washing your face with a gentle, paraben-free soap each day. Any soap that isn’t mild will strip your face of the oils it needs to stay balanced and healthy.After washing, pat your skin dry instead of letting it air dry. This will help prevent your skin from chafing or drying out. 3. Steam open your pores After cleansing, you may find it beneficial to steam open your pores to further remove irritants. One way to do this is to: Start by sitting in your bathroom with the shower running on a hot setting. The room will fill slowly with warm steam. Sit in the steam for 5 to 8 minutes. The steam will gently open up your pores, releasing skin flakes or other irritants that may be trapped underneath. After sitting in the steam, 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. 4. Opt for a light facial sunscreen You should already be wearing a sunscreen every day to protect the skin on your face from ultraviolet rays. An additional benefit of the right sunscreen can be a decrease in skin irritation that causes milia bumps. 5. Use a retinoid cream Use any product that contains retinol just once per day. Put it on when your face is scrubbed clean and dry. When using a retinoid cream, it’s essential to use a sunscreen daily. Retinoid creams make your skin more susceptible to skin damage caused by sun exposure.