Home Remedies to Remove Milia from Under Your Eyes

Milia are small white spots or patches of skin on your face. They may appear anywhere on your face, but they tend to occur most often around the nose and cheeks. Sometimes they’re very small, sometimes larger than a dime; however, it’s rare for them to cover all of your face completely. Milia don’t affect how well you look or feel, but they do make you look like a wrinkled old man if there are too many of them.

Milia are caused by several things: sun damage, age, stress, and even certain medications. However, there are other possible causes such as allergies or hormonal changes. If you have any of these conditions, then milia aren’t likely to be causing problems for you. But if they’re just popping up now because of some random factor (like a bad day at work), then you need to take steps to get rid of them before they become permanent.

If you want to remove milia without going out into the sun, then you’ll probably need to use something called a home remedy. A home remedy is anything that you apply directly onto your skin. You could try using a cotton ball soaked in alcohol or rubbing alcohol on your face. Or perhaps you’d prefer to go with something more invasive and spend money on a product that will actually do the job for you.

Whichever you choose, just make sure that you’re applying it directly to the affected area.

But before you do anything else, let’s talk about what these white spots on your face are first.

What Are Milia?

Milia are small clumps of dead skin cells. You get them when there are tiny pinhead-sized cysts in your skin, which fill up with oil and dead skin cells over time. Think of the small white heads that you get on your nose or chin after you’ve squeezed them. That’s what milia look like, only multiple ones all over your face, and not just on your nose or chin.

These tiny cysts are formed when your skin regenerates itself. Your cells divide and then multiply, and a few of them don’t get pushed up to the surface when they should. Instead they just continue to build up under the surface of your skin, forming a cyst.

Milia aren’t painful and they don’t cause any problems for your skin other than making it look wrinkled when there are too many. The only reason why people get them is because they’ve been subjecting their skin to prolonged exposure to something: whether it be the sun, dirt, or home beauty products.

What Are The Types Of Milia?

There are two types of milia: Primary and Secondary.

Primary Milia: This is the type that most people get, because it occurs naturally in your skin and there’s nothing you can really do to prevent it from happening. It shows up when your skin regenerates itself and a few cells don’t get pushed up to the surface like they’re supposed to. Instead they just continue to multiply and build up under the skin’s surface, forming a cyst.

Secondary Milia: This is a type of milium that gets diagnosed in people who have a disease or disorder that affects how their skin regenerates itself. These milia are caused by something else going on in your body, and not by some kind of external factor like the sun or certain types of medication.

What Are The Symptoms Of Milia?

The most obvious symptom of milia is the appearance of tiny white bumps under your skin. These aren’t pimples, even though they may look like them at first glance. They’re small and round like a pimple, but they’re just a little flatter than a pimple would be if you pressed on it.

Milia can occur on any part of your body that’s subjected to a prolonged external factor, like the sun or dirt. People who do a lot of outdoor work, for example, are more prone to getting these little white bumps on their arms, legs, and face.

In others, these little white bumps show up seemingly out of nowhere. They may not even be aware that they’ve been doing anything different to their skin recently. For example, if you’ve started using a new face wash or started wearing more makeup, your skin may start to react by producing tiny white bumps all over your face.

What Do I Do If I Have These?

If you’ve got these tiny white bumps all over your face or any other part of your body, you can breathe easy. Milia aren’t harmful to you and they’re not a sign of a disease. They’re more of an annoyance than anything else. You can get them removed by a doctor if they start to get in the way of how you like to wear your hair or want to apply your makeup.

In most cases, medical treatment isn’t necessary unless the milia become infected. This can happen if you start picking at them or you’ve got a really bad case. Your best bet is to see a dermatologist. They should be able to help you determine whether or not the cysts need to come out or if a topical or even an internal medication is a better solution to get rid of them for good.

How Can I Get Rid Of Them?

Milia are pretty easy to get rid of if you have the right treatment. The most common way is to have them punctured and drained by a dermatologist. This is especially true if you’ve got a bad case of them or they’re infected. Your doctor will numb your skin with a local anesthetic and then use a small needle to break through the skin and pop the cyst.

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