Removal and treatment
Milia are very small, white or yellowish bumps most often seen around the cheeks, nose, eyes forehead and chest and are tiny cysts filled with the protein, Keratin. They are often found in groups and are harmless.
There are usually two ways for Milia removal, the most common is extraction where the tip of the Milia is lanced and the contents extracted. The second is using advanced electrolysis to effectively burn the Milia off. Both of these treatments are painless and you will be able to return to normal activities immediately.
Who is prone to Milia?
This condition is really common and can occur at any age including infancy. It affects both men and women of all races and skin types. They are usually found where the skin is very thin, especially around the eyes.
Home Remedies vs. Permanent Treatments
There are a few things you can do to reduce your chances of getting Milia. Firstly use a cleanser and toner with Glycolic or Salicylic acid in to keep the skin exfoliated and prevent keratin from being trapped; this will really help keep the skin regenerating. Avoid moisturisers that contain mineral oils or lanolin and do not attempt to remove them at home, they are not spots and squeezing them will cause a lot of damage to the skin.
The quickest way of removing Milia is by extraction, a small lancet or needle is used to create an opening and the Milia can easily be removed with tweezers and a little pressure. Extractions are very quick and painless and following treatment the Milia will not return; please make sure that your practitioner is experienced in this technique.
Electrolysis is also often used to treat Milia; a pen is used to deliver an electric current which painlessly breaks down the Milia allowing the keratin to be reabsorbed into the skin.
Treatments last around 30 minutes and your technician will talk you through the best option for you.
Immediate Milia Removal Aftercare
Immediately following your treatment, skin may appear a little red and swollen at the treatment site. This is perfectly normal and will subside after a few hours. Milia removal aftercare:
- Apply a cooling gel such as Witch Hazel or Aloe Vera to the area quite liberally, this will keep the area cool and prevent infection.
- Avoid direct heat such as hot bath or showers, saunas and exposure to sunlight or sunbeds.
- Use a minimum of SPF 25 when in the sun.
- Do not apply any other product to the treated area unless specifically advised to do so.
- Avoid touching the area unnecessarily.
- Gently wash and pat dry the area, do not rub.
What to expect after Milia removal
After advanced epilation treatments a very fine scab will form. Normally if the treatment is successful the blemish will simply come away from the skin. Do not pick or rub the scab but simply let it fall off. A few days afterwards the skin underneath may look a little pink and fresh, please repeat the treatment advice above. Skin will fully heal in 10-14 days.
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