What are Milia?

Milia are very small, raised, parly-white or yellowish bumps on the skin. These bumps are a type of skin cyst filled with a protein called keratin. They are most commonly found around the cheeks, nose, eyes, eyelids, forehead and chest.

Who does it affect?

Anyone can be affected by this. They are very common in newborn babies, but clear by themselves and no treatments is needed.

What causes it?

Neonatal milia is found in young babies soon after they are born. They are thought to arise from sweat glands that aren’t fully developed or mature. Around half of all babies develop neonatal milia.

Primary and secondary milia can occur in both children and adults. Secondary can develop in an area of the skin that has been previously damaged or injured. They develop as the skin heals, and it is thought that damage to the sweat glands may be an underlying cause.

Milia en plaque is where they develops on an inflamed, raised patch of skin known as a plaque which may be several centimetres across. The cause for this type is not fully understood.

Multiple eruptive milia is also very rare. This is where they appear in crops, or patches of them develop over a period of weeks or months.


Treating It

Although the cause of milia is not fully understood, there are a range of treatment options available

  • Cryothetapy – this involves freezing them
  • Dermabrasion – this involves removing the topmost layers of the affected skin
  • Chemical peeling – this is where a chemical is applied to the face to burn them off

Electrolysis can also be used to remove them, which is what we offer at Appearances Aesthetics. This is a much more painless and simple way of removal, with a good success rate and little hassle. Read more about electrolysis procedures we offer here.

To book an appointment, call Gillian on 07711 067789 who works in her home based clinic in Chislehurst, Kent.


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