Do you cover your face with heavy makeup to hide your milia spots? Or, do you have tiny scars where you have tried to squeeze the life out of those pesky white bumps?
While it isn't painful or a health concern, milia can definitely be an irritation. It can make you feel self-conscious or uncomfortable, especially when it appears on your eyelids, your cheekbones, or across your nose. This is why milia removal helps restore your confidence, making you feel much better about yourself.
You may think milia are filled with puss. However, this is not the case. They are like fat deposits where your skin can’t breathe and excess oils become trapped.
These white milia spots are not a result of inflammation or clogged pores. In fact, they have nothing to do with your pores, but are actually caused by a buildup of keratin under the epidermis, or the top layer of skin.
Keratin is a naturally occurring protein that helps build and rejuvenate skin, nails, and hair. However, when dead skin cells are not sloughed off properly, keratin can become trapped, causing small white cysts to form.
Some people are genetically prone to developing milia spots but they are most often caused by the use of skin care products and cosmetics that contain heavy oils, particularly mineral oil or lanolin.
You can help prevent milia by exfoliating regularly. You can help your skin slough away old cells by using a gentle exfoliating product 2-3 times a week. Take caution that the lotion or wash you use is not too harsh, and be extra careful around your eyes.
If you have sensitive skin or are concerned about chemical reactions, you can make your own exfoliating scrub using olive oil, brown sugar, and/or oatmeal.
Some people find applying a hot compress to the face first will soften the skin and make the treatment more effective. Regular exfoliation will help remove the top layer of skin and may cause some of the cysts to fall out on their own.
However, deeper-rooted cysts will require more intensive treatment. Overall, exfoliation may help treat some milia, but many people find that it is much more effective as a preventative measure.
One of the main causes of milia is the use of beauty products that contain unhealthy oils such as mineral oil or lanolin. Thick, oily products will not allow the skin to breath or naturally exfoliate, and will increase the possibility of dead cells becoming stuck.
Some people have found that simply making the switch to oil free skin care formulas and exfoliating regularly has helped their milia disappear; however, it is most effective as a preventative treatment. After all, if you stop using the make-up that is causing your milia, then you shouldn't have any problems with the condition recurring.
If a change in skin care products, combined with regular exfoliation isn't enough to clear up your milia, then we can help.
Even though your doctor may tell you not to be concerned, we understand that you want to find a way to get rid of these unsightly milia spots. So don't worry, we can help you regain your smooth, blemish-free skin.
Advanced electrolysis is one of the most effective treatments available for permanent milia removal. The procedure is not painful and feels like pin pricks.
Simply, we use a fine probe to send a current into the milia. This current breaks down the fatty tissue (or keratin buildup) so that it can be reabsorbed into the skin.
Electrolysis Milia Removal treatment is virtually painless and requires no cutting or invasive procedures.
In this procedure, a sterile lancet (lancing tool) or needle is used to pierce or open up the milia. When a little pressure is applied using a comedone extractor or tweezers, the milia can usually easily be removed.
While treated milia will not return, new spots can still form. So, even after treatments, it is important to use preventative measures to ensure that your milia does not make a reappearance.
We also offer a glycolic acid peel that is fairly mild and will help exfoliate the skin while also removing built up dirt and oils. Similarly, our microdermabrasion facial buffs away the top layer of skin, which may encourage some milia cysts to pop out.
We recommend laser therapy if your milia have not responded to other methods of removal, including electrolysis. We will apply a local anesthetic to the area, and then we use a probe to send an intense beam of focused light into the milia. The milia is destroyed by breaking down the fatty tissue so that it can be reabsorbed into the skin.
Our clinicians can work wonders, and when you combine these procedures with a proper, healthy skin care regime, you will be able to banish milia forever.
Feel free to book a free consultation or treatment today at any of CoLaz's four locations in London, Southall, Slough, and Hounslow. Our experienced staff would be happy to meet you and discuss the best solutions for your milia removal.