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Treatment for milia

Milia are small, raised, white bumps on the skin, typically appear around the cheeks, nose, eyelids and forehead. They are extremely common and they can affect people of any age including newborn babies.


Why do I get them?

Milia are tiny skin cysts filled with protein called keratin that occur spontaneously. The cause is not known.
Secondary milia may appear on skin that has suffered from burns, blistering skin conditions such as pemphigoid, chronic sun damage, or long term use of steroid creams.

Are they harmful?

Milia are completely harmless. They usually do not cause any symptoms. In some people, they can become itchy sometimes.
Since they are harmless, it is not necessary to get them removed. 
However, they may be unsightly and you may want to get rid of them for cosmetic reasons

How do I get rid of them?


Watch and wait

In most cases, milia will eventually clear by themselves. Milia in babies usually clear by themselves after a few weeks. In adults, they can persist for months or years. Secondary milia are usually permanent.

Topical treatment

This is the least invasive treatment option. Topical medication such as retinoids (vitamin A) can be used. The efficacy of topical treatment varies from person to person. They usually do not work very well for milia.

Laser treatment

Milia can be destroyed using laser treatment, and the results are immediate. It is a very effective way in getting rid of milia.
Heat from laser can destroy the cysts immediately with minimal downtime and complications.

Surgical treatment

Milia can be removed by a technique called surgical scraping or de-roofing. This basically involves using a small sterile needle to pick out the contents of the cysts. This is the most invasive treatment for milia. It is also a very effective method in getting rid of milia.

Chemical peeling and dermabrasion

Chemical peeling is a procedure that removes the topmost layers of the affected skin. Chemical peeling involves applying a chemical onto the skin to burn off the skin lesions. The efficacy of these methods are debatable.

Milia can be a significant cosmetic concern if they affect a large part of your face. If you want to get rid of milia on your face, do not hesitate to contact us or visit us at our clinics to get an assessment so we can recommend the best treatment for you. Our clinic offers topical and laser treatment for milia.

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