Those annoying little white spots that just never seem to come to the surface and go away? Milia – can be the bane of your existence, particularly when they continue to form despite your best efforts at keeping your skin “clean”.  You tend to poke and pick at them until the pop but frustrating so they never go away.


Milia or ‘white spots’ are small cysts formed of keratin, a protein found within the skin.  They appear on the top layer of the skin and can be found around the eyes or cheeks. They form when skin cells become trapped rather than exfoliate naturally. The trapped cells become walled off into tiny cysts that appear like white beads below the surface of the skin. As the surface is worn away, the tiny cyst may resolve on its own, though, intervention to remove the cyst may offer more rapid resolution.
Though they are not associated with acne or blemishes  but they can sometimes be uncomfortable and irritating. 

Milia are common in all ages and both sexes. They most often arise on the face, and are particularly prominent on the eyelids and cheeks, but they may occur elsewhere.

Milia form for a variety of reasons. Some you can fix, others aren’t so easily dealt with.  Milia are often the result of a problem that has affected the skin’s surface.

  • Heavy Skin Care Products
    Smothering your skin with heavy skin care products or hair care items is the most common reason milia form. These comedogenic creams and lotions may prevent the sloughing of dead epidermal skin cells. The eyelids are very thin and more likely to experience problems with milia due to cosmetics. 
  • Prolonged History Of Sun Damage
    The formation of milia can also be due to cumulative sun exposure. Aging skin forms a thicker epidermis that may make it far more difficult for skin cells to find their way out of the glands. And thicker skin also makes for more road blocks in the pathway to exfoliation.
  • Part of chronic skin conditions e.g. porphyria Cutanea Tarda
    Milia can also be associated with certain skin diseases, such as Porphyria Cutanea Tarda which is an unusual disorder. 
  • Genetics
    Sometimes we just inherit certain undesirable skin tendencies.

Treatment includes:

  • Re-evaluate your skin care and  make up use to avoid  occludent products 
  • Limit your sun exposure
  • Use medical grade skin care include vitamin A  is also very helpful for both fighting and preventing milia.
  • Extraction – in office treatment involving the manual extraction of milia . At Jeunesse we use our radio frequency machine to remove the top layer of the cyst to pop out the keratin  bead. It’s also an extremely safe treatment, with long lasting results.

No more worrying about milia. Remove them, prevent them and enjoy bump-free beauty. Simply talk to us to sort out those pesky spots!

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