What Is Milia?

Milia (Milium) - pimples around eye on skin.There are several conditions that can affect the health and appearance of the skin. If you notice areas where several small bumps have developed, it is always important to talk to a medical provider and undergo an evaluation to get a proper diagnosis. If you have and have been diagnosed with milia, continue reading to learn more about this condition and what can be done to clear it.

What Is Milia?

Milia are small, raised bumps on the surface of the skin. They can develop anywhere on the body but typically form around hair follicles. Milia usually appear in newborns, but it can also happen in older children and adults. Some people develop milia when their skin is injured by exposure to harsh chemicals or burns from the sun. Other conditions that may cause these bumps to include blistering diseases such as herpes simplex or chickenpox, certain medications like corticosteroids and some types of autoimmune disorders.

Depending on where they form, milia may be visible even if you’re not touching your face or another affected area of skin. Although milia may resemble whiteheads, there are key differences between these two common skin issues. Unlike milia, whiteheads are filled with bacteria and pus that can cause infections if the area is not kept clean.

How Can I Address Milia?

There’s no definitive cure for milia, but you can manage them by keeping your skin clean and free from irritants like harsh chemicals or excessive scrubbing. If you notice an increase in the number of these bumps on your skin, try washing more gently and avoid harsh cleansers that may further inflame the area. In more severe cases of milia, treatment options include topical medications containing retinoids or special lasers used to remove the small bumps. Talk to your doctor at Skin MD and Beyond about which treatment option may be right for you!

Treat Your Skin Concerns Today With the Help of Our Team!

Milia is a common skin condition that people experience at any age. To effectively address these bumps on the skin, you may need the help of a professional. Call Dr. Fiona Wright and her team at Skin MD and Beyond today at 972-608-0808 to request an appointment. She can evaluate your skin and make appropriate recommendations based on your unique needs using her years of experience!

Cosmetic Skin Care Specialist Plano, TX