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A small matter of milia

Posted by on Oct 27, 2008

It’s during this time of the year, more than any other, that I’m prone to milia and see it on a lot of clients. Have you ever had it?

Milia is the technical term for whiteheads and are the result of clogged pores. It’s no surprise that our pores are challenged, with the increasing humidity and rollercoaster weather we’ve had recently.

Milia appear as small (sand granule size), white, hard, raised bumps, usually around the eye and cheekbone area. It’s one of those skin issues that don’t discriminate: both oily and dry skin types can get it, as well as young (newborn babies) and old. Milia is not a serious skin condition. It is however annoying because it is tough and tricky to remove and prevents a smooth canvas of skin.

I deal with milia by increasing my exfoliation routine and reducing moisturiser in the affected areas. It is a balancing act. Some people prefer to have them extracted professionally. This involves piercing the milia in order to drain it. It’s an extremely delicate process and if it’s not done properly, it can scar your skin. If you’re thinking about this, make sure you go to someone who does these extractions regularly and comes highly recommended. Keep in mind though that your skin may not react identically to the person who recommended it.

Wearing makeup won’t make your milia worse; however you need to think about your colours a bit more. Given that milia are white and raised, avoid highlights and shimmers. These colours will only draw attention to it.