How to get rid of Milia (Milk Spots)
Although you may not have heard of milia, you’ll almost definitely have seen them. They are those tiny white dots that can appear on the surface of your skin and are often referred to as milk spots. In fact, one of my friends called them ‘milk blebs’ the other week, which really tickled me 🥰
Despite their miniscule size, milia can be highly frustrating as you can’t squeeze them like a typical breakout. So, today I’ll cover how to prevent them occurring in the first place and what to do if one has already made itself at home on your face.
Milia happens when your dead skin cells don’t flake away properly and instead, end up getting caught under the new skin. These dead skin cells mix with the oil in your pores and harden into those familiar white bumps. They can occur all over your body but are most commonly found on your cheeks, eyes and nose…Typical, right?
Some people are naturally more prone to milia than others and our friends with oily skin are far more likely to see them appear. Although they aren’t itchy, painful or harmful in any way, they can be extremely stubborn to get rid of.
When it comes to milia prevention, the best thing you can do is get into the habit of gentle, daily exfoliation. The aim is to buff away the dead skin cells and clear your pores to limit the chance of anything getting trapped.
My favourite way to do it is with a few drops of the Overnight Glow Drops, every evening. As it’s a liquid exfoliator rather than a scrub, it can travel deeper into your skin, create a little whirlwind in your pore and immediately clear everything out.
If you currently have milia that you’re looking to treat, have no fear. All milia are eventually broken down by the body within 6 months or so, but I totally understand wanting to speed up the process.
The most important thing to note it that you absolutely should NOT try and squeeze them yourself. These tiny spots are far deeper than you think and you’re extremely likely to cause scarring and pigmentation.
Instead, try using the Overnight Glow Drops as a targeted spot treatment first. Dab a drop over each individual bump and across the course of a few weeks, the exfoliating acids will break down the dead skin cells and the spots will disappear.
If however, you need an instant fix for a special occasion, it may be worth a quick trip to the skin clinic. A professional will be able to able to remove milia in under 15 minutes with a treatment such as electrolysis, which extracts the spot with a heated needle.
The big takeaway here is that milia are super common and easily treated. Prevention is always better than cure and good, daily skincare habits are what will keep your skin clear and ‘milk bleb’ free…Think I may start a petition to make that their official name though!
Amy is a qualified skin expert and founder of BASE. When she’s not writing about skincare, you’ll find her applying it, developing it or daydreaming about it instead!