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3 Jan 2011

Getting to grips with Milia

What is Milia?

Basically Milia are little white bumps under the skin, which are most commonly found around the eye area or on the cheeks. They are basically filled cysts which are caused when cells within the skin become trapped rather than exfoliate naturally. You cannot squeeze them no matter how hard you try, it will do nothing apart from hurt like hell. Trust me Ive tried. They can be removed professionally though.

I've suffered with Milia on and off for years, so I class my skin as Milia prone skin. I have a few around my eyes and a few on my cheeks. Although they do cover easily with make up, the tiny bumps can still be seen. Its never really been that much of a problem to me up until recently. Ive started to notice them a lot more and I've come to the conclusion that I'm just not taking care of my skin enough. Exfoliation seems to be the key to keeping Milia at bay. I can be lazy with exfoliation though, well not so much lazy its just its one procedure that I always seem to forget regularly, at most I do it once or twice a week where as I should probably do it a lot more.

After spending a lot of time on the net looking into Milia I've found out that products containing Glycolic Acid are best to use as Glycolic Acid can help remove unwanted surface debris and cleanse the pores. Ive decided that I need to incorporate some products containing Glycolic Acid into my routine which could help keep Milia at bay and help to remove my existing Milia.

Peter Thomas Roth Glycolic Acid 3% Facial Wash

"This oil-free, anti-aging, exfoliating cleanser contains a gentle form of glycolic acid.

Helps reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and other signs of aging. Removes dead skin cells and smoothes out rough texture creating luminous, glowing skin".

Mario Badescu Glycolic acid toner

"A Solution For Wrinkles and Pigmentation. Formulated with 2% Glycolic Acid and Grapefruit Extract which work together to exfoliate, refresh and stimulate dry and congested skin. Helps reduce discoloration from old acne scars as well as build-up that can cause skin to look tired and dull. Alcohol free".

Origins Brighter By Nature™ High potency brightening peel with fruit acids

"In one swift-step, Origins clinically-proven fruit-acid complex including Blueberry, Goji Berry and Grape Seed Extract helps peel away dead, damaged surface skin that can age your appearance. Helps uncover more youthful smoothness and radiance. There’s no redness or irritation. Added benefit: used regularly the appearance of uneven skin tone and discolourations are diminished. Skin looks fresher, clearer, brighter, more luminous - naturally."
An added bonus is that these products also have anti aging benefits! Which is actually a massive bonus for me as Im totally obsessed with anti aging.

I definitely intend to purchase the products listed and also start exfoliating a lot more with my Murad aha/bha exfoliating cleanser. I may also look into having my Milia spots removed professionally.

Do you suffer too with Milia? Have you found any products that help? Have you tried the products mentioned?


  1. I suffered once, but as soon as I stopped using a rich eye cream (Clinique AAE's) and switched to a lighter one, thet dissapeared by themselves after a while.

    I've heard that Origins product is amazing though! xo

  2. I love my brightening peel pads, but they certainly don't get rid of milia :( sorry but hope it saves you money! x

  3. @ Sarah - Yeah I just plan on getting them to really help clean my skin.


  4. I get them now and again but I'd heard they were caused by using products that are too rich or heavy for your skin? Maybe your moisturiser is too rich? I plan on trying those Origins pads, they look really good!

  5. I have this problem also. I have tried to eliminate it using needles but too painful.

  6. I'll be reading with interest to see how you get on - I rarely use eye cream, but have always had milia under my eyes and dunno how to get rid of them!

  7. I get Milia too :( I find that they suddenly get red and sore and then I can use a blackhead remover to press it out (using fingers never works it just hurts like hell!) and then that one will go away. I need to exfoliate more to try and stop them happening in the first place though I think!


  8. I occasionally get these - I seem to have them on the back of my arms as well - I didn't know anything about them until this post, so I might try out some of your remedies! xx

  9. Bristol Beauty Blog- The bumps on the back of your arms are likely not milia but keratosis pilaris which is where Keratin is overproduced causing bumps that block the hair follicles. Regular exfoliation and moisturising is the only thing that keeps it under control unfortunately!

  10. I've had them since I was about 13, just under my eyes. It's annoying because makeup can only hide the appearance of them, like you say, the bumps remain :/ I'm obsessed with exfoliating (a harsh scrub 1 - 2 times a week) but it's done nothing so far. May eventually look into having them professionally removed, but for now they don't bother me too much! Let us know how you get on with your products!

  11. Thank you for all your comments Ladies. Its good to know Im not alone.

    @ Beauty's bad habit - A harsh scrub is actually worse for your skin babe, try a really gentle one and up it to maybe 4 times a week, thats what Im going to do.


  12. Hi Jo, I studied beauty at college and although we didnt learn how to remove millia, we had a short comversation and I know that it involves a very very fine, sterile needle.. Dont know if that helps! I had one myself near where I use eyecream and I did actually remove it myself although I wouldnt reccomend it! It was fine, it has completely gone and i have no scar or mark left behind but i know how funny people can get on here about doing things yourself!xxx

  13. hi Francesca - Yeah I have heard it is possible to do it yourself, although I don't think Im that brave haha. I think Im more scared in case I mess it up and end up scarring myself.


  14. I've had milia since I was a small child. My brother gets them too, so it obviously runs in the family. I find the only thing I can do to minimise them is use Soap & Glory's Scrub Your Nose In it and The Greatest Scrub Of All. I have to scrub HARD to keep them to a minimum. I probably only have about 6 noticeable ones at the moment which is very good for me. Let us know if any of these products work as I'd love to be free of milia!

  15. I get them on occasion too as does my dad. I've always picked at mine and removed them as I've got surgical point tweezers. Probably not the best thing to performing surgery on my face but I can't afford to go to a dermatologist every time I have one. I like the look of the Mario Badescu toner I think I will have to give it a go when my other one runs out.

    Love your new banner btw!

  16. I get them around my eyes, so does my mom and sister. I'm guessing exfoliating isn't the best idea for the sensitive skin around the eyes, anyone have any other suggestions? I saw someone mentioned using a lighter eye cream, anyone know of a good one?

  17. I too have them under my eyes... After about a year of trying everything (and I mean EVERYTHING; lighter eye products - even an eye "gel", a lighter facial moisturizer, using powder (mineral) sunscreens ONLY on my face, I even exfoliated the hell out of my under eye area - both chemically & physically!: /) but nothing happened to them. Nada.
    Then I found this webpage: (link)

    The problem with milia is that there are so many things that can cause it - and then once you have it - or even think you have it - are they indicative of an exfoliation issue, are they product related or is it something internal? phew!

    Anyway, I thought the info was worth sharing because since reading it, my perspective towards treatment has changed. I want to cure it. I know when I was 12 or 13 years old I had very high cholesterol (due to puberty, apparently) but also that my mom has extremely high cholesterol despite a very healthy & active lifestyle. I have cut back on dairy ;( cheese is my weakness!
    Also pay particular attention to what is said about sunlight exposure. I went vampire in 2004 ;) when after frying my Russian & Irish skin on the beach for so many years, my forehead was a wrinkled disaster at 24! Anyway, I've been allowing myself 20-30 mins a day in the sun w/o sunscreen (while walking my dog) and after only 3 days of this my milia have been coming to the surface and washing away!
    I'm not recommending giving up sunscreen, no WAY, but the info in this article has been working for me so wanted to share.
    Good luck everyone. I hope you (and me, too!) are all one day milia free!



  18. I got milia on my upper eyelid after using lancome eyeshadow!


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