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?