Anyone know of an inexpensive treatment for milia?

5 Answers

  1. Maria Comfort wrote on :

    In spite of the fact that they can be removed by extraction, a method I use at home for my own milia is simple, and usually takes about five days for all of it to be gone.
    I begin by cleansing my skin with warm water and the Clairsonic brush. This is an electric rotating brush. You can use another brand as easily, or use a baby brush, and using circular motions, spend about a minute or two with a gentle soap or cleanser.
    Rinse well. I use a clean white terry washcloth and warm water.
    Apply about 1/2 tsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil to your entire face.
    Why this works: The brush wil loosen up the milia under the skin. It will also give an excellent exfoliation of the outer dead skin cells. The EVOO has a cell size smaller than your blood cell. Therefore, it will enter those pores containing the milia and soften the tissue that keeps that grip on those little balls. By day five, most of the milia will be gone.
    You can continue to use the EVOO and find that the moisturizing effects are great!
    Good luck with your endeavor.

    • Berni Coyne wrote on :

      Thank you so much for this post. I am plagued by millial cysts on my face and have been searching for an answer. I am going to try this right away

    • Marilyn Montague wrote on :

      I have been trying to find a solution to this problem for a very long time. Thanks so much. I am going to try this and I am hoping it works for me as well.

  2. Susan Hersh wrote on :

    Milia are most common on the face and especially the eyelids and eyes. They also appear on the body and can appear on baby skin too. This is caused by the forming of some fat spots under the skin when the exfoliating process does not happen naturally or is stopped by various factors.

    Although Milia are found in the outer layers of skin, they are difficult to remove without the proper tools. Do not try to remove them at home, as you may leave a scar. See a dermatologist or your general physician for evaluation if you notice any new bumps on the skin. A doctor may pierce each milium with a sterile lancet or scalpel followed by removal of the cyst material with a tool called a comedone extractor

    Primary or secondary Milia in an adult may disappear on their own, but your doctor may treat you with one of the following:

    • Topical retinoid cream such as tretinoin, tazarotene, or adapalene
    • A series of acid peels or microdermabrasion procedures at the dermatologist’s office
    • Milia on the eyelids should be seen by your doctor, as Vitamin A cream should NOT be applied to eyelids.

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  3. Jessica Krant, M.D. (Derm) wrote on :

    For very tiny milia, as long as they are not on the eyelids, tretinoin cream (or the OTC version, retinol) may gradually help the small cysts get extruded from the skin. The easiest and most reliable way to get rid of milia is to have them carefully extracted by a dermatologist. They are too deep and “stuck” for an aesthetician to remove them by their traditional forms of gentle “extraction”, and it is not legal in most states for an aesthetician to do any procedure requiring the use of a sharp instrument to puncture the skin. Don’t underestimate milia–they can require miniature surgeries to come out at times! Good luck.
    Dr. Krant

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