White Pimples Milia Treatment Specialist in Dearborn, MI
Milia are small, white lumps located beneath the skin’s surface that are completely harmless cysts. In the US, milia affects 40 to 50 percent of babies. Adults can also develop milia. At Laser Duet, we understand how the presence of milia can affect your self-confidence. That’s why we offer safe, professional, and effective treatment that can remove imperfections and even out your complexion. Contact us today for more information about our milia treatment options or book an appointment online if you’re ready to see one of our specialists. We are conveniently located at 15238 W Warren Ave Ste #A Dearborn, MI 48126.
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Milia are small white bumps that are commonly found on the cheeks, nose, and eyelids though it’s not uncommon to see them crop up on other areas of the body as well. Many people tend to think they’re a form of acne, however, this isn’t the case. Milia occurs when old skin cells do not fall off properly during the body’s natural exfoliation process and get trapped under the skin. Over time, the cells harden and form small white cysts – also known as milia.
Milia, also known as milk spots, are small, white cysts that form on the skin. This skin anomaly tends to occur when dead skin cells cling to the skin and get trapped, resulting in the development of small white bumps.
The most common place for milia to form is on the face, though they can be found on any area of the body. They are often thought to be whiteheads, a type of acne, however, milia are a completely different skin condition. They are harmless and typically resolve on their own after a few weeks or months.
Your body has a natural exfoliation process when it comes to skin cells, shedding old ones so that newer, healthier cells can take their place. When dead skin cells get trapped, they form small white cysts under the surface of the skin which are known as milia.
In addition to the improper shedding of dead skin cells, milia can be caused by:
● Damaged skin from an injury.
● Damaged skin from sun exposure.
● Prolonged use of ointments and/or steroid creams.
● Certain genetic conditions condition.
● An autoimmune response.
Your healthcare provider or dermatologist can diagnose milia after performing a thorough examination. This is typically a visual exam of the cysts on your skin, which is an effective form of identification and diagnosis. If your provider needs more insight into the health of your skin, they may require you to undergo further testing.
While milia are typically painless and resolve on their own with time, some cases are more stubborn and may require treatment – especially if you don’t like how they look on your skin. Milia’s treatment may include:
● The application of over-the-counter adapalene gel.
● Using prescription tretinoin cream.
● Getting the milia removed by your healthcare provider. This involves them using a needle to puncture the milia and remove the inner contents.
● Freezing the milia (also known as cryotherapy).
● Using medicated creams.
● Applying the antibiotic minocycline.
At-home remedies that can be used for milia treatment are:
● Washing your face every day with warm water and derma-friendly soap before patting your skin dry.
● Using a gentle over-the-counter exfoliate on their skin.
● Remember to apply sunscreen daily, especially if you’re going outdoors.
It’s important that you don’t try to squeeze or scrape off the milia on your own as this can lead to scarring and infection. If your milia are affecting your confidence, or aren’t resolving on their own, contact your [primary care physician or a licensed dermatologist.
Most cases of milia can’t be prevented but, thankfully, they don’t tend to last very long.
However, there are some day-to-day routines that you can perform to reduce your risk of developing adult milia. This includes:
● Avoid excessive sun exposure.
● Wearing sunscreen with an SPF of 30 and above every day.
● Use thick facial creams and ointments temporarily.
● Using prescribed steroids for no longer than advised by your doctor.
● Regularly exfoliating the skin and using a gentle cleanser.
If you have milia that aren’t clearing up on their own after a few weeks, consult with your healthcare provider. You may be referred to a dermatologist for further assessment and treatment.
At Laser Duet, our team of experienced skin care specialists offers comprehensive treatment for stubborn milia that affect how you look and feel about yourself. For more information, please contact us or make an appointment online. We are conveniently located at 15238 W Warren Ave Ste #A Dearborn, MI 48126. We serve clients from Dearborn MI, Melvindale MI, River Rouge MI, Allen Park MI, Lincoln Park MI, Dearborn Heights MI, Ecorse MI, and surrounding areas.