Milia seeds also known as oil seeds are white or yellowish bump, keratin-filled (same stuff found in your nails) cysts that are about 2 millimetres in width and form just under the skin. Although they are not dangerous and are painless, they usually develop around the nose and eye regions and can be persistent and linger around for a while.
There are 2 main factors that cause milia seeds in adults:
- Heavy oil-based skincare or makeup products should be avoided by those who are prone to milia seeds.
- When excessive oil accumulates, dead skin builds up and the oils gets trapped in the pores near the surface of the skin.
As most milia seeds occur near your eyes, either on the lids or under-eye skin, I wouldn’t suggest to remove it on your own. Milia seeds occur usually deep below the skin’s surface. It’s not like a pimple that you can squeeze or pop it. Neither do milia seeds fall off on their own. They do not disappear after a few days.
There are a various ways you can deal with it.
- Milia seed removal usually requires an incision, electrocautery or laser treatment which is done by a certified doctor. Laser treatments can help with discolouration and scarring at the same time as the energy from the laser will penetrate through the outer layer of the skin, directly targeting the milia seeds minimally affecting the surrounding tissues. In the hands of an untrained professional, complications like infection, scarring and discolouration may occur.
- Regular exfoliation helps to remove dead skin cells and excess oil and banishes milia seeds from forming. Every skin type responds to exfoliation differently so how you exfoliate your skin will be unique to you. Facial scrubs are the most common type of exfoliant. They are quick and easy to use but you need to choose the right one for your skin. My advice is to go for one that contains natural, biodegradable ingredients such as jojoba beads, apricot kernels, ground nutshells, sea salt, sugar and sand. Chemical exfoliants, on the other hand, contain acids or natural fruit enzymes which work by dissolving dead skin cells and sebum. However, care has to be taken when using them so that you don’t end up burning your skin. Regardless of the type of exfoliant you use, the first guideline when it comes to facial exfoliation is to be gentle and not overdo it. If you exfoliate too hard or too often, you could end up doing yourself more harm.
- Products that contain retinol and glycolic acid are also helpful in getting rid of milia seeds. These products are considered very safe, but some caution is needed when using these products around the eyes where skin is thinner and inherently more prone to irritation.
- Smoother Skin Texture
- Brighter Skin
- Rejuvenated and Hydrated Skin
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