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Monday, January 30, 2012

How to get rid of hard white spots on the face

So what are these pesky white hard lumps under the skin?

Their official name is "Milia".
They are hardened balls of keratin that are basically trapped between the bi layers of your skin. They seem like hard white lumps under the skin. They do not sit in your oil (sebaceous) glands, so are an entirely different skin condition to acne/problematic skins.
They like to present themselves on the upper cheeks, around the eyes,  edges of the nose, cheeks and less commonly on the other areas of the face. They can grow to 1-2mm in size. 

From my experience the only way to get rid of Milia is to book in with an Aesthetician (Skin Specialist) who has experience in Milia removal and get them professionally removed. I strongly advise against attempting to squeeze them out your selves as you will only damage the surrounding skin in the process.
As they sit between the bi layers of the skin, they do not have a natural exit point, so you will squeeze and squeeze to the point where you start to remove the surrounding skin.

Milia is one of my specialties! Just so you know what to expect when you see your Aesthetician. The skin will be:
  • cleansed
  • exfoliated for a more efficient Milia removal
  • Then I lance the Milia ever so slightly to allow an exit point, then the Milia can be lightly pressed out
  • Serum or mask applied to reduce redness and promote healing
Typically you will only be left with a pin prick for approx 24-48 hours. There is no major redness or inflammation post Milia removal. 

Milia extractions is not a painful process, you may feel the odd prick here and there, but it is something that I really recommend as it is quick and very effective. 

Why are Milia formed in the first place?
It's all well and good to remove the Milia, but it is very important to know why you are getting them so you can prevent recurrence. When you have your Milia extracted. Ask your Aesthetician to give you a skin diagnosis so he/she can advise you where you are currently having imbalances in the skin.

Osmosis Immerse

 One of the most common reasons people get Milia is due to a Omega 3/essential fatty acid deficiency, both in the skin and diet. I put my clients onto fish oil/omega 3 capsules and an essential fatty acid serum to create balance in the skin with the Osmosis Immerse. This is suited for ALL skin types and is very well regarding amongst industry professionals for maintaining the healthy balance between lipids and water in the skin.



Feel free to ask me any questions you have on Milia!

Happy Skin Days!

Sarah Wilkinson
Skin Matrix
www.skinmatrix.com.au











19 comments:

  1. Please can you help I have hard white spots on my cheeks and nose, I can't get rid of them, my face has gone bad, I have dry patches every time I try different creams or face wsh....

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  2. Hi B,
    Sorry to hear you are having trouble with your skin. Once you have Milia, the only way to truly get rid of them is to see an Aesthetician who is specialized in their removal. It is a quick and easy process and you will be very happy with the results. If you are in Sydney you can come and see me at Skin Matrix, otherwise if you are not in Sydney, I would suggest calling around to skin clinics and asking them specifically if they are experienced in the removal of Milia.
    To prevent more from coming, I recommend using a moisturiser such as the Cosmedix Emulsion, or Botanical Blessings Orange Blossom Cream. If you are happy with your current moisturiser you can add 1 pump of immerse from Osmosis to your current cream. You need to make sure the skin has the correct balance of water and oil to prevent future Milia's returning. Also, take a good quality fish oil - omega 3 capsules/liquid daily. There is a high link between internal essential fatty acid deficiency and milia. The Osmosis Immerse is a topical essential fatty acid serum that feels amazing and does that job. Good luck and contact me at Skin Matrix if you are in Sydney. More than happy to see you,
    Regards, Sarah
    Skin Matrix

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  3. Hello there,
    I have always had problems with dry skin and Milia.. and it's now got to the point when i am completely fed up. I never know what products to put on my face and i've tried so many. When i find a moituriser that makes my skin less dry it makes me have more Milia.. I seem to have an infestation of Milia living on my face, the skin surrounding my eyes is completely covered! When I touch my face a shower of dead skin starts to fall. And i'm a teenager so it seems like the end of the world... Any advice?
    Thanks

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    1. Hi,
      From what you have said it sounds as though the creams that you are using are too heavy for your skin and thus in turn attributing to milia formation. For the Milia that you currently have, I recommend that you see an Aesthetician to have them removed. Then, once they are out, you will need to make sure your skin care routine includes some exfoliation at least once a week. You could try Polish from Osmosis if you don't like scrubs, otherwise the Skin Matrix scrub is one of my best selling scrubs. Try Quench moisturiser from Osmosis. It is hydrating enough without being heavy, so will not cause milia, but will help nourish your skin enough to prevent and will not cause breakouts. As you are a teenager the exfoliation part is very important as your cell turn over is a lot faster than mid 20's onwards. Once the milia are extracted and you are on a good moisturiser you will see a massive improvement and you will feel great about your skin! Keep me posted and contact me to let me know how you go.
      Regards, Sarah
      Skin Matrix

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  4. Hi
    my name is saraah and ive got hard white spots on my face im really disappointed ive tried many things such as drinking alot of water daily and i've also stopped eating junk and fatty substances which contain alot of oil.I've had these spots for quite alot of time now and i dont know what to do with it im a teenager and i dont like to have spots on my face . can you please reply back to me with some advise to help me .
    Thanx

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  5. Hi there, Sounds like you need to get your Milia seen to by a professional. Once you have Milia they can sometimes go on their own, otherwise they need to be removed by an aesthetician who is qualified to do so. If you are in the Sydney region you can contact me through my skin matrix website to make an appointment.
    Regards,
    Skin Matrix

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  6. HI!!
    I only have one bump under my eye is it considered to be milia anyways? Is pretty small but it seems like it has been growing for the past 2 years.

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  7. You are more than welcome to email me a photo and I can confirm for you. My email is sarah@skinmatrix.com.au

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  8. Please could you recommend me some moisturizers that are suitable for skin prone to milia development that I could easily get off the shelf and isn't too expensive.

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    1. Hi, I would suggest either jojoba oil or rosehip oil to replenish your oil content in the skin. Preferably Immerse from Osmosis is one of the better solutions. But your oils are very cost effective and will benefit the skin :-)

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  9. I have a 7 year old boy who over the last week has had an out break of these tiny white hard peak like bumps which are around his mouth.In the school holidays he had a few come up on the back of his arm and i was told "it's just heat bumps". He is an active child with lots of sport intrests! After looking on your site it could be Milia but they are exactly the same on his arm.

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    1. Hi there, I would like to ask you a few more questions regarding this, please email me at sarah@skinmatrix.com.au
      Look forward to hearing from you soon!

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  10. hi ! we are 15 and twins girls and we both have it .. though she has more of them and i just have 5 .. help :O

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    1. Hi Shreya, I would advise that you book in with an aesthetician that has experience in removing milia. This is the best option for treatment.

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  13. Hi Sarah,
    I was wondering if there is any home remedies for Milia, I also have a Xanthomas just above and to the left of my right eye...I have a pic I could supply. I have put myself back on fish-oil tabs after reading your blog.
    Cheers
    Andrea


    Andrea

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