It's been a while since I took one of my skin snapshots, but after an influx of questions about Milia, I thought it was high time to revive these informative little sessions!
Milia are small white clumps that usually appear around the eyes and cheekbones.
Milia is filled with keratin, a naturally occurring protein, and is believed to be caused by a build-up of dead cells on the skin surface. While completely harmless and painless, Milia can be frustrating and compromising trust.
How can I avoid the development of Milia?
Excessive use of heavy eye cream or make-up is believed to increase the likelihood of milia because it binds to dead skin cells and blocks pores.
Remove all traces of makeup at night and avoid eye creams that are particularly rich or waxy. Our Echium & Argan Gentle Eye Cream is a great option as it is light, quick absorbing and beeswax free.
By keeping your skin hydrated, detoxified, and in optimal condition, you can maximize skin cells turn around and reduce the likelihood of dead cells forming. Follow the usual advice and drink plenty of water – hot water with a lemon wedge is particularly good for decongesting the complexion.
How Can I Treat? existing milia?
Dermatologists can remove milia by pricking the blisters with a needle. However, I would not recommend this at home!
Peeling is considered the easiest and most effective way to get rid of mild milia. First steam the face with a hot muslin cloth and then massage the area in a circular motion to try to remove the built-up cells.
Remember that the skin around the eye area is extremely sensitive, however. So be REALLY gentle to avoid damage.