As if dry skin, oily T-zone, pimples, zits, hyper pigmentation, blackheads, whiteheads were not enough that there is milia too. Let us find out the causes and treatment for milia.
What is Milia?
Milia is also called milk spots. They are little white or yellowish bumps that happen around the eyes. They can also appear on nose, cheeks, forehead and chest. They can appear at any age but are mostly harmless.
Causes of Milia:
- Lack of exfoliation.
- Using heavy pore clogging products.
- Long term sun damage.
- Long Term use of steroid creams.
- Blistering injuries, such as poison ivy.
- Burn injuries on the skin.
Ways To Get Rid of Milia:
Clogged pores are the main reason for milia to occur, so exfoliate at least thrice a week. This will help you to get rid of all the dirt, oil and dead skin from your face and there will be lesser occurrence of milia.
Sun damage is also one of the primary reasons. Extreme sun exposure can lead to various skin problems and milia is just one of them. Use a sunscreen with SPF 30 or more daily, even if it is cloudy outside.
Oil Free Products:
When you have a dry skin then you tend to use products which are heavily moisturizing and it can sometimes lead to clogging of pores. Try to use water based products on your skin, instead of oil based products.
Do Not Scratch:
Resist the temptation to scratch them or pop them as they are not pimples. They usually disappear on their own. Scratching causes irritation and damage to your skin and can even leave scars.
Keep Your Face Clean:
Use lukewarm water to cleanse your face, as it relaxes the pores. Try to keep your face oil free, so there will be less clogging and follow the CTM routine regularly. Let your skin breathe every once in a while without the use of any makeup.
Home Remedies to Get Rid of Milia:
They have fluorides in them, which helps in combating issues associated with milia. Cleanse your face and apply a thin layer of toothpaste on the affected area. Clean the paste with cold water after 5-10 min.
The citric acid in lemon helps to open up the pores and dries the excess oil on the face. Just cut a lemon in half and gently rub on your skin(It might sting). Do not go out in the sun without sunscreen, as lemon makes the skin photosensitive.
Having a steam every week or so helps to open up clogged pores and also removes the dead skin cells.
Make a paste using baking soda and water. Wait for it to dry and wash your face with lukewarm water.
Cut a slice of tomato and sprinkle sugar on it. Rub it on your face in circular motions and then wash off with water.
Make a paste by adding yogurt with lemon juice, oatmeal and olive oil. Apply it on your face. Leave on for 20 min and wash it off. This will soften and moisturize the skin. If you have milia around the eye area, then this pack is really beneficial as it soft on the skin.
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