White Bumps On The Face: Understanding Milia

white bumps and milia Have you experienced irritating little white bumps on the face which refuse to go away? What’s more, there’s that gooey, white substance that comes out when you annoyingly pick, poke and intentionally pop the stubborn bump? It’s called milia, a skin condition that occurs when your skin has difficulty naturally exfoliating itself. While not a grave skin condition, milia can be very irritating to deal with. It also can effect one’s self-esteem.

Milia form as white bumps on the skin as a result of dead skin cells failing to exfoliate naturally. These white bumps are similar to tiny cysts or white heads, and occur just below the skin’s surface. Milia isn’t just characterized by white bumps on the face; they may also form on mucous membranes in the inner cheek, around the reddish-pink border of the lips, and other similar types of areas. As the surface wears away the bumps may heal by themselves. However, medical interventions are often used to treat them.

Some people have skin that naturally makes milia, which is, of course, a genetic condition. However, in many cases, milia can be caused by ingredients in common cosmetics. Milia can be the result of comedogenic ingredients in facial creams as well as hair products. Comedogenic products block the skin’s pores and prevent the natural exfoliation process of dead skin cells. One area to look at are make-up removers.

Another precipitating factor can be oil-based hair mousses and gels, as well as heavy sunscreens and moisturizers . Of course, heavy, non-mineral based makeup can aggravate the delicate skin on the eyelids, which can lead to milia problems as well. Lip balms and similar products for treating chapped lips may cause milia to form around the thin border of the lips.

Over-exposure to the sun may also cause milia, especially since this causes skin aging; aged skin is thicker and hinders the skin’s natural exfoliation process. Certain skin diseases, such as Porphyria Cutanea Tarda (a disorder which causes skin blistering), may also aggravate the skin, causing white bumps to form.

Milia: Treating White Bumps On The Skin

The best way to deal with milia skin with bumps is with regular exfoliation. When the epidermis is kept smooth, the skin can breathe better, reducing the risk of milia. If you have milia-prone skin, you may benefit for regular microdermabrasion and chemical peels using glycolic acid. In certain people who have to regularly deal with these white bumps on the face, milia extraction by a dermatologist may be necessary if the condition is rather stubborn. There are a number of other facial rashes including the common baby rash from teething, perioral dermatitis and nickel allergy rashes .

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