Milia/Milky Spots

What are milia?

Milia is also known as milky spots. Milia are small pockets “cysts” filled with a protein called keratin and dead skin cells. If a person has a lot of them, they are called milia (the plural of milium).

Milia are usually very small and they tend to be hard, raised, pearly-white yellowish bumps on skin. They are most often seen on the skin around the cheeks, nose, eyes and eyelids, forehead and chest. However, they can occur anywhere on the body. A milium is a small, raised bump on the skin. It is a type of tiny skin cyst filled with a protein called keratin.

 

How is it treated?

Individuals who have multiple milia lesions, not responding to home skin exfoliation, may benefit from manual extractions by a medical professional. The skin over each milium needs to be slightly opened with a sterile instrument and then the cyst deposit is gentle extracted. The procedure is mostly painless and the results are immediate.

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