The small white heads that appear on the surface of the skin are called Milia
They are deep seeded white bumps that form when the cells become trapped rather than exfoliate naturally. The trapped cells become tiny cysts that appear below the surface of the skin.
Milia can occur in people of all ages, but they’re most common in newborns.
They’re typically found on the face, eyelids, and cheeks.
Milia are often confused with a condition called Epstein pearls, which involves the appearance of harmless white-yellow cysts on a newborn’s gums and mouth.
Milia are also often inaccurately referred to as “baby acne.”
- Definition of Milia: A hard closed comedo with a very obvious white head. Not to be confused with a pustule, milia are not red or inflamed.
- Skin thickness: Prolong history of sun damage can lead to a thicker epidermis. A thicker epidermis is more difficult for dead cells to find their way out of the glands.
- Genetics: In some cases genetics can be the cause of this undesirable skin condition.
- Skin diseases that can contribute to milia: for example this could be associated by a certain skin diseases, and can be addresses by a physician’s advice in sever situation.
- Comedogenic ingredients can cause milia: Comedogenic creams and lotions may prevent the sloughing of dead epidermal skin cells. Products that can cause milia can be make-up removers not labeled oil-free or non-comedogenic, hair spray, hair mousse and gel, heavy sunscreens and some moisturizers. Certain lipsticks, lip balms and products meant to help with chapped lips may be the cause of little white pearly milia developing around the lipstick edge of the lips.
Recommendations To Prevent Re-occurring Milia
Clients with milia prone skin in general can benefit from this reoccurring issue by using our Glycolic Moisture Crème.
The formula is light weight and can be used every day without irritation or redness. Alpha and Beta Hydroxy Acids derived from Grape, Lemon, Passionflower, and Pineapple, gently remove surface debris. Salicylic Acid derived from Willow bark Extract is the beneficial Beta Hydroxy Acid that gives this formula an extra boost in exfoliation.
To prevent additional skin thickness and reduction in the signs of aging always use Advanced Protection SPF 30 during the day.
Exfoliation to Prevent Milia
Exfoliating on regular bases is a good way to prevent milia prone skin. Keeping the surface of the skin smooth and free of dead skin will reduce the formation of clogged pores. Choose the correct exfoliating formula for your specific skin.