• Milia

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    Milia, or ‘milk spots’, as they are sometimes called, can make people feel self-conscious about their skin. Tiny cysts just below the very outer layer of skin, milia are a build-up of trapped oil/minerals which can’t be squeezed through to the surface. They are often mistaken as a spot or whitehead around the eye area.

    If you’re one of the many people affected by milia and would like to do something about them, then we at DestinationSkin can help.

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Milia can occur at any age, even if your skin has been completely clear before, and can affect both men and women. In fact, some men find themselves developing milia due to skipping exfoliating and cleansing in their skincare regime, and this can lead to the build-up of oil that becomes trapped, forming milia. Some people attempt to remove milia themselves at home, using pins or needles, which risks scarring and infection. Instead, come to us and we can remove any milia you’re worried about using advanced electrolysis.

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What causes Milia?PlusMinus

Medical professionals haven’t been able to confirm a specific cause of milia in adults. Unlike some skin conditions, they don’t seem to be related to diet, lifestyle or health issues. However, milia can be caused by oily make-up removal products and make-up removal wipes (not so convenient now). These oily products create a sandwich of oil beneath and on top of the skin. Men can sometimes worsen their milia by using heavy, high-street products, such as oily moisturisers after shaving

What do milia look like?PlusMinus

Tips for dealing with miliaPlusMinus

  • We highly recommend using exfoliating products in your skin regime
  • Avoid cleansing wipes
  • Ensure face cloths, and other items that come into contact with your face such as towels and pillowcases, as well as make-up brushes, are cleaned regularly
  • Seek professional advice for removal.

How can I get rid of my milia?PlusMinus

At DestinationSkin, we use Advanced Electrolysis, a heated micro-needle treatment, to pierce your milia and remove the oil trapped under your skin. In some cases, your practitioner will see the oil being removed, especially if you have a large area of milia build-up. The treatment feels like a hot needle flick, which means it can be quite sensitive around the eye. Some clients feel nothing at all, whereas others feel the flicking sensation.

Advanced electrolysis is a very effective treatment for this skin concern, as, once treated, your milia should not return.

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Q: What treatment can be done to remove milia?
A: At DestinationSkin we use a treatment called advanced electrolysis. During this treatment, we use a small sterile probe (needle) the size of a hair follicle and insert it into the skin very close to the surface. We then use an electrical current to melt the trapped oil/mineral, leaving a very small dot where the probe has been inserted. Anther method you may have heard about is the lance method, which requires a small incision being made and popping out the trapped mineral. However, we believe this method causes too much unnecessary damage to the skin, so we prefer to stick to the current doing the work for us!

Q: Is advanced electrolysis treatment dangerous and does it hurt?
A: Not at all. This treatment has been around for many many years – the probe is only inserted into the very surface of the skin and is very small. All of our practitioners are highly trained and skilled to ensure there is as little damage to the skin as possible. It can feel like a small hot scratch, but each milia takes only a matter of seconds to treat.

Q: Will my results be permanent?
A: The number of treatments needed will be discussed at the consultation stage, usually its between 1-3 sessions to target all of your milia. The good news is, once we have melted the milia, it won’t return! However, as mentioned before, lifestyle can cause more milia to appear, so speak to our practitioners to learn how to prevent further milia outbreaks.

Recommended skincare products for miliaPlusMinus

You should use a broad-spectrum SPF to protect your skin from any UV damage each day. A primer before make-up application will prevent the build-up of excess oils on your skin’s surface, which can help prevent milia from occurring.

Related conditionsPlusMinus

  • Dehydrated Skin
  • Seborrheic keratosis

Pricing for Milia RemovalPlusMinus

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Last edited: 18/03/2020