Milia are tiny cysts just below the epidermis – the very outer layer of skin – which is why they appear so white. The cysts are a build-up of trapped oil/minerals under the skin which can’t be squeezed through to the surface. It is often mistaken as a spot or white head around the eye area.
Some men are victims to Milia because they tend to skip exfoliating and cleansing as part of their skin regime. That can lead to the build-up of oil that becomes trapped.
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What is Milia?
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 makeup removal products and makeup removal wipes (not so convenient now). The oily products create a sandwich of oil beneath and on top of the skin, which unfortunately don’t always clear in time. Men can sometimes worsen their Milia by using heavy, high-street products, such as oily moisturisers after shaving. You often find when you look hard enough that if you have one you will have many some of which may not be as large as others.
What causes Milia?
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 makeup removal products and makeup removal wipes (not so convenient now). The oily products create a sandwich of oil beneath and on top of the skin, which unfortunately don’t always clear in time. Men can sometimes worsen their Milia by using heavy, high-street products, such as oily moisturisers after shaving
What does Milia look like?
Tips for dealing with Milia
- We highly recommend using exfoliating products in your skin regime.
- Avoid cleansing wipes.
- Ensure facial clothing and makeup brushes are cleaned regularly.
- Seek professional advice for removal.
Q: What treatment can be done to remove these?
A: At Destinationskin we use a treatment called advanced electrolysis which is where 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. Other methods 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 causes too much damage to the skin which is un-necessary so we prefer to stick to the current doing the work for us!
Q: Is the treatment dangerous and does it hurt?
A: Not at all. This treatment has been around for many many years and as the probe is only inserted into the very surface of the skin and it’s so small. All of the 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 however each milia takes a matter of seconds to treat.
Q: Will results be permanent?
A: The number of treatments needed will be discussed at the consultation stage, usually its between 1-3 sessions however once we have melted the milia it wont return. However as we have said before lifestyle can affect more of these returning so speak to our practitoners to learn how to prevent these.
Recommended skincare products
We recommend using exfoliating and hydrating products in your daily skincare regime. The Simply Clean range from SkinCeuticals, as well as their Blemish and Age Defence products will be a strong combination. You should also 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 within your make up range sitting on the skins surface.
- Dehydrated Skin
- Seborrheic keratosis
Treatments – How we can help?
We use Advanced Electrolysis, a heated micro-needle treatment, to pierce the Milia and remove the oil trapped under the skin. In some cases, the 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.
What our clients say
A highly professional clinic offering a first class service – I have taken various treatments and been completely satisfied with the outcome.