Milia, also known as ‘milk spots’, are the name of the small, spot-like cysts that appear in clusters, or individually, on the face. They are usually white or yellow in appearance and typically form in groups around the cheeks and eye area. Milia is very common in new-born babies, which is where its nickname ‘milk spots’ derives from. It is often confused with whiteheads and can take months to disappear, which is why information on why it occurs and how to prevent and treat it, is popularly sought out for.
Milia develops when a fibrous protein, called keratin, becomes trapped beneath the skin’s surface. Keratin is the main component that forms the epidermis’ barrier and when the skin cells gradually become loose, rather than falling off naturally, they become unable to break away from the skin’s surface and form into the raised hard cysts that is the distinctive feature of milia outbreaks.
Milia is not generally considered a genetic condition and can form as a result of ageing, an aftereffect of burns and blisters (called secondary milia), long-term sun damage and frequent use of topical steroid creams (often used to treat eczema and dermatitis).
The symptoms of milia are:
- Harmless white and yellow-ish cysts on the face
- Look similar to whiteheads
- May be red or inflamed (this is a rare type of milia called ‘milia en plaque’)
- Can appear in groups or singularly
- Commonly seen on the face but can occur on any part of the body
- May appear alongside other skin flaky skin conditions, like dermatitis or eczema
The treatments we offer to remove milia are:
Advanced electrolysis – we mainly offer advanced electrolysis for milia removal which is an effective, fast-acting way of ridding your skin of milia almost completely on the day of the treatment. Advanced electrolysis works by using a small electrical current to facilitate the reabsorption of keratin back into the skin. By placing an ultra-fine probe into the milia spot, we can target each individual spot without leaving any evidence it was once there.
IPL and laser treatments – IPL and laser works in a similar way to advanced electrolysis and breaks down the trapped skin using heat which cauterises the unwanted milia. We offer both laser and light treatments to remove milia and it is completely up to you which one you prefer.
Exfoliating treatments – for mild milia, professional-level exfoliation like microdermabrasion, skin peels or microneedling, can work well to free any trapped dead skin cells. This can also be used as a preventative treatment to help manage its reoccurrence.
Primary milia, which happens spontaneously, cannot always be prevented, however, secondary milia (which develops due to skin damage) can. Knowing the best practices to follow will always reduce your risk of outbreaks which is why this can be applied to primary milia cases also. To prevent milia, our tips are:
- Wash your face morning and night to remove any surface level bacteria, oil and skin cells
- Gently exfoliate 2-3 times a week. Avoid over-exfoliating as this can strip your skin of essential minerals. Be sure to be gentle with your skin as abrasive exfoliation can worsen any existing milia and cause soreness or infection
- Steam your face. Steam opens the pores which can help to release any trapped keratin. This can be done by sitting in the bathroom with the shower running or with a bowl of hot water and towel
- Wear SPF daily. As sun damage is a cause of secondary milia, wearing SPF frequently can minimise any epidermal damage that can trigger an milia flare
- Use light, mineral-based moisturiser and cosmetics, rather than high oil-based skincare products or foundations. Oil and heavy makeup clog the pores which can exacerbate milia. Mineral-based products are more gentler on the skin, provide better coverage and are suitable for all skin types too
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Milia Treatment Pricing
|Electrolysis 15 minutes||£73|
|Electrolysis 30 minutes||£115|
|Electrolysis 45 minutes||£146|
|Electrolysis 15 minutes||£219||£199|
|Electrolysis 30 minutes||£345||£335|
|Electrolysis 45 minutes||£438||£419|
|Electrolysis 15 minutes||£438||£388|
|Electrolysis 30 minutes||£690||£661|
|Electrolysis 45 minutes||£876||£829|
Frequently Asked Questions
Our preferred method is Advanced Electrolysis as it is the most effective with minimal risk of scarring or infection. This treatment works by using a small, sterile needle the size of a hair follicle, to puncture the Milia spot and an electrical current is sent through the probe. The heat from the current will dissolve the trapped oil/minerals found, leaving a very small entry hole. You may have heard of other methods, like the Lance Method, however we prefer to use Advanced Electrolysis as minuses the amount of risk, infection and damaged caused to the skin cells.
Advanced Electrolysis is a tried and tested method which is highly reputable. The treatment itself is not dangerous as we only use the highest quality equipment and ensure the professionalism of all our clinicians who are trained to a rigorous medical standard. The treatment itself feels like a hot pinprick, so depending on your pain tolerance, you may feel a little bit of discomfort. If you do experience any pain it will only be for a matter of seconds as treating Milia only takes a matter of seconds!
Every condition of Milia is different, so depending on your skin it can vary. During your consultation you and your practitioner will discuss how many treatments may be necessary to complete remove you Milia. Usually it may take between 1-3 sessions to target every spot of Milia, although it is definitely worth it as once your course is complete, your Milia shouldn’t return!
As mentioned earlier, some products can irate and trigger an outbreak of Milia, so avoid using any high oil content products and you can always speak to one of our practitioners to learn how to prevent further Milia outbreaks!
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