What is Milia?
Milia cysts are tiny white bumps under the skin. They occur when keratin is trapped under the skin. Keratin is a protein found in skin, hair and nails. It does not cause itching or inflammation and is usually asymptomatic. They are just not aesthetically desired.
Milia can occur in babies and adults.The cause for milia in babies is unknown and it usually goes away without treatment within a few weeks. Milia in adults usually do not go away on its own and will require treatment or extraction in severe cases.
How to get rid of milia using drug store products
If you are prone to milia, we recommend using a cream containing Retinol, Azelaic Acid in addition with a Salicylic Acid face wash. Salicylic Acid is lipophilic molecule and can dive deep into the skin to unclog pores and prevent build up of oil whilst Glycolic Acid and Retinol promotes skin cell turnover.
All these ingredients can easily be found at your local drug store to treat milia. They are usually marketed for anti-aging and acne but will also assist for the management of milia.
Physical extraction by a derm or aesthetician is required in stubborn and severe cases.
Author: Helen Lam (B. Pharm) MPS
Pharmacist and cosmetic formulator for ellé derm