Milia Removal at LAB Skin Clinic, Neutral Bay – Call 02 9909 3602…
Milia removal at LAB Skin Clinic, Neutral Bay – Call 02 9909 3602 is a safe and painless method of removing these pesky outbreaks.
A milium (singular) cyst is small, white bump that typically appears on the on the face, especially the nose, cheeks, eyelids and corners of the eyes.
These cysts are often found in clusters and in these cases are called milia. The cysts occur when keratin becomes trapped beneath the surface of the skin. Keratin is a strong protein that is typically found in skin tissues, hair, and nail cells.
If you use concealer or heavy makeup to hide milia (sometimes called milk spots), or maybe you have tried to erase these white bumps yourself, at home, these strategies are likely to cause more to appear and will exacerbate the condition…. simply because you will have failed to treat the cause.
Professional milia removal is recommended because it will prevent scarring, it will educate you how to prevent milia from recurring, and it will help to restore your confidence.
What causes milia?
Milia are typically associated with some type of damage to the skin, such as:
- skin resurfacing procedures, such as peels, laser resurfacing or dermabrasion
- long-term use of steroid creams
- long-term sun damage
- poor product use
- insufficient exfoliation
What milia are NOT
- they are not painful
- they are not a health concern
- they are not filled with puss
- they are not the result of inflammation or clogged pores
However, they are definitely an aesthetic inconvenience and can make you feel self-conscious, especially because they are usually highly visible – usually appearing on your eyelids and cheeks, but sometimes across your nose, as well.
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Milia, in fact, have nothing to do with your pores; they form as a result of keratin buildup under the epidermis (top layer of skin) and unlike pustules, which are soft and can be easily ‘picked’, milia are hard. Keratin is a naturally occurring fibrous protein that helps build and rejuvenate skin, nails, and hair. However, when dead skin cells are not sloughed off properly, keratin can become trapped, causing small white cysts to form, called milia.
Some people are genetically prone to developing milia but they are most often caused by the use of inappropriate or poor quality skin care products and cosmetics that contain unhealthy oils such as mineral oil or lanolin. Thick, oily products will not allow the skin to breath or naturally exfoliate and will increase the possibility of dead cells becoming stuck.contain heavy oils, particularly mineral oil or lanolin.
You can help prevent milia by exfoliating regularly at least once, preferably twice, per week with a quality exfoliant, like Pevonia’s Gentle Exfoliating Cleanser.
Exfoliation helps to slough off old cells but take caution that you use a gentle exfoliant that is not too harsh, and be extra careful around your eyes. Regular exfoliation will help remove the top layer of skin and may cause some of the cysts to fall out on their own. However, deeper-rooted cysts will require more intensive treatment.
Overall, exfoliation may help treat some milia, but it is more effective as a preventative rather than a corrective measure.
- Products – such as topical retinoids (creams that contain vitamin A compounds)
- Chemical peels
- Skin needling – using a sterile micro-pen, the needles rupture the outer skin to release the contents
- Laser ablation, which involves using a small and focused laser to destroy the cyst
- Microdermabrasion, which thins the thickened skin to help release the contents of the cysts
Also, having the correct advice about skin care, especially switching to an oil-free formula and exfoliating regularly will help milia reduce and over time they will disappear.
For some, milia are not a problem, but for others they are unsightly and they want to be rid of them. Depending upon the proliferation, depth and size, our professional treatments may comprise one or more modalities: peels, microdermabrasion, micro-needling, electrolysis, and/or laser – all of which are highly effective treatments for permanent removal.
We do not recommend extraction because scarring is a possibility.
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