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How to Get Rid of Milia

author image Kay Ireland
Kay Ireland specializes in health, fitness and lifestyle topics. She is a support worker in the neonatal intensive care and antepartum units of her local hospital and recently became a certified group fitness instructor.
How to Get Rid of Milia
Keep your face milia-free with a few tips. Photo Credit face to face image by Melanie von Snarly from Fotolia.com

Milia are the small, whitehead-like blemishes that often appear under your eyes, on your cheeks or on your skin. Picking and squeezing them won't do anything, as they are the manifestation of clogged pores that are unable to go through the natural exfoliation process. Milia are more stubborn than regular acne, and you should take care when dealing with them. Using rough tactics to pick or squish them can lead to scarring or their reappearance, so make sure that you get rid of them properly for good.

Step 1

Exfoliate at least three times per week, recommends beauty website TresSugar.com. Since milia appear when your skin isn't exfoliating itself naturally, you need to slough away all the dirt, oil and dead skin cells that can cause milia. You can try a store-bought exfoliating cream or make your own by combining brown sugar and olive oil to make a paste and rubbing it on your skin in circular motions.

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Step 2

Wear a sunscreen of at least SPF 15 or higher every day, suggests DermaDoctor.com. Exposure to the sun day after day begins to thicken your skin, making it harder for it to naturally exfoliate by expelling dead skin and oil through the pores. The resulting milia are even more difficult to get rid of because your skin becomes too thick to drain the milia. Make sure you protect your skin every day to keep it smooth and youthful.

Step 3

Switch your beauty products and routine. Overly thick moisturizer or makeup that is clogging your pores may be the source of your milia, and simply switching the type of product you use to an oil-free formula can help your milia to disappear.

Step 4

Use a facial peel that features glycolic acid once or twice a month to help soften the skin so that the skin's natural exfoliating process can expel dirt and oil. A glycolic acid peel can help remove dead skin and keep it naturally soft. Make sure to test it on an inconspicuous area first, as some acid peels may be too harsh for very sensitive skin.

Step 5

Make an appointment with your dermatologist if exfoliating, peels and lifestyle changes aren't enough to clear up your milia. Some milia are so deeply embedded in the skin that they cannot come out naturally and need to be extracted by a dermatologist, notes ChetDay.com.

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