White Bumps. Sporting clear, beaming, youthful skin is most people’s esthetic dream. But sadly, not everyone is lucky enough to have that. In fact, only a handful of people have radiant skin, while a large majority struggles to keep theirs barely presentable.
From unsightly, oozing pimples to dry bumps, the skin can multiple unappealing plugs and blemishes, making a person conscious about their appearance. While most skin troubles surface unprompted, some pop up without rhythm or reason more often than others, and those hard white bumps are undoubtedly one of those.
Milia: The Unattractive Hard Plugs
These tiny, bleached sacs that mostly show up on the cheeks and around the eyes are known as milia. A milium (singular) is a cyst comprising of dead skin cells (keratin) that form underneath the skin. For this reason, when people try to pop it, they fail to see a reaction, such as pus or blood spurting out because the pesky ball of tissue sits under the pores.
Simply put, milia are dry sacs of dead skin cells that get stuck beneath the skin, which is why they don’t bug out when poked and prodded.
How To Treat Milia?
A milium can bulge out without reason, any time, blemishing the skin. While it’s a common bane, it’s an innocuous one, related to aesthetics and cosmetology. This means you don’t need to get milia removed because they don’t pose a severe threat to your health. But of course, they can be quite off-putting, which is why wanting to get rid of them is justified.
If your skin is prone to developing milia, here’s what you can do to get your clear skin back.
Buy OTC Exfoliating Products
While there is no fail-safe way to prevent milia from showing up whenever they want, you can make them disappear using some over the counter products. If you have annoying bumps here and there, try OTC exfoliating solutions, such as salicylic acid, glycolic acid products. Some anti-acne medication, such as Differin (adapalene), can also help. However, whichever remedy you opt for, be sure you use it for a long while because clearing milia takes time. It can be months before you see any improvement.
Try Manual Removal
Manual milia extraction is a painless procedure in which the professional punctures the bump on the skin, using a small surgical blade lancet to make an opening for the cyst to come out. Next, they draw out the ball of mass with either their fingers or another medical tool, comedone extractor.
The entire process seems a bit too horrid, but it’s not. At most, you will only feel a prick in manual milia extraction, which is sometimes referred to as de-roofing.