These small, hard, pearly lumps are sometimes referred to as ‘milk spots’ and can easily be removed with either:
- Short wave diathermy This procedure uses is a fine probe to send a current into the milia to break down the fatty, keratin buildup, or
- Micro lancing A sterile lancet (lancing tool) or needle is used to pierce or open up the milia. A little pressure is applied to easily remove the milia.
Milia removal is an extremely popular treatment and can be added onto the end of a facial treatment at a small additional cost or taken as a stand-alone treatment. Unless there is a large number of milia, one treatment is usually sufficient to clear milia.
Regular exfoliation can help prevent milia. You can help your skin slough away old cells by using a gentle, effective exfoliating product two to three times per week. Take caution that the lotion or wash you use is not too harsh, and be extra careful around your eyes.
Following treatment your skin needs to be treated with respect. Sun exposure and heat treatments need to be avoided.
While treated milia will not return, new spots can still form.
If you are prone to milia change your skin care products. One of the main causes of milia is the use of beauty products 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. Some clients have found that simply making the switch to oil free skin care formulas and exfoliating regularly has helped their milia disappear and is effective as a preventative measure. Dermalogica oil-free, lanolin-free products are available for home use from Sensoria.