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Have you ever noticed small bumps under your eyes? Or may be around your mouth, nose, or anywhere in your skin? In derma lingo, these yellow or white coloured bumps are known as Milia.
Relax! There is nothing to be scared about, because these are absolutely normal. With age, you will find them more common but they can be treated easily. But, what is the right time to tackle it, and the way to tackle it is something you MUST know. That’s why we have got you some crucial trivia on Milia. Come and give it a read.
According to Dr Nivedita Dadu, a renowned dermatologist and founder and chairman of Dr Nivedita Dadu’s Dermatology Clinic, Milia are actually keratin-filled cysts that form just under the skin and look-like white or yellowish bumps on the surface.
Milia are found on the skin of people of all ages. They are formed when keratin, the substance produced by the skin, becomes entrapped beneath the outer layer of the skin, which then leads to the formation of a tiny cyst. It is formed at the base of a hair follicle or sweat gland.
Milia can be categorized into two types – primary or secondary. There are several factors that cause milia in adults. It usually occurs due to dead skin building up, and getting trapped in the pores near the surface of the skin. If the build-up doesn’t get expelled naturally, it can become a small cyst.
The other type of milia, secondary milia usually appears when something clogs the sweat ducts. “This is usually caused by some kind of skin trauma or infection such as laser treatments, chemical peels, and herpes, or many lifestyle factors such as lack of sleep, smoking, poor personal hygiene, using oil-based beauty products in excess, and long-term use of steroids,” elaborates Dr Dadu.
You can try out some simple hacks at home that can help with Milia:
You can also opt for some professional treatments on the recommendation of your dermatologist:
“If you keep getting milia under your eyes, it’s best to change your skincare routine. Rich moisturizers and eye creams can clog the skin, which results in blocked follicles and the appearance of Milia,” says Dr Dadu.
Here are some tips to steer clear of Milia:
“No, it’s not dangerous in most cases,” assured Dr Dadu.
Basically, Milia are benign in nature, and taking care of your skin regularly can avoid them too. So, pamper your skin to avoid Milia mayhem.