How is Milia Caused?

How is Milia Caused?

Milia are those tiny, pearl-like bumps that can appear on the surface of the skin. These benign cysts are usually small, white or yellowish and can form on or around the face. While milia are harmless and painless, their appearance can be bothersome. To effectively manage and prevent milia, it’s essential to understand its causes.

If you have milia and are looking for a solution, then read on to see what we offer. Alternatively, you can book a consultation with a member of our team to have an expert take a look at your skin and recommend a personalised treatment plan. 

What is Milia?

Milia are small, keratin-filled cysts that form just below the skin’s surface. They are commonly seen on the face, especially around the eyes, nose, and cheeks, but can also appear on other parts of the body. Unlike acne, milia does not result from trapped dirt or bacteria. Instead, they occur when dead skin cells and keratin (a protein found in the skin, hair, and nails) get trapped in small pockets beneath the skin.

milia before & after london

Causes of Milia

Skin Care Products

One common cause of milia is the use of heavy skin care products. Thick creams, lotions,  oily, or heavy products do not allow the skin to breathe properly, trapping dead skin cells and leading to the formation of milia. This is particularly true for products that are not suitable for your skin type, and using face moisturisers around the eye instead of specifically formulated eye creams can be another contributing factor.

It’s important to get skin care products that are suitable for your skin type. That’s why we partner with AlumierMD, a medical-grade line of skin care products. You can take a look at all of the products we offer in our online shop and find the perfect routine to help with any of your skin issues. 

Sun Damage

Sun exposure can be listed as the root cause of so many skin concerns, like fine lines and wrinkles. However, if the skin is left unprotected, UV rays can do more damage than just crows feet. 

Prolonged exposure to the sun can damage the skin and make it thicker. Thickened skin is more prone to developing milia because dead skin cells are not shed as efficiently. This traps keratin underneath the surface of the skin and causes milia bumps. 

Genetic Factors

Some individuals are more genetically predisposed to developing milia. If your parents or close relatives have a history of milia, you might be more prone to experiencing it yourself. There are also some links between those who suffer from high cholesterol and developing milia, as the fatty deposits can sit under the skin. If that’s the case, it’s important to take preventative measures to keep milia from forming. 

Here are some recommendations from us at the Eden Skin Clinic for preventing those pesky bumps from forming. 

Preventing Milia

Gentle Skin Care

Opt for gentle, non-comedogenic skin care products that do not clog your pores. Look for products labelled “non-comedogenic” or “oil-free.” These products are specifically formulated not to cause blocked pores, reducing the risk of milia formation.

For medical-grade skincare solutions, check out our online shop of AlumierMD cleansers, moisturisers, and sunscreens. These products can address a variety of skincare issues. For more information, reach out to our team, and we can walk you through all the AlumierMD products we offer. 

Regular Exfoliation

Exfoliating your skin regularly helps remove dead skin cells, preventing them from becoming trapped beneath the surface. However, be cautious not to over-exfoliate, as this can irritate the skin and worsen the condition.

Sun Protection

Protect your skin from the harmful effects of the sun by wearing sunscreen with a high SPF rating. Sunscreen not only prevents sunburn but also keeps your skin healthy and less prone to thickening, reducing the likelihood of milia formation.

Regular Cleansing

Keep your skin clean by washing your face regularly, morning and night, with a mild, non-drying cleanser. This helps remove impurities and dead skin cells, reducing the chances of milia formation.

Book A Consultation Today 

Understanding the causes of milia is the first step in prevention. By adopting a gentle and consistent skin care routine, protecting your skin from the sun, and avoiding harsh treatments, you can significantly reduce the risk of milia formation. 

If you’re concerned about existing milia and would like treatment to remove them, book in for a consultation for our Advanced Electrolysis. Consulting a skincare expert is always a wise choice, and taking care of your skin today can lead to a healthier, clearer complexion tomorrow.

Book a consultation with us by using our online consultation form or contacting one of our skincare clinics in Wimbledon or Kensington. We’re here to help, so don’t hesitate to book your consultation today!

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