The common notion that facial milia are actually acne is incorrect. Milia are white bumps on the face that look much like acne or pimples. However, unlike pimples that may eventually burst and disappear, milia will not vanish unless you do something to get rid of them. Milia is actually built up when dead skin cells do not completely shed off. The built up skin results to bumps that look like acne or pimple. Though milia is not a serious skin condition, people who have them want to have them off because they look unhygienic and unhealthy. The following tips can help you get rid of facial milia:
- Be ready with oil-free moisturizer, microdermabrasion kit, facial scrub and acid gel and exfoliating cream.
- Use exfoliating cream every day. Apply liberally on the affected area and rub with a facial scrub. First, wet the skin with water then rub a liberal amount of exfoliating cream on your face, concentrating on the area affected with milia. Gently massage the cream with a facial scrub with circular strokes. The beads from the exfoliating cream will rub off the dead skin cells. If this is done regularly, the result is a clearer, smoother skin.
- Put on a moderate amount of acid gel on your face at night. When left on the face for hours, the acid gel will soften or break down the milia, causing it to come off easily when you wash your face in the morning.
- Purchase a microdermabrasion kit from a drugstore. Schedule the best days when you can use the kit to remove facial milia. It is important to do the method using this kit at a time when you can stay home long as it entails a chemical procedure. The abrasion kit may result in some reddening of the face hence it is best that you stay at home for a while after the treatment.
- Moisturize your face daily with an oil-free moisturizer. Dead skin cells result from dry, flaking skin that lacks moisture. Hence the best way to deal with milia is to moisturize your skin. With frequent moisturizing, the facial milia will become softer and gradually diminish in time. Take care however not to use oily moisturizers because heavy skin care products can make the problem more serious.
- Use facial soap with exfoliating properties. There are special soap products that come with exfoliating elements. These soaps come in mildly rough cakes that when rubbed on the face, will help shed off the milia. Of course, the outcome will not come immediately after one use. You will have to use the soap for a certain period of time before you can see results.
- Consult a dermatologist. If your facial milia is so serious that it covers most of your face, the best thing to do is to see a dermatologist. With professional help, you may undergo certain clinical procedures such as direct extraction of the dead skin that only a skin doctor can perform.
Aside from the accumulation of dead skin as the main cause of facial milia, it should also be mentioned that poor hygiene practices also contribute to this skin problem. Therefore avoid touching your face with dirty hands or wiping it with unclean handkerchief or towel. And most of all, wash your face regularly with warm water and soap followed by a cool rinse.