By Suki KramerSuki Skin Care
While skin naturally sloughs off dead skin cells every month or so, regenerating with our natural cycles, if the skin is unable to shed those cells, sebum and keratin become trapped beneath the epidermis, and become lodged in sweat glands and hair follicles. This process naturally slows down as we age, but it can also be stopped by any number of causes. The tiny bumps can be difficult to treat, in part because those with these bumps may confuse them all with plain old acne, and acne cleansers won’t necessarily treat the potential underlying issues, since not all milia are created equal.
A mild daily cleanser with these same active botanicals will help unclog pores, and enable the skin to remove its own impurities. If, after implementing an exfoliation and cleansing regimen, the milia condition persists, then a esthetician can help remove embedded millium by piercing each with a lancet and removing the cyst material, applying a topical retinoid cream, acid peels and/or microdermabrasion. And, although milia are found in the outer skin layers, they are difficult to remove without the proper tools. Do not attempt to remove them at home with a tweezer or needle, which can lead to infection, irritation and permanent scarring.
About the author
Suki Kramer is the founder, president and formulator of suki, inc. skin care as well as a skin care expert for assorted media.