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Milia Spots: Causes and Treatment
Milia Causes and Treatment


Oct 20, 2022

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Este Medical Group

Do you have white spots on chin, white bumps under eyes, or a white spot on the forehead? Then you may be experiencing a skin condition called milia. These little white spots on the face are not warts, whiteheads or traditional pimples (i.e., skin acne), so don’t squeeze hard white bumps on the skin.

Milia spots don’t respond well to picking or squeezing. Milia bumps are not harmful, but that said, if you don’t like their appearance and want to get rid of milia spots on face, then Este Medical has a solution to safely and effectively remove large and small white spots on your skin.

Here’s a complete guide to causes of milia and how you can remove milia spots to achieve an unblemished, spot-free complexion!

What Causes Milia?

If you have a milia spot on your face, and are confused as to why, then here’s an explanation. To start with, milia skin spots are most commonly found on the face:

  • Under the eyes
  • Milia on eyelid
  • On the forehead
  • Around the nose

Milia bumps (i.e., small cysts called milk spots) can appear on the face when dead skin cells are not properly exfoliated off the skin’s surface. When dead skin gets trapped under new skin, it can harden, and form a milium (i.e., a milk spot). When trapped, dead skin cells can form cysts just below the surface of your skin, causing milia.

Milia causes can be from the production of a protein the body produces called keratin. This essential protein made by the body helps form hair, nails, and the skin's epidermal layer. Milia can also occur when keratin becomes trapped beneath the surface of the skin. Milia may also result from skin damage such as a rash, an injury, or sun damage.

Here are some examples of what milia can look like on the skin’s surface: 

  • White bumps on face
  • White bumps on chin
  • Little white dots under eyes
  • White bump on nose
  • White lumps on skin
  • Eyelid small white bump

These are just a few of the ways milia can manifest on the skin’s surface. If you have a hard white lump or white spots on skin that you are concerned about, then send us a message through our website to book an Este Medical UK skincare consultation.

How to Get Rid of Milia

If milia bumps on your face are a bother, you should consider a skin-safe milia spot removal treatment.

To remove milia from skin, there are a few options available on the market. If you haven’t tried to remove milia before, and your concerns are mild, you could try a drugstore spot treatment first.

Figuring out how to remove milia spots most effectively can take some research, and at-home treatments will vary from person to person. Gentle skin exfoliation can help shift milia; you can try a product like La Roche Posay Ultra Fine Scrub, as this skin scrub is a gentle, non-irritating exfoliant.

For something a little stronger, SkinCeuticals Glycolic Removal Cleanser Gel offers 8% glycolic acid to help exfoliate skin and boost skin cell turnover.

In-Salon Milia Treatment: Professional Milia Spot Treatment Is The Best!

If at-home milia exfoliation doesn’t remove white skin spots, then it might be time to try a specialist salon treatment or medical clinic milia procedure instead.

If you have milia under eyes, or milia around nose, these areas of the face are more delicate, so if you are worried you will damage your skin, then a salon or cosmetic clinic treatment for milia spots is probably best.

At Este, we offer Lamprobe treatment for milia removal. Lamprobe milia skincare treatment involves a probe being placed on the milia spot you want removed. The Lamprobe probe device emits radio-frequency energy that is applied to a milia bump for a few seconds, as the heated probe touches the spot it causes an exfoliation.

The radio-frequency energy heat wave works to electro-dessicate and electro-coagulate the skin condition (i.e., milia skin bumps) in question.

Milia Treatment at Este Medical Group

Lamprobe is an effective treatment for a range of skin conditions, including: 

  • Milia
  • Benign moles
  • Keratoses
  • Skin tags
  • Cysts
  • Clogged pores
  • Age spots

Contact Este Medical Group for a skincare consultation to treat milia skin spots. We also offer one of the best exfoliating skincare treatments, HydraFacial, which is recommended about once a month to keep your skin glowing, refreshed, and spot-free!

What Not To Do With Milia Bumps

Anyone who’s ever had a skin spot knows just how hard it is to resist the urge to pick, squeeze, or scratch a blemish. Milia are stubborn little spots that don’t take kindly to being picked at; messing with milia can make the condition worse. If you think you have milia spots, we recommend that you do not:

  • Pick, poke or squeeze milia
  • Use skin products containing paraffin or petroleum

Alternative salon methods of milia removal include treating skin spots with a lance and specialist milia removal tool. We don’t advise you squeeze, lance, or use specialist beauty tools at home, because without expert knowledge of skincare and spot removal you may put your skin at risk of infection and scarring. 

What If It’s Not Milia?

If you have white bumps on face, but it is not milia, then you could be dealing with deeply clogged pores or comedones (e.g., small white or dark bumps that give skin rough texture). Comedones are a type of acne caused by a build-up of sebum, and are a fairly common skin condition for people who have oily, blemish-prone skin.

Products with either salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide are your best bet at tackling these annoying little dark, white and flesh-coloured bumps.

We also recommend you send us a message through our website and ask about skin-safe chemical peels and HydraFacial treatments for renewing and deep cleansing acne skin. 

Why Choose Este Medical For Professional Milia Spot Removal

Milia spots might be unpleasant to look at, but they pose zero health concerns, and aren’t a symptom of a serious underlying skin problem. If milia spots are bothering you, try at-home products first and give them a chance to work for a month or two.

If a drugstore milia treatment is not delivering results, then book an in-salon or cosmetic clinic milia treatment like our Este Medical Lamprobe skincare procedure. 

Let us help you reach your skincare and beauty goals with our professional face and body treatments, book an Este UK consultation today!

Last Updated:

June 19, 2023

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