Facial milia are tiny white bumps filled with keratin that are commonly found around the eyes and on the cheeks. Milia are a result of the inadequate shedding of skin cells. When the skin cells don’t shed properly, they become trapped and piled on top of each other, forming a small bump. Milia don’t pose a health risk, but people like to remove them for aesthetic reasons. Facial milia can be caused by genetics, use of thick makeup or oily skin care products and a history of sun damage.


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Exfoliate daily with a gentle facial scrub. The tiny exfoliating beads in the scrub will buff away the trapped skin cells and smooth out the surface of the skin. Wet the skin and massage the scrub onto your face in a circular motion. Rinse off with cool water.

Apply a thin layer of salicylic acid onto problem areas every night. Salicylic acid is a chemical exfoliant that breaks down the “sticky” bonds that keep the skin cells stuck to each other.

Try using a home microdermabrasion kit about once a week. This is a milder version of the microdermabrasion done at a spa salon or dermatologist’s office. It basically involves chemically exfoliating the first layer of skin and removing the keratin-filled bumps.

Use an oil-free, light moisturizer to prevent your skin from overdrying. Scrubbing daily and using the salicylic acid can dry out your skin, which is why it’s important to keep it hydrated. Remember that heavy skin care products can aggravate the problem of facial milia, so make sure the moisturizer you choose is oil-free.

Finally, try getting a facial from a professional esthetician. She will be able to remove the facial milia by extracting the dead skin cells trapped below the surface of your skin. An esthetician will have the machinery and skill to perform this procedure without irritating or damaging your skin.