Dr Julia Sen, Consultant Ophthalmic Plastic, Reconstructive & Cosmetic Surgeon
    Dr Julia Sen, Consultant Ophthalmic Plastic, Reconstructive & Cosmetic Surgeon

      MILIA

      What are Milia?

      Milia are small pale whitish-yellow cysts which form under the skin. They frequently occur on the eyelids but may occur elsewhere on the face and body. They may be present from birth or any time thereafter.

      The cysts contain keratin, a protein made by the skin and also found in hair and nails.

      Milia are not painful or itchy unless irritated by scratching. They may appear spontaneously or secondary to burns (including sunburn), skin resurfacing treatments, topical application of steroids and some petrolatum products and blistering disorders of the skin.

      Milia are not harmful but may be a cosmetic concern.

      Treatments options

      • Topical Vitamin A (Retinoids)
      • Deroofing using a sterile needle
      • Chemical peels
      • Laser ablation
      • Diathermy (heat treatment)
      • Cryotherapy (freezing treatment)

      Prevention

      Use a daily cleanser containing Vitamin A and Salicylic Acid (e.g. iS Clinical Cleansing Complex) and a non-comedogenic Sunscreen (e.g. iS Clinical Eclipse SPF 50+)

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