What is Milia and how can I get rid of it?

What is Milia and how can I get rid of it?

March 14, 2023

Have you ever spotted a small white cyst somewhere on your skin? Did you try to pop this skin imperfection, misidentifying it as a typical white head?

These small cysts are called milia and they are harmless pockets under the surface of your skin. They typically go away on their own after some time, but people often look for quicker treatments as they affect the appearance of your skin.

 But before we go into treatment options, lets explain why milia happens.


What causes milia?

Milia are white cysts that form underneath the skin and are full of keratin and trapped skin cells. They’re a very common skin imperfection and anyone can get them. Milia typically finds itself around the eyelids, cheeks, nose, and chin.


Because milia is caused by trapped dead skin cells, you can avoid the development of them by frequently exfoliating or using a cleanser on your skin. Other ways that you can reduce your risk is by avoiding excessive exposure to the sun, using a thicker facial cream, and avoiding the use of steroids for longer than your provider prescribes.


How do you get rid of milia?

 There are a few ways that you can go about the removal of milia. But it is important to remember that you should never pick, poke, or squeeze milia to try and remove it yourself. Doing so can lead to further damage and scarring.


  1. Manual extractions

The best way to safely and effectively remove pesky milia bumps is to see a dermatologist or esthetician for extraction. This process involves a small puncture of the capsule and applied pressure to remove the contents.


  1. Electrocautery

 In some cases, a dermatologist may use heat to remove milia. The heat is generated from an electric current and when applied to the milia, it causes a scab to form which helps to destroy and get rid of the milia.


  1. Cryotherapy

Cryotherapy is a treatment used for various reasons and one of them is milia removal. Liquid nitrogen is used to destroy the milia, which can sometimes cause a blister or scab that will later subside. With this treatment, there is also a risk of hyperpigmentation so it should be used with caution.


  1. Topical retinoids

 A topical retinoid or retinol can help remove some milia over time if used consistently.



  1. Exfoliation

 Exfoliating brushes and cleansers can help slowly diminish and prevent milia. This treatment option is best suited for small milia.


Treatment Options 

At Anikabeauty, we offer an in-house treatment option for milia removal. This treatment is called radiofrequency and it is a non-invasive treatment that utilizes both low and high radio frequency to treat skin imperfections on the epidermal level.


Product Recommendations 

Shop our collection of products that can help remove and prevent milia.

  • Skin renewal by Essential Dermaceuticals – This retinol encourages cellular turnover and skin renewal, diminishes the appearance of fine fines, wrinkles, and brown spots, while also addressing acneic/oily skin.
  • Gly Sal pads – Convenient, natural alpha and beta hydroxy acid pads reveal younger, healthier, softer, smoother skin. Formulated with 5% Glycolic Acid derived from Sugar Cane, 2% Salicylic Acid derived from Willow Bark Extract, Lavender Essential Oil, and anti-inflammatories.
  • Skin Resurfacing Creme by Visual Changes - Reveals new skin for a natural, youthful glow; helps produce collagen to smooth lines and firm the skin; and provides free radical protection to reverse and slow the aging process. It also protects collagen and elastin from glycation and destructive enzyme breakdown.


If you have any questions about milia or would like to schedule a consultation, contact Teresa Paquin at Anikabeauty today! 603.595.0224