Saturday, 16 February 2013

Understanding...Milia

Milia is the name given to those annoying tiny white lumps that can appear on the skin, often around the eye area.

An individual bump is referred to as a milium (or sometimes a milk spot or oil seed) and is basically a keratin-filled cyst that is formed when a build up of sebum and dead skin cells becomes trapped under the epidermis (the outer layer of skin).

The main cause of milia is, in most cases, regular use of heavy skincare products that can stop dead skin cells exfoliating naturally. Comedogenic ingredients and prolonged sun exposure are also big triggers for milia.

To prevent milia, try using light creams and products that contain non-comedogenic ingredients (see recommendations below).

To rid your skin of milia, try using a gentle exfoliator such as the Elemis Gentle Rose Exfoliator 50ml (£27.00 www.timetospa.co.uk / $40.00 www.timetospa.com)

If all else fails, visit a facialist who will steam your face and lance those lumps using a fine needle. It won’t hurt...trust me.

Recommendations 
  1. Alpha-H Daily Essential Moisturiser 50ml (£27.00 www.cultbeauty.co.uk / $36.66 www.beautybay.com
  2. Cetaphil Moisturising Cream 100ml (£9.40 / $16.45 www.feelunique.com
  3. Lancôme Rénergie Lift Multi-Action Eye 15ml (£47.00 Harrods / $68.00 www.lancome-usa.com
  4. Burt's Bees Intense Hydration Treatment Mask (£28.98 www.burtsbees.co.uk / $17.99 Target)

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