We’ve all had those annoying white lumps on our faces that appear out of nowhere. You may be tempted to pop them, but hold on!
These small blemishes, known as milia and they require specific attention. This article will explain what these bumps are, why they won’t pop, and how to successfully deal with them.
Dealing with Little White Bumps On Your Face that Won’t Pop
These small blemishes, known as milia, require specific attention.
Because milia aren’t dangerous, they don’t need to be treated. Talk to your doctor about getting rid of your milia if you don’t like how they look on your face. Some treatments for removing milia are:
- You can buy adapalene gel over the counter or tretinoin cream with a prescription.
- Getting rid of the milia surgically in the office of your doctor by poking holes in it and pressing the contents out.
- People with milia can get rid of them with cryotherapy.
- Lotions with medicine or the drug minocycline are used to treat milia en plaque.
Milia can’t be stopped completely. Good skin care can help adults avoid getting milia and other skin problems.
Put on lotion and sunscreen. People who spend too much time in the sun often get milia. The dead skin cells stick to your skin more, making it harder for them to fall off.
For your skin to be able to heal itself properly, you should use sunscreen and lotion every day. Even in the winter and when you’re inside for a long time near a window, use sunscreen.
Try not to use thick creams or ointments. These things can make your skin red and clogged pores, which stops your skin from naturally exfoliating.
Clean your face. Your pores will get clogged up with dirt and sweat. Too much of this can cause acne and other face issues.
A daily wash will get rid of the dirt and grime on your face, letting your skin cleanse. Cleanse your face every day to help your skin get rid of dead cells.
Get going early. If you or your child get milia, teach them how important it is to take care of their face. As they get bigger, teach them how to stay safe in the sun by using sunscreen and wearing hats and other sun-protective clothes.
Is Milia A Cause For Concern?
Milia are little white bumps that show up on the skin. They tend to be grouped together on the lips, cheeks, and chin, but they can show up anywhere.
Milia form when skin flake gets stuck under the skin’s surface or when keratin builds up and gets stuck.
Milia most often happens to babies who are just born. A review from 2008 found that 40 to 50 percent of babies have milia on their skin within a month of being born. Milia can happen to kids, teens, and adults, too, though.
Most of the time, milia in babies go away on their own without any treatment. In adults, this doesn’t happen nearly as often, and they’re usually pulled or taken out in some other way.
There are some things you can do to help your wound heal faster and stop more milia from appearing. Read on to find out more.
1. Do Not Pick At Them, Poke Them, Or Try To Take Them Off
When milia on your face or your child’s face bother you, don’t pick at them. When you try to get rid of milia, the bumps may bleed, scab over, and scar. Also, scraping the skin can spread germs to the area. This could lead to an illness.
When it comes to babies younger than 6 months, it’s best to leave the bumps alone. If the bumps worry you, you should take your child to the doctor.
2. Make The Area Clean
Do not use parabens in the soap you wash your face with every day. Soaps that aren’t mild will take away the oils that your face needs to stay healthy and balanced.
Do not let your skin dry naturally after washing it. Instead, pat it dry. This will help keep your skin from getting dry or chafed.
3. Steam Makes Your Pores Open
If you want to get rid of even more irritants, you might find it helpful to steam open your pores after cleaning.
Here’s one way to do it:
First, sit in your bathroom with the shower on high. Warm steam will slowly fill the room.
For 5 to 8 minutes, sit in the steam. The steam will slowly open up your pores, letting out any skin flaky or irritating substances that might be stuck inside.
Turn off the shower and wait a few minutes after sitting in the steam. Dry your face with a towel and then wash it with lukewarm water to get rid of any residue. Do this before leaving the hot room.
4. Gently Exfoliate The Area
If you want to keep your skin free of the things that cause milia, you might want to exfoliate it gently. Some exfoliating products stop your skin from making too much keratin. Look for cleansers that have salicylic acid, citric acid, or glycolic acid in them to exfoliate.
If you exfoliate too often, it can hurt your face, so don’t do it every day. Use a cleaner that scrubs your face once a week to see if that helps your milia.
5. Get A Face Peel
Facial peels with chemicals that remove dead skin cells may also help, but be careful when using them. More milia can show up if you use a face peel that is too strong for your skin.
Face peels are probably safe for you to keep using as long as they’re already part of your skincare routine. I think it might even help get rid of milia. Peels with salicylic acid or glycolic acid are best if you can avoid them.
Use peels for more than just getting rid of milia bumps if you’re new to them. The chemicals in a facial peel could be bad for your skin. This could make milia worse.
6. Put On Retinoid Cream
Some experts say that retinoid creams put on the skin can help get rid of milia. Vitamin A is in retinoid creams. This vitamin is very important for skin health.
One time a day, use any product that has retinoid or retinol, which is a weaker form of retinoid. After washing and drying your face, put it on.
Every day, you must use sunscreen if you are using a retinoid or retinol cream. Skin damage from the sun is more likely to happen if you wear them.
7. Choose A Light Sunscreen For Your Face
To keep the skin on your face safe from UV rays, you should already use sunscreen every day. Using the right sunscreen can also help lessen the skin discomfort that leads to milia.
Look for a sunscreen that is made to be put on the face. Make sure it has at least 30 SPF. If the sun makes your skin very sensitive, you might want to use something with an SPF of 100.
Soaps that are good for your skin will be made with mineral oil instead of other oils that can clog your pores. Make sure that your sunscreen doesn’t have any ingredients that you are allergic to or sensitive to by reading them closely.
Milia are tenacious, but with the correct information and care, they can be efficiently managed and prevented. Remember that popping these small white pimples can cause more harm than good. Instead, use safe therapies or seek professional advice from a dermatologist.
Thanks for reading. I hope you find it helpful.