Why have I got Milia on my face? What are they?

Why have I got Milia on my face? What are they?

Milia are small white bumps. They are made from keratin that has become trapped under your skin.They are very unsightly. How can I get rid of them?


If you have only one it is a Milium. More than one? Then they are called “Milia”

Keratin is a natural type of protein, found in your skin, hair and nails.

Also known as oil seeds, or milk spots.

These are tiny cysts that develop due to harmless buildups of keratin under the skin.

They are quite common on the face.

Most people complain about them being under the eye area or even on the eyelids. Usually; this type of Milia will remain. You have to have them removed.

Why do we get them? We don’t really know, but they are not related to acne.


Children or adults can get Milia.They often appear on the eyelids, forehead, cheeks or even genitals, but they are not due to any skin damage.


Milia can appear on your face after your skin has been damaged. This can be due to burns, rashes, blisters or excessive exposure to sunlight.

They develop as the skin heals.

The reason that sun damage can cause them is because it makes skin rougher, therefore it is more difficult for dead cells to rise up to the skin’s surface and allow them to shed normally.

Sometimes, Milia can disappear without treatment, but they also can be very persistent.

They don’t shift at all. This means that you will have to consider ways to have them removed.

They can occur in newborn babies but normally disappear within a few weeks.

This can be due to genetics, or a buildup of keratin. Due to the use of heavy creams and non-comedogenic products.

You cannot and should not squeeze them !

Milia don’t have an opening onto the skin, like a pimple has. A simple squeeze will not remove them.

Various treatments can help safely remove Milia.

Contact me to today to make an appointment to discuss your options in saying “Goodbye” to them!