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Eliza22 Thu 04-Dec-14 08:35:19

How do you prevent these and how can you get rid of them?

I had one on my chin which was tiny and I ignored. Now, I've developed a few more. Spoke to a pharmacist to see if there was anything topically I could use and he said that they tend to just go by themselves. That was 12+ months ago! Now, I have 3 tiny ones on my (inner) brow bone.

Anyone any ideas? Anything that works? Skin peel, maybe? confused

Bowchickawowow Thu 04-Dec-14 08:36:39

I can't help but would be interested in responses - I have lots!
I have seen milia removal as a treatment on salon websites but never really looked into it.

KikitheKitKat Thu 04-Dec-14 08:48:33

I had mine removed at a salon as part of a facial once (I only wanted the milia removed but the facial was obligatory!) It worked OK and they onkly came back very gradually. I think my treatment was about 7 years ago and they are still not as abundant as before.

FluffyDucky Thu 04-Dec-14 08:49:41

Typically they're caused by sebum being caught under the skin, so you could be using skin products that are too rich for your skin type. People often get them around the eyes, because the skin is so thin there and they put too much cream on!
Exfoliate regularly and take off makeup properly (no wipes!) if you can treat yourself to the occasional facial even better.

I've had mine removed before, they can get pretty big, a licensed beautician will steam the face to open the pores, then carefully use a hollow needle (very small) to pierce it and pick it out. But they won't do this until they are 'ripe'!

Greengardenpixie Thu 04-Dec-14 09:04:42

They slso won't do it around the eyes. Well thats what they told me!

Eliza22 Thu 04-Dec-14 09:06:04

Ripe....lovely grin

I think I need to look at my skin care then. Maybe something other than No7 Protect & Perfect. I do wear makeup every day but have never, ever (well, since I was a student) gone to bed without careful cleansing and would never use wipes! My sister uses wipes and has perfect skin but mine's more sensitive than hers.

Am hoping someone will come along with a "miracle" product to gradually get rid of them.

shopafrolic Thu 04-Dec-14 09:09:42

Oily eye make up removers make mine worse around my eyes - I am still on the hunt for an eye make up remover that takes off all make up but isn't too oily......

Milmingebag Thu 04-Dec-14 09:12:22

You can sterilise a needle and pierce the skin sideways and then they pop out like an egg.

most satisfying

burnishedsilver Thu 04-Dec-14 10:18:45

I think there's a thread here somewhere recommending calamine lotion.

flapmyfunnels Thu 04-Dec-14 10:39:50

I've developed lots of milia around my eyes over the last couple of years. I've got sensitive skin which has got more sensitive as I've got older and I think i buggered it up by using wipes for about 3 years after I had my DS. Then I switched to an organic balm + hot cloth cleansing but realized eventually that this was making it worse because it was too oily/heavy. Now I've been using LRP Toleriane for a few months and they're not getting worse but they do come and go. I wonder if there's a hormonal element too as they vary during my cycle and my hormones are shifting a bit these days (I'm 45).
I do pop them when they get ripe (obviously not for the pleasure it gives me) because that's the only way they go away, but I'm very conscious of them and sometimes they're really obvious.
If anyone's got any other advice, I'd love to hear it too.

Eliza22 Thu 04-Dec-14 13:00:29

I'm 52 so, could be hormonal. Have no menopausal symptoms yet but I can't be far off. The annoying thing is, I have good skin, otherwise. I don't really trust myself with needles!

Eliza22 Thu 04-Dec-14 13:04:23

I use Garnier Miceller Water stuff (not oily) to remove mascara/eye makeup.

FrugalFashionista Thu 04-Dec-14 13:05:48

My milia are gone since I stopped undereye creams and moisturizers. Baby oil used as an eye makeup remover resulted in milia on eyelids. Mineral makeup used without moisturizing first also caused some, but prepping the skin with a water-silicone based serum stops this. Micellar water also helps.

My gut feel is that you may be using skincare/ creams/ oils that are too heavy for your skin type.

FrugalFashionista Thu 04-Dec-14 13:10:19

If you are patient, they will ripen and burst/ fall out on their own. That's how I've dealt with the eye area, it takes 6... 12 months or longer. All others are gone but there is still one on my right temple...

Bonsoir Thu 04-Dec-14 13:13:00

A private cosmetic dermatologist can remove them by making a tiny cut and squeezing out the white stuff. Shouldn't cost much and they held in 24h.

DP and I both have milia dealt with by our dermatologist from time to time.

KikitheKitKat Thu 04-Dec-14 14:44:05

I think they are probably genetic (partly at least) as my Dad had loads of them. Like most men of his generation he didn't moisturise at all.

Fabulassie Thu 04-Dec-14 15:12:23

I had a lot of them around my eyes/cheekbone for years and they've all gone. I think it's down to my using a serum with glycolic acid in it at night (Olay Regenerist night serum). I've also been using the Boots No 7 cleansing brush thing and that has likely helped as well.

shopafrolic Thu 04-Dec-14 21:25:47

Waves to Frugal

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