Milia are small, bump-like cysts that appear on the skin. These white bumps develop when skin flakes or keratin (a protein found in skin tissues, hair, and nail cells) become trapped beneath the surface of the skin.

What are Milia?

Milia are common in newborn babies, but can also affect children, adolescents and adults. With newborns, the condition almost always resolves on its own, but in adults milia often require treatment.


Symptoms of Milia

Milia are small (1-2 millimeters in size) dome-shaped bumps that are usually white or yellow. 

They typically appear on the face—on the eyelids, nose, lips, cheeks, or chin—but can occur anywhere on the body. Milia are usually not itchy or painful, but may cause discomfort for some people; if they are causing discomfort for you, avoid picking, poking, or trying to remove the bumps, which can cause bleeding, scabbing, scarring, and even infection. 

Skin Science Dermatology offers effective treatment options for the removal of milia. A thorough consultation with Dr. Geeta Yadav, a highly-skilled dermatologist, will determine your best treatment options.

Milia Treatment Options


Following application of a local or topical anesthetic, electrocautery uses light electrical current to heat the skin and destroy the milia. Because this procedure only affects the outermost layers of the skin, the treatment typically does not leave a scar. Depending on your condition, 1-3 treatments may be required.


The professional extraction of milia involves the use of a sterile needle to create an incision in the skin, making way for careful removal. To avoid infection and scarring, extraction should never be attempted at home.

Shave Excision

Shave excision involves the use of a thin, razor-like tool to carefully slice away the milia. The procedure is simple, and does not require any stitches, therefore reducing the risk of scarring.

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