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.
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.
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.
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.
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