Ever noticed those pesky little white bumps under the skin that seam to pop up from nowhere and never go away? No matter how much squeezing, poking and prodding they just wont budge.
These are not just a stubborn white head; they are known as milia. When dead skin cells and keratin (a strong building blocks type protein found in skin, hair and nails) become trapped between the layers of the epidermis, and a fine layer of skin grows over the top almost capping this accumulation of cells, preventing it from naturally sloughing off. They are not harmful but can be a bit of a nuisance, in most cases there is no underlying health concern, however, in rare cases an autoimmune or genetic condition may be the rout cause of excess milia. (don’t panic, this is not very common at all) Even babies get Milia.
Milia often appear underneath the eyes and on top of the cheekbones, but they can crop up anywhere, eyelids are another pesky area they can often be seen. It’s a really common problem that can affect anyone of any age and skin type, but it is particularly common in people with drier skin types or those with sun-damaged skin because skin cell turnover may be more sluggish. Milia can be stubborn and difficult to get rid of but all is not lost –