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What is Milia?

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What are Milia?

Milia are tiny white bumps or cysts that appear under the skin. These bumps are often confused with acne, but they are really a completely different type of skin breakout. They are typically one to two millimeters(1-2 mm) in size and can show up as single bump or in clusters. Milia are most common in newborns but many adults and children suffer from them as well. They are not contagious and are painless and completely harmless.

How to treat Milia?

Although milia are found in the outer layers of skin, they are difficult to remove without the proper tools. Do not try to remove them at home, as you may leave a scar. Milia are best treated in a dermatology office or by a licensed Aesthetician. The practitioner will create an opening in the above layer of skin and express the milium contents. Although it sounds invasive, milia extractions are rather quick and pain free. If you are prone to milia, a topical retinoid may be prescribed to help decrease the frequency of break outs.

Dr. Michelle Pennie

Written by : Dr. Michelle Pennie

Board Certified Dermatologist, Fellowship Trained Mohs Surgeon

Dr. Michelle Pennie is a board-certified dermatologist and fellowship-trained Mohs Micrographic surgeon. She completed her undergraduate degree at Dartmouth College, medical school and residency at Emory University and fellowship training with Dr. George Hruza at The Laser & Dermatologic Surgery Center in Chesterfield, Missouri.

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