Never heard of milia? They are small white nodules on the face, usually below the eyes, on the cheeks or temples, which are often mistaken for pimples but cannot be squeezed. Tikbow asked an expert where grits come from and how to remove them.
What are milia?
Even though they look similar, milia are completely different from pimples. They are small cornifications that form in the sebaceous ducts of the face. It is true that pimples can also form there, but they have a different cause: impurities. Milia, on the other hand, also known as grains, consist of sebum and keratin, a skin-own horny substance, and are benign cysts that develop under the skin and should therefore never be removed like pimples.
Why do you get milia?
There are two reasons for the development of skin grains: predisposition and/or too rich skin care products. If dead skin cells are trapped in the pores and pasted by heavy creams, they become keratinized and turn into small cysts, which turn white-yellowish to beige, from where they get their name, and stand out clearly from the skin. Sounds more dramatic than it is: Milia are merely a harmless beauty problem. Nevertheless, those affected would probably like to do without them – especially if the grains are predisposed to appear in the same places over and over again. After all, milia are visually similar to pimples, disturb the even appearance of the skin and unfortunately cannot be removed by the skin itself.
How to get rid of milia?
With the expert like the Münchener dermatologist Dr. med. Timm Golüke. The milieu is scratched with a lancet by the dermatologist or a well-trained beautician,” he explains to Tikbow. “This allows the milieu to reach the surface and be removed. Unprofessional drumming around without the appropriate tools will not bring anything – at most scars.
Can milia be avoided?
Women can save themselves the trouble of extreme cleansing offensives or daily peels; milia have nothing to do with poor hygiene. People with a predisposition know that they always return. In order to keep the skin’s appearance within manageable limits, it is advisable to use skin care products with a particularly light texture. It is also advisable to visit the beautician about every two months to have the milia treated. This works best as long as they are still small – "the easier the milia comes out", knows Dr. Golüke.