Did you just notice ugly spots on your face and are panicking because you don’t know what they are? Are they hard and white bumps?
Relax, they are nothing harmful, they are just milia. These keratin-filled cysts mostly occur on cheeks, nose, forehead and chest, and are most commonly found on babies. Everyone wants skin as flawless as possible, and so do you. But you need to provide some nourishing care daily to your skin for it to have a healthy glow! There are simple home remedies that help to get rid of these milia unseemly bumps – all you have to do is be calm and patient and let nature work its magic on you!
Let us see what causes the milia to appear in the first place
- Clogging of skin pores when dead skin cells are accumulated
- Excessive secretion of sebum
- Use of oily products and heavy makeup
- Hormonal changes
- Use of steroidal creams over a long time
- Blistering injuries
- Prolonged exposure to sun
- Genetic reasons in some cases
- Skin-resurfacing procedures like dermabrasion and laser treatments
- Not enough exfoliation
What are the symptoms of milia?
There are various types of milia, depending on the age at which they appear or their causes, like neonatal milia, juvenile milia, multiple eruptive milia, milia en plaqua, primary milia in children and adults, traumatic milia and milia associated with drugs. These little uglies are easy to spot on your own.
- White or yellowish bumps, appearing on your face and chest.
- Hard to touch.
- Generally not painful or itchy.
The best home remedies to get rid of milia
There are treatments for milia like chemical peels or laser ablation, skin medications like topical retinoids, removing the cysts using extreme heat, surgical scraping or freezing. All of these treatments sound too terrifying to be let anywhere near your face for such small milia bumps! There are far easier and cheaper options using ingredients straight from your kitchen and pantry!
This wonder ingredient is a natural humectant that retains moisture in your skin.
- Apply raw honey on your kin and leave it on for about 15 minutes and wash it off. You can repeat this everyday till you see the bumps disappearing.
- Or mix one tablespoon of jojoba oil with two tablespoons of raw honey and follow the same procedure.
- Or turn it into a scrub by adding three tablespoons of oatmeal and one tablespoon of granulated sugar to raw honey. Use the scrub once or twice a week – apply it and leave it on for 15-20 minutes and then rinse it off thoroughly, gently rubbing it off your skin making circular movements. The scrub will unclog the blocked pores and you will see improvements quite soon!
2. Sugar-Lemon Scrub
Here is another scrub to help you get rid of the unsightly bumps. Mix two tablespoons of granulated sugar, juice of half a lemon and one teaspoon olive oil. Gently scrub your face with this mixture, leave it on to dry for 15-20 minutes and wash it off.
3. Castor Oil
Castor oil has antibacterial properties and it also controls production of excess oil from your skin.
- Gently massage the oil on the affected area until it is completely absorbed by the skin.
- You can also use a 50-50 combination of castor oil and olive oil.
- Or make a paste of castor oil and baking soda and apply that on the milia, and wash it off after 30 minutes.
4. Facial Sauna
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