A milium cyst is a small, hard, white bump that typically appears on the nose, cheeks and eye area. These cysts are often found in groups. Multiple cysts are called milia and may be known as 'milk spots'

Milia occur when keratin and dead skin becomes trapped beneath the surface of the skin. Keratin is a strong protein that’s typically found in skin tissues, hair, and nail cells.

Milia tend to occur after trauma due to allergic reactions and irritation from harsh products. After an injury, burn or blistering of the skin, the number of skin cells trapped under the skin's surface can increase.  Another important factor which can cause milia is using face creams which are too rich thus preventing natural exfoliation from occurring. Sun damage is another contributing factor.

How to care for milia?

Use exfoliating products in your skin regime, and avoid facial cleansing wipes.

Wear sunscreen.

Ensure face cloths and makeup brushes are cleaned regularly.

Do not try to remove them yourself as this could damage the skin and cause scarring.

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