Milium is a small, white bump around eyes, nose and cheeks; sometimes referred to as milk spots. These masses are often found in groups, and therefore called milia.
Milia are harmless but many people would to like them removed. They can sometimes clear up without any treatment and sometimes persist for longer than expected. They occur when keratin (strong protein found in skin, hair and nail cells) is trapped beneath the skin surface. Though common in people of all ages, milia are most common in newborns.
Milia is caused by trapped keratin in your skin clogging up the sweat ducts.
Milia, in adult, occurs due to various reason like a rash due to allergic reactions and irritation from harsh cosmetic and skin care products. The number of skin cells trapped under the skin surface increases after an injury, burn or blistering of the skin. Damage of skin cells due to sun is another contributing factor.
Natural treatment is always the safe and best method to cure any kind of skin or health disorder. Same is the case for milia. Here are some home treatments that can be effective for eliminating milia at home.
The granular oatmeal removes the dead skin cells and also opens the clogged pores. Its moisturizing properties also provides relief from dryness.
Sugar is an easy exfoliating agent and a staple ingredient in every household. It helps in removing dead skin cells from the skin and prevent it from getting clogged. Lemon and olive oil helps to lock moisture in the skin and make it soft and brighter.
Continue with the process for twice a week unless you get some visible changes.
The astringent properties of apple cider vinegar helps in minimizing pores and drying up the oily skin. It acts as a natural cleansing agent and removes the dead skin cells. Corn starch, on the other hand, absorbs the excess of oil produced by the skin and prevents the possible clogging of the pores.
Baking soda is a very good exfoliating agent that helps remove dead skin cells. It also maintains the pH level of the skin and keeps it even and clear by unclogging the pores.
If you have a dry skin, avoid this method as baking soda can make your skin very dry.
Cinnamon helps to kill the bacteria that contribute to inflamed or clogged pores. The anti-inflammatory properties in Cinnamon helps many skin related problems including milia.
Sandalwood and rosewater forms a best combination for treating many skin problems. This mixture also soothes the skin by exfoliating the dead skin cells and regulating the oil production in the skin.
Rich in starch, potatoes make one of the best and easiest ways to reduce milia. The antioxidant, and astringent properties in potatoes helps control the excess sebum productions from the skin and also exfoliates the dead skin cells.
Enriched with natural goodness to heal many health and skin problems, aloe vera works effectively in healing simple to chronic skin problems including milia.
Alternatively, you can extract the aloe gel and apply it on the affected areas before bed and rinse it with cold water the very next morning.
Rice bran is rich in antioxidant and skin hydrating properties and so are used in many skin care products. It is also helpful in removing impurities and dead skin cells from the skin.
Honey helps to exfoliate the dead skin cells while retaining the moisture of the skin. With the richness of amino acids, vitamins, minerals and enzymes along with antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and humectant properties, honey does wonders to your skin.
You can also apply raw honey to milia affected skin areas and rinse off when dry. Continuing the same process daily can give commendable results.
Natural remedies when followed properly can give amazing results. We hope you get rid of your every skin problem with these safe and easy home solutions.
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