Undoubtedly, those small white bumps just under your eyes or somewhere on your face are a total downer when it comes to flaunting spotless, glowing skin. But do you know what these actually are? Often misconstrued as acne or warts, these ugly bumps are nothing but Milia, commonly known as ‘Milk Spots’.
So, What Exactly Is Milia?
Milia, scientifically termed as ‘milium cyst’, is a cluster of small, blister-like, dome-shaped, keratin-filled lumps formed on the skin that are usually white or yellow in color. They are usually painless and occur chiefly around the eyes, nose, cheeks, chin, neck and even in the torso and genitalia. Although, they are commonly noticed in children, but adults too have them due to a lack of proper skin care regime.
What Causes Milia?
The primary cause of milia is total absence of skin’s natural ability to exfoliate causing the dead cells to get trapped underneath the surface layer of the skin. The accumulation of trapped cells gradually gets keratinized and eventually turn hard to clog the pores as milia. However, in older children, teenagers and adults, milia usually occurs due to some sort of skin damage including blistering injuries, burns, genodermatosis (an inherited genetic skin condition), sun damage, ageing skin, pore-clogging skin care products, and long-term use of steroid creams.
Although they aren’t itchy or inflamed, but they do definitely mar the beauty and hence require proper care and treatment. While a chronic condition might require medicated ointments and professional extraction, if you have the mild type and prefer a natural way, we got your back!
This easy-to-do, simple, skin routine if followed religiously is sure to gradually treat milia spots and bestow a more even, blemish-free complexion.
DIY Skin Care Ritual For Milia Spots
Step 1: Cleansing
Lemon – Honey Cleanser
2 tbsp lemon juice
2 tsp manuka honey
5 drops of jojoba oil
Mix all the ingredients in a small bowl.
Use a damp cotton ball to apply the solution all over your face.
Let it sit for 15 minutes.
Wash off with cool water.
Cover your head with a towel and bend over a large bowl filled with hot water.
Allow your face to absorb the steam to help open the pores.
How It Works:
Imbued with astringent and anti-inflammatory properties, lemon juice reduces the size of skin pores and helps in drying the milia spots. While honey soothes the affected area and prevents further microbial infections, jojoba oil controls oil production and inhibits acne and pimples.
Step 2: Exfoliation
Sugar-Castor Oil Scrub
1 tbsp granulated sugar
1 tbsp castor oil
Whip up a coarse paste.
Apply it all over the affected areas.
Gently exfoliate in upward strokes for 10 minutes.
Wash off with luke-warm water.
How It Works:
Touted for its excellent exfoliative properties, sugar is excellent in inhibiting the accumulation of keratin beneath the skin surface and eliminating the stubborn lumps of milia over time. Castor oil not only absorbs excess oil but also helps in vanishing milia over time.
Step 4: Facial Peel Pack
Pomegranate - Yogurt Peel-Off Mask
1 tsp homemade yogurt
4 tsp pomegranate peel powder
1 tsp tea tree oil
2 tsp agar-agar powder
Combine all the ingredients in a bowl.
Heat the bowl in a double boiler.
Mix it properly until the agar-agar powder is fully dissolved.
Let the mixture cool, then apply onto the skin using a brush.
Wait for 20 minutes till it dries, and then carefully peel off the mask.
How It Works:
The abundance of antioxidants in pomegranate peel powder help in the production of collagen while scourging the dead skin cells away. The anti-bacterial properties of tea tree oil soothe inflamed skin and help in thwarting off skin infections whereas yogurt in this face peel helps in enhancing the skin texture and bestows a radiant lustrous complexion.