Can you remove milia yourself?

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asked Jan 2, 2022 in Body/Skin by 24dpj (620 points)
Can you remove milia yourself?

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answered Jan 6, 2022 by Jamminjammie (4,130 points)
You can usually remove milia yourself at home.

To remove milia yourself at home you can try an oatmeal scrub, a steam bath, or applying honey, castor oil or apple cider vinegar to the milia bumps.

These home remedies probably work instantly. But with continuous use these milia treatments may reduce or prevent them.

Milia are small white bumps that appear on the skin.

They're usually grouped together on the nose, cheeks, and chin, though they may appear elsewhere.

Milia develops when skin flakes become trapped under the surface of the skin, or when keratin builds up and gets trapped.

Milia develops when tiny skin flakes become trapped in small pockets near the surface of the skin.

Although milia can develop at any age, they're most common among newborns.

The tiny white bumps most commonly appear on a baby's nose, chin, or cheeks.

In older people they also occur mainly on the face, but can occur anywhere.

Milia usually disappears on their own in a few weeks in newborns, but can persist in older children and adults.

Milia rarely need to be removed.

Milia happen when the dead skin cells don't slough away.

Instead, they get caught under the new skin, harden, and form a milium. Milia can also happen because of:

Skin damage from something like a rash, an injury, or sun exposure.

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