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How To Get Rid Of Milia 

Milia are superficial
white bumps that form when skin cells become
beneath the outer layer of the skin.
most often arise on the face and are particularly prominent on the undereye, eyelids,
forehead, and around the lips,  but they
may occur elsewhere.
The most common cause of
milia is the use of heavy skin care or hair care products. Comedogenic creams
and lotions prevent the sloughing of dead epidermal skin cells. Other problem
products include hair spray, hair mousse and gel, oily sunscreens and heavy moisturizers.
The eyelids are very thin
and are more likely to experience problems with milia due to cosmetics. Check
your eye make-up and eyelid make-up remover. Certain lipsticks, lip balms and
products meant to help with chapped lips may be the cause of milia around the
lips. Again, if you see these forming, take a good look at the ingredients on
the label.

The formation of milia can also be due to genetics, as well as aging. As we
age, the turn over of skin cells slows down, forming a thicker epidermis.
Thicker skin makes the natural exfoliation process more difficult.

Exfoliation is the first step in dealing with milia prone skin. By keeping the
epidermis thin and smooth, you can minimize the tendency to form milia. One way
is to use a gentle exfoliating product such as DERMAX Retinol C serum. Another way is to undergo a periodic
treatment of diamond peel or glycolic peel at the clinic. TCA chemical peel is deeper than glycolic peel, used primarily to
minimize fine lines and skin discolorations, which can simultaneously address
the elimination of milia.

Sometimes milia can be very persistent in spite of your best efforts. Then you
will need to visit the clinic for milia
. After cleansing with antiseptic, the skin overlying the milia
is gently opened with a sterile needle. Then pressure is applied with a
comedone extractor. Milia are often easily removed by extraction, except on the
upper eyelid. There simply isn’t a good way to press on the upper eyelid area
and avoid the eyeball, so the lid has to be pulled either upwards or to the
side, which is somewhat challenging.

What else can you do to prevent milia?

1) Avoid unnecessary sun
exposure, and make it a habit to apply every morning the non-greasy DERMAX UV MILK SPF50 PA+++ instead of
comedogenic sunscreens. 
2) Use exfoliating
cleanser such as DERMAX AcneX
transparent soap
with nano-encapsulated salicylic acid not only to keep
pores unclogged but also to help remove unwanted surface skin debris.


article was published in the Lifestyle Section of Manila Bulletin on September 10, 2013. The author is the CEO of SkinStation. He received the
2011 Outstanding Chemist Award from the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) for his achievements in the field of cosmetic chemistry. 
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