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Milia is a little-known skin condition that manifests itself as small, hard bumps, usually under the eyes or cheeks. I developed one under my left eye last year and had to do a few important research on how to get rid of milia hit. Since I am a borderline hypochondriac, my initial thoughts naturally lead me to explore WebMD (my best friend other worst enemy) to self-diagnose with what would surely be something more serious than a benign blow.
Once I officially ruled out that the bump was the result of something harmful, my next best guess was that it was some kind of skin tag. After hours of research, I came to the conclusion that the annoying little lump was something called Milia (also known as “milk spots”), a harmless cyst-like lump that forms as a result of excess keratin accumulation that hardens under the surface of the skin.
There are two different types of milia; primary and secondary, and each can be caused by a variety of different factors, including lifestyle and hygiene habits to skin trauma caused by lasers, chemical peels, and other more aggressive beauty procedures. In general, milia forms as a result of the accumulation of dead skin that cannot be removed properly, resulting in a hardened, often whitish cyst. While they are not serious, they are in fact quite unsightly and unfortunately fuller coverage concealers and setting powders seem to highlight their unwanted presence rather than hide them.
It took me several months, but I’m happy to report that I was actually able to get rid of the unsightly bump on my own and without having to make an appointment to see a dermatologist or esthetician. With the help of a few key products, patience, and due diligence, the bump under your eyes finally goes away. Read on to find out some of the products I used to help me treat milia and what I use to prevent it from coming back in the future.
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It took me several months, but I’m happy to report that I was in fact able to get rid of the unsightly bump on my own and without the help of a dermatologist or esthetician. With the help of a few key products, patience, and due diligence, the bump under your eyes finally goes away. Read on to find out some of the products I used to help me treat milia and what I use to prevent it from coming back in the future.
The Face Shop Rice Water Double Cleaning Set
Opting for a double cleaning routine It is a great way to prevent milia formation, especially if you use makeup or extra rich eye creams and moisturizers. Of course, because the under-eye region is so delicate, you should make sure to use products that are neither too abrasive (to avoid fine lines) or emollient (to clog your pores).
Paula’s Choice Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid Scrub
Using a BHA (salicylic acid) solution It is an excellent treatment to unclog pores, which is why it is commonly used as an active ingredient for acne and congested pores. Using a mild BHA can help open the pores and speed up the expulsion process, helping to remove keratin buildup from the cyst. For the record, I know this is a viral TikTok beauty product, but I’ve been using it for years, it’s not a famous trick on the internet.
CeraVe eye repair cream
While a super hydrating night eye cream can be a game changer when it comes to smoothing out fine lines and preventing makeup from settling, it can also be the culprit for milia bumps thanks to clogged pores. You don’t need to completely abandon this skincare step, but choose a lightweight, non-comedogenic formula like CeraVe’s it’s key.
La Roche-Posay ultra-fine facial scrub for sensitive skin
While chemical scrubs are the best method, using a fine scrub it can also help open pores. I love this scrub because it is gentle and non-abrasive, so it won’t hurt or tear the skin. While I’ve never been one to use a physical scrub to exfoliate (especially under my eyes), I honestly think using something with a bit more grit really helped speed up the removal process, but don’t overdo it.
InstaNatural Retinol Serum
Retinol is pretty much the all-encompassing miracle ingredient backed by extensive research and dermatologist approvals because it actually plays. Like chemical exfoliants, retinol speeds up cell renewal, helping to remove dead skin, making it a critical step if you are trying to get rid of milia.