Milia Facts

Milia is a condition that is caused by dead skin cells getting trapped inside pores causing it inflammation. It has white or yellow head bumps with a protein called keratin. It's usually 1mm or 2mm wide. Commonly found on the facial area mainly under the eye and on the cheeks


While treated milia will not return, new spots can still form.

So, even after treatments, it is important to
use preventative measures to ensure that
it does not make a re-appearance.

What are the Causes?

  • Heavy Skin Care Products, sometimes called "product overload". The most common reason milia form is due to usage of too rich or creamy heavy skin care products or hair care items. Comedogenic creams and lotions preventing the sloughing of dead epidermal skin cells. That include make-up removers not labeled oil-free or non-comedogenic, hair spray, hair mousse and gel, heavy sunscreens and some moisturizers. Some cosmetics and eye creams may cause problems to the eyelids, because they are very thin.
  • Prolonged History Of Sun Damage. The formation of milia can also be due to cumulative sun exposure. Aging skin forms a thicker epidermis that may make it far more difficult for skin cells to find their way out of the glands. And thicker skin also makes for more road blocks in the pathway to exfoliation.
  • Porphyria Cutanea Tarda. Milia can also be associated with certain skin diseases, particularly blistering disorders such as Porphyria Cutanea Tarda (not very common disorder). Fortunately, there are other symptoms associated with these blistering diseases such as increased hair on the face and backs of hands and knuckles. PCT is an.
  • Genetics. Sometimes we just inherit certain undesirable skin tendencies.

Milia Types

  • Neonatal: It'is usually found in young babies soon after birth. It is very common and normally occurs around the nose, cheeks, scalp, upper body or inside of their mouths. It arises from sweat glands that are not fully developed.
  • Primary: Caused by dead skin cells that get caught in pores, found in adults and children.
  • Secondary: These develop in an area that has been previously injured or damaged. It may also be caused by certain skin care and cosmetics products.
  • Milia en plaque: This type develops on a raised area of skin, such as ears, eyelids, jaw or cheek area and is mainly found in middle-aged women.
  • Multiple eruptive milia: When it forms little groups or crops, usually found on upper arms or the chest area. This type is also not very common and could affect any age group.

Milia Removal

  • Home treatment products, such as Naturalis, Tretanoin gel and Beta Hydroxy Acid. Applying the cream to the problem area and letting it dry. It may slowly reduce appearance
  • Extraction, fruit acid peel or dermabrasion
  • Dermatologist removal with a sterile small gauge needle which is used to unroof the lesion, extracts the keratin and leaves the area to heal.
  • Advanced Thermocoagualtion. This is considered to be one the most effective milia treatments available. A fine probe is used to send a certain frequency wave into the irregularity, which breaks down the fatty tissue (or keratin build up), so that it can be reabsorbed into the skin. This procedure is virtually painless and requires no cutting or invasive treatments.

How do we get rid of Milia?

Melbourne Lesion removal clinic removes unsightly milia without surgery or having to use aggressive topical acid treatments. we use a method called Micro-Thermocoagulation. It works on radio and high frequency which attracts the moisture located within the milia. This causes the lesions to dry and turn into scabs. Our natural wound healing response then takes place. Normally takes 1 week for the scabs to fall off and the milia will be gone


Cost to remove Milia

On average milia removal cost with Clinical Skin Clear is between $25 and $69 depending on the amount of milia and time involved.

Min charge $69.

The cost is $25 when milia removal is an addon to anti aging facial, skin rejuvenation or pigmentation treatments.

For example, Milia removal can be incorporated into a customised facial and will cost $154 for one hour treatment. Depending on the size or lesions and their response, you may be able to remove all of it.

A repeat treatment may be prescribed, depending on skin's response, a few weeks after the initial session.


Prevention tips

  • Daily good exfoliating routine. Gently exfoliating helps to prevent milia from forming and makes its removal easier by removing dead skin cells and thinning the layer of skin.
  • Re-evaluate your skin care products. That include eye make-up and eyelid make-up remover may cause milia around the eye area, certain lipsticks, lip balms and products may be the cause of little white pearly milia around the lips edge.
  • Use prescribed exfoliating scrub. Cleaning the dead skin cells with a good exfoliating product will significantly improve the chances of not developing nasty condition at all.
  • Use gel based, water based products to prevent getting more milia.
  • Retinol is also very helpful for both fighting and preventing milia. Only use Retinol Eye for the upper eyelids and under eye.
  • If its develops on your baby the best course of action would be to take the child to a dermatologist. Children can easily develop scars from home treatment and this could influence the rest of their lives.

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