getting rid of milia

6:23 am - 09/18/2009
I've got a few milia on my cheekbones near my eyes. I figured I would just have to live with them, but I saw in Self magazine that you can get rid of them with a glycolic acid peel...but I'd really rather not peel my whole face, for time, $ and major inconvenience reasons, since I'm pale and have thin skin there and it will be a while healing. Is there some kind of glycolic acid spot treatment, or does anyone here know another good method for getting rid of milia?

My 13-year-old son is getting these too. They look like stubborn whiteheads but do not go away even with regular exfoliation, and he is highly susceptible to both inflammation and hyperpigmentation scarring, so I don't want to pick at them. I know if this is the worst his skin ever gets, he'll be lucky, lol. But--bonus points if the treatment that works for me can also be used on his somewhat darker, thicker skin.

ETA--thanks, everyone. I don't have any extra $ for a dermatologist visit now and it's not covered by insurance. I'll look into the recommendations for glycolic peels. AFA son doesn't use any makeup, hee. I think it's genetic.
ssecnirpc 18th-Sep-2009 11:58 am (UTC)
Make Up Artists' Choice has fabulous glycolic peels. I've never had milia, so I don't know if it will work on them, but they are great for clearing up my skin and helping it look radiant! You can get three uses out of the sample kit, but for $7 more I'd recommend upgrading to the 1 oz size (as you'll want to use the pH formula liberally. It's only $20 total). If you look around carefully on the website or search google, you might find a 20% off coupon:
project_omniety 18th-Sep-2009 09:38 pm (UTC)
I love MUAC!

But Glycolic peels will not get rid of milia... :] I tried.

I had two TCA peels under my eyes to get rid of them, and they will come back unless you get an Rx strength cream (like retin-a) and use it regularly.

As someone else stated, it'd probably be best to try and visit a derm to have them lasered off or an esthetician for extractions.
aeryn 18th-Sep-2009 12:01 pm (UTC)
Desert Essence Papaya glycolic peel is nice! It's all natural and smells like oregano!
imacrusader 18th-Sep-2009 12:58 pm (UTC)
I just had my entire face peeled for the same reason. I am not sure, if it was the exact same procedure, but they technically created a fake sunburn for certain parts of my skin. It hurt a lot, my face swole up like a balloon, a lot of skin peeled off and it cost 1300 Euro (luckily my insurance pays that)....the milia was still there.
I've been to six dermatologists with this issue now and they all have no idea.
Pretty much the only solution so far has been to laser.
insanity89 18th-Sep-2009 02:10 pm (UTC)
i heard a while ago that you can wash it with baby shampoo for a few weeks or something and it'll go away but i haven't tried it so i can't comment on if it works or not
hopeleslove 18th-Sep-2009 05:41 pm (UTC)
This may not be the most cost effective option, but you should really go to a professional for some extractions. You can really do harm to your skin if you try to extract them yourself.

You may also want to take a look at the products you use on a daily basis as they may be the source of the milia. I used to get them quite frequently, but after a conversation with an estetician, I figured out what products to avoid.
calicocoa 18th-Sep-2009 06:16 pm (UTC)
I'm sorry to hear about this, my fiance has milia all over his arms and sometimes during dry winter months they appear on his legs. We tried deep exfoliation, changing our soaps, and some cleanser we happened upon at a drugstore to no avail. I've mentioned it to my esthetician when I used to visit her regularly, but she needed to see him and the sight before she would give me any recommendations. Though she was very professional and always, always advised me to go to a dermatologist about it over her.

From the sound of it though, it might be best if you do go to a dermatologist over this. Be honest about what you want. My fiance doesn't want to be someone on prescription drugs for the rest of his life, so I know we're either going to have to find a cream or pay to have a doctor do extractions. I however, am not an expert on it, so I wouldn't suggest anything found outside a professionals office. I've been disappointed or horrified by the results of things purchased at general stores, so I'm pretty convicted about talking to a professional first before anything else!

Try giving a local office a call, many times consultations can be free!
chaseme_ 18th-Sep-2009 06:30 pm (UTC)
Probably the best way to ensure the get removed is to go to a dermatologist. The doctor will scratch the milia with a small razor and apply pressure to extract it. It is possible to do it yourself with a sterilized pin of some sort, but it isn't really recommended since its really something your doctor should be doing.
unodostres 18th-Sep-2009 08:25 pm (UTC)
I get a couple new ones every few months. My derm says it's a combination of sun exposure and makeup, but my grandmother and father both get them too. It takes him all of 2 seconds to extract each one, it doesn't hurt and I don't bleed or anything.
ext_2048142 2nd-Jul-2013 03:41 pm (UTC)
What do they do to extract them?
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