What is Milia?
- Usually seen around the eyes, including the eyelid and between the eyelashes, nose and upper cheeks.
- Milia are irritating small, hard, round white nodules slightly raised above skin level, formed when keratin is trapped beneath the outer layer of the skin, forming a tiny cyst.
- Milia can also be confused with stubborn whiteheads but they are much harder in texture due to keratin, a protein found in hair and nails.
- They are called Milia plural or Milium singular and most people will experience at least one in their lifetime.
- Milia can appear on people of all ages, ethnicity and genders.
- They often develop when the ducts leading to the skin surface are clogged up, such as after an injury, blockage by rich creams/products (such as suncream) that prevent the skin ‘breathing’ as normal. They can also be caused by dry dehydrated when dry flakes of skin block the pores.
HOW TO GET RID OF MILIA
If you regularly suffer from many milia you should consider your dietary intake and the cosmetic products use on your skin. However, Milia can be treated very quickly and easily using electrolysis.
- Milia treatment is performed by inserting a tiny electrolysis needle (about the size of an eyelash) and applying a Short Wave Diathermy or Thermolysis current which is an AC/RF/HF (Alternating current, radio frequency, high frequency) current.
- The energy created breaks down the hard fatty tissue and allows it to disperse into the body.
- When correctly performed a ‘popping’ sensation is often experienced as the needle pierces the keratinised centre of the Milia.
- 1 – 2 days later a tiny crust may form which must not be removed but left to drop off.
- Large Milia may require a 2nd treatment 3-4 weeks later.
As electrolysis was invented by an ophthalmologist for in-growing eyelashes over 100 years ago, it is perfectly safe to use around the eye area allowing milia on the eyelids and even between the eyelashes to be treated perfectly safely.
Electrologists offering Milia diathermy treatment need to have undertaken specialist advanced training. You can find highly skilled electrologists around the country here.