By Naweko San-Joyz
Are you making these mistakes each time you spot a little
little bump on your face?
Fixing those little white bumps starts with a small dose of
education and ends with a big dose of prevention. After
understanding the five reasons below, your little bumps should
give way to clearer skin.
Reason #1: You have no clue what those little white bumps are
Little white bumps, or milia, are keratin-filled cysts, or
simply little globs of protein under the skin. There are
generally two types of milia.
Primary milia may result from oil glands that have not fully
properly developed. Secondary milia result from trauma to the
Reason #2: You think all little white bumps are acne, and
them that way.
Just because you have little white bumps on your face does not
necessarily mean that you have acne. Milia, are little balls
protein beneath the skin that do not have a pore, or hole in
skin through which to escape.
Comedones or whiteheads are excess fats and wastes that are
trapped in a hair follicle and so they clog up the pore.
In short, milia are proteins trapped within the skin, while
comedones are fats and skin debris trapped within the pore.
Exfoliating the skin, or removing the dead skin cells from
skin with an abrasive product or chemical, is beneficial. But
brutally scrubbing your face with soaps and chemicals too
frequently may actually create milia.
To avoid this, remember that gentle exfoliation helps prevent
excess dead skin cell build-up that could clog your pores and
cause whiteheads, not milia.
This gentle exfoliation helps make eventual removal of the
milia easier because the skin layer around the milia becomes
thinner, with frequent, yet gentle exfoliation. In short,
Exfoliate your skin to prevent milia, not to cure them.
Reason # 3 You have no idea what causes those little white
When you were a baby, you were probably covered with milia
disappear after a few days. Or, you may have inherited milia
from your parents.
On the other hand, you may develop milia after excessive
exposure to the sun. The reasons for developing milia after
exposure are debatable.
According to some studies, the active ingredients sunscreens
like Parsol 1789 may cause sun allergies and later lead to a
milia breakout. Other studies blame the sun itself for
“damaging” the skin can thus causing little white bumps.
Some people experience milia around the mouth. This could be
the result of fluoride irritation from toothpaste.
Reason # 4: No one ever told you how to prevent milia.
The best way to prevent milia is to avoid treating your skin
with excessively harsh chemicals and to limit sun exposure.
To reduce creating milia around the eyes, use eye creams with
the least amount of ingredients possible to avoid irritating
the delicately thin eye area. Also, gently touch the eyes and
avoid rubbing the eyes vigorously so as not to damage the
When brushing you teeth, try to keep the pasty foam from
staying around your mouth too long. This limits possible
fluoride irritation to the skin.
Use a sunscreen with the least amount of ingredients.
Extraneous ingredients like fragrances may irritate your skin.
Additionally, purchase sunscreens that offer physical sun
blockage that contain active ingredients like titanium oxide
Reason #5: You still want to know what you can do right now to
get rid of milia
The key to getting rid of milia is realizing that they have no
escape route, those little bumps are trapped under the skin.
So, to get them out, you’ll need to have a professional like a
dermatologist or aesthetician extract them. You can extract
milia yourself, but this involves risks.
You need to ensure that you milia are not symptoms of some
underlying disease or illness.
Also, if you extract the milia yourself, you may have trouble
completely pulling out the cysts, as the removable process may
prove too painful.
Otherwise, if you are confident with your health and courage,
you can cleanse your hands and face. Then wet a cloth with
water and apply it to your face for a few minutes.
Gently apply a sterile needle to the center of the little
bump to create a tiny opening in the skin.
Wrap your thumbs in a clean tissue and, using your thumbs,
proceed to gently squeeze the contents of the little white
Finally, cleanse the area of the extracted little white bump
with an astringent.
Now, you have no reason to walk around with little white bumps
on your face. If you still think you do, please consider the
possibility that you’re just telling yourself little white
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