What Are Milia?
Milia are small, raised, pearly-white or yellowish bumps on the skin. They are most often seen on the skin around the cheeks, nose, eyes and eyelids, forehead and chest but they can occur anywhere on the body. They are common in babies, but rarely persist. In Adults they can persist more commonly and for longer.
A milium is a small, white, raised bump on the skin. It is a type of small skin cyst filled with a protein called keratin. Many are usually found together and so they are called milia (the plural of milium). Milia are usually each about 1 or 2 millimetres across and are pearly-white or yellowish.
Do milia cause any problems?
Milia do not usually cause any problems but, in some people, they can become itchy.
How are milia diagnosed?
Milia are usually diagnosed by their typical appearance and generally no investigations are needed. However, in a few cases, if the diagnosis is uncertain or if milia en plaque are suspected, your doctor may suggest a skin biopsy. During a skin biopsy, a small piece of skin is removed so that it can be examined under a microscope. There are different ways that a skin biopsy can be carried out. For example, by shaving away a small piece of skin or by using a special instrument to punch a tiny hole in the skin.
What Treatment Can We Offer?
Milia are harmless ,but in adults, where they do not always clear by themselves, we can offer diathermy treatment.
We will offer you Emla Cream as a topical anaesthetic, although many patients prefer no anaesthetic as discomfort is only small.
Can I treat them myself?
It is not recommended to squeeze or try to treat milia yourself. This can lead to skin damage and scarring or infection.
*Milia Removal Surgery: £190
Milia Removal Surgery starts at £190 and usually is no more than £280.
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