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5 Tips on How To Minimize Milia Formation

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Milia are small white bumps or cysts, resembling grains of rice, typically found in groups on the nose and cheeks.  They result from trapped keratin (protein found on the skin, hair, and nails) underneath the skin.  They are benign and does not cause any harm but are aesthetically bothersome. Treatment is by extraction.  

Milia cannot be prevented and they can just spontaneously appear on the skin but most of the time they result from trauma to the skin. Reduce trauma to the skin and you can minimize the development of milia.

Here are some tips on how to avoid trauma to the skin and minimize milia formation:

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1. Use skin care products that are smooth and without beads or grains.  Use these products sparingly if one is prone to milia formation.

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2. Limit the use of brushes with rough bristles, loofah, or towels on the skin.

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3. Protect your skin from blisters, burns, and other wounds that break the skin barrier. Ask your dermatologist on how to take care of these wounds properly.


4. Apply an SPF 50 sunscreen, such as Obagi Sun Shield Broad-Spectrum Matte SPF50 or SUZANOBAGIMD Physical Defense SPF50, and avoid intense sun exposure.  Unprotected prolonged sun exposure damages the skin.

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5. Follow your board-certified dermatologist’s post care advise after undergoing dermabrasion or laser resurfacing. Repairing the skin barrier after these procedures will minimize milia formation.