Dr Rahma Targett
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What is Milia / Milium Cyst?
A milia or milium cyst is basically a small white bump. It will typically appear on the cheeks or the nose and is most commonly seen in newborn babies.
For infants, milia will normally clear up within a a few weeks. For older children and adults, however they are a bit more stubborn, taking a few months to clear up.
Milium cysts found in groups are known as milia. The cysts contain keratin under the skin. Keratin is a protein usually found in hair and nails.
Milia are most common in babies but can be found in people of all ages. Milia are often referred to as baby acne.
What Causes Milia?
The cause if milia in babies is unknown. Often people confuse it for baby acne which is caused by hormones from the mother. Milia however, do not have the associated swelling that acne does.
In adults and older children, milia can be associated with skin damage caused by;
- use of steroid creams
- long term sun damage
- dermabrasion or laser resurfacing
- blistering injuries
How Are Milia Treated?
For infants, there is no need to perform any treatment. The cysts will disappear after a few weeks.
For adults and older children the cysts may take several months to resolve. If they are causing discomfort, there are treatments that can help;
- Deriving the cyst and using a pick to remove the contents of the cyst.
- Chemical peels
- Diathermy – using heat to destroy the cyst
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