The little white bumps under the skin came back. Called milia, they develop when keratin gets trapped under the skin and form at the base of sweat glands or hair follicles. They look somewhat like pimples but do not have the oil and bacteria found in true acne. And unlike acne breakouts which have a lifespan of a week or so, milia can last for years. They are painless and don’t itch, but please don’t try to remove them yourself. Milia go very deep and can scar if improperly treated.
Dr Marmur started by numbing the area with a bit of lidocaine. She used an electric needle to nick the top and pressed a comedone extractor over the area. Thanks to the lidocaine, I felt nothing. Next day I had … Continue Reading… →
Its amazing what you can learn at a medical conference. At a lunchbreak at the recent Mount Sinai Derm meeting, I sat down next to two young dermatologists. They were talking about milia, those little white bumps under the skin– sort of faux pimples. ( In the picture below my milia is under my eye). Milia are formed when a pore becomes blocked with dead skin cells. They are more common as we get older, the result of slower cell growth. Unlike the garden variety pimple, they do not contain oil or bacteria so they don’t become red and inflamed. Milia just sit there. Forever.
Another important difference, milia are actually in the dermis and if you try to remove them yourself, you can do real damage to the skin. Seriously, you … Continue Reading… →