5 Things You Need to Know About Milia


While there is no way to prevent milia from developing there are a few things you can do to help minimize the risk of its appearance.

One of the most common reasons we develop milia is because of skin damage from sun exposure. Always wear sunscreen, all year round and even when it's overcast. Milia may also occur from what you think is good skin care. Despite your best skin-pampering efforts some skin care products may cause irritation. Even that thick, heavy night cream you've been using may be the cause of those small white dots on your face. Products that cause irritation, burning or friction increase your risk for developing milia, but those creamy and comedogenic skin care products aren't without some responsibility, too. If a product can block dead skin cells from being exfoliated from the surface of your skin, it can cause milia to develop.

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