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Skincare is very important especially as we age, your skin can develop lumps and bumps, the most popular of these are blocked sebum ducts, called Milia, these are those pearly bumps that are sometimes called whiteheads, they are very common non-inflamed lumps that seem solid.
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First things first, don't ever try popping or squeezing a millium, millium is the singular of millia, so, you have one millium or many millia. The contents of millia are not fluid like the contents of a pustule.
Pustules, those other whiteheads that are your typical pimple, are filled with a soft core of dead skin cells, sebum and, you guessed it, pus, so when you put pressure on a pustule, the fluid contents often easily flows from the pore.
Unlike a pustule, a millium is not an acne pimple but rather a tiny cyst. The little white lump that makes up a millium is very hard. It's made of a plug of keratinized (hardened) dead skin cells that have become trapped just below the surface of the skin.
Try as you might, squeezing at millia will get you nowhere. That little bump is simply too hard, almost like a grain of sand. Because millia form under a thin layer of skin and not in the pore (like acne blemishes do) there is no opening in the skin by which the plug could escape anyway. Squeezing at millia will just give you a tender, red spot, and quite possibly damaged skin. And millia will still be there.
The absolute best treatment for milia is manual extraction, done by us as professionals. It's the most effective and the results are immediate.
During the procedure, a tiny opening is made in the surface of the skin with a small surgical blade called a lancet. The hard plug of material that makes up the millium is gently pushed out through the opening with the technician's fingers or a tool called a comedone extractor. This procedure is sometimes called de-roofing. Although it sounds horrid, it's truly not that painful. No anaesthetic is needed; at worst you'll feel a prick.
A quick word of warning—do not try to self-extract millia. You could do some serious damage to your skin, especially around the delicate eye area, and can cause permanent scarring.
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