Dermalogica Milia – How Exfoliant Products Can Help
So what are/is Milia and which Dermalogica exfoliant products can help? Milia are small white keratin cysts which commonly occur near the eyes, though they can appear virtually anywhere on the body. Even though milia are harmless skin growths, people who have them, can become very self conscious. Milia vary in size, and some people have numerous milia around their eye areas.
Prevention of Milia
Because many people are prone to developing multiple milia it is important to prevent them as well as treat the ones that are already there. While the predisposition for milia is genetic, anyone can develop them, and those who have milia may have less if they avoid sun around their eyes. In fact any type of burn, whether from sun, harsh chemicals or high temperatures, can increase the chances of developing milia. It is also important to avoid heavy creams, mineral oil, and lanolin around the eyes, as this can aggravate milia, by preventing natural exfoliation. In general the best defense against milia is sunscreen, exfoliation, and a well balanced eye cream. Ask a Dermalogica trained skin therapist for recommendations on which products may prevent and treat milia and are unique to your skin type.
Total Eye Care SPF 15
Dermalogica Total Eye Care SPF 15 will help prevent UV rays from reaching the eye area. Additionally, having a proper eye cream, instead of a heavy facial moisturiser in the eye area is also important to prevent milia.
Avoid Harsh Chemical Peels
It is very important to avoid harsh chemical peels because while these may be effective in removing milia, they can also create more in the future. Treating your skin with gentle love and care, even when exfoliating, is the key to preventing milia. For this reason Dermalogica milia products are best for people who are prone to the condition.
Getting Rid of Milia
For people who have a lot of small milia and the predisposition to develop new ones, the best answer is exfoliation in most cases. Milia are small cysts which dwell just beneath the top layer of skin. They are not related to pores, sweat glands or hair follicles so squeezing them will not help. They are not related to bacteria or virus so cleansing isn’t the answer either. The sac around the milia is very tough so there is no point trying to mash it or break it up. The only way to get rid of milia is to either prick or erode the skin over the top of the milia and eventually push, or scrub it from the skin’s surface. Using exfoliants to treat existing milia takes time. You will not see immediate results but over weeks and months it can make a difference. Remember that using Dermalogica exfoliation products also help to prevent new milia, as well as treating existing ones.
Dermalogica Exfoliant Products
The following Dermalogica products will help to erode milia. Because each person’s skin is different, Dermalogica makes a wide assortment of exfoliants, all of which are gentle and effective. Ask your Dermalogica trained skin therapist which Dermalogica exfoliants are right for you.
Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant
Dermalogica Daily Resurfacer
Dermalogica Gentle Cream Exfoliant
Dermalogica Multivitamin Thermafoliant
Dermalogica Skin Prep Scrub
The Dermalogica Exfoliating Face Brush
Perhaps the most logical implement for milia is the Dermalogica Exfoliating Face Brush. This soft facial brush gently scrubs the skin with soft bristles. Simply apply your Dermalogica cleanser or exfoliant and add some extra punch to your exfoliating program by brushing it into the skin. One day you may find that you have brushed away your milia with the brush, instead of having to visit the dermatologist.
Some milia can be really stubborn. If after long term daily exfoliation, a few milia still remain, you may have to have them removed. The process is simple. The dermatologist will open the top layer of the skin by scratching it with a sterile needle, and then push or pry out the cyst with a blackhead extractor. While this is simple and relatively painless, it can be costly, especially if there are a lot of milia. Some doctors prefer to make several appointments to get rid of more than a dozen milia. It’s best to get rid of as many as possible with exfoliation, and then if any milia stubbornly remain, allow a dermatologist to remove them.
Milia can be embarrassing, and many people feel extremely self conscious about them, but they aren’t harmful. Because milia are not considered life threatening or even a health risk at all, milia removal is considered as cosmetic surgery. Professional excision of milia can be expensive and time consuming. Removing milia by means of exfoliation is a sensible way to keep this problem under control.