Commonly known as ‘milk spots’, Milia is a collection of tiny cysts that are located underneath the very outer layer of skin.
This means their distinctive white colouring is highly visible on the surface. The white that you would see on the skin, comes from an excess build-up of keratin, a natural part of the skin, also found in nails and hair.
Usually Milia occurs in young babies and fade away within a few weeks of birth. That being said they can also occur in adults and become a permanent fixture on the skin. Often confused with whiteheads, adults tend to try and squeeze them as a solution to the problem. This reaction is only going to cause more damage to the skin. Milia isn’t often itchy or painful but certain items of clothing or rough sheets could cause them to become irritated or red.
Milia is a condition that confuses doctors as it doesn’t appear to have any relation to diet, lifestyle or health issues. Some causes that could be associated with the condition are:
• Blistering due to a skin condition
• Blistering injuries such as poison ivy
• Skin resurfacing procedures such as dermabrasion
• Long term use of steroid creams
• Long term sun damage
Doctors can usually diagnose this condition fairly quickly through a skin examination and Milia shouldn’t cause long term issues.