What exactly is milia and what does it look like? I have tiny white bumps under my eyes that kind of look like whiteheads but nothing happens when I try to squeeze/extract them. I thought maybe it was sun damage but now I'm not so sure.
I have suffered from milia & whiteheads my whole life, there is no real way to completely get rid of them, they'll kee coming back.
I tried microderm from a med spa; 1 full series (8-10 sessions) twice during two seprate winters. It sucked. I peeles & flaked, and was red... They came back after a few months.
Over exfoliating can cause more to pop up, so you need to find the right balance.
- I find using retinol (PTR Retinol Fusion PM- a lightweight, oil-free serum) works well to chemically exfoliate the skin & help bring them up to the surface.
- Then a manual exfoliator like the clarisonic or a gentle scrub can help get rid of the ones on the surface.
- A fruit enzyme exfoliator like AmorePacific Treatment Enzyme Peel helps dissolve dead skin on the surface
- When they are really close to the surface (you can't pick them off when you run your finger nails over, but they aren't deep) I can sometimes get them out with a pin after a steamy shower. Some are more stuborn than others (or just aren't ready, but I want them to be) and I end up bleeding & scaring. It's best to let a Derm extract them.
Mine are gentics, it takes time to get rid of them, but they always end up coming back. Heavy moisturizers can cause more, but in the winter my skin needs more hydration than a gel moisturizer can give. You can PM me if you have any more questions.