If you have you been noticing white, raised bumps on your skin that just won’t go away, don’t treat them as pimples or a rash, because they’re not. They are most probably milia – or “milk spots”, as the condition is most commonly known. Milk spots are small, white, raised bumps that usually cover the nose and cheeks.
Usually appearing on baby skin, it is not uncommon for milia to be found in adults, too. We are bringing you a brief guide on milia and how to get rid of it.
What Causes It?
Milk spots are caused when keratin – a protein found in human skin – gets trapped underneath the outer layer of skin, resulting in visible white bumps.
Among adults, scientists believe milk spots occur due to a pre-existing skin condition, burns, blisters, exposure to sunlight, use of steroid cream, and repeated skin care procedures such as laser treatments.
Milk spots are not dangerous to your health, in fact, they are rarely even irritating or itchy. They are visually unappealing, though, therefore they can cause discomfort and self-consciousness.
While you can remove them with lasers or surgical procedures, those aren’t the only options. There are simple, cheap, and all-natural ways to remove them for good.
1. Fenugreek Leaves
These leaves hailing from South Asia are known for their antiseptic and antioxidant properties and have been used to stop acne breakouts in many cultures. Grind a handful of fresh fenugreek leaves into a paste with some water. Spread the paste on the affected areas and let it do its thing for 15 minutes before washing off.
This is another of raw honey’s numerous uses. Apply the honey onto your face to moisturize the areas and give it an antioxidant boost. For best results, repeat daily for 15-20 minutes before washing off.
3. Oatmeal Scrub
You’ve probably seen this in stores, but you can make your own facial scrub at home, too! Take 1 tablespoon of granulated sugar and honey and 3 tablespoons of oatmeal. Combine them to make a face scrub that you can use every day to unclog pores and beat milk spots.
4. Sugar Lemon Juice Scrub
For this homemade scrub, combine 2 tablespoons of sugar, 1 teaspoon of lemon juice and 1 teaspoon of olive oil. Scrub your face and let the mixture sit on your skin for 20 minutes before washing off. This exfoliant will help break up and unclog pores that trap milia.
5. Cornstarch and Apple Cider Vinegar
These two make up a real dynamic duo. Cornstarch absorbs excess oils on the skin and apple cider vinegar gets into the pores and cleans your face. Combined, they make a paste that you can spread on afflicted areas for 25 minutes before removing.
6. Pomegranate Peel Powder
The pomegranate peel is frequently used in skin remedies – when powdered, the peel helps exfoliate and has numerous antioxidant properties that help break milk spots up. To make the powder, roast the peels until they’re brown, then mash them. Add lemon juice for extra skin benefits. Rub the powder on your face and let it sit for 20 minutes three times a week.
Perhaps the simplest method of all – steaming your face is a straightforward approach that you can do at home. It will unclog pores and get any debris or dead skin cells off your face. Soak a towel in hot water and squeeze out the excess. Then place the towel over your face and leave it for several minutes. Repeat the process a few times for optimal results.
8. Tea Tree Oil
This all-natural oil is a great solution for milia. You might not be able to make it at home, but it is a pretty inexpensive buy, the antibacterial properties make it a worthy purchase. Coat your spots in this oil overnight and then give your face a good wash in the morning.
Perhaps it sounds a little bizarre, but rubbing a tomato over milk spots will really help clear them up. If you sprinkle a tomato slice with sugar this will increase its exfoliant properties and the vitamin C that tomatoes are rich in will make your skin glow and the spots vanish. You need to keep rubbing the spots for at least a month, though.
10. Clay Mask
Again, not something to experiment with at home, but it’s a cheap investment that’s well worth the buy. The clay mask removes dead cells and helps reduce the milk spots, while also leaving your skin soft, smooth, and glowing. Win-win.
Toothpaste contains fluoride, which helps eradicate the symptoms associated with milia. Rub a dab of toothpaste on the milk spots and let it sit for 25 minutes. It might burn slightly, but this only means it’s actually working!
It’s important to keep in mind that among adults, it might take a month or two of following one of these routines to achieve results. Find the remedy that works for you and your skincare routine, and keep plugging away.
This information is meant to supplement, not replace advice from your doctor or healthcare provider and is not meant to cover all possible uses, precautions, interactions or adverse effects. This information may not fit your specific health circumstances.