How do I keep milia at bay?

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How do I keep milia at bay?

Q) “I have suffered from milia most of my life and I cannot seem to get any good advice on keeping it at bay and what products would best suit my skin. I have just turned 50 and would like some advice on what products I should use? I have tried microdermabrasion and salon removal but to no avail.” – Chris, VIC

A) “This can be a very troublesome problem and a lot of people are not aware that sun damage contributes to this problem.

Firstly I would suggest that you visit a cosmetic physician to get advice on how you can treat it. I would also look for products that contain a high dosage of glycolic and salicylic acid to help exfoliate the skin. These need to be clinical strength and used consistently to help exfoliate the skin and lead to increase cell turnover.  

To complete the regime I would suggest some prescription-strength vitamin A to continue to improve skin turnover, remediate exfoliation problems and improve the general health of the skin.

You need to be careful with regards to products and I suggest that you use products that are labelled non-comedic and non-acnegenic (this does not mean oil free).  I would recommend a good quality mineral make-up that doesn’t cause the problems of liquid foundations.”

What is milia?

Milia are deep seeded white bumps that form when skin cells become trapped, instead of exfoliating naturally. The trapped cells form tiny cysts that appear like white beads below the skin’s surface or just on top of the skin. 

Dr Gabrielle Caswell from the Cosmetic Physicians Society of Australasia

Products to try:

MD Formulations Vit A Plus Firming Masque

NeoStrata Foaming Glycolic Wash

Alpha-H Micro Cleanse with 12% Glycolic Acid

Avene Cleanance K

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