Milia, also called milk spots, are little white or yellowish bumps that commonly appear around and under the eyes. They can also appear on the nose, cheeks, forehead and chest.
Basically, milia are keratin-filled cysts that are considered unsightly but harmless. They are quite common in newborn babies (often disappear within a few weeks), but can affect people of all ages. In adults, the condition may persist for months, even years.
The problem occurs when the skin cannot remove dead skin cells, thereby causing clogged pores. It can be caused by factors like use of heavy, pore-clogging skin care products, sun damage, blistering injuries, and long-term use of steroid creams.
Though milia cysts are generally neither itchy nor painful, they tend to mar your beauty. Some simple, natural home remedies can help you get rid of them.
Here are the top 7 home remedies for milia.
According to Top 10 Home Remedies, honey is an effective solution for treating milia. The antioxidants and humectant compounds to aid in repairing damaged skin and keeping skin clean. It can also be used to make a face scrub to exfoliate skin and reduce the appearance of white bumps.
Slather raw honey on your face and allow it to set 15 minutes. Repeat daily until you achieve desired results.
2. Use Oatmeal
You can exfoliate the milk spots, and you can do that with oatmeal. You need to use a coffee or spice grinder and pulverize one tablespoon of oatmeal. Once you do that in the obtained amount add a couple of drops of water and mix well.
Your mixture needs to look like paste. Feel free to use this paste on your affected area as an exfoliating agent.
3. Facial Sauna
A facial sauna is useful in treating milia and unclogging pores as it helps loosen and remove dead skin cells and debris.
– Soak a clean towel in hot water and wring out the excess water. Place the towel on your face for a few minutes and then remove it. Repeat a couple of times. Do this daily for about a week or a little more.
– Alternatively, you can steam your face for 10 to 15 minutes daily until the condition clears. You can apply apple cider vinegar or castor oil after this steam treatment.
4. Sugar Lemon Juice Scrub
For this homemade scrub, combine 2 tbsp. of sugar, 1 tsp. lemon juice and 1 tsp. olive oil. Scrub your face and let the mixture sit on your skin for 20 minutes before washing off. This exfoliate will help break up and unclog pores that are trapping milia.
5. Castor Oil
Castor oil has natural healing and antibacterial properties and also helps control oil production, thereby curing a number of skin problems including acne and milia.
– Simply apply one-half teaspoon of castor oil on your face and leave it on until it is completely absorbed in the skin. Do this daily for several months.
– You can also use a mixture of equal parts of castor oil and olive oil in the same way.
– Alternatively, you can apply a paste of one teaspoon of castor oil and enough baking soda on the affected area. Leave it on for a few hours and then wash it off. Repeat daily for about two weeks.
6. Apply Tomato Juice
This is also very simple and easy. All you need to do is to take one small tomato. Slice it and with the help of your fingers apply the juice on the milk spots.
Leave the juice on your milk spots for around 20 minutes and then wash it off. In order to obtain results, you need to do this twice per week.
7. Tea Tree Oil
Tea tree oil can also provide a soothing solution for milk spots.
It works like a natural disinfectant for the skin, and has wonderful antibacterial and antifungal properties, which will help clear the skin of any infections, and help dry out the milk spots, according to EnkiVillage.
After washing your face, apply tea tree oil to the areas with milk spots. Leave it on overnight, and give it a good rinse in the morning.
In addition to using these home remedies, follow certain measures like avoiding the use of harsh chemicals on your skin, reducing sun exposure, and cleaning your skin twice daily. Plus, drink plenty of water, fresh juices, and even herbal teas (green tea, in particular) to flush toxins from your body.
For milia on newborn babies, just wash the baby’s skin daily with lukewarm water and pat dry with a soft, clean towel.