I get small white bumps on my face that are very hard. They can't be squeezed. Could this possibly be milia and how do I cure it? Also, what is causing it. I use Dove soap. What should I be using and what type of foundation makeup should I use?
Hi , I just saw this- I hope you still get my response, its been a week. Milia are little tiny white bumps which are under the surface of the skin. Think blackhead, only they are white. The other difference is they cannot be squeezed out and trying to dig them out will cause scarring.
The only way to have Milia removed is professionally- either a dermatologist or a really good facialist can get them out. THey have to steam open the pores and literally use a needle to lift out from underneathe, the milia...it will cause short term redness and possibly a slight amount of blood, which will stop within the hour. Then, usually a salacylic acid is applied to dry up the pore and prevent a breakout. Dont try doing this to yourself....scarring is going to happen and you can cause yourself an infection. Where a blackhead is only just under the surface, Milia is deeper and needs to be professionally extracted.
Milia come from under the skin, from sebaceous (oil) glands which get clogged....alot of it is hereditary, most of it is NOT from makeup . However, the one thing that will make a difference is keeping your pores cleaner then normal. Until you get them removed and start over, NOTHING will make them go away. Once removed, you can start over.
Use only non comedogenic foundation (something which wont clog your pores) and OIL FREE products. Make sure you are not using a heavy moisturizer on your face....keep that light, and also oil free. Dont tan or go outside in the sun, as the oil production will increase, and if you are outside, wear a hat to shade your face.
Look for products which are oil free, mositurizers which are oil free AND contain sunscreen. You can also use a retinol or something with glycolic acid in it at night, so that it promotes cell turnover and helps keep the pores clean. Talk to a facialist at a local salon....or better yet, see a dermatolgoist and see what they recommend. My products all come from private label and can only be found at my dermatologist office, however almost all of them sell products which are comparable. Good luck...dont pick!!