Milia are small lumps on the skin that often develop around the eyes and nose as well as on the cheeks. In some people, the bumps develop on the chest. Milia are sometimes referred to as milk spots as they are very common in newborn babies, but can actually affect anyone in any age group.
The spots are often white or yellowish in appearance. Contrary to popular belief, the spots are not filled with fluid; instead, they are full of keratin. For the most part, milia do not pose any risk to the affected person, but the keratin-filled bumps are usually unsightly. Considering that milia affect adults and remain there for years, it is easy to see why natural remedies come in handy.
Some of the factors that cause milia include the use of the wrong skin care products, damage from the sun’s UV rays as well as skin injuries on the face. When the skin is unable to get rid of the dead cells, they accumulate and lead to the blocking of the pores. Over time, the accumulated cells pile up leading to the formation of the keratin-filled cysts. The interesting bit about this, perhaps, is the fact that milia are not itchy, neither are they painful. Below are some simple home remedies that you can use to eliminate the tiny bumps.
1. Raw Honey:
Time Required: 30 Min
What You Need: Raw honey, 2 teaspoons of jojoba oil and warm water to rinse. For exfoliation, you may add 2 teaspoons of granulated sugar and 5 teaspoons of oatmeal.
One of the best ways to get rid of milia is to use raw honey on your face as well as any other part of the body where the bumps develop. Raw honey has multiple benefits for the skin, and especially in getting rid of the cysts. The honey has excellent antioxidant properties that help get rid of toxins while its humectant properties help prevent the skin from drying and ensure moisturization.
The addition of different ingredients to the honey makes for an ideal exfoliation remedy. Regular use of this remedy helps reduce the stark appearance of the milia. In fact, if you make this a regular part of your facial cleansing routine, you are likely to get a better outcome faster.
- If you opt to use the raw honey on its own, simply apply it on the part of the skin with the milia.
- Allow it to dry for 20 minutes and then rinse off with warm water.
- If you would like to prepare the exfoliation mixture, simply add the jojoba oil, granulated sugar and oatmeal to the honey to prepare the skin scrub.
- Apply the honey scrub on your face and gently massage for some 10 minutes.
- Let the mixture dry for another 10 minutes before rinsing using warm water.
- Use this remedy thrice weekly until the milia start to clear.
2. Exfoliate Using Sugar Scrub:
Time Required: 30 Min
What You Need: 1 Small lemon, 5 teaspoons of granulated sugar, 1 teaspoon of olive oil and warm water to rinse.
Sugar scrubbing is one of the most reliable home remedies for the natural treatment of milia, thanks to its coarse nature that helps with the exfoliation process. The scrubbing, when done regularly over a considerable period of time, helps get rid of the keratin-filled skin cysts. This is an effective measure in eliminating the dead skin cells. Lemon juice squeezed from the fruit is added to soften and rejuvenate the skin while the olive oil helps ensure that the skin remains hydrated. Use this remedy twice weekly for best results.
- Squeeze the juice from the fruit and set aside.
- Mix the granulated sugar with the olive oil so that you have a coarse paste-like substance.
- Add the lemon juice obtained in the first step and mix well.
- Apply the scrub on the skin where the milia appear and scrub gently, preferably in circular motions.
- Allow the paste to air dry for 20-30 minutes and then rinse using warm water.
- Whenever you can, make this procedure a part of your weekly cleansing routine.
3. Facial Steaming/Sauna:
Time Required: 20 Min
What You Need: A clean towel, hot water in a basin and an ideal moisturizing skin cream
Difficulty: Moderate (this is because of the ever-present risk of scalding)
Steaming the face and any other part of the body where the milia appear is one of the best home remedies for the home treatment of the condition. The steam dislodges debris from the clogged skin pores, allowing the skin to breathe better. The heat present is also effective way to loosen the dead skin cells so that over time, it is easy to get rid of them. It is advisable to apply a moisturizing cream after the remedy to prevent the skin from getting dehydrated as this only worsens the appearance of the milia.
- Place the clean towel in the hot water and squeeze the excess water.
- Immediately place the towel on your face or any part of the body where the milia are present. Let the heat dissipate into the skin and allow for the healing to take course.
- Remove the towel and clean it for later use. You will then apply a moisturizing cream on your skin to seal in the positive effects.
- Alternatively, steam your face by placing the towel over your head and leaning over the basin containing hot water. This traps the steam and allows it to cover the milia.
- Finish off the use of this remedy with the application of skin cream.
4. Castor Oil:
Time Required: 30 Min
What You Need: 1 Teaspoon of castor oil and an equal amount of olive oil (optional).
Castor oil is an excellent home remedy for the natural treatment of milia, thanks to its natural healing properties. This viscous oil also goes a long way in managing the amount of oil produced by the skin, in effect preventing clogging. This in turn, lowers the chances of milia developing on the skin. Olive oil is added for its healing and moisturization purposes. when used on a regular basis, the castor oil eventually clears the cysts, leaving your skin soft and supple.
- Mix equal amounts of the castor and olive oils until you have a homogeneous mixture. Note that the amount indicated above is only a guide, and that the amounts used vary depending on the extent of the milia.
- Apply the oil mixture on the milia and leave on the skin.
- Use this remedy daily for best results.
5. Aloe Vera Gel:
Time Required: 20 Min
What You Need: Fresh aloe vera gel, green teabag and warm water .
Aloe vera has long been used as a skin cleansing agent, thanks to its numerous healing properties. The gel not only cleanses the skin pores, it also loosens and aids in the elimination of dead skin cells. Green teabag on the other hand, is rich in tannins which help cleanse the skin. When the two remedies are combined and used regularly, you are able to get rid of the milia with relative ease. Note that in the absence of aloe vera gel, you can always use aloe vera juice available commercially.
- Once you have collected the gel from the freshly cut plant, place in a bowl.
- Steep the green teabag in a cup of water and add a few drops of the green tea to the aloe vera gel.
- Apply the gel mixture on the milia and the surrounding skin.
- Let the mixture dry for 20 minutes.
- Rinse the skin using warm water.
- Repeat this procedure once daily to get rid of the lumps on the skin.
6. Tea Tree Oil:
Time Required: 10 Min
What You Need: Tea tree oil, cotton wool and a dropper.
The disinfectant properties present in tea tree oil make it ideal for the elimination of milia. By disinfecting the skin, the oil is able to get rid of clogged pores that often precede the formation of the milia. All you need to do is to apply a few drops of the oil to your skin, preferably at bedtime. Follow the procedures indicated below for the natural treatment of the unsightly bumps.
- Clean your face using gentle products prior to the application of the oil.
- Place a few drops of the tea tree oil on the cotton wool and proceed to dab on your skin.
- When done just before bedtime, you will leave the oil on the skin overnight and rinse it the next morning.
- Use this remedy until you are content with the results.
7. Fenugreek Leaves:
Time Required: 20 Min
What You Need: A handful of fenugreek leaves, warm water, pestle and mortar.
Fenugreek leaves have been used since ancient civilizations as an ideal remedy for may conditions that affect the skin, among them milia. These healing properties can be linked to the presence of antiseptic and antioxidant properties in the leaves. Use this remedy until you notice an improvement on your skin.
- Clean the leaves well before use and proceed to place in the mortar.
- Pound the leaves using the pestle, making sure you add a little water so that you have a consistent paste.
- Apply the paste on the milia and leave on for 20 minutes.
- Rinse with warm water.
- Repeat this procedure daily.
8. Milk and Gram Flour:
Time Required: 45 Min
What You Need: 1/2 Cup of raw milk, gram flour and warm water.
Milk is a wondrous home remedy for the natural treatment of milia. Milk has a high concentration of nutrients and mineral salts that are beneficial for healthy skin. The beauty about this is that the milk may be used in its raw form. Gram flour on the other hand, provides a medium for the application of the paste. In addition to this, the gram flour works by lifting dirt off the skin so that over time, you are able to get rid of the milia. Prepare this remedy using the directions indicated below.
- Add gram flour to the milk in bits until you have the desired paste consistency.
- Apply this paste on the milia so that you have a skin mask.
- Allow the mask to dry completely. The amount of time taken is largely dependent on the viscosity of the paste.
- Once dried, wash off the paste using warm water.
- Repeat this procedure thrice weekly for best results.
9. In Addition to These Remedies, it Helps to Take Precaution in Order to Reduce the Likelihood of Getting Milia.
i) Whenever you spend time in the outdoors, make sure you use sunscreen to protect yourself from harmful UV rays.
ii) Avoid wearing extremely heavy makeup as this clogs the skin pores. Whenever you put makeup on, make sure that you clean it off your skin before you turn in for the night. As a golden rule, never go to bed with makeup on.
iii) Avoid popping your pimples as this often leads to scarring and formation of milia.
iv) Adopt a consistent routine in skin care and facial cleansing.