Milia, also called milk spots, are tiny white bumps or small cysts that can be found around or under one’s eye. Milia are quite common in newborn babies.
Milia are basically keratin-filled cysts that occur when dead cells are trapped in small openings of the surface of the skin.
Common symptoms of milia include; whitish pearly spots on the skin, tiny bumps that appear on the chin, nose, and cheeks; tiny whitish bumps around the roof of the mouth.
Factors that could trigger milia include; excessive use of pore-clogging skin cosmetics, use of steroids, blistering wounds, and over-exposure to the sun.
Here are some tips and good practices, to consider, when dealing with milia;
- Ensure you stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water. Water also flushes toxins from the body.
- Include consumption of green tea in your diet. Green tea helps to flush out toxins, open up pores and remove milia.
- Reduce your use of makeup especially on the face. Also, remove makeup before going to bed at night.
- Avoid scraping, scratching or picking the milia as these could exacerbate the condition.
- Facial exfoliations, facial sauna, and facial packs are good natural treatments for milia.
- Ensure you maintain proper facial hygiene by washing your face at least twice a day.
- Endeavor to change your pillowcases at least once a week.
- Avoid touching the affected areas with dirty hands.
- Decrease your consumption of junk foods and increase your consumption of balanced diets that are rich in vitamins and minerals.
Below are natural ways to get rid of milia;
1. Chamomile Tea
This tea contains chamomile which aids to moisten and soften the skin. For this remedy, the tea bag is emptied and one should rub all the powder content against the affected area of the face at least twice per week in order to try and totally heal this condition of milia.
2. Sandalwood And Rose Water
The rose water is mixed with the sandalwood powder and it is applied on the affected area. This mixture aids to get rid of all the dead skin cells that cause milia. It also removes the excess oil that is usually common for triggering the milia.
For this remedy, two tablespoons of the sandalwood powder are ample and are mixed with the rose water. After application on the affected area, rinsing is done after fifteen minutes. Daily repetition of this procedure helps the milia to subside really quickly hence giving you the desired flawless look.
Exfoliation is an effective home remedy that aids to get rid of the dead skin cells and oil and any other dirt that is the major possible cause of the milia.
4. Cleaning The Face
The face should be cleaned twice per day in order to reduce the milia symptoms. Similarly, cleaning the face helps to get rid of dirt and dead cells that are often the major trigger of milia.
5. Wearing Sunscreen
This ensures that the skin is well protected especially when one is running outdoor errands.
6. Milk And Lemon Juice
Lemon is good and very effective, especially in skin lightening and exfoliation. Lemon contains skin lightening properties which not only aid to remove the scars on the skin but also lightens the skin hence getting rid of milia.
A single tablespoon of lemon juice and salt are added to two tablespoons of milk. The resulting concoction is used to smear on the areas that are affected by the milia. After a few minutes have elapsed, rinse off the remedy. This natural treatment should be done on a daily basis in order to cure the milia.
7. Fenugreek Leaves
Fenugreek leaves have remarkable skin soothing properties. The leaves also possess antiseptic and antioxidant properties that help in cleaning the dead skin cells and also help in the regulation of oil production from the skin.
The anti-inflammatory properties of fenugreek leaves also significantly aid to relieve the milia by providing relief from the swelling bumps. For this remedy, the leaves are blended and the paste formed thereafter is smeared onto the skin areas that have been affected by the milia.
8. Salt And Lemon Juice
One of the most common modes of milia natural treatment is the addition of a pinch of salt to some fresh lemon juice. This is applied to the affected area and rinsing is done after a couple of minutes (about twenty minutes). This treatment should be repeated regularly until the milia commence to wear off.
Honey is arguably the most effective in the treatment of milia. It works through moisture retention in the skin since it is a natural humectant. Raw honey is applied to the skin and it is rinsed after about fifteen minutes. This is repeated until the skin bumps begin to wear off.
Alternatively, two tablespoons of raw honey are mixed with one tablespoon of jojoba oil and the mixture is rubbed on the skin and washed off after fifteen minutes.
Directly rubbing a slice of lemon on the affected skin is also effective especially for individuals who have an oily skin.
11. Castor Oil
Castor oil is a fantastic regulator of oil production from the skin. It also has antibacterial properties that really aid, to a very great extent, in the treatment of milia.
The castor oil is applied to the affected areas until the skin absorbs all of it. A mixture of the olive oil and the castor oil, in equal amounts, is actually much more effective as a milia treatment.
Other people prefer mixing castor oil with baking soda and the mixture is applied to all the affected areas and later washed off after approximately thirty minutes. This is also an effective treatment of milia.
12. Lemon, Orange Peel Scrub, And Garlic
These three ingredients are used to form a scrub that helps to get rid of milia. Three tablespoons of lemon juice, two garlic cloves, and half tablespoon orange peel powder are ground together in order to form a viscous paste. The paste is applied on the affected area and it is washed off with warm water after ten minutes.
As highlighted earlier, lemon juice has acidic properties that help to remove the milk spots whereas, garlic has certain anti-inflammatory properties that are very vital for the skin.
13. Aloe Vera
Just like the fenugreek leaves, aloe vera also has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties which explain its presence in a myriad of beauty skin products.
For this remedy, aloe vera gel is applied, to the affected part, just as one is going to sleep and it is washed off in the morning. This should be repeated daily until some considerable improvement is noticed.
The gel can also be mixed with green tea and applied to the affected areas. Both products are mixed in equal amounts. This is then rinsed off after fifteen minutes and it is an effective remedy for the milia.
14. Facial Sauna
Sauna entails some heating and steaming that helps to remove the dead skin cells and helps get rid other impure substances and dirt.
In this facial sauna, the face is steamed for about ten to twenty minutes, then apple cider vinegar or olive oil is applied on the affected area after steaming usually to hasten or accelerate the healing process.
A towel soaked in hot water and put in the face also helps to serve the same purpose. This steaming should be done on a daily basis until a substantial improvement is noticed.
15. Egg Mask
Retinol and retinol ester are active constituents present in eggs. They make eggs effective assets for someone who wants to get rid of milia quickly and safely.
For this remedy, the egg white is separated from the egg yolk, then the egg white is mixed with one tablespoon of yogurt and one tablespoon of honey. The yogurt has to be plain yogurt devoid of any flavor.
Half a teaspoon of almond oil could also be added to this mixture. Then the mixture is applied to all the affected areas and washed off after approximately thirty minutes.
This egg mask should be applied about three times a week in order to attain the desired results.
16. Green Gram Flour And Jojoba Oil Scrub
Jojoba oil possesses vital anti-inflammatory elements that help to alleviate milia. One tablespoon of green gram flour and one tablespoon of jojoba oil are mixed together and this mixture is employed to scrub the affected areas daily until the intended results are obtained.
Almonds are mixed with a teaspoon of oatmeal and some rosewater to make a paste. This paste is applied on the affected areas and rinsed off after fifteen minutes. The presence of vitamin E, in almonds, helps to get rid of the milia fast and safely and also helps in the maintenance of a healthy skin as well.
18. Gram Flour Face Mask
For this remedy, gram flour is added to a tablespoon of raw milk or, alternatively, to some rose water. The resultant paste is then applied to the whole face and rinsing is done later after the paste dries off completely. This is repeated severally until the milia subside.
For this remedy, a tomato is cut into several slices and some sugar is sprinkled on the tomato slice and then rubbed on the affected skin. The presence of vitamin C in the tomato helps to reduce the milia and make the skin glow. This natural treatment should be done at least three times in a week.
After one month of disciplined adherence to this process, considerable improvements ought to be noticed.
Milia can be reduced by fluoride that is present in a toothpaste as this fluoride can help get rid of the symptoms associated with the milk spots.
For this remedy, a layer of the toothpaste is applied on the affected areas and it is washed off after about twenty minutes with some cold water.
However, for people with a sensitive skin, there might be a burning sensation but this sensation would not last for long.
For this remedy, the potato is cut into a few slices which are then rubbed on the affected area of the face. Alternatively, the potato can also be grated and the grated potato is applied on the face and rinsed off after about twenty minutes. This natural treatment should be repeated often until the milia begin to dissipate.
22. Rice Scrub
Rice scrub is renowned for its antioxidant properties. This scrub also helps to moisten and soften the skin due to its skin hydration properties.
For this remedy, rice bran (brown rice bran) is immersed in water where it is left for about five hours. It is later blended and the resulting paste is used to scrub the affected areas before rinsing in order to heal the affected skin.
23. Cinnamon Mask
Half a tablespoon of cinnamon powder is mixed with a tablespoon of lemon juice and a tablespoon of baking soda. A little water is added in order to form a paste. The paste is then applied to the affected area of the face. Wash this paste off after about 30 minutes. This process should be repeated twice per week until the milk spots begin to dissipate.
This cinnamon mask is effective since cinnamon has potent anti-inflammatory properties which help to heal the skin.
24. Clay Mask
Clay mask helps to get rid of all the dead skin cells and milk spots. Thus, giving you a clean and revitalized look.
25. Tea Tree Oil
Tea tree oil is a disinfectant and it also possesses natural antibacterial and antifungal properties which curb any further growth of the milk spots as well as kill any harmful bacteria present on the skin.
26. Coriander Leaves
Coriander leaves are ground and mixed with some turmeric powder. Then, little water is added in order to make a fine paste which is applied to the affected areas once per week in order to get rid of the milia. It is advisable that you use fresh coriander leaves for this process. You could also use coriander powder if the leaves are not readily available.
27. Pomegranate Peel Powder
This powder has various properties that help to get rid of milia quickly. It has exfoliating properties that help to heal the skin quickly coupled with antioxidant properties that hasten the skin healing process.
The peels are most effective when it’s roasted as the roasted form removes the dead skins cells more effectively through mechanical action. For this remedy, two tablespoons of the pomegranate peel powder are mixed with sufficient lemon juice or, alternatively, rose water in order to form a paste that is then applied on the affected skin areas. The paste is left on for roughly fifteen to twenty minutes after which it is washed off with warm water.
This process is repeated three times per week on a regular basis in order to achieve the intended results.
28. Cornstarch And Apple Cider Vinegar
Cornstarch helps to reduce extra oil from the skin through absorption. On the other hand, apple cider vinegar is a very effective astringent. Hence, a combination of the two tends to be a very effective remedy for milia.
A single tablespoon of apple cider vinegar is mixed with three tablespoons of cornstarch to form a paste that is applied on the affected area of the skin. It is then left for thirty minutes after which it is removed by wiping off with a wet cloth.
29. Sugar Scrub
Sugar scrub is very potent when used for a skin exfoliation process. It is effective in the treatment of milia especially when mixed with some lemon juice and olive oil. For this remedy, some fresh lemon juice is mixed with two tablespoons of sugar and some olive oil. The mixture is applied as a scrub and it is left, on the affected areas, for about twenty minutes after which it is rinsed off with some lukewarm water.
30. Oatmeal Scrub
Oatmeal aids to unblock the clogged skin pores. Oatmeal also moistens and softens the skin, hence, reducing the skin dryness. for this remedy, one tablespoon of sugar and one tablespoon of honey is mixed with three tablespoons of oatmeal. The mixture is used to scrub the skin for a few minutes before rinsing it off.
Yogurt aids to moisten the skin thus it is very vital for numerous skin remedies. For this natural treatment, three tablespoons of yogurt are mixed with two tablespoons of oatmeal and one tablespoon, each, of olive oil and lemon juice. The mixture is applied on the affected areas after which it is washed off after fifteen minutes.
32. Baking Soda
Baking soda is added to water in order to form a paste that is applied on the face. The paste is given some time to dry after which it is rinsed off with some warm water. This process should be repeated regularly until the milk spots begin to disappear.
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