Small, raised, pearly-white or yellow bumps, milia are most often seen on the skin around the eyes, eyelids, nose and cheeks but they can occur anywhere on the body. A type of tiny cyst filled with a protein called keratin, milia are usually found together and measure about one or two millimetres across generally.
While they’re common in new born babies, milia can affect people of any age and may clear by themselves without treatment. In some people, however, they take longer to clear and in persistent cases, natural treatment may be an option.
Milia do not usually cause any symptoms but, in some people, they can become itchy.
It’s not clear what causes all the different types of milia, but there are a few different types nonetheless. Here they are:
- Neonatal milia – Seen in young babies soon after they are born, this type of milia is very common and is usually found around the nose area, but may also occur on the scalp, cheeks, upper body and inside the mouth. They are thought to arise from sweat glands that aren’t fully developed or mature, and around half of all babies develop neonatal milia. In fact, because they are so common, they are actually considered as normal in newborn babies.
- Primary milia – This is the type of milia that occurs in both children and adults
- Secondary milia – These are milia that develop in an area of the skin, anywhere on the body, that has previously been damaged or injured. This could perhaps be after a burn or a blistering rash. The milia develop as the skin heals and it is thought that damage to the sweat glands may be an underlying cause.
- Milia en plaque – Milia of this type are rare, developing on an inflamed, raised patch of skin known as plaque. The cause is not fully understood and it usually occurs behind the ears, on an eyelid or on the cheeks of jaw.
- Multiple eruptive milia – Crops or patches or milia that develop over time, these usually appear on the face, upper arms and upper trunk and they’re also rare.
It’s not clear what causes all the different types of milia, but some believe it is due to overexposure to the sun.
While there are no specific foods to include in your diet to target milia specifically, there are a few things to consider for healthy skin in general.
Prescription and non-prescription medication:
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- Go to a Dr. Morter BEST (Bio-Energetic Synchronisation Technique) Practitioner.
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Further Information (links and books)
Andrea Butje | Aromahead [email protected] – aromatherapy
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David Spector-NSR/USA [email protected] – meditation, stress
Judith Hoad [email protected] – herbalist.
Kath May [email protected] – reiki, tai chi.
Lillian Bridges [email protected] – Chinese medicine, living naturally.
Monika [email protected] – aromatherapy.
Rakesh [email protected] – Ayurvedic Practitioner.