The technical term for areas of small white spots which appear on the skin is milia. These are usually hard and they feel round. They usually pop up on the skin of the face and people of all ages can have them, but the target groups are teenagers and infants. These dots are not acne and they can be caused by several reasons. They often appear when the dead skin cells get trapped into the pores of the skin. They form just under the surface of the skin. Other possible causes are oily products and makeup and overuse of steroids, sunburn or blistering injuries.


Prevention and Treatment

Milia are not responsive to most treatments for acne and squeezing. By attempting to remove them, you can only make scars on your skin. If you want to effectively treat milia, what you need to do first is exfoliate the skin’s surface. You can dissolve the small keratin balls by using gentle skin cleansers. It is difficult to prevent milia, but there are a few things that can be done so that you can decrease outbreaks. By regularly using mild skin cleansers, you can stop dead skin cells accumulation. Furthermore, you can avoid damage from blistering or the sun by using moisturizers and sunblock on a regular basis. Read about five natural treatments for removing milia and preventing new outbreaks.

  1. Honey

Honey is a humectant and it eliminates skin bacteria. You can use honey in various ways in order to treat milia. You can apply some raw honey on the skin, rub it in, leave it work for fifteen minutes at the minimum. Do this on a daily basis. You can also combine honey with other oils for even more powerful effect. Honey and castor oil is effective for deep cleansing for blackheads and milia. Honey and jojoba oil offer a milder treatment but also a very effective one.

You can also use honey to make a scrub. Make a mixture of honey, one tablespoon of sugar and three tablespoons of oatmeal. Rub it on the skin gently, doing circular movements. Leave it for fifteen minutes.

  1. Castor Oil

Castor oil has anti-bacterial effects. It can easily remove dead skin cells and absorb oil from the skin. Mix castor oil and virgin olive oil in equal amounts. Olive oil moisturizes the skin and makes it easier for the thick castor oil to spread.

You can prepare a treatment using baking soda and castor oil. Mix them until you get a thick paste. Apply the paste on the milia. This will help you dissolve and clean them.

  1. Aloe Vera

Aloe Vera has potent healing properties. Take the gel straight from the plant and apply it on your skin. Leave it work overnight and wash your face in the morning. It will soothe and moisturize the skin and will eliminate the dead skin cells.

  1. Cornstarch and Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple cider vinegar is a cleanser and powerful astringent. Cornstarch aids the absorption of excess oil and also removes the dead skin cells. Mix the two ingredients into a paste and apply it on the skin. Leave it for 30 minutes and then was your face with cold water.

  1. Tea Tree Oil

Tea tree oil is a natural antibacterial and anti-fungal. You can treat milia with this and also prevent new outbreaks. Soak a cotton ball in the oil and dab on the milia. Use it gently since it can be very drying.

You can add this oil to a number of other treatments as well. Just add a little tea tree oil and use the treatment as you would usually.