Taking care of your skin can sometimes feel like an uphill battle. Once you get one issue under control, another seems to spring up out of nowhere. But there's no confidence booster quite like clear, glowing skin, and for that reason, many of us will go the extra mile to achieve it!
But there's one skin concern that seems to be more stubborn than any of the others. Those little white bumps, which aren't quite spots, can seem impossible to get rid of! They're actually not pimples at all, but milia, and are caused by certain buildup getting trapped under the skin. Luckily, there are things you can do to get rid of them and achieve the flawless complexion of your dreams.
Gentle exfoliation can work wonders in smoothing the skin's surface. You should soften your skin first by steaming, then use a washcloth or piece of muslin to gently buff the affected area in circular motions. Be careful not to damage the skin by going too hard!
A different method of exfoliation can be achieved by choosing skincare products that contain acid. A glycolic acid is a great option for surface exfoliation, while salicylic acid is oil soluble so can penetrate the skin's surface and clear pores. Make sure to start slow when introducing acids into your skincare routine.
Retinol products are another fantastic way to exfoliate the skin. You can find many products containing retinol at the drugstore, but for something extra-strength, you can also get tretinoin or adapalene on prescription from your doctor. Make sure to use SPF the morning after to protect your skin from sun damage!
Urea is a fabulous two-in-one ingredient, as it can help dissolve the keratin clogging your skin's surface while also delivering a healthy dose of moisture. It can feel a little bit thick and heavy on the skin, though, so may be best to use it only at night to avoid discomfort.
If you're at your wit's end with your milia, it could be worth seeing a professional for removal. Trying to extract milia yourself can be very risky and lead to skin damage and scarring. Do some research to find a facialist in your area who specializes in milia removal.
Once you have your milia under control, there are steps you can take to help make sure they don't come back. Make sure you're properly cleansing and exfoliating your skin, but also take care of your moisture barrier and use an SPF to protect your skin!