Milia is one of the most common skin conditions to affect people in the world. More commonly known as “milk spots,” these pesky little white raised bumps on the skin affect more than three million people in the U.S. each year! Though these bumps most typically affect newborns, people of all ages can develop milk spots — and struggle with getting rid of them.
In an exclusive guide below, we’ll break down the nature of this condition. You’ll also get a glimpse of the causes that are most commonly associated with milk spots, including pre-existing skin conditions and harsh skin damage, like burns and prolonged sun exposure.
But just like with other irritating skin conditions, there are certainly gentle, all-natural remedies that can be used to diminish the appearance of milk spots!
Scroll down to read more about milk spots, and how you can cure them the DIY way… Image credit: Dr. Skin
What Are Milk Spots?
Milia — or “milk spots,” as the skin condition is more commonly known — are small, white raised bumps that normally occur on the surface of the nose and cheeks. According to Healthline, the bumps occur when keratin, a key protein that makes up the outer layer of human skin, becomes trapped underneath the skin.
People of all ages can develop milk spots, but they are most often found in newborns. Little white bumps will typically cover their faces, eyelids, and cheeks, and the condition is sometimes referred to as “baby acne.”
To this day, doctors still aren’t 100 percent certain why milk spots appear in babies. It could have something to do with the mother’s hormones, but some dermatologists think it’s caused by the baby’s undeveloped skin glands.
What Are The Causes?
Adults may develop milk spots due to various reasons, typically caused by some sort of damage to the skin.
According to Healthline, it may appear due to some pre-existing skin condition, or may be a side effect of burns, blistering, longterm sun damage and use of steroid creams, and even repeated skincare procedures, like lasers and dermabrasion.
Though usually not itchy, painful, or inflamed, milk spots can cause some people discomfort, and raise their self-consciousness.
Unlike babies, older children and adults need a few months to clear up the spots. Some people opt to undergo more rigorous treatments that involve extreme heat, surgical incisions, peels, and lasers.
Below, we’ll go through a few all-natural remedies to help reduce the appearance of milk spots that are certainly less abrasive and less costly.
Remedy #1: Sugar Lemon Juice Scrub
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Lemons have fantastic antibacterial, antiseptic, bleaching, and antioxidant properties. They’re pretty much always go-to’s when it comes to natural skincare remedies.
To make this easy scrub, combine 2 Tbsps. of sugar (which will act as the exfoliant agent), half of one lemon’s juice, and 1 tsp. of olive oil.
Gently scrub your face with this mixture, leave it on for about 15 to 20 minutes, and wash it off.
Remedy #2: Raw Honey
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Honey is a humectant, meaning that it absorbs moisture from the air. When applied onto the skin, it will help retain this moisture, and prevent dryness.
LIVESTRONG recommends using raw honey as an ideal moisturizing facial scrub to help exfoliate the top layer of the skin, and help remove the little bumps.
Try combining raw honey with sugar to make the scrub, or with jojoba oil.