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How can you get rid of milia whiteheads?

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Milia are not acne pimples and usually go away without treatment, but using an exfoliating face wash containing salicylic acid may be helpful in decreasing the appearance of these small, white bumps. Milia can be present on the face and around the eyes of people of all ages, from infants to adults.

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It is important not to squeeze or pick at milia on the face, as the bumps are hardened and under the skin's surface. Excessive squeezing of these bumps may lead to scarring and skin irritation. Milia usually occurs as a result of improper shedding of the dead skin cells on the face, so using an exfoliating treatment can be helpful to reduce the appearance of these bumps. If the exfoliating treatments do not reduce the appearance of milia after several weeks, a dermatologist may be able to remove the milia with a hypodermic needle, or with cryotherapy, which involves freezing the milia, allowing it to be easily removed.

Secondary milia occurs in adults when the pore lining of the skin is damaged by blistering of the skin, such as sunburn. As a result, the occurrence of milia is reduced by wearing sunscreen with a Sun Protection Factor, or SPF, of at least 15.

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