What Causes Milia Around the Eyes?

Damage to the skin, including burns and blisters from skin conditions, poison ivy and steroid creams, can cause milium cysts around the eyes, according to Healthline. Long-term sun damage can also explain why these cysts surround the eye.

Milia, or little white bumps on the skin, typically occur on the face, cheeks and eyelids, reports MedlinePlus. Any person can get a milium cyst, regardless of his age, but the disorder is mostly common with newborns. Although people sometimes incorrectly refer to an irritated milium cyst as baby acne, it is not an actual type of acne.

Newborn babies almost always have these bumps or cysts, but this condition disappears after a matter of weeks, notes MedlinePlus. Milia can develop on an adult’s face and around inflamed or injured body parts. Other symptoms of milia involve pearly, white bumps on the roof of the mouth or the gums. There is no formal prevention for the condition, and an exam for it only consists of a doctor looking at the patient.

Milia are treatable by applying topical retinoids that contain vitamin A or using a sterile needle to remove the cysts' contents, explains Healthline. Chemical peels and the use of extreme heat are also methods for treating the condition. Milia do not cause long-term issues.