SkinCare in Wellesley, MA
Milia can be a frustrating condition, with small bumps easily visible on the face. However, milia are also easily treatable by a qualified and experienced dermatologist. Dr. Rashel Goodkin is a Harvard-trained dermatologist who provides excellent care in a comfortable setting for patients facing milia in Boston.
What are Milia?
Milia are small cysts below the skin that can look like acne and are just 1-2 millimeters in size. The bumps are dome-shaped and usually appear white or yellow. Milia are most commonly found on the face, typically on the eyelids or cheeks, but they can occur anywhere through the body.
What Causes Milia?
Milia are caused by keratin, a protein within the skin, becoming trapped under the skin. Milia are most common in newborns, but they can occur for people of all ages. Adults or children orften develop milia after damage to the skin, such as burns, blisters, sun damage, or long-term steroid cream use.
When to Seek Treatment for Milia
In infants, milia tend to clear up without treatment within a few weeks. However, many adults do require treatment for milia, especially if the cysts cause discomfort. If your milia are persistent and have not subsided within a few weeks, call Dr. Goodkin for professional advice and treatment.
Milia can be treated using a variety of methods. The most common way to treat milia is curettage. These techniques involve using small surgical tools to safely remove the contents of milia cysts or carefully scrape milia from the skin’s surface.
Dr. Goodkin may prescribe a retinoid cream, or a topical treatment containing Vitamin A. This helps to exfoliate the skin and release trapped keratin, resolving the milia. Other methods of exfoliating the skin may also be recommended. Some of these options include chemical peels.
Schedule an Appointment
To schedule an appointment for milia treatment with Dr. Goodkin, call our office at 781.227.7977 or request your appointment through our online form.