What are Milia?

Milia are tiny, white lumps that can appear on the faces of newborn babies and young children and adults. They usually don’t need treatment as they are harmless and usually go away by themselves.

What are milia?

Milia are small white benign bumps just under the surface of the skin. They often appear on the face and are particularly prominent on the eyelids and cheeks, but they can occur elsewhere. An individual milium is typically smaller than 1mm but can measure up to 3mm or more. They commonly occur on the faces of newborn babies, especially on the nose. Milia can also affect children and adults, with one type of milia causing pearly bumps around the eyes.


What causes milia?

Milia is a type of cyst containing dead skin cells (keratin).

Milia are formed when flakes of keratin get trapped just below the skin’s surface. They don’t hurt or itch.

Milia diagnosis

Milia are easy to identify and can be diagnosed by a doctor without any need for testing.

A similar condition to milia is neonatal or baby acne, which can also be diagnosed on sight.

How are milia treated?

Milia usually go away naturally without any treatment. They don’t leave scars and trying to squeeze or burst them at home is not recommended.

If you decide to have milia removed — for example, because it is bothering you or you don’t like its appearance — talk to your doctor or our doctor in the clinic.

In our clinic, we have a special machine (Radio Wave Surgery - ellman Surgitron) that can remove your skin tag.

  • Minimal to no scarring

  • Precise incisions

  • Faster recovery