Natural Treatments of Milia Spots….
These tiny white spots are not acne – here’s how to treat them….
Milia is the technical term for those tiny white spots which appear on the skin. Usually appear clustered in one area, often on the face. People of all ages can get those white spots, but they are more common in children and teens.
These spots are not acne. They appear for several reasons. Mostly appear on the skin which is not exfoliated long time, when the dead cells are not removed properly and remain trapped in the skin pores. They form firm keratin cysts, just below the skin surface.
Milia can be formed with the use of steroid creams, oily makeup, some common products but also be caused by sunburn.
Treatment and Prevention
Milia cannot be squeezed and also do not respond to acne treatments. If you try to remove it by pinching them, you risk getting scars on the skin.
The effective treatment includes, firstly, exfoliation of the skin. These small keratin pellets can be dissolved by gently cleansing of the skin.
Milia skin blemishes are difficult to prevent. However, there are some things you can do to reduce their occurrence. With regular use of mild cleaners, the accumulation of dead cells and their trapped under the skin can be prevented.
There are natural remedies that have proven to be effective in removing these little cysts and prevent their re-occurrence.
Honey is a wonderful, natural antibiotic that destroys bacteria on the skin. There are several ways to use it:
– Daily apply honey as a mask to clean skin and leave on for 15 minutes. You can mix it with other oils to boost the effect (castor oil for deep cleaning and jojoba for gentler treatment).
– Make a scrub with honey: Mix three tablespoons of oatmeal and a tablespoon of honey. Gently rub the skin with circular movements. Leave on for 15 minutes.
2. Treatment with castor oil
Castor oil is used for deep cleaning as it has anti-bacterial properties. It’s easily absorbed into the skin, and helps to remove dead cells.
– Mix castor oil with olive oil (50:50). Olive has a hydrating effect and allows castor to permeate the skin easily.
– Make scrub with castor oil: Mix baking soda with castor oil to get a nice, thick paste. Apply on the affected area. This mixture helps to break Milia spots.
3. Cleansing with Aloe Vera
Aloe vera is a very healing plant. You can use it as a thick gel which is commercially sold, or extracted directly from the plant. Apply the gel directly on the skin and leave on overnight. Wash in the morning. It will help in the healing and cleansing the skin.
4. Apple acid and flour
Apple acid is an excellent astringent cleaner. Corn flour helps to absorb excess oil and remove dead skin cells. Mix the two ingredients to get a paste. Wipe gently into the skin and leave on for half an hour. Then rinse with cold water.
Tea tree oil
This oil has natural antifungal and antibacterial properties. It cures the skin from Milia spots and prevents the formation of new ones. The oil can dry the skin if used too often, so it should be used only occasionally.