If milia on your face or your child’s face are irritating you, don’t pick at the affected area. Trying to remove milia can cause the bumps to bleed, scab, and scar. Scraping the skin can also introduce germs to the area. This can cause infection. In the case of babies under 6 months old, the best thing to do for milia is to leave the bumps alone.
Sit in the steam for 5 to 8 minutes. The steam will gently open up your pores, releasing skin flakes or other irritants that may be trapped underneath. After sitting in the steam, turn off the shower and wait a few minutes. Pat your face dry, and rinse with lukewarm water to wash away any irritants before you step out of the steamy room.
It might even help clear up milia. If you can, stick to peels that have salicylic acid or glycolic acid. But if you’re new to facial peels, don’t use them just to get rid of milia bumps. Your skin might be sensitive to the ingredients in a facial peel. This can worsen milia.
Retinol is another milia-eradicating ingredient. Nightly use of low concentrations, like that found in Skin Medica Retinol Complex 1.0, gently increases the skin’s cell turnover rate, revealing a fresh smooth layer. For those with sensitive skin, it’s wise to start with a thin layer applied only every other night before ramping up to daily use.