There are some things you’d just rather not have on your face, even if they are not dangerous. Milium (plural milia), also known as milk spots, are small, whitish cysts that look like small moles. They can affect people of all ages. The skin bumps are an aesthetic problem for many affected.
Milk spots consist of keratin, a substance similar to that which makes up skin, hair and nails. They usually disappear in the course of time, but if they really bother you and you don’t want to wait, you can make them go away more quickly.
1. Skin care
Because inadequate skin care can lead to milk spots, in general, you should wash and exfoliate your skin regularly, followed by applying a good moisturizing cream.
A visit to the sauna can help eliminate milk spots. The heat opens the pores and the milk spots can be very lightly rubbed off afterwards.
3. Avoid the sun
Too much sun exposure can cause milk spots to proliferate and make them more difficult to get rid of. You should therefore avoid the sun or at least use a face cream with sunblock.
Thanks to honey’s moisturizing and at the same time antioxidant properties, you can get rid of your milk spots more quickly.
With a homemade lemon scrub, you can simply exfoliate the milk spots away. Squeeze half a lemon and mix the juice with 2 tablespoons of sugar and 1 tablespoon of olive oil. Scrub your face with the mixture for a few minutes and leave it on for 20 minutes before rinsing off with warm water.
6. Cornstarch and Vinegar
With this combination, the small bumps will very quickly be a thing of the past. Mix a teaspoon of vinegar, preferably apple vinegar, with enough cornstarch until you achieve a paste. Apply to the affected area and leave 20 to 30 minutes. Rinse off with lukewarm water.
Due to their antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and antiseptic properties, fenugreek leaves have a positive effect on acne, blackheads, and milk spots.
8. Castor oil
As this oil has antibacterial properties, it helps to regulate the sebum production of the skin, which is why it is also a popular remedy against pimples and acne. But it also helps combat milk spots. Rub your skin with a teaspoon of castor oil and wait until it is completely absorbed. Then wash your face with lukewarm water.
Roasted pomegranate powder is also a popular treatment for quickly eliminating unsightly milk spots. Since it is an antioxidant and is therefore rich in vitamin C, it has a soothing effect on the skin and also treats a number of imperfections. To make it yourself, roast some pomegranate shells until they are dark brown and crumpled. Grind into powder and apply on the milk spots with water without rinsing it off. Repeat this procedure once a week until the little bumps are gone.
If your milk spots really bother you and all the scrubs and thorough skin routines have not achieved anything, you should consult a doctor. It’s possible that the milk spots will have to be removed with professional remedies such as cryotherapy or extraction.
Warning: Don’t use these methods with babies or young children because their milk spots very often disappear without treatment and removal can cause damage to their sensitive skin.