• Small and white
  • Textured or raised
  • Difficult to remove


in Fargo, North Dakota

If you’ve ever experienced small, white bumps on your face or body that are difficult to get rid of, you’ve most likely experienced milia. These small cysts are extremely common, but can have a negative effect on your confidence and comfort. If that’s the case, then a board certified dermatologist can recommend the right treatment options for you.

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What are Milia?

Milia are small cysts made up of keratin trapped underneath the surface of the skin. Keratin is an important protein in the hair and nails, and it can feel strong and rough to the touch when it becomes built up under the skin. This can make them difficult to treat. Most often, they occur around the cheeks, nose, eyes, forehead, and chest, but can occur anywhere. They can often be mistaken for a pimple that never fully develops.

What Causes Milia?

There are many different types of milia which are unique because they can often occur in infants, although the cause is unknown. In children and adults, milia are often caused by damage to the skin or cases where the skin’s ability to naturally exfoliate is compromised. This can include blistering injuries like burns or sunburn. Certain skincare procedures can also facilitate milia, as well as using certain steroid products in the long-term.

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How are Milia Treated?

In many cases, milia will clear up on their own over the course of a few months. However, there are effective treatments available if they become bothersome or irritating. During a treatment session with Dr. Ness, a tiny needle and special extractor can be used to remove the contents of the milia and allow the skin to heal over. It’s recommended to avoid trying to squeeze or extract milia on your own, since this can cause scarring or irritation.

Milia Maintenance

After treatment with Dr. Ness, the skin usually heals quickly. To prevent milia in the long-term, it’s important to make sure that your at-home care includes effective exfoliation. This can help to remove dead skin cells that can become built-up and cause milia to occur. Additionally, you should protect your skin from damage from burns or sun exposure, which can support their formation. During a consultation with Dr. Ness, we can recommend our best in-house products to help keep your skin clear and smooth.

Schedule A Consultation

Milia can be extremely frustrating to get rid of, especially if it feels like you’ve tried everything. Enlisting the help of your dermatologist is your next step, so contact our Fargo office to schedule a consultation with Dr. Ness. We invite you to call or book online today.



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