Wednesday, September 30, 2015

White Bumps Under Eyes: Milia

Have you noticed that you have little white looking bumps under your eyes?
white bumps under eye
Most likely those little white bumps are milia. They can feel hard or pearly. These bumps are not acne. Milia can occur when dead skin cells become trapped beneath the outer layer of skin. A small benign cyst can form which is the milia. It's a cyst!?! Don't let that word scare you. They are harmless, but unwanted bumps. 

They can occur on any area of the skin that tends to be on the dry side. They cannot be squeezed out like a blackhead or pimple because they have no opening. A layer of skin covers them. A hole must be created in them using a needle, then they can be extracted out.

This is a common problem for the under eye area. It is a dry, delicate area of the skin. I see it a lot on my clients. Heavy products used around the eyes usually cause the problem. It can be a moisturizer that contains a lot of oils and waxes or it can also be that much needed concealer we use to hide our dark circles. I don't recommend a needle and extraction around the eyes. The skin is too fine and delicate. Other areas of the face may be able to handle the needle and extraction but not under the eyes.

There are a few things you can do to help get rid of the under eye bumps.

Exfoliate
Exfoliation removes dead skin cells to help free the milia. You must be careful with the eye area. Pulling and scrubbing will accentuate wrinkles and cause irritation. 

The best way to exfoliate under the eyes is to lightly and gently massage the area with a clean wet wash cloth. Lightly and gently! 

You can also use a gentle exfoliating product. I find Beautycounter Overnight Resurfacing Peel gentle enough to use on the under eye area. It is a liquid, containing glycolic, maltic and lactic acids, that you leave on overnight to gently exfoliate the face including the under eye area prone to milia.

Apply an eye cream on top of the Resurfacing Peel or after you have used a wash cloth.

Use an Eye Cream
It is true that you can use a facial moisturizer anywhere on your face including the eye area, but if you are having under eye milia issues, a cream made specifically for the eye area is better for you. An eye cream is formulated for the eye area and tends to be lighter in oil and waxes than a facial moisturizer. 

Murad Renewing Eye Cream contains retinol to exfoliate the eye area and help it look younger. It also contains peptides and mango butter to reduce the look of dark circles and reduce fine lines and wrinkles.

Beautycounter's Countertime Ultra Renewal Eye Cream contains a better plant based alternative to the anti aging, exfoliating powerhouse ingredient retinol. It's called Retinatural Complex which contains Bakuchiol and Swiss Alpine Rose extract to improve the look of milia, dark circles and fine lines with none of the irritation and sun sensitivity you can get with retinol. I highly recommend it!

Massage
Massage increases the circulation. Increased circulation can help remove the milia from the inside. It may sound crazy but it works for many of my clients. I always do a little extra massaging during a facial on my clients who have milia.

Apply an eye moisturizer on just washed damp skin. Lightly massage the under eye area making little circles using very little pressure with your fingertips for a couple of minutes.

Change your Makeup
Your concealer may be too heavy. I try many different concealers to try to hide my dark circles. I find the some cause milia on me and some do not. 

Switch concealer brands. You can also switch from a cream concealer to a liquid concealer. 

Apply your foundation first. It is a lighter product than concealer and may be enough to hide your circles. If the foundation is not enough, apply concealer on top where you need it the most. You will be using less concealer when applying it over a foundation rather than under it. 

Light Weight Foundations:

BarePro Performance Wear Liquid Foundation is a nice light weight foundation that gives decent coverage. 

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Beautycounter Tint Skin Foundation is another light weight healthy foundation I like.

Concealers to Try:

Cover Fx Cream Concealer is a great concealer to try. A little goes a long way.

Beautycounter Touchup Concealer Pen is lightweight concealer to try. It's packaging makes it super easy to carry with you to touch up your makeup throughout the day.

Be gentle and consistent and those under eye bumps should gradually disappear.


I hope all of my tips help you banish the milia!!!

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