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Millium cysts: Causes and treatment

by Alivia Nyhan
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Do you have pimples on your face? Are you worried that it is a severe skin condition? Your doubts will end; the presence of spots similar to pimples on the front is regular; no person throughout his life is exempt from presenting it, even newborns. These pimples or whiteheads are harmless, and although we rarely know their name, the reality is that they are called milium cysts.

The presence of the grains or million points, in most cases, does not represent any health problem. They are small white balls that appear spontaneously on the cheeks, around the eyes, nose, and occasionally on the lips; Although its cause is unspecific, in this FastlyHealarticle we will clear up all your doubts regarding this issue, milium cysts: why do they come out and how to remove them.

Millenium cysts: why do they come out

It is likely that at some point in your life, you have noticed on your face the presence of these pimples or whitish spots that are medically known as milium cysts; these are nothing more than small keratin cysts that measure approximately between 1 and 3 millimeters.

The simplest way to explain the process of appearance of milium cysts is that it is formed in the hair follicle, which is the place where facial hair or hair grows, and, in addition, it is the place where sebum is produced thanks to the sebaceous glands. Inside the hair is a protein called keratin that can obstruct or clog the pore and turn it into a white grain or point that defines milium cysts.

It is common to find them on the cheeks, nose, around the eyes, and even the lips, although they can also appear on the jaw and rarely appear on the genitals. This formation of pimples or whitish spots is frequently observed in newborns and infants. However, it is also quite common to keep them in adults.

Although its cause of appearance is imprecise, it is also related to factors such as :

  • Acne problems
  • Solar overexposure.
  • Healing processes.
  • Genetic predisposition.
  • Tobacco use.
  • Hygiene deficit.

The Argentine Dermatological Journal [1] explains that a million cysts in newborns are exclusively located on the face, predominately in the malar area in 83% of cases.

Cysts of thousands of characteristics

To differentiate a million cysts from other conditions, it must be taken into account that:

  • Millenium cysts do not change in appearance over time.
  • Millions are always rounded in shape.
  • Millions are whitish or yellowish.
  • The place of arrival is characteristic: cheeks, nose, and sometimes lips.

The other conditions are usually several; the pimples can be inflamed, reddened, and pus. Millenium cysts are completely harmless; if they occur in newborns, they usually disappear on their own in a few weeks without the use of any particular treatment. In adults, they typically persist without presenting any other annoying symptoms, except for aesthetic discomfort after their presence on the face most of the time.

Millenium on the eyelids

The eyelids are a soft area where a million cysts can also easily lodge; they are often confused with other skin conditions since their raised shape makes it similar to the point of pus from a pimple, with styles, or with a chalazion; however, the clinical manifestations of million allow them to be identified.

Knowing all this allows the mystery about the white spots on the eyelids to be solved. As this is a sensitive area, it is much more essential to visit a dermatologist to improve aesthetically. The specialist will indicate the appropriate technology so that a million cysts of the eyelids disappear.

In the following FastlyHealarticle, we explain the causes of a pimple on the eyelid.

How to remove milium cysts

If the presence of these lesions aesthetically affects the person who suffers it, the recommendation is to remove the millium grains, but this should only be done under the indications of the specialist doctor.

  • Do not try to squeeze it; that will not be the solution. You run the risk of contracting infections and leaving scars when trying to remove it as if it were a pimple.
  • Dermatological treatment will be based on making an incision to drain or unclog the pores; it is done using a needle or a lancet; once the opening is made, its contents are emptied; this procedure is not usually performed around the eyes.
  • Another procedure that can be performed to eliminate milium cysts is through a laser or electro scalpel; this process will leave a kind of scab that will disappear entirely in just days. This is usually done in soft areas, for example, on the eyelids.

Crema para eliminar los thousands

The face must comply with adequate care to avoid the formation of these fat cysts and eliminate them properly; as explained in children, they disappear by themselves, but in adults, they usually last much longer and require appropriate treatments indicated by the specialist. The recommended remedies to remove millium cysts can be:

Cream with retinol

This cream has exfoliating properties and allows it to stimulate the production of cells in the superficial layer of the skin; this cream can be purchased over the counter. This cream will require time for the effects to be noticeable. This is less irritating than the others that are available on the market. The concentration of retinol varies with each presentation of the cream. Ideally, apply it just before sleeping to optimize its effect.

Retinoid cream

Usually, this cream is known as vitamin A cream; to be used, the doctor must indicate it. It has specific properties for eliminating milium cysts; it is an exfoliator, allows to unclog pores, and stimulates cell rejuvenation. This works much faster than retinol cream since it has retinoic acid’s active principle. Because the skin will be much more exposed after using this cream with retinoids, it is essential to apply it strictly at night; it is also contraindicated in pregnancy and during breastfeeding, hence the importance of being indicated by the dermatologist.

Cream with alpha-hydroxy acids

Finally, this cream is also available to treat milium cysts through facial exfoliation, unclogging, and cleaning all pores. Alpha-hydroxy acids are natural acids that allow the removal of dead cells, depending on the concentration of alpha-hydroxy acids you have. This cream enables the improvement of the characteristics of the skin, as well as its texture and tone. This cream must be used in conjunction with sunscreen due to the susceptibility of the skin that it generates.

Other ways to remove millium cysts

There are many effective ways to remove milium cysts successfully. Here we talk about some of them:

Steam shower

As millium cysts are a keratin obstruction of hair follicles, it is essential to perform steam baths to remove them; the skin will need to be soft and with open pores and optimal blood circulation so that the millions are much easier to remove. The proper way is to add about 1 liter of water to a large pot, bring it to a boil, turn it off, and remove it from the heat. Now the bank is placed on a table at a suitable height to put the face on it, and the steam penetrates; this is done by covering the head for about 5 to 10 minutes to open the skin’s pores.

Lemon juice with sugar

This mixture acts as a natural exfoliant, it is prepared by mixing two tablespoons of sugar with the juice of ½ lemon, and you can add one small tablespoon of olive oil, this has an antiseptic antioxidant and antibacterial properties. The face should be gently rubbed and allowed to act for 10 minutes and then removed with warm water.

Tea tree oil

This oil acts as a natural disinfectant for the skin of the face, in addition to being antibacterial and antifungal, it is used at night, after washing the face properly, and is left to act overnight to remove it the following day.

Recommendations for millium cysts

By following some recommendations, you will avoid the formation of these annoying, unsightly pimples. Some tips to prevent million are :

  1. Avoid smoking.
  2. Avoid overexposure to the sun.
  3. Use sunscreen.
  4. Take care of your diet.
  5. Use the right products for your skin.
  6. Remove your makeup every night.

Millenium cysts are harmless lesions but aesthetically affect the person who suffers from them, do not try to perform any procedure that the doctor has not indicated; the face is a sensitive and delicate part that requires adequate attention.

This article is merely informative, at FastlyHeal .com we do not have the power to prescribe medical treatments or make any type of diagnosis. We invite you to see a doctor in the case of presenting any type of condition or discomfort.

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