Milia is a cluster of milium cysts that are often found around the eyes, cheeks, and nose. A milium cyst is a small, white bump. These can occur in people of all genders, skin types, and ethnicities, but primarily in babies. It is often referred to as baby acne. Milia are small cysts made of keratin that is trapped underneath the surface of the skin. Keratin is a protein in the hair and nails. It can feel firm and rough when built-up underneath the skin. At Essential Dermatology, Dr. Krathen offers milia removal in Natick to help people from Wellesley, Weston, Wayland, and Framingham, MA, have clear, smooth skin again.

What Causes Milia?

The cause is unknown as to why infants get milia. When this skin condition occurs in children and adults it is often due to skin damage caused by burns. These types of injuries compromise the skins natural exfoliation process which allows for milia to form. Some skincare procedures may also cause milia. Talk to Dr. Krathen about what the root cause of your milia may be.

Symptoms of Milia

  • Small bumps
  • Colored white
  • Textured or raised
  • Hard to remove

Can Milia Be Removed?

Most of the time milia goes away on its own within a few weeks. If it becomes persistent and bothersome, talk to Dr. Krathen to get treatment. During treatment, a small needle and extractor will be used to remove the contents of the cysts. This allows the skin to heal. Dr. Krathen can also remove milia with CO2RE® fractional laser skin resurfacing, which addresses sun damage, scarring, and other conditions as well. Avoid trying to remove the milia on your own as this can cause scarring.

Meet Dr. Michael Krathen

Dr. Michael Krathen is a board-certified dermatologist with more than a decade of medical training and experience. A specialist in both medical and cosmetic dermatology, he uses expertise, collaboration, and compassion to help people of all ages discover their healthiest and most radiant skin.

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Schedule a Consultation

Milia is frustrating to deal with. It can be hard to get rid of and make you feel self-conscious. Come into Essential Dermatology to get an effective treatment plan started for your milia. Call our office at (508) 827-2615  or request a consultation by filling out our online form. To book an appointment, schedule your visit as a new patient using our online scheduler or as an existing patient using the PartneMass General Brigham Patient Patient Gateway.

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