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What are milia cysts exactly?

What are milia cysts exactly?

Keratin-filled cysts: Milia are very common, benign, keratin-filled cysts that appear as superficial, uniform, pearly-white to yellowish domed lesions measuring 1-2 mm in diameter, usually on the face, especially the nose. Primary milia are believed to arise in sebaceous glands that are not fully developed. No topical or systemic medications are effective on primary milia, and they tend to spontaneously disappear. ...Read more

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Cyst (Definition)

A cyst is a structure or mass that consists of a cellular lined sac. It is typically filled with fluid but may be filled with solid material. It can be congenital, traumatic, or acquired. They may develop nearly anywhere in the body and usually require complete excision for eradication or they are likely to recur. Fluid filled sacs that are not cellular lined ...Read more


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I have Porphyria cutanea tarda. How can you remove milia that grows under my skin (hands). I assume it's milia 'cos they're tiny white cyst like bumps?

I have Porphyria cutanea tarda. How can you remove milia that grows under my skin (hands). I assume it's milia 'cos they're tiny white cyst like bumps?

There are kits: Some brave folks use equipment to remove them in their own, or any senators can do this easily. Since there is often vessel compromise in PCT, ask for a physician's guidance Before you start with your own needle and curette. ...Read more

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What is a milia?

What is a milia?

Small cyst: No one knows why these happen. They occur in people of all ages. They usually do not become very big but if they annoy you they can be easily removed. ...Read more

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Can I use honey to remove milia?

Can I use honey to remove milia?

Honey for skin: It certainly won't hurt you, but may not help. Possibly worth a try, let us know how it turns out for you! ...Read more

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How can I prevent milia from occuring?

Can't always prevent: Milia occur when a substance from the skin, known as keratin, gets trapped under the outermost layer of skin, forming a cyst. Milia can also occur when other debris or damage clogs the pores in the skin. Good hygiene will generally prevent these secondary milia, but they can still occur normally, or after injury to the skin. The good news is that milia are harmless, and will eventually go away. ...Read more

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What to do if I have looked online but I can't tell if they are syringomas or milia. how can I tell?

What to do if I have looked online but I can't tell if they are syringomas or milia. how can I tell?

Skin bumps: syringomas. And milia can indeed appear very similar. syringomas arise deeper in the skin but can become quite superficial. You really should consult with an expert in order to determine what type of problem you have and therefore what the best treatment for might be. Milia are easier to treat than are syringomas ...Read more

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What kind of makeup can I use so it wont affect my skin? I have milia on cheecks/chin now..how should i apply my makeup in a safe way?

What kind of makeup can I use so it wont affect my skin? I have milia on cheecks/chin now..how should i apply my makeup in a safe way?

See a dermatologist: hypoallergenic makeup would be my best advice, but since any makeup will block pores, I suggest you see a Derm for a specific recommendation ...Read more

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I have milium or milia on my penis?

I have milium or milia on my penis?

Yes.: This is actually a common condition--the bigger ones are even classified as epidermal inclusion cysts. ...Read more

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Do milia ever go away?

Do milia ever go away?

Yes: Yes. It takes time, but they typically resolve as infants develop. ...Read more

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Benign Baby Skin Bumps (Definition)

Miliaria is a rash on the skin that occurs in some people when they are hot and start to sweat. This "heat rash" occurs because a person's sweat glands don't reach all the way to the surface of the skin, or his sweat glands are blocked, causing some sweat to leak out just under the surface of the skin. The rash is of pink or reddish bumps and can be very ...Read more