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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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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?
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
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
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?
I've 6-7 small milias on my face. They all got developed in 15-20 days. My skin specialist removed some of them. Are these milias normal? Any worry?
Mainly cosmetic: Milia are not dangerous, but can be unattractive. They can usually be unroofed with little residual scar. ...Read more
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