Dr Meder advises how to prevent white bumps or milia, the little raised white dots that appear around people’s eyes and eyelids. 

White bumps or milia sometimes appear around the nose, cheeks and on other areas of the body as well. They can develop on any skin type and from any age. Raised white bumps are often associated with new-born babies, but adults can get them as well and the latest article in the Stylist explains why and how it happens, while also citing dermatology and skin care expert advice on the prevention of milia. 

Milia usually occur when dead skin cells (keratinous cells) become trapped beneath the skin’s surface and create small hard white groups of cysts. Once there, they are very hard to get rid of, so as in many skin care areas, prevention is key. Please do not try to squeeze white dots or scratch them as this will only make it worse. Clogged follicles can get infected and inflamed causing further skin problems, such as adult acne, persistent inflammation and others. 

Read expert skin care advice in the Stylist online. 

“If you keep getting white bumps milia under your eyes, consider changing your skincare routine,” says Dr. Tiina Meder, dermatologist and founder of Meder Beauty Science. Rich moisturisers and eye creams can clog the skin, resulting in blocked follicles and milia forming.

Ensure you are regularly cleaning, exfoliating and moisturising the skin. Pick the right moisturiser for your skin type. Using water-based serums can also help to prevent white bumps aka milia. As we age, our body naturally loses some of its ability to exfoliate away dry skin cells, and your pores and follicles may get clogged causing the appearance of white bumps.”

Read the complete article with Dr Meder’s advice on how to prevent white bumps