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Does anyone know of a good way to get rid of white milia bumps? Has anyone tried microdermabrasion?

As an esthetician, I would suggest having the milia extracted at a dermatologists office or to see a skilled esthetician that can do it. As you probably already know, these are very difficult to remove. They sit just under the surface of the skin and people think because they can 'see' them, they can extract them on their own. This creates the worst scarring! A dermatologist or experienced esthetician uses a lancet to remove the milia without scarring. I've tried microdermabrasion myself and have used it on clients. Depending on how long the milia has been there, it wasn't too much help. It's more preventative than anything. Don't get me wrong, microdermabrasion is good, but it's expensive and you have to keep going to see results. Milia is usually caused by oil or pore clogging ingredients in products, usually occuring under the eyes and upper cheeks. Do you use a heavy eye cream? Are you using a non-comedogenic blush? I've also heard that milia could be caused by consuming too many dairy products. If you're a big milk drinker, cut back your intake to see if that helps. Another preventive measure would be to use an alpha-hydroxy product to remove the dead skin cells, so the pores won't clog as much. Also, you could have a glycolic peel once a month by an esthetician. Those have really helped me. Well, I hope this helps a little!

[This message has been edited by 'Chelle (edited 02-26-2001).]

Microdermabrasion is a good exfoilating procedure for mild acne, mild hyperpigmentation, superficial fine lines, light scarring and sun damaged skin. It's good because there is no down time. The cons are the expense- usually $150-200 for one treatment. Most people definitely need a series of treatments....usually once a month to maintain results. If one is very prone to cold sores, sometimes this treatment can cause one. My face is pretty sensitive and would get very dry and flaky after a treatment. It usually lasted a week or so. Everyone is different though. Most have very positive results.
For hyperpigmentation, it's suggested to use a bleaching agent like 2% hydroquinone in conjunction with the m.dermabrasion. Using a bleaching agent alone, results are usually seen in 28-45 days. Which AHA's or BHA's have you tried? With my sensitive skin, I've noticed some OTC AHA's & BHA's are too harsh. Although if I have a glycolic acid peel in the salon, I'm fine. Usually the strengths are much stronger too! I think it's because the product is not left on the face, where as the other products are. I love the results. Obviously with any treatment, make sure the esthetician is skilled....You'd be suprised! With a chemical peel, they would check your sensitivity before applying the product. Usually it can be seen immediately with a skin patch test. With microdermabrasion, being unskilled can result in broken capillaries, temporary red streaks or small 'suction' marks. It must be done evenly over face. It usually feels like a cat licking your face (that's how most would describe it!) Very little discomfort.
Hope this helps!

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