Millia Causes, Symptoms and Treatment Methods

Millium (Milia for multiple bumps) is a small white bump that usually develops on a baby’s nose, chin or cheek. Although milia look like baby acne, people often get confused between the two. Unlike baby acne, children having milia are born with the bumps, while baby acne spots only appear after a few weeks after birth. Another difference between the two is that millia does not cause inflammation while baby acne is associated with swelling and inflamed bumps. Although millia is usually associated with children, anyone can develop this skin disorder.

Causes of Millia

Although the exact causes of millia are not known till date, it usually develops on a child’s skin when tiny skin flakes are trapped near the surface of the skin. This gives rise to the characteristic white bumps on the child’s skin. As mentioned earlier, millia is often confused with baby acne, and while baby acne develops as a result of hormonal traits of the mother, it is not the case with millia.

In teenagers and adults, millia is associated with various kinds of skin damages, which include –

  • Blistering
  • Burns
  • Prolonged use of steroids
  • Blistering injury
  • Sun damage

What are the symptoms associated with millia?

Millia is characterised by tiny bumps that are white in colour that usually appears on the chin, cheek or nose of a baby. Sometimes, millia is often developed on the roof of the baby’s mouth or the gums, but such a case is quite rare.

The millia cysts are not itchy or cause any pain; it causes a lot discomfort. Sometimes, the millia cysts become red in colour when they come into contact with rough clothing or bed sheets. It is ideal to avail millia treatment after consulting a dermatologist near you.


You can prevent millia from developing at the first place or becoming severe by following these preventive measures –

  • Wash the baby’s skin with a mild baby soap and warm water.
  • Dry baby’s face skin with a clean towel by tapping the skin, and avoid rubbing it.
  • Avoid using any ointments or oils if you see bumps developing on your baby’s skin.
  • Avoid touching the bumps or pinching it as it may cause the situation to become worse.

However, if the situation becomes worse, you should consult a dermatologist to get expert millia treatment.

Treatment methods

Although millia does not cause any form of prolonged skin disorder, and may heal after a few weeks, it is advisable to consult a dermatologist if the situation worsens. The same can be said for the adults who have developed millia. However, if you decide to get millia removed, your dermatologist may prefer one of the following millia treatment methods –

  • Vitamin A containing medications such as topical retinoids
  • Laser Ablation
  • Diathermy – using high temperatures to burn off the millia bumps
  • Cryotherapy – using freezing temperatures to freeze and then remove the bumps.
  • Sterile Needle to remove the cyst contents

However, all these methods may have a negative impact on your skin or your health in general. Steroids are known for causing a number of health issues while other treatment methods are prone to leave a scar on your skin.

On the other hand, our natural, homeopathic treatment methods ensure complete millia treatment and removal without any side-effects on your health. We first apply Dr. Zamir’s formula to the affected area, causing millia incrustation. The incrustation so formed normally vanishes in a week or two when a new skin layer is formed, and hence, millia is removed from your skin. Our treatment methods will not leave a single scar on your baby’s skin.

Contact HPDC

So get in touch with our experts at HPDC and avail millia treatment that is not only effective but at the same time, free from side-effects on your health.

How do I make a booking?

Call our customer service on 020 8144 3773 or use theBook a Consultation

Do you accept Health Insurance?

We are a private company with no public funds and provide an alternative to the conventional health service therefore we don’t accept any Health Insurance

Can my GP refer me here?

We are a private company with no public funds and provide an alternative to the conventional health service therefore your GP cannot refer you to us

Will you provide any personal medication should I need them?

The High Precision Dermatology Centre have its own in house Homeopathic pharmacy. Should you require any medications we can supply these immediately and will talk you through how to use them before you leave the clinic.

Are evening and weekend appointments available?

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