Search

We are open - The Cadogan Clinic is currently open for all appointments. LEARN MORE
0207 901 8500 We Are Open
Send an Enquiry

Milia (Milk Spots)

Milia are small, firm, dome-shaped white bumps that may appear on the skin. The occurrence of these bumps is due to the trapping of keratin under the skin's surface. Keratin is a protein abundant in our hair, nails and skin tissue. Milia may develop in people of all ages and ethnicities, and are a common occurrence in newborns and infants.

Milia may occur anywhere on the body but are most commonly seen on the face, particularly the cheeks, lips and eyelids. Milia are rarely itchy or painful, but some may experience mild discomfort due to this condition. Milia may be irritated by friction such as rubbing against rough clothing.

Use of heavy skin care products may induce the formation of milia by trapping keratin under the skin's surface. Traumatic milia may also develop after damage or injury to the skin. Types of injury include burns, sun damage, blistering and deep skin resurfacing.

Milia are mainly an aesthetic concern and often resolve on their own over time. If persistent or bothersome, they may be extracted by an aesthetician or healthcare professional. If you are unsure whether a bump on your skin is a milium, it is best to consult with your doctor. The dermatologists at Cadogan Clinic are available for in-depth consultations to diagnose milia and provide effective treatment if required.

Related Treatments:

Image of MR BRYAN MAYOU, FOUNDER

Of course, we use the very latest technology. But our real skill is in knowing how and when to use it to suit each individual patient.

MR BRYAN MAYOU, FOUNDER

Ask the Expert

News

Miss Elizabeth Hawkes discusses dark circles with WhoWhatWear

Consultant Ophthalmic and Oculoplastic Surgeon Miss Elizabeth Hawkes explains everything you need to know about dark circles, the increased pigmentation under the eye area.

Read More

Dr Mayou on the Daily Mail Podcast

News

Dr Mayou on the Daily Mail Podcast

Consult Dermatologist Dr Susan Mayou was a guest on the Mail+ health podcast Dr Max’s Clinic, the first of a four-part dermatology series.

Dr Segher’s talks sun protection with The Sun

News

Dr Segher’s talks sun protection with The Sun

Consultant Dermatologist Dr Amelie Seghers shares her sunscreen knowledge with the Sun, advising that budget products can be just as good as their branded…

Why do breasts sag after weight loss and what can I do?

Body & Breast

Why do breasts sag after weight loss and what can I do?

Breasts sag after weight loss because the ligaments that support the breast and the breast skin only have a limited ability to retract as the fatty element…

In The Press This Week

This month two of our top surgeons feature in Tatler’s Best Surgeons line up, while sun protection is the lead topic heading into summer with Glamour Magazine.

View All News Articles