I recently paid a visit to BioMedical Emporium to have a facial, and while I was there Dr Judey Pretorius asked me if she could remove my milia. I was confused, because I had no idea what milia are. Turns out, they’re the little white bumps I thought were part of my freckles – the same ones I’d tried squeezing and which had returned to bother me endlessly. And they were being removed. Yay!
But let’s start at the beginning…
What are these bumps on my face and what causes them?
A milium cyst is, in most cases, painless. It is a small white or yellow bump that appears on the cheeks, nose or around the eye area. Now that I know what these little bumps are called, I’ve realised that *lots* of people I know also have them, and have absolutely no idea what they are.
Milia occur when keratin, a strong protein that is found in skin tissue, becomes trapped beneath the surface of the skin. They typically appear when skin has been burnt, sun damaged or has blistered. There’s unfortunately no permanent prevention agains milia forming, but luckily there are ways to get rid of them.
This is how I got my milia removed at Biomedical Emporium
Dr Judey Pretorius, the co-founder of Biomedical Emporium, explains how she removed my milium cysts: ‘I used skin cauterisation – also known as plasma treatment. With the skin cauterisation or plasma therapy, I make use of a handheld device that uses a focused and controlled plasma energy to sublime the superficial part of the skin, i.e the skin milia, without causing any damage to the underlying or adjacent tissues. This technique can also be used to flatten keloid scars or remove moles. A small scab is formed immediately after the procedure and may be on the skin for approximately one week. The aesthetic healing however, is phenomenal and does not leave any scarring behind. It is truly a revolutionary treatment, and is also fairly painless. It does not require any cutting of the skin, no blood, no stitches. It’s a quick and easy procedure with minimal side effects.’ A yes, if you ask me!
I do have to admit that I found this procedure painful (I’m quite a baby). I was gritting my teeth and couldn’t wait for it to be done, but it was absolutely worth it! It’s been a few months now and my face is still milia free and hopefully it will be a while before they develop again.
If you are tired of those white or yellow bumps that don’t want to disappear from your face, I would definitely recommend having them removed.
And there you have it – now you know what those bumps on your face are!