Milia Removal | My Experience

Monday, 17 July 2017

Milia is probably something that most people aren't aware of, but for me, they led to a huge insecurity about my skin. For those who don't know milia are a group of millium cysts which are small white bumps that typically appear on the cheek or nose. They're caused when keratin (a strong protein) becomes trapped under the skin. I've suffered with them for as long as I can remember and whilst they do go naturally, I found that they never all disappeared and I always had a small group of milia somewhere on my face. One of the easiest and safest ways to remove them is through electrolysis. However, this sounded beyond painful to me and so I put it off for years. Eventually, they were getting me down so much that I opted to go ahead and have electrolysis to remove them.

Once I told people what I was doing, no one could actually see them on my skin, but I knew they were there and continually getting me down as I never had smooth, clear skin. For this procedure, electrolysis involved a hot needle being inserted into the affected area (now you know why I put it off for so long!) and removing the cyst. 

This above photo was taken just before I had the electrolysis and from this picture, you can see that most of my milia were grouped under my eye and on my cheeks. Although I could cover them with make up, I was always aware of them still as my skin was never totally smooth.

The electrolysis was quite painful, I won't lie, it did bring tears to my eyes, but it only lasted about 10-15 minutes. The more milia you have, the longer the procedure lasts (obviously).

Afterwards, my skin was very red and swollen and looked like I'd been stung by a bee! The above photo was taken immediately after so you can see my skin at its worst. I applied Aloe Vera gel which really helped to calm it down. For 48 hours after the procedure you can't wear make up, which for me, is really hard! Luckily, I'd booked a few days off work and so that's why I decided to do it when I did. That way, I could stay hidden for a couple of days without being seen. Even with the milia removed, I still have a fairly uneven skintone, so like to wear make up to help smooth it out. 

In the following days, scabs started to form where the milia were (sounds super gross) as the skin starts to heal, but essentially I looked like a spotty teenager! Once I was able to wear make up again, it wasn't so bad as it was easy to cover them up.

I applied Bio-Oil twice daily to the scabs to help prevent scaring and to help them heal quickly. The photo above was taken a week later and you can see most of the scabs have cleared up (except that giant one above my lip)! They took just over a week to completely go, though I still have a scar from the one above my lip so am still applying Bio-Oil twice daily to that. 

Now my skin is so much smoother and for the first time in ages, I feel so much more secure about my skin as it looks so much clearer! The above photo was taken last night (exactly a month since the electrolysis). I would recommend electrolysis to anyone who was wanting to get rid of their milia. It's the safest way and whilst it does hurt and leaves your skin looking a little unsightly for a few weeks, it's so worth it in the long run. I would definitely recommend you research beauty therapists before doing so as they should be fully trained to carry out electrolysis. Fortunately, my mum's friend is a beauty therapist and does all of mum's treatments so I knew she'd be amazing, but it's so important you go to a reputable place, because it could easily go wrong!

Apologies for the quality of these photos, I'd started taken them on my phone, so they're not the clearest, but hopefully it gives you an insight into what my skin looked like at each stage. Do you suffer from milia and are you considering treating them? Or have you had electrolysis? I'd love to know!


  1. Thank you for writing about your experience. I get milia too and didn't realise you could get electrolysis. I am terrible and actually get a needle and pop the larger ones myself as they annoy me so much, which is obviously not good! I'll need to have a look into this, as I still have smaller ones that I want rid of.

    Sarah x

  2. Oh you're braver than me, I couldn't pop them myself haha! Honestly though electrolysis is amazing and it gets rid of all of them no matter how small. If you do decide to got for it, you'll have to let me know how you get on! Thanks for reading(: xx

  3. That so interesting. I suffer from Milia on my cheek bones and under the eye too but I've always been put off of removal techniques because of the price!

    You look fantastic though


    1. I know what you mean, I put removing mine off for ages because of the price, but I'm so glad I finally did it, my skin is so much clearer! Thank you so much for reading (: xx

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