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A milium cyst or milia (oil seeds) is a small, white bump that typically appears on the nose and  upper cheeks. These cysts are often found in groups. Milia occur when keratin becomes trapped beneath the surface of the skin due to ageing and sun damage.

Milia are small, dome-shaped bumps that are usually white or yellow. They are usually not itchy or painful. However, they may cause discomfort for some people.

Primary milia are formed directly from entrapped keratin. These cysts are usually found on the faces of infants or adults.

Secondary milia look similar, but they develop after something clogs the ducts leading to the skin’s surface, like after an injury, burn, or blistering.

Milia can be treated by:


Liquid nitrogen freezes the milia. It’s the most frequently used removal method.


A sterile needle picks out the contents of the cyst


These vitamin A-containing creams help exfoliate your skin.


Chemical peels cause the first layer of skin to peel off, unearthing new skin.


A small laser focuses on the affected areas to remove the cysts


Extreme heat destroys the cysts.


The cysts are surgically scraped and cauterized.

Frequently Asked Question

How long does the procedure take ?

The procedure would either be done on its own or in combination therapy to yield the best results and would take about 1- 2 hours.

Is it painful?

It is not painful at all as numb cream are applied prior to the therapy

What are the side effects ?

They are no absolute side effects for this treatment. However some may complain of slight redness and swelling immediately after the treatment

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