Do you have whitish or yellowish spots around your eyes that do not want to seem to go away? Those are called milk spots. In the medical world, they are referred to as milia. Regardless of the name, they can leave you feeling self-conscious because they can really be noticeable especially up close.
Milia can appear anywhere on the face such as the nose, cheeks and forehead. However, those bumps tend to appear more commonly around the eyes — the windows to the soul! Well, no one will be able to have a glimpse of your beautiful soul if those annoying milia are in the way!
There are many different reasons why milia occur. One of the most common of them all is the excessive production of sebum. Trapped dead skin cells may also cause milia to form. The hormones and genes can be blamed at times. Too much sun exposure, use of thick cosmetics and certain facial treatments can cause milia, too.
Luckily, various treatments for milia are in our midst. The bad news is a lot of them can leave you feeling terrified, not to mention leave a dent on your budget. Milia can be removed with the use of laser or extreme heat. Those tiny bumps may also be frozen or melted with harsh chemicals. They all sound risky!
You may take a risk or simply opt for some home remedies that are proven effective in zapping milia. With so many all-natural solutions for it, you can pick one that you feel is very safe for you. What’s more, a lot of these home remedies are very easy on the pocket. Here are some of the most standout solutions:
Put hot water in a small basin. Close your eyes, place your face a few inches over the basin, and drape a large towel over your head do this for about 15 minutes every day.
Similarly, you may soak a pair of large cotton pads in hot water. Wring out excess and place them over your closed eyes until they’re cool. Make sure that the cotton pads are not scalding hot!
Simply smear a thin layer of honey around the eyes on an everyday basis until those unsightly bumps go away. It is a good idea to opt for raw and organic honey to attain superb results.
Daily, massage castor oil on affected areas of the skin until it is completely absorbed. If you feel that it’s too strong, simply dilute castor oil with equal parts of olive oil.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Zap those pesky bumps by neutralizing them with apple cider vinegar. To keep messiness at bay, turn apple cider vinegar into an easy-to-apply paste by mixing 1 tablespoon of it with 3 tablespoons of cornstarch.
Extract the juice of grated potato using a piece of cheesecloth. Allow the juice to chill in the fridge for several minutes. Soak a pair of cotton pads in it and place on the eyes. Do this daily.
Slice a ripe tomato in half and apply the juice on areas where milia can be found. The moment you feel some stinging, immediately remove with water.
If you have aloe vera in your garden, simply break off a leaf. Daub the sticky substance on those irritating bumps. After about 15 minutes, wash off with water.
Brown Sugar Scrub
Combine 1 tablespoon of brown sugar, 1/2 tablespoon of olive oil and a few drops of lemon juice. Gently massage on problem areas, then rinse off thoroughly. Refrain from doing this more than twice a week.
If you feel that the brown sugar scrub above is too harsh for your skin, simply combine 2 parts raw oats and 1 part olive oil. Use this to exfoliate the milia-infested area around the eyes.