Cosmetic Dermatology > Extractions


Milia are deep seeded white bumps that form when skin cells become trapped rather than exfoliate naturally. The trapped cells become walled off into tiny cysts that appear like white beads below the surface of the skin. As the surface is worn away, the tiny cyst may resolve on its own. Far too often, though, intervention to remove the cyst may offer more rapid resolution.

Extraction is the method of removing the milia. First the skin is cleansed with rubbing alcohol, and the skin is gently opened with a sterile needle. Then pressure is applied with a comedone extractor, and the milia typically pops out.