Ever wondered what those strange but oddly familiar words like ‘FOMO’ or ‘Netflix and chill’ mean? They’re examples of milialar, the slang and cultural references used by Millennials and Gen Z. Even if you’re not of that generation, you’ve probably picked up on some milialar just by exposure. But there are so many more milialar words and phrases you’re probably missing out on.
Don’t have FOMO – we’ve got you covered. In this article, we’ll walk you through some of the most common milialar used today and their meanings. From ‘bae’ to ‘squad goals’ to ‘lit,’ you’ll be speaking like a true digital native in no time. So get ready to get woke and be on fleek. Milialar are more than just slang – they represent an entire generation’s way of communicating and connecting with each other.
What Are Milialar?
What exactly are those tiny white bumps around your eyes? They’re called milia or milialar, and they’re keratin-filled cysts that form just under the skin. ### How Milialar Form
Milia develop when dead skin cells get trapped under the skin’s surface instead of exfoliating away as they normally would. These trapped cells then accumulate into hard, pearl-like cysts. Milia most commonly appear around the eyes, especially on the eyelids, but they can crop up on the nose, cheeks, and forehead as well.
The good news is milia are usually harmless and painless. They don’t typically become inflamed or infected. However, their appearance may bother some people for cosmetic reasons. The cysts tend to be most noticeable on fair skin, though people of all skin tones can get them.
Milia often disappear on their own within a few weeks as the skin naturally exfoliates. However, if they persist or bother you, a dermatologist can extract them. Extraction involves opening up the cyst and removing its contents. The procedure is quick, causes little discomfort, and prevents scarring when done properly by a dermatologist.
To help prevent milia in the first place, use a daily moisturizer to keep your skin hydrated, and exfoliate regularly to remove dead skin cells. Harsh skin care products and cosmetics can also trigger milia for some people, so choose non-comedogenic and hypoallergenic options, especially around the eye area. With time and consistent skincare, those little bumps should fade away.
Causes of Milialar
Milia, those little white bumps that crop up around your eyes or nose, can be pesky little things. They may not always be preventable, but knowing what causes them can help you minimize their appearance.
The most common culprit is damage to the outer layer of skin. Things like harsh skincare products, sun exposure, or dermatological procedures like laser treatments can injure your epidermis and cause milia to form. Genetics also play a role for some. Conditions like Gardner’s syndrome or Bazex syndrome, though rare, make you prone to developing milia.
Another frequent cause is dead skin buildup. As your epidermis produces new skin cells, the old ones are supposed to slough off. But sometimes those dead cells get trapped under the new skin, harden into tiny cysts, and – voila – milia. Exfoliating and keeping your skin well hydrated can help prevent this.
In many cases, milia will disappear on their own within a few weeks. But if they’re persistent, your dermatologist can extract them. A simple procedure using a needle to open the cyst and tweezers to pull out the hardened oils and skin cells inside will clear them up and get your complexion back to smooth.
The good news is milia themselves are harmless, though the underlying cause may need to be addressed. With regular exfoliation, hydration, sun protection, and limiting use of harsh skincare products, you can avoid these little bumps and keep your skin clear and radiant. But when they do pop up, extraction or letting them run their course are easy solutions.
Milialar vs Other Skin Conditions
Milia are small cysts under the skin containing keratin, while other skin conditions have different causes and appearances. It’s important to distinguish milia from other issues to get the proper diagnosis and treatment.
Milia vs Baby Acne
Baby acne, also known as neonatal acne, occurs in newborns and usually clears up on its own in a few months. Unlike milia, baby acne presents as small red bumps or pimples, not white cysts. Baby acne is caused by maternal hormones in the baby’s system after birth, not keratin buildup.
Milia vs Molluscum Contagiosum
Molluscum contagiosum causes flesh-colored bumps with a dimple or dot in the center. It’s contagious and caused by a poxvirus, unlike the non-contagious milia. Molluscum bumps often appear in groups or clusters on the face, trunk, genitals or thighs of children and adults. Milia tend to appear singly, often on the face.
Milia vs Epidermoid Cysts
Epidermoid cysts, also known as sebaceous cysts, develop under the skin from hair follicles or oil glands. Unlike milia, epidermoid cysts often grow larger over time, up to an inch in diameter. They have a thicker, cheesy material inside. Epidermoid cysts may need to be removed surgically, while milia can often be extracted using a sterilized needle.
As you can see, milia has some distinct characteristics that set it apart from other common skin conditions. However, when in doubt or if milia is bothersome or does not clear up on its own, it’s best to consult your dermatologist. They can examine your skin, determine the exact cause of the bumps and recommend appropriate treatment.
Treatments for Milialar
There are several effective treatments for milia. The method used will depend on factors like the severity of your condition, your age, health, and personal preferences.
Freezing the milia with liquid nitrogen is a common treatment. The dermatologist applies the liquid nitrogen directly to the milia, which causes the cells to burst and the milia to eventually fall off. This is a quick procedure with minimal discomfort and scarring. However, it may require repeat treatments.
Certain medications, like retinoids (derived from vitamin A) and antibiotics (for any infection), may be used to treat milia. Retinoids work by increasing cell turnover to unclog hair follicles and clear pores. They are available as creams, gels, and pills. Antibiotics, such as erythromycin, are used if there is infection or inflammation associated with the milia. The medications may need to be used for several weeks to be fully effective.
For severe or persistent milia, manual extraction by a dermatologist is often the most effective method. The dermatologist will lance each milium with a sterile needle and then extract the contents with a comedone extractor. The area is then cleansed to avoid infection and promote healing. While extraction provides immediate results, there is a risk of scarring if not done properly. A local anesthetic is usually applied to numb the area and minimize discomfort.
There are also several at-home treatments you can try, such as using retinol creams, exfoliating to remove dead skin cells, steaming your face to open pores, and regularly extracting using sterilized tools after a warm shower when pores are open. However, for the most effective and safest results, see your dermatologist for professional milia removal.
Tips for Preventing Milialar
To help prevent milia, there are a few tips you should keep in mind:
Wash your face twice a day with a mild cleanser and lukewarm water. Gently massage your face with your fingertips, then rinse well with water. Avoid harsh soaps, abrasive scrubs or exfoliants which can irritate the skin. Use a soft washcloth instead of scrubbing pads. Being too rough can damage skin and hair follicles, increasing the chances of milia formation.
Moisturize daily to keep your skin hydrated, but avoid thick creams or oil-based products which can clog pores. Look for a lightweight, non-comedogenic moisturizer formulated for your skin type. For oily or acne-prone skin, choose an oil-free, water-based gel. For drier skin, a richer cream may be needed. Apply moisturizer right after cleansing while your skin is still damp to lock in hydration.
Limit sun exposure
Too much sun exposure can damage your skin and cause milia. Wear broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30, especially on your face, neck, hands and arms. Reapply sunscreen every 2 hours or after swimming or sweating. Wear sunglasses, a wide-brimmed hat and avoid tanning beds. UV radiation accelerates skin aging and causes sun spots, increasing your risk of milia.
Gently exfoliate 1-2 times a week to remove dead skin cells from the surface of your skin. Look for a chemical exfoliant containing glycolic or salicylic acid, or use facial scrub, peel or electronic exfoliant like a facial brush according to directions. Remove excess oil and unclog pores, but don’t over-exfoliate which can irritate skin. Be very gentle around the eye area where skin is thin. Exfoliation also allows moisturizers and treatments to absorb better.
By following these tips, you can help improve your skin health and minimize factors that lead to milia. Maintaining a good skincare routine, protecting from sun damage and keeping pores clear will all aid in preventing milialar.
That covers the basics of milialar – pretty interesting stuff, right? Now you know why those tiny dots and bumps that make up your skin are so important. Milialar affects most of us at some point, so don’t stress too much if you notice a few popping up. The good news is there are some easy things you can do to help improve their appearance and prevent new ones from forming. Drink plenty of water, use a moisturizer daily, limit sun exposure, and exfoliate regularly. Your skin will thank you for it. Milialar may be common, but that doesn’t mean you have to just live with them. Make these small changes and you’ll be well on your way to smoother, clearer skin.