What is the outlook for people with milia?

For babies, milia usually last only a few weeks. They can persist longer in older children and adults. Secondary milia can be permanent. The scarring from improper treatment of milia, such as attempting to squeeze or scrape them off of your own face or your baby’s, can also be permanent.

Last reviewed by a Cleveland Clinic medical professional on 10/22/2018.

References

  • American Academy of Family Physicians. Newborn Skin: Part I. Common Rashes. Accessed 10/23/2018.
  • DermNet New Zealand Trust. Milium. Accessed 10/23/2018.
  • Chapter 108. Normal Skin Changes. In: Usatine RP, Smith MA, Chumley HS, Mayeaux EJ, Jr.. eds. The Color Atlas of Family Medicine, 2e New York, NY: McGraw-Hill; 2013.
  • Berk DR, Bayliss SJ. Milia: a review and classification. J Am Acad Dermatol. 2008;59(6):1050-63.

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