Can milia be prevented?

Most cases of milia cannot be prevented. You can improve your chance of avoiding secondary milia, in particular, if you take steps to protect your skin. Avoiding excessive exposure to the sun, avoiding the use of thick facial creams/ointments, and exfoliating are things that will help.

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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