How to remove milia seeds

Updated February 21, 2017

Milia seeds are white or yellowish bumps that appear on the eyelids or temple. They are also called oil seeds, and are usually small and hard. Sometimes, if a milia seed is new, it can be soft, and appear as though it is a pimple without an opening. Arnold R. Oppenheim, a dermatologist in Virginia Beach, Virginia, says that they are caused by clogged sweat ducts.

Wash your face with a deep cleanser. A deep cleanser is one that is made for oily or blemish-prone skin. It will destroy dirt and environmental elements that would otherwise clog your sweat ducts and can contribute to milia seeds.

Wash your face with an exfoliating scrub. This is a scrub that will abrade the top layer of your skin and remove dead skin cells, as well as buff and polish the healthy skin left behind.

Use a gentle mask on your face. This can help to draw any impurities out of your skin, thus helping to prevent further clogging of your sweat ducts down the road.

Finally, apply a milia treatment cream such as the one made by Naturalis on the areas that you have milia seeds. It takes about four days before the milia seeds are gone.

Apply a blemish treatment cream later on if you notice that your skin tone does not look even. This will help to correct that problem.


Another option to try is laser treatment, which your dermatologist can do for you.


While there are those who recommend removing milia seeds with a sharp needle, it is not recommended that you do this, especially if your milia seed is on your eyelid, as you could poke your eye. Also, the skin is very thin there and if you jab yourself, it could take time to heal. There is also the possibility of infection if the needle is not appropriately sterilised.

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