How to Get Rid of Milia Seeds

Updated April 17, 2017

Milia seeds are small, white bumps that appear on the skin around the eyes, cheeks and forehead. Seen on both infants and adults, they are caused by clogged pores and sweat glands and are often confused with whiteheads. Milia do not itch or burn and pose no health risk. To get rid of adult milia, you must thoroughly clean your face and unclog your pores on a regular basis with products that are non-comedogenic.

Wash your face with a clarifying cleanser to remove as much oil, make-up and dirt as possible. Clarifying cleansers provide a deep cleaning and will not leave behind any residue.

Unclog your pores by holding your face over a facial steam sauna or teapot for at least 10 minutes. Gently wipe away the escaping oil and dirt from your face with a warm moist towel as you steam.

Examine your face in a magnifying mirror. Gently lance the largest milia seeds with a sterilised lancet tool. The lancet tool has a loop on one end. Press this loop around the lanced skin to gently force out the contents. Dab the area with alcohol to clean.

Apply an oil-absorbing clay mask two or three times per week. Masks containing either rhassoul (red), french (green) or bentonite clay are natural choices that will draw toxins out of your pores. Allow the mask to dry and then moisten it with warm water before you attempt to remove with a washcloth.

Treat your face daily with an oil-free moisturiser containing salicylic acid to prevent your pores from clogging with oil.


Only use moisturiser around the eyes that is specifically for the eye area because other types are too heavy. Make an appointment with an aesthetician for an acid peel to speed the process of milia removal.


NEVER attempt to remove milia seeds from an infant. Sterilise the lancet tool with boiling water and alcohol. Do not lance the milia seeds unless you are completely confident you can do so safely. The skin around the eyes is very fragile. Consider using a dermatologist to extract in the eye area. If you experience irritation reduce the number of days you apply the clay mask and salicylic acid.

Things You'll Need

  • Clarifying cleanser
  • Facial sauna
  • Washcloth
  • Magnifying mirror
  • Lancet tool
  • Alcohol
  • Clay mask
  • Oil-free moisturiser containing salicylic acid
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Yvonne Ward began her professional writing career in 2004. She wrote a true-crime book published in 2010 and has two more underway. She also has a strong background in business, education and farm living. Ward is pursuing a Master of Arts in history and culture from Union Institute and University.