Little white bumps, or milia, are keratin-filled cysts, or simply little globs of protein under the skin. There are generally two types of milia. Primary milia may result from oil glands that have not fully or properly developed. Secondary milia result from trauma to the skin.
Milia ( sing. milium, from the Latin millet seed) are small epidermal inclusion cysts ( sometimes erroneously called sebaceous cysts). Milia are totally, benign, tiny keratin-filled cysts. They form when the follicular orifice ( pore) is clogged.
There are a variety of natural options to get rid of those white bumps that don’t involve a major medical procedure. Keep reading to see what these homemade remedies are and how you can best use them.
Sugar and Lemon Scrub
Mix two tablespoons of sugar with some lemon juice and a pinch of olive oil to make a very helpful face scrub that will help get rid of those pesky dots. Leave the mixture on your face for 15-20 minutes each night for best results.
Weirdly enough, raw honey works as a great moisturizer and can do wonders for your skin when applied. Honey can also do an excellent job of healing dry skin.
A Hot Towel
Press a towel under hot water and place it over your face for a few minutes. Do this over the course of a few days and watch those spots disappear.
Tea Tree Oil
Tea tree oil has a lot of uses, and one of the most convenient is as a natural disinfectant for your skin. Simply dab some oil on your face before you go to bed and wash it all off in the morning.
Cornstarch and Apple Cider Vinegar
Combine these two ingredients to make a paste that you can gently apply to the problem areas on your face. Leave it on for about 25 minutes before rinsing it off.
Don’t Fall Asleep in Makeup
Sleeping in makeup can clog your pores and leave you in danger of a variety of skin conditions.
What Causes White Bumps under Eyes?
Wondering what causes white bumps under eyes? Then here are some common causes:
Lower exfoliation capacity: Babies’ skin is they are still learning to exfoliate as Paula Begoun, the author of “Don’t Go to the Cosmetics Counter without Me”, puts it and as a result tends to be more prone to bumps called milia which result from a build up of dead skin cells keratin (protein) beneath the skin.
Sun damage bumps below eyes
In addition to the many adverse effects that excessive sun exposure has on the skin including sunburn, dark spots, wrinkles, and higher risk of skin cancer, it also causes thickening of skin which can set stage formation of milia that often show as white bumps under eyes.
Using oily makeup may also to blame for those bumps under eyes. According to the Live Strong website, it is a good idea to stay away from oil makeup products and makeup removers, creamy eye shadows, and thick eye creams if you are prone to milia.
Cosmetic are also often to blame for clogging of oil glands in the eyelids leading to the formation of chalazia which also causes bumps on the eyelids.
Pimples under eyes
White spots under your eyes could also be pimples. Pimples on skin occur when pores are plugged with excess oil (sebum), dirt and bacteria. As the infection develops in the pimple that results, the bump turns yellow or may appear to have white pus.
Pimples on face, under eyes and on eyelids may also be common in acne-prone skin types as well as during certain times when hormonal levels fluctuate. Women are mostly affected during pregnancy, during period and when stressed. You can get rid of pimples early enough, otherwise dark spots under eyes or skin may form.
White Bumps under Eyes Cholesterol
Just the other day, someone who didn’t leave his/her name asked, “I have a white bump under the eyes. My friend told me it is an indication of excess cholesterol in my bloodstream. Is this really true?”
Well, the said friend seems to be insinuating that the affected guy is suffering from a condition called xanthelasma which is associated with painless, yellow deposits of fat beneath the skin, usually over the upper or lower eyelids.
Xanthelasma is not a serious medical issue and tends to affect women – especially in their forties – more than men. It has a hereditary aspect and tends to occur more in people of Asian and Mediterranean region descent.
According to Medline Plus, the condition may or may not be an indication of high cholesterol levels in the blood.
All in all, it seems unlikely that the person who asked this question is suffering from xanthelasma. The bumps could easily be milia.
The National Health service says that small dots under eyes that appear as yellow spots “are mostly made up of cholesterol and can be treated cosmetically, but are also a warning sign of raised cholesterol.”