I have milia on both my upper and lower eyelids. They have been there for 10 years now. I have maybe 15+ on each eyelid. Is it a normal practice to extract them when its located on such a sensitive area?
Normal to Extract Milia on Eyelids?
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More Diffcult But Can Be Done
It is obviously more difficult to extract milia from these areas. I have found that using an 11 blade and forceps useful. I cannot imagine trying it with a comedone extractor, a device otherwise utilized.
I would switch your eye shadow. It seems like it might be clogging your pores. This would lead to the formation of milia.
Eyelid Milia management
Milia are trapped whitish material (keratin) beneath the skin often following eyelid surgery. These tiny cysts have a thin almost translucent skin covering which is usually opened, unroofed, with the tip of a needle allowing the contents to be removed. A simple and often painless office procedure. I would recommend this treatment than taking matters in your own hands and attempting extraction.
Consult with a dermatologist regarding why you have this problem and make sure it is milia and not a different cause such as cholesterol deposits, a sign of hyperlipidemia (too high cholesterol in the blood) requiring treatment. In general prevention consists of not using thick greasy ointments and using a retinoid such as Retin-A.
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