A flawless, spot free skin is the utmost longing for every individual. Your skin demands regular care; otherwise, several skin problems arise in the absence of adequate care. One such problem is milia or milk spots. These are hard yellowish or white bumps that mostly appear on the face, specifically on the cheeks, chest, forehead and nose. It occurs when the skin pores get clogged due to accumulation of dead cells. These are keratin-filled cysts that are quite common in an infant, but can also affect folks of all ages (1).
Excessive secretion of sebum, hormonal changes, usage of heavy makeup, long-term use of steroid creams, exposure to the sun for long, blistering injuries, not enough exfoliation, etc. are the root causes of milia. However, milia aren’t hurtful in any way, but getting rid of them can be a hard-hitting task. These ugly bumps are extremely stubborn, as they last for weeks, months, and sometimes longer. Most of you may want to know how to get rid of milia at home. So, here are some effective natural remedies to overcome milk spots or milia.
Home Remedies for Milia
The amino acids, antioxidants, vitamins, minerals and humectant properties of Honey help retains moisture and avoids dryness (2). You can simply apply raw honey on your face. For obtaining the best results, use it on a daily basis. It will certainly do wonders when combined with some other ingredients. You can mix one tablespoon of jojoba oil with two tablespoons of honey. Spread it on your face and keep it on for 15 to 20 minutes. Repeat this three to four times a week.
2. Oatmeal Scrub
Oatmeal scrub unclogs the blocked pores. Many studies have proved that oatmeal is a very useful ingredient for skin care products. Colloidal oatmeal gives relief from skin dryness and itchiness (3). Take one tbsp of granulated sugar and raw honey and 3 tbsp of oatmeal. Mix all the ingredients and gently scrub your skin for a few minutes. Then, rinse it off.
3. Sugar-Lemon Juice Scrub
Lemon juice is used in many facial cleansing products (4, 5). The homemade scrub requires 2 tbsp of sugar, half lemon juice and 1 tsp olive oil. Mix all the three ingredients and gently scrub your face with this mixture. Leave it for 20 minutes and wash off. It is a highly beneficial remedy that exfoliates the skin and helps you get rid of milia.
4. Castor Oil
Since castor oil is antibacterial in nature, it can heal several skin problems. It also helps control production of excess oil (6). Apply ½ teaspoon of castor oil and gently massage in a circular motion. Leave it until it gets absorbed into the skin.
- You can also use a mixture of castor oil and olive oil in an equal proportion.
- Alternatively, you can make a paste of castor oil and baking soda. Apply it on the affected area. Wash it off after 30 minutes.
5. Pomegranate Peel Powder
Pomegranate is a rich source of vitamin C and it possess astringent properties, which helps exfoliate the skin and soothes acne and milia. Pomegranate peel powder is one of the most liked home remedies for curing milia (7). For using this remedy, you need to roast the peels of pomegranate, until they become dark brown. Then grind them into a powder. Take 2 tbsp of this powder and add lemon juice or rose water to form a paste. Rub it on your face and leave it for 20 minutes. Use this remedy thrice a week.
A nice steam can unclog the pores and removes the debris and dead cells from the skin. It is a simple process. Just damp a towel in hot water and squeeze out the excess water. Now, put this towel on your face for a few minutes and then remove it. Repeat this process a couple of times (8).
7. Cornstarch and Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar works as an astringent. Cornstarch absorbs extra oil from the skin. Hence, a mixture of these two can reduce the problem of milia. Add 1 tsp of apple cider in 3 tsp of corn starch to make a paste. After 30 minutes, remove the paste with a wet cloth.
8. Baking Soda
Take sufficient amount of baking soda and add water to make a thick paste. Apply all over your face and wait until it gets dry. Then, wash your face with lukewarm water.
The citric acid in lemon helps open the pores, dries the excess oil and helps remove dead skin cells. You can rub a lemon slice gently on your face (9, 10). Moreover, squeeze a lemon and add a pinch of salt to it. Soak a cotton ball in it and dab on milia prone skin. Leave it for 20 minutes. Then, rinse the face with warm water.
Tomato contains abundant vitamin C, which makes your skin glow and reduces dullness (11, 12). Just cut a slice of tomato and sprinkle some sugar on it. Then, rub it on your skin. Follow this remedy for at least a month. Moreover, you can also use its pulp.
Toothpaste contains fluoride that helps remove the symptoms associated with milia. Apply a thin layer on the affected area and leave it on for about 25 minutes. It may give you a feeling of burning sensation, but it’s quite normal and will soon be over. Clean the paste with cold water.
Peel the potato and grate it. Now, massage with this grated potato on your face and wash off after 20 minutes. Moreover, you can also rub its slices on your face.
13. Rice Scrub
Rice bran because of its antioxidant and skin hydration properties is used in many skincare products (13). Soak some rice in milk for about 4 to 5 hours. Then, grind them in a blender to form a paste. Apply it on your face and scrub gently. It will surely give the effective results.
14. Cinnamon Mask
Cinnamon has anti inflammatory properties that assist in curing many skin problems (14). Mix half tbsp of cinnamon powder and one tbsp, each of baking soda and lemon juice, in a bowl. Use some water to make a paste. Apply it on the affected part or cover the entire face. Leave until it dries. Later, wash off with lukewarm water. For obtaining effective results, follow this remedy twice a week.
15. Green Gram Flour and Jojoba Oil Scrub
A review on Jojoba oil proved that it can be used in dermatology as it possess anti inflammatory properties (15, 16). Mix green gram four and jojoba oil in equal proportion (1 tbsp of each). Gently scrub your face with this mixture. Do this daily to alleviate milia.
16. Egg Mask
Take ½ tsp of almond oil, egg white of one egg, 1 tbsp organic yogurt and 1 tbsp raw honey (warm). Combine all the ingredients, and apply a thin layer of this mixture on your face. Rinse off with warm water after half an hour.
Retinol and Retinol ester are naturally found in eggs. These two components are most widely used ingredients in skincare products (17).
17. Milk Pack
Milk contains retinol and retinol ester, therefore it is very useful for skin health (18). Take two tablespoon of whole milk and add one tbsp each of salt and lemon juice to it. Mix them well. Now rub this mixture on your face in circular motion. After 15 minutes, wash your face with normal water.
Almonds contain vitamin E that is essential for maintaining a healthy skin (19, 20). It not only treats whiteheads, but reduces wrinkles and other skin problem too. Crush some almonds and mix a tsp of oatmeal. Further, add some rosewater to make a paste. Use it on the milia prone area. Wash after 15 minutes with cold water.
19. Lemon, Garlic and Orange Peel Scrub
Prepare a scrub that requires 2 garlic cloves, 3 tbsp lemon juice and half orange peel powder. Grind them in a mixer to form a thick paste. Now apply on the affected area. After 10 minutes, clean it with lukewarm water. The acidic content of lemon is very useful to get rid of milk spots (21).
20. Gram Flour Face Mask
Take a tsp of raw milk or rose water and add some gram flour to it. Apply this pack on your entire face. Wait until it dries completely. Later, wash with warm water.
Studies have proved that yogurt is very beneficial for skin. It provides moisture and make skin glowing (24). Combine two tablespoons of oatmeal, three tablespoons of yogurt and one tablespoon, each of lemon juice and olive oil. Stir the mixture well and spread it on the face and neck area. After five minutes, rinse it off with cold water.
22. Clay Mask
Clay mask removes the dead cells and helps reduce the milk spots. Besides, it soothes the skin, takes away blemishes and gives you a glowing look (25).
Herbal Remedies to Get Rid of Milia
23. Tea Tree Oil
The antifungal and antibacterial nature of tea tree oil kills all the skin bacteria, and also prevents further growth of milia. It is a natural disinfectant and works wonders for your skin (26). Take adequate amount of oil in a bowl. Soak a cotton ball in the oil and apply on the affected area. You can use this remedy every day before going to bed. Alternatively, this herbal oil can be added to your face mask.
24. Fenugreek Leaves
Fenugreek leaves are excellent herbal cure to reduce milia, acne breakouts, blackheads, and blemishes. Since fenugreek leaves are antioxidant, antiseptic and anti-inflammatory in nature, they are used to heal several skin problems (27, 28). Crush some fresh fenugreek leaves, along with a little water. Spread the paste on the milia prone skin and leave it for 15 minutes. Later, clean it with normal water.
25. Sandalwood and Rose Water
A combo of rose water and sandalwood powder can give you a flawless look. It removes the excess oil and dead cells from your skin and reduces milia as well (29). Take two tablespoons of sandalwood powder and mix it with rose water to form a smooth paste. Apply it all over your face and wait for 15 minutes. Afterwards, clean your face with cold water. Use it daily, until you see improvements.
26. Aloe Vera
Massage the affected skin with aloe vera gel. Leave it on for whole night and wash it off in the morning. Use this remedy regularly, until you notice the difference.
- Besides, you can also apply a blend of aloe vera gel and green tea. Mix both the ingredients in equal amount and leave it for 15 minutes. It will definitely work for your skin.
27. Coriander Leaves
Take a handful of fresh coriander leaves and grind them. Now, add a dash of turmeric powder and water to it, to make a paste. Use this paste once a week to get rid of milia.
28. Tea Bags
Chamomile has astringent properties and that is why it is used in many beauty products. It gives softening and soothing effect on the skin (32). Empty a tea bag and rub its contents on your face in circular motion. Do it twice a week to reduce the problem of milia.
- Drink plenty of water, herbal tea and fresh juices in order to flush out all the toxins from your body (33).
- Remove makeup before hitting the hay.
- Get moderate sunlight exposure on a regular basis (34).
- Take frequent showers.
- Exercise daily (35).
- Apply creams that are rich in vitamin A.
- Keep your hair clean.
- Wash your face twice a day.
- Use a mild scrubber thrice a week.
- Eat a healthy diet (36, 37).
- Change the pillow covers once a weak.
- Moisturise your skin on a regular basis.
- Take regular facials.
- Cut down the intake of high cholesterol foods.