How to get rid of milia bumps under the eyes

I've got little, hard white bumps under my eyes, on my eyelids. I'd say about 3 or 4 on each side. Trying to squeeze them hurts like hell. Is there anything I can do to get rid of them?

1971Viola

F, 47, California

Tags:woman age 45-54 lower eyelids under eyes milia bumps

Sometimes you can treat milia bumps under the eyes at home, but you don’t want to damage your skin. If you’re at risk of damaging your skin, you’ll want to visit a professional. The process of getting rid of milia is to excise them. This means that you’ll need to make a small tear in the milia and then remove it with tweezers.

This can be very tricky to do, especially if you’ve never done it before. It’s always a good idea to have this done by a dermatologist who has the expertise and the right tools to handle it. You also shouldn’t try this if you don’t have steady hands.

Before you excise the milia, you’ll want to wash your face with a gentle cleanser and then rinse thoroughly. The tools you use, like the needle and tweezers, should be swabbed with alcohol first. Remove the milia incredibly gently. Never work on the same bump twice, because that can really damage the skin. Also, the skin around the eyes is more gentle than the rest of your skin, so it doesn’t take much to damage it. 
Whatever you do, don’t try to pop the milia. Just because they’re bumps doesn’t mean they’re similar to acne. You can cause a lot of damage to your skin if you try to pop them.

I used to get a lot of milia. I found a good way to get rid of them that worked for me, but if you don't feel comfortable doing it yourself, you can go to a dermatologist for professional removal. 

I first sterilize the skin on and around the milia with alcohol (don't get it in your eyes! ouch!). Then, I sterilize a very thin, sharp sewing needle. Next, I prick just the thin skin on top of the white bump with the needle to give the "goo" inside a place to go when I extract it; the reason you can't just squeeze milia without first making a small puncture in the skin on top is due to the fact that they aren't clogged pores, like pimples are, so they don't have a hole where the "goo" can escape from unless you create one yourself. 

Finally, I sterilize a metal comedone extractor (you can find these at any drugstore), and I place it on top of the milia. Then, I press the extractor against my skin gently and wiggle it a bit until the white "goo" comes out. Good luck if you try my technique and be sure to keep everything sterile!

It's safer to go to a doctor and have them remove the bumps for you, especially since your bumps are near your eyes and you don't want to make a mistake on your face. Milia bumps won't hurt you, so there's no need to remove them unless they bother you from a cosmetic perspective.

Milia bumps are formed when dead skin cells collect under the skin, so it's not as simple as popping them as you would a pimple. The only way to remove the hard collection of cells is to tear the skin right next to or on top of the bump. Do this with a need or the ends of sharp, pointed tweezers. Make sure to rub your tool with alcohol first and thoroughly cleanse your skin to lower your risk of infection. You can use sharp tweezers to pull the hard collection of cells out once the skin is punctured.