White spots
Causes and treatment

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Frequently asked questions

Can skincare products cause or worsen white spots under the eyes? Plus Icon

If you do have Milia particularly around the eye area, it could be something to do with the skincare products you are using. The skin around the eye is much thinner than on the face, so when eye creams are thick and heavy they can block pored and trap dead skin cells. So make sure you invest in a good quality, light eye cream. Another cause could be sun damage or an allergic reaction to harsh facial products.

How can I reduce the white spots under my eyes? Plus Icon

Ensure you have a good skincare routine can help reduce white spots under your eyes, which should involve good quality products, regular exfoliation and wearing high factor sun protection.

Are milia contagious? Plus Icon

Milia are not contagious so cannot be spread from person to person.

Are milia genetic? Plus Icon

There is no known genetic link with milia and the condition is not thought to be hereditary.

Can I remove milia myself? Plus Icon

Removing milia yourself is not recommended. To avoid infection, the treatment should be carried out in a safe clinical environment with sterile equipment. Trying to squeeze or pick at milia can cause the area to become inflamed, bruised or infected because they do not ‘pop’ in the same way as a pimple or whitehead.

Can I wear makeup if I have milia? Plus Icon

You may feel like you want to cover up the white spots with makeup. However covering Milia with heavy makeup will stop your skin from shedding cells and may clog pores further, trapping keratin underneath your skin. Try to use breathable makeup, or instead of a foundation use light powder-based cover up.

Does milia removal hurt? Plus Icon

The removal of milia is virtually painless and there is no need to apply a numbing cream before the procedure.

Is milia removal safe? Plus Icon

Going to a regulated and qualified doctor is the best way to remove milia safely and effectively. All of our milia removal procedures are carried out in highly clinical, sterilised operating rooms by doctors with many years’ experience. They will follow strict medical protocols, which means you can be rest assured that the procedures are very safe.

Is milia common in men? Plus Icon

Yes, this can be caused by using low quality products and heavy moisturisers after shaving or neglecting to exfoliate the skin. It is very important to invest in good quality skincare products which aren’t too heavy.

Is there any downtime after milia removal? Plus Icon

There may be some slight redness to the treated area immediately following the milia removal procedure, however this subsides within a matter of hours and benefits of treatment can be noticed instantly.

What do milia look like? Plus Icon

Milia are usually very small, white or flesh-coloured bumps which are firm to the touch. They have a different appearance to a pimple or spot as they don’t have a head and cannot be squeezed. They are generally not red or inflamed (except for milia en plaque) and should not feel uncomfortable or painful. They usually appear on the skin around the eyes in groups, but it is possible to have just one milium at a time and they can occur on any part of the body, including the groin and genital area.  

Will milia fade without treatment? Plus Icon

This could be the case, with adults this could take a few months. However it is always best to get any skin conditions checked out by a trained professional. Definitely do not try any treatments at home or you could cause infection or scarring.

Treatments for white spots

We offer a number of treatment options for white spots. To choose the best plan for you for noticeable results, we highly recommend you attend a free, no obligation consultation. During your free consultation your medical practitioner might discuss several treatment options.

Medical grade skin peels

Peels help by exfoliating the top layers of skin, speeding up skin turnover and preventing pores from becoming clogged. Our peels vary in strength and include salicylic, jessner, pyruvic and glycolic options.


Milia sufferers can opt for a procedure to remove the lumps of protein or debris that have hardened under the skin. This is most commonly done with a sterilised needle and then carefully extracting the milia.

Specialist clinical products

In conjunction with leading chemists in Europe and the US, our research and development team has formulated proven, patented products to be topically applied to the skin for the treatment of white spots to maximise treatment results.

Isolaz blue light treatment

The world’s first aesthetic acne technology to purify your skin both inside and out. Treatment combines innovative broadband light to thermally destroy spot-causing bacteria and reduce facial redness, with a pore cleansing vacuum to loosen and extract white spots and excess oil from deep within your pores. It is quick enough to fit into a lunch break, requires no downtime and 100 per cent of clients reported it as a painless way to treat white spots in our recent study. Clients find their skin feels refreshed afterwards and has a healthy, radiant glow.

Here at sk:n we have a range of treatments designed to help you get the skin you want.

From products to peels, our specialist doctors and nurses can recommend the best path for you to take.

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