Milia Removal in Hampstead

At our new sk:n clinic Hampstead we have several methods to remove unwanted milia all of which are safe, effective and virtually painless. A milium is a tiny white-yellow spot that is quite hard to touch and unlike a normal spot or pimple will not usually disappear after a few days or weeks. Milia can take months or years to fade of their own accord, and in most adult cases can be permanent. Here at sk:n we are proud to say that we’re trusted to remove more milia than any other chain of clinics.

Seven Reasons Whysk:n is best:

  • Remove your milia in as little as one treatment
  • Safe, effective and virtually painless milia removal
  • sk:n's expert medical practitioners are able to diagnose your skin condition to ensure the best possible treatment
  • Whether it be a sk:n practitioner or a Medical Director, you will only be treated by one of our highly qualified and experienced skincare experts
  • Expert advice by trained skincare experts on how to prevent milia returning
  • Immediate improvement straight after treatment
  • Our skincare experts have helped thousands of clients remove milia spots for over 20 years


“It only took one treatment for my milia to vanish! I was amazed!” Mary, Hampstead



Our NEW clinic, sk:n Hampstead, is located a stones throw away from Hampstead tube station 5 Holly Hill at the end of Hampstead High Street. The easiest way to travel direct to our clinic is by taking the tube for the Edgware branch of the Northern line. Alternatively on street parking is available within close proximity of the clinic just a few minutes’ walk away on surrounding streets.


sk:n Hampstead, 5 Holly Hill, Hampstead NW3 6QN


0330 029 1314


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Friday 11:00 19:00
Saturday 09:00 18:00
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“We have helped people through the removal of milia for over two decades, it’s amazing to see how much our patients’ confidence improves.” Doctor Firas Al-Niaimi, Group Medical Director


Frequently asked questions:

What are Milia?

A milium is a tiny white-yellow spot that is quite hard to touch and unlike a normal spot or pimple will not usually disappear after a few days or weeks but can take months or years to fade of their own accord, and in most adult cases can be permanent.  Often referred to as ‘milk spots’, milia normally appear in clusters and are very commonly seen across the noses of new born babies but usually around the eyes and cheeks in adults.  They can however be found anywhere on the face or body, and although they are mostly harmless they can be considered to be unsightly especially as they can take such a long time to disappear naturally.  There are various different types of milia, and therefore correct diagnosis by a trained practitioner is vital before going onto remove them to ensure that the most appropriate treatment is given.

Many patients self diagnose milia which can be problematic due to the different types of milia and confusion with other skin conditions such as acne, meaning an alternative treatment might be needed and in some cases incorrect treatment can worsen the condition for patients and even lead to infection and scarring.

How are Milia caused?

Milia form due to the build up of keratin, a protein found in your skin, just under the surface of the skin.  These cysts can often be unsightly and stubborn to remove but can appear with no known cause.  In some cases, especially in older adults, the slowing down of skin cell turnover can be the reason for milia formation.  As skin cell turnover slows down, these skin cells that are not properly shed by the body can cause a blockage above a pore and keratin can build up inside whilst new skin cells form over the opening off the pore.  Certain types of milia can also appear following injury to the skin, it is thought that damage to the sweat glands may encourage milia to form in that area.

Is it safe?

Once medically diagnosed as milia, removal is completely safe if performed correctly and by trained skincare experts.  

How does it work?

There are several different methods to remove unwanted milia, the treatment option used will depend upon the type of milia you have as well as the location and number of milia that need removing.

The most common type of removal is performed using a needle.  Once the skin with milia has been cleaned, a sterile needle is then used to create an tiny incision in the skin covering the cyst and then the contents of the milia are carefully extracted to not cause any trauma to the skin.

Certain types of milia may not be suitable for this type of removal, and may need to be treated using a hyfrecator.  A hyfrecator works to cauterize the skin covering the milia by using tiny electrical pulses then allowing the contents to be extracted.

In other cases it may be more suitable to be prescribed a topical medication to treat the milia, but this is only for certain types of milia.

Whatever the treatment method recommended it is usually advised at consultation to prepare the skin before treatment using a non-abrasive exfoliating cleanser and vitamin A product on a regular basis.  This is used to soften the skin that covers the milia making it easier to remove and can also help prevent further milia developing.

What results will I see?

In most cases, milia spots are permanently removed. However a small number of patients who are prone to multiple break outs do report that new cases of milia appear.  sk:n’s expert practitioners are medically trained to be able to advise on how to prevent further breakouts by either using one of our approved products or treatments.

Does it hurt?

The removal of milia is not painful in the slightest and there is no need to apply a numbing cream before the procedure. Most of our patients describe it as a small scratch and as all sk:n practitioners have extensive experience, often the treatment is performed extremely quickly. Reword as hyfrecator can be somewhat uncomfortable- I suggest ‘the removal of milia is virtually painless’

Is there any downtime?

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.