An irritating and somewhat ugly milia seed has grown on my right eyelid and it was such an eyesore. Was, because I finally had it removed yesterday. Before I share with you how I got rid of it, let me first discuss what is a milia seed and how I got one growing my eyelid. More importantly, I’ll also discuss how we can possibly prevent milia seeds from growing around our eye area.
According to information obtained from the National Skin Centre in Singapore, milia seeds are white or yellowish white skin growths often seen on the eyelids or temple. Sometimes referred to as superficial keratinous cysts and are also called oil seeds by some, most of them are small, hard and resemble millet seeds, but newly formed ones can be soft and look like a pimple without an opening.
Although the experts have said that milia seeds represent obstructed sweat ducts and hence are not caused by rich creams, I tend to think otherwise. Based on my experience, rich eye cream do cause the growth of milia seeds around the eyes and I believe this is because the cream is too rich to be fully absorbed and hence clogging up the sweat ducts. However, having said that, I also want to qualify that for some people, the growth of milia seeds could be due to genetic reasons and has nothing to do with the products they use. In addition, milia seeds can also grow on other parts of the face, apart from the eyelids but it’s usually the eyelids that has the most due to the skin texture.
So how can we prevent milia seeds from growing around our eyelids or eye area?
No overly emollient eye cream
First and foremost, check your eye cream. The skin around our eye region is really delicate. I would never recommend that you use your normal facial moisturizer on your eye area. It could be too rich. Even for eye creams, you got to check that it is not overly emollient that it cannot be absorbed into your skin quickly. I made the mistake many years ago of getting one eye cream that was too rich and end up with some tiny seeds below my eyes. Fortunately, I discovered in time and stopped using the eye cream. Since then, I’ve been very very careful about what I apply around my eye area.
Switch to an eye gel
You should be using an eye cream that is light enough to penetrate easily into your eye area. If you think your eye cream is too rich, switch to an eye gel instead. Unlike eye creams which are more nourishing, eye gels are usually cooler and created to reduce dark circles, puffiness and tiredness. They are in fact most suitable to be used during the day when our eye area tend to accumulate more sweat and dirt. You can actually keep your eye cream for the night since we tend to perspire less in the night when sleeping.
No rich oil around eye area
And very important, don’t use rich oil around your eye area. I’m quite certain the milia seed on my right eyelid was a result of my application of rose hip oil around the area. Although the instructions said the oil can be applied on the entire face, you’re best steering it clear from your eye area. The oil may not be so fine to be absorbed well and as a result, causing the growth of milia seeds. So now, when applying my rose hip oil, I make sure I do not apply around the eye area at all. Hence, be careful what you apply around your eye area. Your oil cleanser and eye makeup remover could be too oily too!
Removing milia seed on my own
So how did I finally had that irritating milia seed on my right eyelid removed without leaving any scarring? I could have gone for a laser treatment but I didn’t. I could have approached a beauty therapist to remove it for me but I didn’t. Well, I actually removed it on my own with the sharp end of a needle. That’s how the beauty therapists do it anyway but it’s not something I’ll recommend anyone to do it unless you’re really confident and comfortable about it. Moreoever, my milia seed was newly formed and had not hardened.
Consider professional help
But if you have milia seeds on your eye area that has hardened somewhat, I would suggest that you consult a dermatologist or seek professional assistance to remove them through treatments including application of special medication or surface laser.