Elsie left this comment in one of my earlier entry about her milia seeds: “I went to a dermatologist about milia and they told me to gently massage grapeseed oil around my eyes morning and night. Since then my milia haven’t gone but have been shrinking and softening although the smaller ones eventually do go. I would reccommend this but don’t expect to see results straight away because it takes time.”
I like grapeseed oil and have written that it contains regenerative and restructuring properties with its polyphenols, and the antioxidant power of proanthocyanidins found in grapeseed extract is 50 times greater than vitamin E and 20 times greater than vitamin C. However, I have no idea that it can help to get rid of milia. Personally, I have used grapeseed oil topically with much success. It helped improve my skin’s complexion, making it more refine and also, helped to reduce fine lines around my eyes. But I don’t have milia and hence can’t comment on that. So what could be the possible connection between milia and grapeseed oil?
Shrinking and softening properties
Milia look like whiteheads or headless pimples, but are actually keratin-filled cysts that are formed when skin cells become trapped under the epidermis. One of the best way to control milia is to exfoliate. Although grapeseed oil does not have exfoliating properties, but it has skin softening as well as astringent properties. Hence, consistent use will help reduce skin’s oil production plus smooth your skin, and some users have reported using it to help shrink varicose veins as well as eliminate stretch marks. In fact, I learnt that grapeseed oil has amazing shrinking abilities and can even help shrink some of the swelling from non-cancerous breast cysts. (source) So this seems in line with the shrinking and softening that Elsie experienced with her milia after using the oil.
Anyone else had experience using grapeseed oil to treat their mila or any skin bumps? If yes, please share your experience.