Milia are small, dome-shaped bumps that can be white or yellow in color. They’re not itchy and don’t usually cause pain for people who have them; however, some find discomfort when these bumps are exposed to rough sheets or clothing which irritates the skin. Though cysts are typically found on the face, lips, and eyelids they can also manifest in other areas such as your torso or genitalia.
Milia is a common skin condition in newborns without any known cause. Unlike baby acne, which typically occurs after birth from hormonal changes during pregnancy. Milia is a type of acne that doesn’t cause any inflammation or swelling. Unlike baby blemishes, which can be caused by things like stress and hygiene issues. When it comes to older children and adults, milia are typically associated with some type of damage to the skin. This may include blistering due to an underlying condition such as epidermolysis bullosa (EB) or cicatricial pemphigoid or porphyria cutanea tarda (PCT). Burns, long-term sun damage, long-term use of steroid creams and skin resurfacing procedures, such as dermabrasion or laser resurfacing can also cause cysts formation in adults. Milia is often a result of aging, but it can also develop when the skin’s natural exfoliation abilities fail.