Esthetician's Guide to Milia

Learn more about Milia in the ASCP SkinPro app

What is Milia?

Milla are tiny epidermal surface pockets of keratin and sebum that appear in all skin types and at all ages. A single lesion is called a milium. Milla are benign and mainly just an aesthetic nuisance.

What Does Milia Look Like?

  • Resembles tiny sesame seeds.
  • Frequently found in the eye area.
  • May have a yellow tone if the client has chronic sun exposure.

Milia resemble tiny sesame seeds. They are found in areas or circumstances in which the skin has been scraped or abraded. For example, they are common in post-laser patients where the epidermis has been removed and re-epithelialized.

Milia may have a yellow tone if the client is chronically sun exposed.

Milia Treatment Methods and Considerations

  • Easily removed by using a sterile lancet gently inserted into the side of the milium. Using cotton swabs, gently squeeze the pocket from the sides, pushing the pocket toward the insertion. The debris should come out easily.
  • For clients who have repetitive milia formation, home care use of glycolic or salicylic serum may be helpful.
  • Clients with eye-area milia should be advised to soften eye makeup before removal and be gentle when cleansing the eye area.  

Milia Contraindications

  • There are no specific treatments contraindicated for this condition.

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ASCP SkinPro

Introducing our newest resource for estheticians, ASCP SkinPro—a web app that can easily be saved to your mobile device!

Included with ASCP membership, ASCP SkinPro is designed to aid in skin analysis by putting the essential knowledge of contraindications for common skin-related conditions and ingredients at your fingertips. Members can log in for access or go directly to the app.

Picture this: You’re in the treatment room and a client tells you they have atopic dermatitis and several allergies. You’re pretty confident you know how to proceed with treatment, but you want to be absolutely sure. Simply open the app, search for the condition, and you’ve got expert information at your fingertips. You can also use ASCP SkinPro to look up ingredients quickly and easily, identifying important contraindications and best practices so you can adjust your treatment plan on the spot.

Consult with ASCP SkinPro with confidence and elevate your treatment plans. The ASCP team sourced information from a variety of clinical journals and worked with Dr. Mark Lees, author of Skin Care: Beyond the Basics and a longtime contributor to ASCP Skin Deep magazine, to bring it all together.


  • During consultation: Your client mentions a condition or ingredient allergy during the intake process and want to contraindications.
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  • While retailing: You’re about to recommend a product for your client, but you want to confirm the contraindications and ensure the product will perform as needed. 


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