If you’re plagued by small, white bumps under your eyes that look almost like whiteheads, chances are they’re milia. Similar to whiteheads, milia have a thin layer of skin that grows over them, make them hard like a cyst and difficult to remove.
Milia form when the skin is unable to naturally exfoliate itself, trapping dead cells. They are often the result of using skincare products around the eye area that are too rich or heavy, which is why it’s important to use creams, gels and serums formulated specifically for this area.
Another bad habit that can cause milia to form is not removing all of your eye makeup, which can be laden with oil and pore-clogging ingredients. Leaving it on, especially when you sleep, allows for dirt and bacteria to get trapped within the skin.
Ultimately, the best way to get rid of milia is to have them professionally extracted by your dermatologist.