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Milia and Hyperplasia


What are milia?
Milia are very small, raised, pearly white bumps under the skin. They are small cysts that occur when keratin becomes trapped beneath the surface of the skin and are often mistaken for a pimple that never comes to the surface.  Most often seen around the cheeks, nose, eyes and eyelids, forehead, and chest, milias can occur anywhere on the body.

What causes milia?
Milia are most often associated with some type of damage to the skin, such as:

  • Burns
  • Long-term use of steroid creams
  • Skin-resurfacing procedures, such as dermabrasion or laser treatments
  • Sun damage

Are milia harmful?
No. Milia are completely harmless and benign.


What is sebaceous hyperplasia?
Sebaceous hyperplasia is benign over-growth of normal oil glands (sebaceous glands) of the skin, usually seen on the forehead, temples and cheeks.  They typically appear skin-colored or yellowish and have a central pore or follicular opening.

Who gets sebaceous hyperplasia?
Fair-skinned individuals are most often affected by sebaceous hyperplasia, as well as those with a familial history of the condition.

Is sebaceous hyperplasia harmful?
No.  Sebaceous hyperplasia is benign and largely a cosmetic concern.  However, because it can look like an early skin cancer- specifically a basal cell carcinoma- evaluation by a dermatologist is recommended to ensure an accurate diagnosis.


It is not recommended to squeeze or try to treat milia or sebaceous hyperplasia yourself as it can lead to skin damage, scarring or infection. 

At Valley of the Sun Dermatology, we offer two treatment options and will work to determine which is best for you. 

  • Extraction: A dermatology provider uses a tiny needle and a special extractor to safely remove the milia or sebaceous hyperplasia. The procedure is fast, painless and heals quickly for most people.  
  • Lamprobe procedure: An instrument is used to heat the unwanted lesions causing them to melt and heal properly, leaving the skin smooth.

Schedule an appointment to have your skin condition evaluated and diagnosed so we can partner with you to develop a personalized treatment plan. 

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