I have a milia on my forehead, chin and cheeks. My dermatologist suggested glycolic acid to help with exfoliation. Can you suggest a regimen?
Milia are tiny white bumps that can occur on the face when skin is not exfoliating properly. Dead skin cells become trapped under the epidermis, forming these unsightly "plugs" or blemishes.
We all know that a daily skin care regimen, geared toward your skin type, will keep your skin healthy and clear. When treating milia, exfoliation is key. Adding a Glycolic Acid cleanser and moisturizer to your daily regimen will make a difference. Glycolic Acid is an Alpha Hydroxy Acid (AHA) that stimulates cell turnover, exfoliating the dead cells that can cause milia and allowing new, healthy cells to grow.
To prevent and treat milia, we recommend washing your face once or twice daily with an Alpha Hydroxy Acid (AHA) cleanser, such as NeoStrata Foaming Glycolic Wash. This will help bring the milia to the surface of the skin. Follow that with a daytime moisturizer that contains AHAs, such as NeoStrata Ultra Daytime Smoothing Cream SPF 20. In the evening, apply NeoStrata Ultra Smoothing Cream after cleansing. These moisturizers contain 10% Alpha Hydroxy Acid, which is an ideal level for first-time users. AHAs can cause sensitivity in certain skin types, so as with any new product, these should be introduced into your regimen gradually to allow your skin to acclimate. If the milia persists, once your skin has acclimated to 10% AHA products, NeoStrata Face Cream Plus or NeoStrata Lotion Plus can be used in place of NeoStrata Ultra Smoothing Cream in the evening. These products contain a higher concentration of Alpha Hydroxy Acids and should only be used by experienced AHA users. If in doubt, consult your physician.