What are milk spots and remedies on how to get rid of them?
Babies are vulnerable to many kinds of diseases as soon as they are born because their immune systems are not that developed. Therefore they are unable to fight against any and all diseases or bacteria or germs, until they are vaccinated against the most common of them all. Once their immune system builds up antibodies to such viruses, it begins a protection system of its own, against even some of the unknown threats.
One of the most common skin conditions that happen to a baby is called milia or milk spots. They are a form of white colored cysts that form on the top layer of the skin known as the epidermis. They are hard in texture and white in color and sometimes have a blackhead like opening. The white material in them consists of dead cells from skin.
Here are reasons why they are caused and ways to get rid of them naturally. Milia affect, both babies and adults, but babies are more prone to having milia than adults.
1 Causes of milk spots
Cause of milk spots is unknown to the doctors. These spots are completely harmless and often disappear on their own. You might be tempted to squeeze them, do not do anything like that or it will leave behind a nasty reminder in form of a scar. They are usually pockets of normal skin that somehow trapped dead skin cells and then indented and got sealed over. But if milia happen to any adult, you can give the following tricks a try, to remove the milk spots naturally.
2 How to remove them?
Sugar and Lemon Juice scrub
Lemons are widely known for their antiseptic, antibacterial and antioxidant properties. They are also one of the most used ingredients in skin care products when detoxifying is necessary. You need to take 2 tbsps. of sugar, juice of half a lemon and 1 tsp. of Olive oil. Now mix the ingredients together and gently scrub the face in circular motions with the mixture. Leave it for 20 minutes and wash it off with cold water and wipe off with a soft towel.
Honey is a very good example of humectants. Humectants are ingredients that absorb oxygen from the air in the atmosphere. When honey is used on skin, it helps trap the moisture of the skin inside it, keeping it moist and safe from dryness. You can use raw honey in order to scrub your face and exfoliate the top layer of the skin and remove the milk spots without damaging the skin. You can also try to make a paste mixing honey, sugar and jojoba oil.
4 Castor oil
Though usually castor oil is given to a baby or person when they suffer from abdominal ailments like constipation, blockage of intestine or disorders like asthma and infections in bladder, its natural healing abilities and antibacterial properties can be used to treat milia as well. Mix equal parts of castor oil and olive oil to make a paste and apply it on the face. Leave it on until the skin absorbs all of the paste and then wash off the rest using cold water.
5 Tea tree oil
Tea tree oil is also known for its antibacterial and antifungal properties and its natural healing abilities can be used to treat the milk spots in a better way. It will also clear the skin, getting rid of any infections and it removes the milk spots by drying them out rather than scrubbing them. Wash your face first and then apply tea tree oil on the milk spots. Leave it overnight and wash the face thoroughly with cold water. Repeat until the milia disappear.
6 Pomegranate peels
Pomegranate peels are a well known and tried and tested remedy for milk spots. To use, take some peels from a freshly peeled pomegranate and roast them until they are nice and brown. Now crush them into fine powder and mix some lemon juice in them. Apply this powdered mask onto the face and leave it for 15 minutes. Then wash it off and repeat for few weeks until the spots are gone.
7 Fenugreek leaves
Take handful of freshly plucked fenugreek leaves and grind them using water. This will make a paste of the leaves. Spread this paste evenly on the face and leave it for 15 minutes and wash off with cold water. The antioxidants and the anti inflammatory properties of the fenugreek leaves will help in soothing and removal of the milk spots.