Just wanted to share my experience on under eye milia as there seems to be a lot of confusion and I haven`t really found anyone that had anyway to get rid of them without the harsh methods (which I have also tried). I will say that it takes a lot of trial and error but this is the jist of what I found that got rid of under eye milia so I cannot guarantee it will work for you as it did for me.
Some people have a lot of milia while others don`t have as much. There was a time where I was trying out a few different creams and cleansers and unknowingly the product of too many mixed ingredients and products caused my skin to react differently and thus I started with one milia and a few more came until there were a handful. Unlike a pimple or a whitehead, milia do not have a pore to come out of therefore no matter any methods it is trapped deep below the skin’s surface. Therefore, it isn’t something you can squeeze out (even though I tried). Rich creams and make-up has been mentioned in online articles as main contributor to this as well as they tend to clog or irritate the skin. If you look up a picture you may find some crazy cases out there. I was fortunate enough to only have a few isolated instances but still they were annoying to stare at daily especially the 2 under my one eye. Below is a crop of a pic I found to show that it can be in the form of a tiny, clear almost translucent bump made up of oils and protein called keratin which is tough.
As the skin is made of many layers, I tried a few month’s of using Peter Thomas Roth’s 3% Glycolic Acid Facial Wash, which was supposed to gradually exfoliate the layers of my skin chemically and bring the milia to the surface until it just ‘escaped.’ That didn’t occur and so I tried using Organic Apple Cider Vinegar (Braggs and Spectrum brand) hoping the acetic nature would neutralize the protein bump which seems to be the general explanation for what milia is made up of.
A visit to a dermatologist led me to have majority of my facial milia removed through a physically invasive method where she used sterile tiny lancet to make tiny incisions above each milia so that they can be pushed out as there was no pore - there is no other way to get rid of them. It felt like a mosquito sting each time and it was quick…over in 5 minutes for around $200 ~ yup =(. But it still did not get rid of the under eye milia which she avoided because of nerves and delicate skin under the eye that is much much thinner.
Going home after waiting a week to let my skin heal I recall taking 2 Cod Liver Oil/Day, 2 Vitamin E gel caps and was eating 2 Bananas per day. I took the Vitamin E so that I would reduce any chance of scarring from the treatment as well as boost my intake to increase healthy oils to optimize healing of the skin.
I changed my routine and used a combination of Peter Thomas Roth’s 3% Gycolic Acid Facial Wash and CeraVe Foaming Facial Cleanser (1:2 ratio) I just eyeballed every morning and then used a 1:1 ratio of the Organic Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) and Purified Water throughout the day under the eye with cotton ball. *Make sure your ACV has the mother in it which is important as well* I also had to wear a strong sunscreen daily.
At night, I used just the remains of Josie Maran’s Argan Oil (the Light Version) after using 4-5 drops on my face under my eyes. In 3 days of trying that, I saw that the milia under my eye were shrinking which hadn’t occurred before. In one weeks time of repeating this routine, they just - disappeared one morning. I am almost 100% sure most of it had to do with the argan oil breaking down the keratin or something. I’m no dermatoligist or skin expert but perhaps the combination of the natural exfoliation using glycolic acid and ACV allowed the argan oil to penetrate deeper into the skin and broke down the keratin and as a result I had no more milia!
Good Luck! Hope this helps someone so I know it wasn’t just a fluke!