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Milium Cyst

Last updated Nov. 4, 2020

Approved by: Krish Tangella MD, MBA, FCAP

Milium is a benign condition that presents as a small cyst under the skin surface, commonly on the face. They are usually multiple in numbers, and hence, called Milia (plural of Milium).


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Quick Summary:

  • Milium is a benign condition that presents as a small cyst under the skin surface, commonly on the face
  • These cysts can occur in individuals of any age group and gender. They are usually multiple in numbers, and hence, called Milia (plural of Milium)
  • There are no significant signs and symptoms associated with Milia, although they may not be cosmetically appealing, particularly if they occur on the face
  • There are no identified risk factors or causative factors for Milia, in a majority of the cases. Hence, the occurrence of these cysts cannot be frequently prevented
  • Milia may not require any treatment in most cases. Also, in a majority of individuals, it may disappear spontaneously on its own. However, if treatment is necessary, the options may include topical creams, cryotherapy, laser therapy, and dermabrasion
  • The prognosis is generally excellent for Milia, since these are benign cysts

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First uploaded: June 6, 2017
Last updated: Nov. 4, 2020