Milia are small, white or yellow bumps that appear on the surface of the skin. According to an article from the BBC, they tend to form around the eyes, eyelids or on the cheeks. The BBC describes milia as keratin-filled cysts with no known risk factors or cause. But The Times states it may be due to stress from heat or harsh washing. Medically, a milia breakout is harmless, but it can be unattractive. Honey is a humectant, or substance that absorbs moisture from the air. This makes it an ideal choice for a moisturizing facial scrub that utilizes granular sugar to exfoliate the top layer of skin and possibly help reduce or remove the bumps.
Mix the sugar, honey, jojoba oil and vanilla in a small bowl.
Add oatmeal to the mixture and stir until the compound becomes a paste.
Dip your fingertips into the facial mix and scoop some of the paste out of the bowl.
Rub the oatmeal paste onto your face and massage the skin for several minutes. The sugar grains will work as a scrub to remove dead skin and debris.
Rinse your face with warm water to remove the scrub.
Wash your face with a mild cleanser to further clean the skin and remove debris. Rinse the face a second time with water to remove the soap.
Pat the skin dry with a clean towel and apply a moisturizer. Add a small amount of lotion to your fingers and spread it over your face and neck.
- Pull long hair back before applying the mix. The sticky nature of the honey causes loose hair to become plastered to the skin. Secure as much hair as possible. Rinse any hair that has honey in it with warm water after the facial.
- If skin becomes irritated, discontinue use. The Times reports milia bumps might be punctured by a professional to reduce them. The paper warns not to try this procedure on your own. Someone trained in skin care can reduce the bumps without scarring.
Writing since 1999, Darla Ferrara is an award-winning author who specializes in health, diet, fitness and computer technology. She has been published in "Mezzo Magazine" and Diet Spotlight, as well as various online magazines. Ferrara studied biology and emergency medical technology at the University of Nebraska and Southeast Community College.