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Milia are a common Minor Skin Irregularity™ that we, as skin therapists, encounter frequently when treating clientele. When clients come to us asking what this particular formation is on their skin they definitely expect us, as their esthetician, to know!
Furthermore, not only do our clients (or prospective clients) likely expect us to be knowledgeable about the condition they are asking about, they also expect us to be able to educate and advise them on the most appropriate treatment for it.
Its during these moments, when we are able to meet our client’s needs and expectations in terms of our professional knowledge and abilities that vital trust and confidence is developed between ourselves and our clientele. It is the respect and confidence that ultimately forms the basis for our clients’ loyalty and support of our skin care practice.
In this fast-paced world and demanding climate, we know that we should always be striving to advance our specialized knowledge and upgrade our professional skills. Challenge and grow. This is why LAMPROBE practitioners find such joy in our specialized work! We love honing our skills and feel immense satisfaction in performing in-demand, specialized work that is meeting our clients needs and improving their self-esteem.
So let’s get to discussing milia, one of these common Minor Skin Irregularities™ that your clients may have already expressed concern about.
WHAT ARE MILIA?
Milia are very small raised lesions on the skin, typically white or yellowish color. They are usually found on the T-area of the face particularly on the cheeks, forehead and around the eyes.
Milia are formed when sebum and keratin – dead skin cells -become trapped under the outer epidermal layers of the skin and form into bump-like spots. These bumps can further keratinize and harden over time. Keratin is a protein produced by keratinocytes which are cells that comprise and protect the lining of our skin, hair, and even our internal organs.
Milia are more prevalent among oily and dry skins and can affect people of any age and ethnicities. Milia can often be seen on newborn babies, as well, but usually gradually disappear during the first few months after birth.
Mila are harmless and not contagious, they can be unsightly and bothersome for clients. Hence, you if you become knowledgeable in this condition and proficient at treating them, you will be able to deliver to your clients a valued service, as well as creating a new profitable revenue stream for your business!
WHAT CAUSES MILIA?
Many factors can contribute to the body’s formation of milia in an individual.
Milia can be caused simply by the body’s poor excretion of dead skin cells or inadequate exfoliation practices by your client. Other contributing factors can be an excess of cholesterol in the body, as well as a deficiency of sunlight for the skin.
Skin trauma can also cause milia as, in reaction to trauma, the body can over produce keratin to protect the skin during the subsequent healing process.
Such skin trauma or infection can result from a variety of factors including skin treatments such as radiotherapy, laser, or chemical peels, as well as a reaction to certain skin products and even makeup. For instance, numerous milia around the eye area can be caused by excessively heavy eye creams, too, since the skin is extremely thin in that area.
Finally, life style habits, such as lack of sleep or improper cleansing, can also be contributory factors. Milia can also be hereditary or congenital (present at birth).
BEST PRACTICES ON PREVENTING MILIA
You can advise your clients that the key to preventing milia is to maintain the overall health of their skin. Daily cleansing, weekly exfoliation and choices with the correct skin care products recommended by you will be vital to minimize the formation of milia and maintain the overall appearance of their skin.
Lifestyle habits, such as curbing the over-indulging of cholesterol rich food, and Vitamin D supplementation (if getting inadequate sunlight) can also be advised to aid in milia prevention.
As always for good skin health, getting enough sleep and practicing daily a skin cleansing routine can always be recommended. Education is key, so encourage your clients to take be proactive in taking care of their skin!
Your clientele rely on you for your advice so your analysis of their skin and your treatment, pre- and post-care recommendations will be vital to their skin health.
TRADITIONAL TREATMENT METHODS
As you can probably guess, picking at milia is probably the most common form of “treatment” your clients engage it! It is important that you continually remind your clients not touch or pick at their face unnecessarily, as that is now infection and/or damage to the skin occurs.
Treatment methods of milia have normally ranged from product-based methods to traditionally aggressive treatment options. Products can include using topical retinoids or chemical peels that can assist in cell turnover.
Equipment based treatment options include laser ablation and diathermy which involve destroying the mila pockets with extreme heat. Another, more common method has the esthetician trying to extract the milia with a standard lancet.
If you’ve used any of these methods, in the past, you know how invasive they can be or how hard it is to treat the milia alone, without affecting or damaging the surrounding skin.
LAMPROBE TREATMENTS – MILIA
Treating milia with LAMPROBE enables skin therapists to offer their clients safe, sterile, non-invasive procedure that delivers results – instantaneously. LAMPROBE treatments are extremely precise, enabling the therapist to treat the targeted milia while keeping the rest of the surrounding skin intact.
The LAMPROBE, utilizing radio and high frequency, effectively targets and treats the built-up keratin and sebum inside milia, in seconds. Any trapped sebum, however hardened it may be, is able to be safely extracted and vaporized precisely. Treatments are superficial and non-invasive.
During the LAMPROBE treatment, your client will likely feel a gentle tingling sensation in the sensitive area, but find quite tolerable. No anesthesia is needed and treatment time lasts usually only between only 3-4 seconds.
Finally, an option to treat such common Minor Skin Irregularity™ safely and effectively, with results your clients can appreciate immediately!
A THOUGHT FROM A SKIN THERAPIST:
As therapists, we are always striving to offer the best advice and deliver the best results to our clients. Continual education is key to staying informed and proficient in our profession, especially when our clients are online actively searching for solutions themselves!
The LAMPROBE is a very popular treatment option for milia and other common Minor Skin Irregularities™ that enable the modern skin care practitioner to do more, earn more, and meet your clients’ growing needs and expectations in our demanding world.
LAMPROBE practitioners receive education in theory and in person practical training, to ensure the therapist is confident and competent with their advanced skills.
We are living in such and exciting and fast-paced time. So, keep learning and growing and enjoy your professional journey in advancing your technical knowledge and skills!
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