Milia – how to get rid of white heads

Milia is a common concern and most of us had, at some point, at least 1 white head. And you probably already know that it is not easy to get rid of it. Trying to pop it won’t work and neither will it go away by itself. Basically, white heads are bags of sebum that are trapped under the upper layer of the skin. To get them out, you need to “dissolve” the upper layer, yet this is not easy. We are talking about a layer quite thick that would take years to go away naturally.

But the good thing is that there are products out there that you apply on the spot to make the skin thinner. Those are usually chemical exfoliants. You can either use some very powerful ones directly on the spot – and it will have effect in 1 week or so, or if you don’t want to buy one, you can make a DIY treatment. I tried both ways and the results are similar. The DIY treatment took a bit more than 2 weeks to take the milia out, but it worked.

Ok, so, if you prefer to buy a product, you can try Paula’s choice harsh exfoliants (both AHA & BHA). Use AHA daily or every other day and BHA once every 2-3 days. If you don’t want this, take note of my recipe:


  • 1 aspirin
  • thermal water
  • 1 drop lemon juice

Crush the aspirin and spritz thermal water on the powder (1-2 pufs) so you have enough liquid for a paste. Add the lemon juice and mix well. Apply this as a spot treatment on clear skin. Leave it there until it dries (20 minutes or more). After you rinse it, make sure you apply some Aloe Vera gel or something soothing for the skin. 

Use the mixture every day and after a week and a half you’ll see that the milia will appear closer to the surface entirely. Of course, this depends on how deep under the skin it is. But it should be like that for normal milia. When you get to this point you can pop it. For this, use a sterile needle that you heat with a hairdryer. Poke the white head (make sure you don’t press hard and hurt the rest of the skin) and then gently press at the root of the white head. Make sure you never push the sebum back into the skin.

I used this DIY treatment on milia near my eye and after popping it, the skin healed nicely in less than 3 days. Now I have absolutely no mark left.

Let me know how it worked for you!


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