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    Default Milia Seed | Whiteheads | Oil Clogged

    Hi gals, I went to the derm today bent to zap off all my oil clogs...

    Here's what I learnt from the derm:

    Milla seeds are NOT the same as oil clogs.

    Milla seeds: Those stuff with whitish 'heads'. The derm says that it is not necessary to remove those with current. A needle will do. However, like dreamie said, the skin there is ultra sensitive and may be painful to some. I have in fact removed my own milla seeds before. Just prick lightly on the skin around the seed and that stuff is semi-solid so it's quite easy to prop it out. No scars if done carefully. Not for the pain intolerant though. Milla seeds are caused by oiliness around the eye i.e. too rich a eye cream


    Oil clogs: bumps on the skin around the eye WITHOUT those whitish heads. Dr says those are genetically in-born and you only can blame your parents. It is NOT cause by oilness. Oil clogs, unlike milla seeds, are extra flesh which can be removed by electric current but he wouldn't recommended it unless it's really really reallyx100 bothering me cos' even if it's gone for now, there's a chance that it'll come back again ( it's in the genes). Besides, if he burns off too shallow, the 'roots' may still be beneath the skin and it will regrow. If he burns off too deep, it'll scar. Even if it's successful, it's likely to come back. So, he advised me not to do it.

    Conclusion: I've decided to live with them for now. I think it's only obvious to my eyes (as usual) cos' all of my friends says they have never noticed those around my eyes before.

    Anyways, he dispensed some products from Derma-RX for me to use on my T-zone to control the oil. Even though my face is not exactly VERY oily on the surface, it doesn't shine like a mirror by mid-day but my oil glands are actively working underneath, which was why I keep getting underground pimples. Those stuff ( Comedone Formula and Blemish Formula, both Derma RX) are targeted to treat my skin from underneath. *keeps fingers crossed* Hope it'll work!!

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    Riv, I agree with you that if you are not too bothered by them, you should leave them alone. Removing them does not guarantee that they do not return, however, so far, i'm glad mine didn't. I had lived with mine for many years, thinking that laser was the only way out. When i found a solution in the elec current method, i was very happy. Mine were a combination of milias and oil clogs, though it seemed that oil clogs are the majority. They are just extra skin on the surface of the skin. I remembered i started getting them when i started on drugstore eyecreams and were applying way too much that time. Some ppl are just exceptionally prone to milias whereas others don't.

    If you milias are about 1mm or more big, and not many, zapping them away is a good choice. However, for the many other small ones, they are hardly visible to another person's eyes during eye contact, so they are fine to leave alone.

    The process is not too painful, slight feeling of "electrocution" which is ok to bear, but really it's all up to individual preference.

    I sure do hate those milias

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    Default Oil Seeds and Milia

    Oil seeds and milia - will these go away by themselves after some time? Or are there products (though I suppose very unlikely) that one may use to get rid of milia?

    I have plenty of these but just can't pluck up the courage to pick/zap/poke or have laser treatments done to the delicate undereye area.

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    Hey blossomcharm,

    I used to have a very sturborn milla seed by the side of my eye.. you know.. it looks like a tear or something ...and since it is THAT near to my eye, i did not dare to poke it or squeeze it out. After sometimes, say about 6 months or so, it just dropped off.. so i guess they do drop off with time but it's a really slow process though.


    And i have rants about the Loreal's Hydrafresh Eye Gel i bought and used for about 1-2weeks. I thought it is doing its job of hydrating pretty ok! But i just discover a pimple on my eye lid. Sigh !! Luckily it's cheap if not i would had wasted money again :p

    I think i have to go back to Clinique's All about Eyes. It does not perform miracles on my eyes but at least it hydrates without stinging my eyes or give it pimples. Sighz

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    Default Re: Oil Seeds and Milia

    Originally posted by blossomcharm
    Oil seeds and milia - will these go away by themselves after some time? Or are there products (though I suppose very unlikely) that one may use to get rid of milia?
    I have a tiny one under my right eye. My facialist squeezed it out for me once but it came back again at the same spot. I'm living with it.

    Squeezing out a milia is even more painful than extractions of blackheads. You've been warned.

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    may I ask where did u go to remove the millas. How do they charge? Did they numb the area first before zapping them off.

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    Numb? Gosh, I wish my facialist did that! *lol* Anyway, it was only one millia seed.

    I didn't pay for anything. My facialist just extract it during my facials. I guess any facialist will remove them for you.

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    Oh....I've went for my facial a couple of times but she didn't help me extract it. Although I have highlight to her that this is a millia seed. Maybe I shall try another facialist . Thanks! :wave:
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    hey Sista, no problem! Maybe you should ask your facialist to extract for you? My facialist is very thorough with extractions. Evon at DrX also extract very thoroughly and I highly recommend her because of her keen eye for details!

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    Ay....whenever I visit Derma Rx , Coryn will help me with my facial. When I highlight to her abt the millia she ask me to go for the laser to extract the millias which will cost $300 for the whole face. (Mayb I have too many millias?)

    Mayb I should request for Evon to do my facial next time. :bye:

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    Can anybody shed some light on the electro-cotry treatment? How exactly is it carried out and how it works? thx!

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    Electro-cautery

    Hi sugerbee,

    I wanted to wait till I went for the treatment before I post on electro-cautery.

    I had the process performed on me today at Drx Clinic.

    The facialist cleanse my face and applied topical anesthetic, after which they (2 facialists) stuck plastic sheets on my face and I have to sit outside with the shower cap and plastic stuck on my face for 1.5hrs for hte anesthestic to work.. which wasn't a v. pleasant experience..with the funny 'hair-do' and 'face-do' and with the workers and some patients walking around.

    after 1.5 hrs of waiting, i was brought in the laser/surgery room where i waited for dr tan for ~5mins.

    The instrument used is a metal probe with electric current..(or is it laser? l'm not sure)

    What the dr's task is is to 'burn-up' all my whiteheads which is a million of them (dr tan said so himself) the purpose of burning up whiteheads is such that the whiteheads won't progress to acne.. and since i have alot of them, i better get rid of them before it got worse which some of them are starting to..

    During the process, u can smell your skin burning!! on a rate of 0-10, 10 being the most painful, i would rate the process 6-7/10, certain areas hurt more..the process lasted around 15mins (because i have alot), a healing cream was applied before i left the room with messy hair and red red red red skin (which looks horrendous!) and i has to deal with it while waiting to pay and then i quickly caught a cab and went straight home...

    a few hrs later, the redness has gone down with small little black scabs on each previous whitehead...

    I am hoping that it heal properly and my skin will look ok soon...

    hope that helps... =p
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    hi starrieye, how much did the treatment cost you? Could you please update again, whether all your whiteheads are gone?

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    Hi huili,

    The procedure costs $315 in total.

    My colleague had the same process done at Dr EP Wong (a practice at Tong building) and it costs her $800 (for both face and neck) but she's satisfied with the results.

    I will update on the progress soon..
    I don't know why suddenly I have so many so many so many whiteheads that won't go away. Anyways this will be a good case study to see if the process works.

    Cheers

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    wow! thanks for the update.

    Sounds pretty hard-core to me.. 1.5 hours just for anaesthetia!
    But hey, if it prevents all those whiteheads from turning into big pimples, it will be worth the $ n pain!

    I wish I had gone for this a few months ago. Had a lot of little 'bumps' all over n suddenly they ALL started getting inflamed into cystic acnes.

    Luckily now they've all subsided thanks to medication but I have awful red marks all over so it looks like I still have bad breakouts.
    Do keep us updated on your progress!!

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