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Updated May 16, 2014

Milia - Whiteheads or Closed Comedones

Milia or Whiteheads

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Definition:

A hard closed comedo with a very obvious white head. Not to be confused with a pustule, milia are not red or inflamed.

Milia form when a plug of sebaceous matter and cellular debris harden within the follicle, blocking the pore. Milia are covered with a layer of dead skin cells. They are very common in the eye area.

Also Known As: Closed comedo, whitehead.
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