What It Means If You Have Bumps Under Your Eyes

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Bumps Under Your Eyes

Do you have small bumps under your eyes? You're not alone. These small bumps are usually milia or Syringomas, both of which are relatively harmless and can be treated.

Milia are clogged pores that appear as tiny, white cysts. There are a number of different ways to get rid of milia and keep them from coming back. The most important thing to remember is that you should not try to get rid of the milia yourself. Because these tiny deposits are so deep-rooted in your skin, attempting to "pop" them can actually cause more damage to your skin.

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"Milia are what occurs when sebum and dead skin cells become trapped in the outer layers of the skin. After a while, they Keratinise, meaning that they gather keratin and then harden," explains "The Skin Nerd," Jennifer Rock.

When dead skin cells build up on the face and the skin isn't properly exfoliated, milia can form.

Getting regular facials with extraction can greatly help keep milia in check. Not only will an esthetician completely cleanse your face and rejuvenate your skin, but he or she can use a lancet, which is a small needle, to remove the small bumps.

In order to use a lancet to remove a milia, your esthetician will hold the skin around the bump taut using his or her fingertips. The sterile lancet will be placed at the top of the bump and should slide in easily. You shouldn't feel very much by way of pain at this point, as the small needle is going into dead skin cells. It is possible that you will feel a very subtle pinch, but nothing excruciating.

Once the lancet is removed, it's possible that a small amount of sebaceous material will come out, but it's simply wiped away. Your esthetician will then clean the area and continue on with the rest of your facial. A Board Certified Dermatologist can also extract milia using the same method.

To keep milia from coming back, an at-home routine, that includes regular face washing, should be implemented. Not only should you want to wash your face with a gentle cleanser — we suggest Purity by Philosopshy — but you should avoid further clogging your pores.

According to Dr. Debra Jaliman, a board-certified NYC dermatologist, Assistant Professor of Dermatology Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and author of the book, Skin Rules: Trade Secrets from a Top New York Dermatologist, you should avoid using greasy under-eye creams. The grease can clog your pores and can cause milia to form over time.

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Exfoliating three times per week can really help keep the build-up of dead skin cells in check.

"You can use retinols, alpha hydroxy creams and exfoliate two to three times weekly; this will prevent build up and keep your pores clean and use a non-comedogenic moisturizer," RealSelf Contributor Dr. Michele Green says. (If you are looking for an awesome exfoliator, we love Ole Henriksen's Walnut Scrub, which you can pick up from Sephora for $28. It's great for multiple skin types including oily, dry, and sensitive.) A non-comedogenic moisturizer is specially formulated to not block the pores in your skin. (Our suggestion? L'Oreal's Cell Renewal Rosy Tone Moisturizer.)

If the bumps under your eyes are determined to be Syringomas, getting rid of them can be a bit more challenging.

"Destructive lasers can be used to flatten out Syringomas, but there is a likelihood they will return since there is a deeper portion and a genetic predisposition to forming more. Treatment may also cause discoloration to the area. Some people are not bothered by under eye bumps, but if you are, seeking treatment from a Board Certified Dermatologist is recommended for best results," explains Dr. Jennifer T. Haley, a dermatologist from Scottsdale, Arizona.

Another thing to consider when treating bumps under your eyes is changing your diet. According to Dr. Jaliman, fatty deposits can be caused by a high cholesterol intake.

"To get rid of these tiny bumps, you should get your cholesterol down to a normal range. You can usually achieve this with dietary changes," she explains. If you are concerned that the small bumps under your eyes are caused by something other than dead skin cells, you should talk with your doctor.

In short, bumps under your eyes can usually be removed by a beauty professional or a dermatologist. Adding some additional skincare steps to your weekly routine can greatly reduce your chances of seeing a return or an increase in milia.

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