What Are Those Bumps Under Your Eyes?

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Ever notice white dots on your face, particularly in the eye region? This is possibly a very common skin disorder called milia. These white bumps are small, benign keratin-filled cysts. They look like white heads, but the only problem is you can’t pop them.

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Where Do They Come From?

There are two types of this disorder: primary milia and secondary milia. Unlike many skin disorders, milia isn’t genetic at all. Primary milia forms when you have a high concentration of sweat glands that get keratin trapped under the skin. Secondary milia happens as a result of an injury that blocks the skin ducts. The skin around the eyes is very sensitive and can be easily damaged from friction and/or sunburn.