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Dermatology Therapy

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Small, benign, keratin-filled cyst


Derived from the pilosebaceous follicle; primary lesions arise from vellus hair follicles; secondary milia result from damage to pilosebaceous unit after skin trauma

Clinical manifestation

Uniform, pearly-white to yellowish, small, domed papules, often in groups; primary milia: usually on the face of newborns; seen around the eye in children and adults; secondary lesions: arise after blistering or trauma, including bullous pemphigoid, inherited and acquired epidermolysis bullosa, bullous lichen planus, porphyria cutanea tarda, and burns

Differential diagnosis

Acne vulgaris; flat wart; syringoma; trichoepithelioma; xanthoma


Incision and drainage; light hyfrecation

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  • Touart DM, Sau P (1998) Cutaneous deposition diseases. Part I. Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology. 39(2 Pt 1):149–171

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(2004). Milium. In: Levine, N., Levine, C.C. (eds) Dermatology Therapy. A to Z Essentials. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg.

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