Why you get white spots on the skin near your eyes

By Kara Byers April 20, 2016
Why do white spots appear near our eyes?

You know those white 'milk spots' you get near your eyes? The little white lumps? Here’s what they are, why you get them and how you can get rid of them…

Those white lumpy spots you get near your eyes, known as 'milk spots', aren’t pimples.

They're called milia and they can affect anyone at any age, from babies through to adults. Milia is a type of skin cyst that's filled with a protein called keratin, and it manifests as a white lump on your skin.

You can most commonly develop them around your eyes, nose and mouth and, as an adult, they can be quite hard to get rid of.

Why do white spots appear near our eyes?

But why do we get them in the first place? There are two reasons:

  1. Because some people’s sweat glands might not be developed properly (meaning it's particularly common in babies).
  2. They can also form if the skin has been damaged from sun exposure, burns, blistering or sometimes the use of steroid creams.

Thanks to Damn.com, we’ve found some great remedies to try and shift them:



Mix two tablespoons of sugar and the juice of half a lemon, plus a teaspoon of oil.

Put it on your face for 20 to 30 mins, then rinse.



Honey is a natural antibiotic.

Mix it with sugar and rub it on those white spots.




Mix equal parts olive oil and castor oil, put on your face, allow to soak, then dry off.

caster oil


This opens up the pores and releases impurities trapped beneath your skin.

tea treb


Similar to honey, tea-tree oil has antibacterial functions. Take a small amount, dab on the white spots and let it sit overnight, then wash your face in the morning.

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