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Whats the difference between Milia, Whiteheads and Fungal Acne?

Updated: Jan 6, 2020

What are the white Bumps on my skin?

Understanding your skin needs and concerns is the first step to clear skin. Maree Claire will always recommend to come in the Clinic for a accurate Diagnosis, BUT i know ‘aint no body got time for that’ right? here are some ways to self detect what those annoying bumps are.


A Whitehead is a clogged pore built up overtime from bacteria, sweat, dead skin cells.. pretty much anything that can clog a pore. What makes this distinct from Milia and Fungal Acne is that it can be Extracted, meaning poppable! As much as i tell my clients to not do this, i know they do.

How do I get rid of it?

Simply just exfoliate 2-3 times a week, (or the recommended amount for your skin type), this will prevent future whiteheads as its constantly removing residue on the skin, leaving it a like a clear fresh canvas each time! Or go to a local Beautician or Dermatologist to have them removed.


Unlike Whiteheads, Milia appears due to skin protein trapped under the skin. The appearance is very distinctive, and a clear indication it is Milia due to its white, pearl like shape, appearing in delicate parts of the skin, usually under the eyes, nose, eyebrows and forehead.

How do I get rid of Milia?

With Milia two options are recommended in removal, one being to let your skin turnover handle there Milia, as they will clear up with time. Using Glycolic Acid Or Retinol to speed up the process, or to go to a specialised Dermal Clinic or Dermatologist to have them removed.

Fungal Acne-

Pityrosprum Folliculitis, known as Fungal Acne, is a yeast infection or overgrowth in the skin, causing itchiness, appearing in clusters. The main cause for fungal Acne is from excessive oil/sweat/grease in the skin, hot and humid weather among other things, concentrating mainly in the T-Zone, Forehead, Hairline, Chest and Back, the areas where the oil production I normally higher. I have had this- its not fun!

How do I treat Fungal Acne?

Fungal Acne is pretty hard to get rid off as typical Acne products will make the Fungal Acne worse. Firstly, stop all products in your current routine, avoiding oils, serums, ect. Get a diagnosis from your local Dermatologist, from there they will guide you to what products you must use. Fungal Acne isn't fun, so i wouldn't wait it out or try to fix it at home, it will just spread and get worse. Go straight to the Doc babe!

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With love,

Maree Claire

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