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White Bumps under Eyes, Cholesterol, Not Milia, on Eyelids, Causes, Treatment and Home Remedies

White bumps under eyes can be milia spots, yellow cholesterol dots or even chalaza. These white dots under eyes can affect anyone, from babies to adults. Getting rid of them will depend on the cause.

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white bumps under eye

White Bumps under Eyes

In most cases white bumps appear when the body fails to shed dead skin cells, which leads the pores of the skin to become clogged and formulates dots, spots and bumps. This can also be caused by overusing make-up and skin care products.

Numerous benign lumps and bumps can occur on the eyelid and periocular region with increasing age. Generally, benign lid lesions that have been present for at least 6 months, are lying quietly on the skin causing little or no problem.

Benign lid lesions usually do not disrupt the lashes or distort the smooth lid contour. A history of increasing growth, bleeding, ulceration, change in color, and recurrence of the lesion after previous removal are historical features of importance that may suggest a malignant growth.

A lid growth causing lash loss or a disruption of the normal lash line and/or is distorting the natural smooth lid contour should raises ones suspicions of malignancy.

Common Eyelid Lumps and Bumps


A chalazion (chalazia for plural) is a clogged oil gland that often manifests itself as a white bump on eyelid. It may appear on either of the eyelids and usually begins as a small, painful bump that then continues to grow and become less and less painful.

Hordeola (Styes) and Chalazions

An external hordeoleum (stye) results from an acute purulent inflammation of the superficial sweat glands, sebaceous glands or hair follicle of the eyelids, while an internal hordeolum occurs in the miebomian glands within the tarsal plates of the lids. A chalazion is a chronic inflammation of a miebomian gland (deep type) or Zeiss sebaceous gland (superficial type) resulting in a clinically firm, painless nodule of the eyelid.


Milia are multiple, round, yellow-white cystic lesions ranging from 1 to 3 mm in diameter, found on the face, lids, cheeks and nose. They may occur spontaneously or arise following trauma. They are felt to be retention follicular cysts caused by blockage of the fine pilosebaceous units (hair follicle). Surgical excision is the treatment of choice.

Milia could also manifest in form of small, benign, keratin-filled bumps that form when the skin is not able to exfoliate as it normally should leading to the entrapment of dead skin cells beneath the upper layer of the skin.

Medical treatment options such as laser therapy, chemical peels, microdermabrasion, and surgical removal may help. Topical retinoid creams and gels may as well be used to get rid of milia. If this condition still persists a month or so down the line, or doesn’t seem to be responding to the above interventions, consult with a dermatologist.

In children they tend to appear on the nose, cheeks and chin but in adults, they tend to occur under the eyes and on the cheeks, but they can as well form on any area of skin. Milia are usually not accompanied by a rash and tend to go away without any treatment.

Milia are common, painless, and easy to treat. The most typical place for them to pop up is on the face, usually on the skin around your eyes or on your cheeks. However, they can appear pretty much anywhere. I’ve currently got a patch on my upper arms, where my skin reacted badly to a new sunscreen.

Left untreated, milia may go away on their own. However, you can easily get rid of them using a few products you probably already have in your bathroom cabinet. It’s important to be patient and give the bumps time to go away, but if you’ve tried home remedies that aren’t working, it’s probably your best bet to schedule an appointment with your dermatologist.


Papillomas are the most common benign lesion of the eyelid. The exact cause is unclear. These growths represent a benign hyperplasia of the surface epithelium and may be sessile or pedunculated. They occur in middle aged and elderly individuals and may be solitary or multiple, occurring anywhere on the eyelid.

Papillomas differ from the infective warts which consist of inflammatory hypertrophy of surface epithelium with viral inclusions. Treatment is by surgical excision or laser ablation.

What Causes White Bumps under Eyes

under eye bumps

under eye bumps

The following are the reasons for the small raised bumps under your eyes.

Sun damage bumps below eyes

In addition to the many adverse effects that excessive sun exposure has on the skin including sunburn, dark spots, wrinkles, and higher risk of skin cancer, it also causes thickening of skin which can set stage formation of milia that often show as white bumps.


Using oily makeup may also to blame for those bumps under eyes. According to skin experts, it is a good idea to stay away from oil makeup products and makeup removers, creamy eye shadows, and thick eye creams if you are prone to milia.

Cosmetic are also often to blame for clogging of oil glands in the eyelids leading to the formation of chalazia which also causes bumps on the eyelids.

White Bumps under Eyes Cholesterol

The condition may or may not be an indication of high cholesterol levels in the blood. Blocking of oil glands that are found in abundance on the eyelids to provide adequate lubrication can also be the cause.

Pimples under eyes

White spots under your eyes could also be pimples. Pimples on skin occur when pores are plugged with excess oil (sebum), dirt and bacteria. As the infection develops in the pimple that results, the bump turns yellow or may appear to have white pus.

Pimples on face, under eyes and on eyelids may also be common in acne-prone skin types as well as during certain times when hormonal levels fluctuate. Women are mostly affected during pregnancy, during menstruation period and when stressed. You can get rid of pimples early enough, otherwise dark spots under eyes or skin may form.

Cholesterol deposits around eyes

This condition is sometimes referred as xanthelasma. It is caused by fat deposits under the skin. Therefore, it is also often described as a fatty skin growth.


A xanthelasma is a fat deposit which occurs as yellowish pimples which might be located around the eye or eyelid. It might vary in amount and is usually painless. Its characteristic may also vary.

Some people find out that they develop soft xanthelasma, while others feel their xanthelasma is harder and cannot be squeezed.

The occurrence of cholesterol deposits around your eyes might be related to lipid levels, liver function, and symptoms of chronic diseases. A set of tests might be needed to find out the main cause of cholesterol deposits formation.

cholesterol deposits or xanthelasma are likely to reoccur after treatments. Thus, some natural treatments which can be done at home might be suitable for treating the whole problem.


Sometimes small bumps appear to be syringomas, which is caused by a proliferation of the ducts of the sweat glands (eccrine to be precise) around the eyes. For unknown reasons syringomas are more frequent in females, and in patients with Down’s syndrome.

White Bumps under Eyes Treatment

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white bumps under eye picture

If you are an adult with chronic bumps under eyes, you may be concerned about your appearance. Try using a mild, over-the-counter exfoliator that is safe for use near the eyes. If after several weeks you realize that the condition don’t improve, consult with a dermatologist.

Your dermatologist may use a chemical peel, micro dermabrasion or laser technique to treat the white bumps under eyes. Commonly, dermatologists puncture each bump and remove the debris with a plugged pore extractor.


Do not attempt these treatments at home or you may cause scarring. Topical retinoid creams, lotions and gels – medications that are derived from vitamin A – may also be helpful in treatment and prevention at home.

Dark Circle Causes

Dark circles have various causes. Allergies and congestion can commonly cause dark circles, as can atopic dermatitis, also known as eczema. Lifestyle choices such as chronic use of alcohol, poor sleep, stress and smoking can cause under-eye circles.

Irregularities in pigment, thinning skin, and exposure to the sun also can contribute to dark circles under the eyes. Anatomical features such as a large brow or forehead can create the impression of dark circles and some people simply have inherited a tendency to have dark skin pigment under the eyes.

Dark Circle Treatment

The treatment of choice depends on the cause of the dark circles. If congestion or allergies cause the circles, treatment of the underlying condition should improve the dark circles. Eczema is a skin condition marked by redness, itching, swelling of the skin and inflammation. Skin irritants, allergens and stress can trigger outbreaks.

Eczema can create the appearance of dark circles when it affects the area under the eyes, and rubbing under the eye can worsen the condition. If dark circles result from lifestyle habits, then improving sleep, reducing alcohol use, managing stress and stopping smoking can improve your dark circles.

Laser surgery to lighten the skin under the eyes can be helpful when the dark circles occur because of irregularities of skin pigment. No matter what the cause of the dark circles, you can use cosmetics to lighten the skin under your eyes.

How to Get Rid of White Bumps under Eyes Fast

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how to get rid of white bumps under eyes – honey

The treatment options vary depending on the underlying cause. Here are numerous intervention measures you may want to add to your treatment regime:

Treatment of white bumps under eyes in children is not recommended. Keeping the eyelids clean and free of any moisturizing products until the milia heal is enough

For adult bumps, applying a cleanser with salicylic acid is advisable

You should also avoid using makeup products on the eyelids until the bumps has healed and avoid thick eye creams and creamy eye shadows in the future

Applying a retinol cream can also help. Do not use retinol creams on upper eyelid

Exfoliate with a gentle product that can be safely used on the eyes

Talk to a dermatologist if these interventions don’t seem to be helpful. Your eyelids may benefit from treatments such as microdermabrasion, chemical peeling and laser therapy. Surgical removal is also a common option.

As for a chalazion, applying a warm compress can help. This entails dipping a washcloth in warm water, wringing out excess water, and then placing it on the chalazion until it cools off several times a day.

Home Remedies for White Bumps under Eyes

The following are ways on how to get rid of white bumps under eyes naturally:

Facial sauna

This a very important method that is used in treatment of white bumps under eyes as well as unclogging of the pores, loosening as well as removal of the dead skin cells and even debris if available.

You are advised to soak a very clean towel in warm or hot water and wring out the excess after the soaking. Place the hot towel on your face for around 3 minutes and remove it slowly. This process should be repeated a number of times. Do this process for a week or even more if necessary.

You can alternatively steam the face for over 10 minutes daily until the bump condition clears completely. During this process, apply cide vinegar and castor oil after the stem treatment.

Sandal wood and Rose water

A simple combination of sandalwood and rosewater will greatly help to do away with every excess  oil and eliminating dead skin cells thus reducing the level of white bumps under eyes.

  1. Mix 3 spoonful of sandalwood powder with enough rosewater to make a smooth paste.
  2. Spread the paste produced evenly on your face and leave it for about 20 minutes
  3. Wash it off using very cold water and finally pat your face very dry.
  4. Do this process daily repeatedly for a few weeks.


Honey has a combined humectant and antioxidant properties and thus helps to treat white bumps under eyes very quickly with a lot of ease. Honey is usually combined with a lot other ingredients to make a facial scrub to exfoliate skin and thus greatly reducing white bumps under eyes.

Just spread honey, preferably the raw one on the face. Leave it on for about 15 minutes and then rinse it off using warm water.  Repeat the process daily until you see an improvement.

Alternatively, you can also mix three tablespoons of honey and two tablespoon of jojoba oil. Apply it on your face and wipe it off after 20 minutes. Repeat the process daily up to even five times weekly until you see an improvement.

You can add a tablespoon of granulated sugar and two tablespoon of oatmeal to make a facial scrub. Apply it gently to scrub your skin for a few minutes and then rinse off using warm water. Repeat the process until the bumps disappear.

Pomegranate peel powder

The pomegranate to be used here should be roasted. Pomegranate is a suitable and more popular home remedy for white bumps under eyes due to its antioxidant and exfoliating properties. It’s also rich in vitamin C that is good for a skin thus helping to sooth pimples as well as acne.

  1. Roast a few pomegranate peels until they change color to dark brown and looks brittle and crush them to powder.
  2. Add some lemon juice or even rosewater to three tablespoons of the said powder to make a significant paste.
  3. Gently rub the paste on your face and leave the paste there for about 20 minutes before rinsing off using warm water.
  4. Follow this process repeatedly for a few times a week until the bumps seems to have disappeared

Sugar scrub

Using a very simple sugar scrub usually proves a highly beneficial effort in getting rid of white bumps under eyes as it exfoliates your skin. Above all, the recipe also contains lemon juice as well as olive oil thus making your skin look more soft and brighter.

  1. Squeeze the lemon juice from one half of the lemon and mix with three tablespoons of granulated sugar and two tablespoon of olive oil.
  2. Gently scrub the mixture on your face for about 10 minutes. Leave it on for 30 minutes and then rinse off using warm water.
  3. Do this about three times a week for three months for better results.

Further references

  1. White Bumps Under Eyes:
  2. What Are The Skin Colored Bumps Under My Eyes? 5 Things You Didn’t Know About Milia:
  3. How to get rid of cholesterol deposits around eyes naturally:
  4. Home Remedies for Milia:

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