What are these white bumps under my eyes and what can I do?

Thank you for all your heart-felt advice on your site. I am 32 and have constant struggles with my skin. Extremely oily in the t-zone and dry on the cheeks, acne-prone in nature. A big challenge I have is dealing with these white bumps under my eye, all along my dark circles. Both my mom and my grandmother have these, so it may be in the family. 1. Is there a product that can help minimize these white head in this sensitive area? 2. Outside of the traditional extraction (which hurts cause the area is so sensitive), is there another method to removing them? Thanks again!

Your welcome!!!   I hate to sound like a broken record but you need a dermatologist because there are several different types of white bumps under the eyes.  The most common ones are small fatty deposits (xanthelasma), tiny hard bumps (milia), several different types of small cysts and little benign growths called seborrheic keratoses.  So you see the difficulty in giving you advice on what to do because you need an accurate diagnosis first.  I think you should see a dermatologist to find out what these are for sure and then the options for removal will be clearer.

Dr. Brandith Irwin, MD

Ask me your skincare question!

Hi, I’m Dr. Irwin, and I believe that consumers need and deserve a medically trained and unbiased skincare advocate.

  • All our content is written and researched by myself and my trained staff.
  • My medical office in Seattle has experience treating thousands of patients.
  • This site is not affiliated or financially tied to any product line.
Ask Me Something
SkinTour Skincare
One of the best investments in your skin is your daily skincare. Why? Because you can prevent many problems with blotchy skin color, lack of glow, texture, some types of acne, and fine lines with good skincare products. You can also correct some of these problems with effective skincare products. Great skincare is often more expensive because quality ingredients are expensive. Some companies spend on research/development which benefits all of us and adds to the cost. Are they worth it? In general - yes!