Beauty Q+A

Bumps, spots, and other annoying skin issues.

Elizabeth Dehn
Elizabeth Dehn

Not everything is sunshine and lip gloss when it comes to your beauty questions. For the not-so-pretty mysteries, I had to call in the experts.

What causes the little bumps under my eyes and how do I get rid of them?
Those harmless yet pesky bumps are called milia. They form when skin cell debris, or keratin, and oils become trapped in pores. According to Dr. Jaime Davis of Uptown Dermatology & SkinSpa, milia are common in oily skin types. Prevent them by avoiding heavy moisturizers and exfoliating regularly with a salicylic acid cleanser (Davis likes Neutrogena), microdermabrasion, or chemical peels. Most milia work their way out naturally, but if they don’t, professional extraction by an aesthetician or dermatologist is your best option. “Milia are surprisingly difficult to extract at home,” says Davis. Consider yourself warned.

Instead of freckles, I have patches of white spots on my skin. What gives?
What you’re experiencing is most likely vitiligo, according to Dr. Charles Crutchfield of Crutchfield Dermatology, who regularly treats patients for the disorder. “This is the same condition that Michael Jackson had,” says Crutchfield. “Vitiligo occurs when the cells responsible for skin pigmentation die early or are destroyed by the immune system. It can also be induced by environmental toxins and exacerbated by stress.” Although vitiligo cannot be prevented, it can be treated with topical prescription medications and phototherapy administered at a dermatologist’s office.

DD Cream

It was only a matter of time. First came BB cream, a skin-perfecting and hydrating tinted “beauty balm.” Cosmetic companies quickly followed with CC or “color correcting” cream, a sheerer, dewier iteration that also targets discoloration. Now this. Julep is first to market with a DD cream, which claims to be a “dynamic do-all”—a hybrid of BB and CC creams plus anti-aging benefits. Got all that? Julep DD Crème ($36), from

Where You’ll Find Me

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