By Gary M. White, MD

Colloid Milium Courtesy Michael O. Murphy, MD

Colloid milium (CM) is the deposition of amorphous material in the dermis and is typically seen after many years of sun exposure.


The typical lesions are many 1-5 mm discrete, amber, translucent papules on the face, neck, ears and dorsal arms and hands in a fair-skinned patient with many years of sun exposure. The skin may appear thickened or furrowed. A report of two taxi drivers with isolated left arm exposure (sun) has been published.


Treatment is limited. Limiting future sun exposure is important. Dermabrasion has been done.

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