Written by Lisa Allen | Edited by Dr Mark Kapnoudhis
Milk of magnesia is a liquid most often used in medical applications such as laxatives and antacids. It is also known as Magnesium Hydroxide or Mg(OH)2. When used this medicine is taken orally and contains the naturally occurring mineral magnesium in it.
However many suffering from acne have found that applying milk of magnesia to the face or affected area of the body has been quite effective in curing acne. Let’s take a look at some of the pros and cons of using milk of magnesia to treat acne, as well as the proper way to use it for maximum effectiveness.
- Reduces oil
- Doesn’t dry up
- Tightens skin
- Reduces pimple and pore size
- Cost effective
- Can be used for much more than acne
- Doesn’t cause breakouts
- Works quickly and effectively
- Reduces redness and irritation
- Leaves skin looking and feeling fresh and rejuvenated
- Helps reduce acne scars
- Doesn’t cause skin to look shiny or feel oily
- Some have found it difficult to apply
- Doesn’t work for everyone
- Chalky residue
- Dries out
- Can cause further breakouts
- Hard to wash off
Since milk of magnesia is actually magnesium hydroxide, which is very alkaline in nature it works to neutralize the excess acid of skin that causes acne outbreaks to occur. For those acne sufferers who have oily skin, it works to absorb all of the excess oil and it also contains disinfecting properties that help fight off acne and prevent it from reoccurring.
When using milk of magnesia to treat acne one should apply it topically to the face or affected area. This can be done with the use of a cotton ball. For those patients suffering from oily skin it is suggested that they apply the product on the T zone. The usage and effectiveness of milk of magnesia depends on the person and the type of acne that they are trying to treat. Many people prefer this alternative treatment as it is affordable and effective. However it does not work for everyone, and is especially difficult to treat severe cases of acne with this product.
When using this product it is important to remember not to use too much as this can cause dryness, irritation and tightening of skin to occur. The substance can also be used to help reduce the appearance of scars.
Although milk of magnesia can be found in stores, you might be able to get it cheaper online from a place like Amazon.com.