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4 Effective Ways to Use Milk of Magnesia To Combat Oily Skin

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Oily skin has been a bugbear of mine ever since I was a teenager as I talked about in my previous post 5 Holy Grail Skin Products for Oily Skin.
I breakout very easily and would have to touch up my make up to de-shine several times a day.  After trying hundreds of products and potions (few which DO work as set out in my previous blog post ) I’ve finally discovered an inexpensive gem that most people have laying around the home; Milk of Magnesia!

Here are some of the many uses of this magical product which works very well for oily skin, blackheads, acne and everything else that comes with it!


The Star Product ~ Milk of Magnesia

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Milk of Magnesia is traditionally used as an antacid and liquid saline laxative. When taken orally it works by drawing water out of the colon.  Although that sounds a bit urgh(!)  It’s a wonder lotion for mattifying oily skin.  It helps to prevent pores from producing excess oil, and creates the illusion of smaller pores.  Milk of Magnesia is also helpful in preventing spots as it contains Zinc which kills bacteria, making it healing for any existing spots you may have.  It’s priced reasonably and can be picked up from Boots or online here for under £10.00 for 355ml which will last you a good while!

Milk of Magnesia As a Face primer

Use as a make-up primer before your foundation to create a flawless look and also to prevent that lunchtime shine!  I find that whenever I use Milk of Magnesia as a face primer, my powder touch-ups are far more infrequent.


Here is a step by step of how I apply Milk of Magnesia as a make-up primer:

  1. Cleanse my face ~ preferably with a face wash for oily skin
  2. Dry my face and apply Witch Hazel lotion (the Witch Hazel step is optional)
  3. Apply a very lightweight oil free moisturiser
  4. Apply the Milk of Magnesia with a cotton wool pad and apply a thin layer
  5. Once applied, allow for it to dry
  6. Apply my liquid foundation (Estee Lauder Double Wear) followed by my MAC translucent setting powder or Ben Nye Classic Translucent setting powder which I gave a review on in an earlier post


Milk of Magnesia As a Face Mask

milk of magnesia for oily skin application

A Milk of Magnesia face mask is great for drawing out excessive oil from the skin just like a clay mask.  Milk of Magnesia, however, is more gentle than clay and a good option if you have very sensitive skin.


Here is a step by step of how to use Milk of Magnesia as a face mask (also works well for chest and back):

  1. Shake bottle well to ensure that all active ingredients contained are well mixed
  2. Pour out approximately a tablespoon of the Milk of Magnesia into a small pot / cup
  3. Apply to area with a cotton wool pad
  4. Leave on for approximately 20-30mins
  5. Remove using lukewarm water and a soft flannel or cloth
  6. Apply a light moisturiser

Note:  This face mask is not recommended for dry skin


Get Rid of Blackheads

Milk of Magnesia works well to get rid of blackheads.  Instead of traditional nose and face strips, Milk of Magnesia can be used instead as a far more cost-effective and more gentle alternative.

Simply cover the affected areas with a thin layer of Milk of Magnesia, allow to dry, reapply another thin layer, leave for 30mons then wash off with lukewarm water, then Voila!…. blackheads bye-bye!


Acne Treatment

A topical treatment of Milk of Magnesia can help reduce existing blemishes and blackheads thanks to its antibacterial properties and healing Zinc ingredient.

I use this before bed as an overnight treatment on any outbreaks.  Gone are the days of sleeping with toothpaste on your chin and cheeks!

Before bed; simply cleanse your face as usual (a face wash for oily skin preferably), apply a thin layer to the affected area with a cotton wool pad, allow to dry and rinse off in the morning with warm water.


Dos and Don’ts of Using Milk Of Magnesia:

  • MoM can cause dryness and tightness so is not recommended for dry or very sensitive skin
  • MoM creates a chalky ghostlike film on your face so always use underneath make-up
  • Make sure you shake the bottle well before each application to ensure an adequate mixture of effective ingredients
  • Always do a patch test before applying to a large surface area
  • Don’t use the product too often. Test how your skin responds by starting our using 1-2 times per week

Milk of Magnesia can be bought in most chemist’s or online here for under £10 for the larger bottle of 355ml.  Give it a go and let me know how you get on!

What do you do to combat oily skin?  Share with me in the comments below!