Can You Really Use Milk of Magnesia to Shrink Your Pores?


We thought we’d heard it all on TikTok—baking soda facials, pills that tan your skin and hydrocolloid bandages for acne—but the latest viral skin-care tip is one that involves a laxative. 

TikTok user Tabetha Wallace went viral on the app recently with her suggestion to use milk of magnesia to minimize the look of large pores. While this DIY practice is new to us, the use of milk of magnesia as a makeup primer is one that has made the rounds in the past. We’ve never heard of it used for large pores, so we had to investigate.

“When you put it on your skin, milk of magnesia soaks up and inhibits the production of excess oil,” says Saddle Brook, NJ dermatologist Dr. Frederic Haberman. “Which explains why this may work for some people who have skin that produces more oils than people with dry or normal skin; oily skin also tends to have large pores.”

“In powder form, the primary ingredient magnesium hydroxide does attract oil and that’s why it is a degreaser,” says New York dermatologist Heidi A. Waldorf, MD. “However, milk of magnesia is not in a base that is meant for skin. It’s in a base that’s meant for the gut. Applying it to the face is a recipe for irritation and even contact dermatitis.”

Final verdict? While it may work for some in a pinch, we’re going to pass on this chalky trend and reach for our pore minimizing toners and serums instead.

Find a Doctor

Find a NewBeauty “Top Beauty Doctor” Near you









Credit: Source link

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Discover

Sponsor

spot_imgspot_img

Latest

How to Treat Four Common Forms of Body Acne

Location: NeckNew York dermatologist Orit Markowitz, MD says neck acne is also related to folliculitis. “They appear as small red bumps or white-headed pimples...

Sadie Sink Interview: The ‘Stranger Things’ Star on the Power of Makeup

Photography courtesy of Givenchy Beauty ...

Why Prince Harry Meghan Markle Are Having First Interview After Royal Exit – Hollywood Life

For the first time since getting engaged in 2017, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will conduct a sit-down interview with Oprah, and HL...

Is Fat Transfer the Future of Anti-Aging? This Expert Says Yes

For Dover, OH facial plastic surgeon David Hartman, MD, his anti-aging procedure of choice is one that isn’t always so easily understood—in fact,...
INTERNATIONAL »