Milk of Magnesia: An OTC Heartburn Acne and Beauty Treatment

This is a little off topic for the site but as I found it so interesting I thought I’d include a post on the subject any how.

Milk of Magnesia is probably one of the best known OTC antacid treatments and whilst the design of the bottle may have changed and a few flavorings have been added along the way, it is still relatively unchanged from the original version that was first sold in 1880.  The active ingredient, Magnesium Hydroxide is what gives the medicine its cloudy milk like appearance and its name, and it is this ingredient which has also given Milk of Magnesia a very different use to the usual heartburn and constipation issues that it has traditionally treated.

Paula Begoun author of the book “Don’t Go to the Cosmetic Counter Without Me” uses Milk of Magnesia as a simple face mask to remedy an excessively oily skin which is often the cause of spots and acne.  You simply apply the original non flavored Milk of Magnesia to your skin avoiding the delicate eye area and then wait for it to dry.  This should take around 10 to 15 minutes and you then just wash it off.  The Magnesium Hydroxide absorbs the excess oil just as effectively as any clay based mask and it costs a lot less.

If you’re looking to save money on cosmetics and beauty treatments you might also be interested in looking at the books and DVDs available on Amazon by Paula Begoun.

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