Q. As a teenager, I was blessed with relatively few blemishes. Now in my mid-20s, I have developed large deep pimples that heal slowly and have eroded my self-esteem.
I had tried everything from expensive department store skin care regimens to acid peels at the salon. Nothing was wholly effective and I had been considering seeking a dermatologist’s help when I heard MoM mentioned on your radio program.
I tried Milk of Magnesia and my skin hasn’t looked better in years! I apply a thin layer with a cotton ball 3 to 4 times a week, let it dry and then remove with a warm cloth before applying my normal cosmetics in the morning. My skin keeps a matte finish longer through the day and I have been developing fewer and less severe blemishes. MoM works better than anything else I’ve tried and the price is certainly right!
A. We’ve heard from many readers that milk of magnesia (MoM) can be helpful for a variety of skin problems. One reader offered this: “MoM controls my seborrheic dermatitis very well and it is much cheaper than prescription Nizoral cream. I am a retired physician who has had seborrheic dermatitis for many years. My sense is that doctors are prescribing highly potent, pricey prescription agents. It is good to learn of cheaper, effective alternatives.”
We have written about many of these inexpensive practical remedies for acne, dry skin, eczema and wrinkles in our new Guide to Skin Care and Treatment.