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.

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  1. p.a.

    I have tried this MoM treatment and it works great… my cousin, who is studying medicine in school actually told me about it last year (2010). Thouh the MoM is really drippy, its cool ;) TRY IT!! What do you have to lose?!?!?!
    So glad MoM worked well for you. To avoid the “drippy” why not consider our roll-on MoM deodorant. We developed it to make application easier than trying to slosh milk of magnesia onto your underarms. You will find it in The People’s Pharmacy Store or on the top nav bar under the heading Body Care.

  2. Barbara H. R.

    I have suffered from severe leg & foot cramps since the 70’s so I took quinine. Of course, they took it off the market. My doctor recommended a banana & a glass of orange juice BEFORE going to bed at night. This has been a blessing. I have not had foot & leg cramps since I started this night-time ritual. THANKS BE TO GOD, by the way, I am 71 years old.

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