acne rosacea, milk of magnesia on your rosacea

People with the skin condition rosacea often feel frustrated. To alleviate the redness of the condition, they may try over-the-counter and prescription medications. Many people report that they don’t get the results they expect, even from pricey prescriptions. We have heard, however, that you might want to try applying milk of magnesia on your rosacea.

Will You Benefit from Milk of Magnesia on Your Rosacea?

Q. I read in your column recently about using milk of magnesia topically for rosacea. I have been using metronidazole to treat my acne rosacea for several years. It costs a lot of money, but I’ve not had much success.

I tried milk of magnesia on my face starting three days ago and my rosacea has almost completely disappeared! Best of all, it cost me only $2 a bottle vs. a $200 co-pay for metronidazole.

Milk of Magnesia vs. Metrogel:

A. Metronidazole is an antimicrobial medication commonly used to treat rosacea. In this inflammatory skin condition, the face flushes easily and may stay reddened. There may be bumps that look like pimples. Thickened bumps may form, especially on the nose.

We could not find any published studies of the effects of milk of magnesia on rosacea, although many readers have been equally enthusiastic. It certainly is less expensive than your metronidazole gel.

If you need that prescription refilled, ask the pharmacist how much it would cost for you to pay out of pocket instead of using your insurance. You might be able to save money.

Will a Change in Diet Help?

Dermatologists often counsel patients to avoid triggers such as spicy foods. Specifically, hot foods (steaming coffee or soup) and foods containing capsaicin or cinnamaldehyde are on the prohibited list (Maedica, June 2018). Hot peppers and salsa trigger TRPV1, while cinnamon, citrus, chocolate and tomatoes trigger TRPA1. These transient receptor potential channels sense heat and induce flushing in people with rosacea. Sufferers may also benefit from consuming a high-fiber diet rich in prebiotics to encourage a diverse and healthy intestinal microbiota. Though it may seem unrelated, research hints at connections between the denizens of the digestive tract and those on the skin.

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  1. Robert

    How much milk of magnesia do you apply, how often, and when’s the best time to apply?

  2. Jane

    Please tell us how to use Milk of Magnesia as a rosacea treatment.

    Thanks, Jane

  3. JOHN

    I sometimes, (too often). get an irritating rash on my hands and wrists. Itches terribly. Also weeps when I unknowingly scratch it during the night. This started about 2 years ago. I was told by a DR that it is eczema. It will thicken on my palms, and I seem to have lost my finger prints. Just happened again ,starting a couple days ago….but not too bad this time. Some times feels like a million mosquitos biting. I’ve tried everything except drugs. Has anyone any thoughts on using the milk of magnesia ? Thanks…

  4. Ruth V

    Milk of magnesia also is a great deodorant especially when used after freshly shaved armpits. I apply it with a cotton ball and it lasts for at least 2 days. Love it.

  5. Sara
    Southwest Florida

    MOM can cause a rebound effect where your skin produces more oil than if you had done nothing in the first place, and it can dry and crack your skin while you are using it. The only thing that has cleared up my seborrheic dermatitis/acne/rosacea has been minerals. I take liquid fulvic-humic minerals every morning and it has made all the difference. A huge thank you to Mother Earth for her healing minerals. We all need them and the food we eat doesn’t contain enough of what we need.

  6. Sarene
    Winter Park, Fl

    Would like to know the way people are applying this. Daily at night after washing their face? Thx

  7. myra
    Los Angeles, Ca.

    Interesting article on Rosacea….xxxxxxxxxxxxxx

  8. Lyn
    Seattle, WA

    After reading an on-line article by a reputable government agency stating that there is now credible information that Rosacea may be caused by something other than an auto-immune disease, my Dr. is going to have the lab give me a tried and true test. The new test for Rosa that I will be taking is the E. Pilori test that MD’s check for Gastrointestinal issues.

    Metronide gel doesn’t do the job for me, and so I have hope that the E. Pilori test will shed light on what is causing the problem, and that there will be a treatment other than naturopathic or the gel medication.

  9. John

    I have made a face cream for my rosacea issues. One could add the ingredients to a basic face cream. You would need extracts of horse chestnut-2 tsp, calendula-2 tsp. butchers broom-1 tsp, witch hazel-1 tsp and magnesium oil about 2 Tbsp. in a six to eight ounce face cream (non medicated). This is also very good for varicose veins. You will want to start out with a thick cream.

    If I remember to use daily and do not eat tree nuts I have no flare ups.

  10. Barbara
    New Mexico

    I am chemically sensitive, have rosacea and central sleep apnea, among other things. I tired MOM last night. I left it on my face for about 10 minutes. My AHI went up to 3.2, higher than usual and I awoke with a chemical headache. I have been using Rhofade, which is not covered by insurance and costs about $500 for a 30 g tube. (Fortunately it lasts a long time but does not completely clear my skin.) I tried one other medication and developed facial shingles, shortly after. I suspect a connection and have reported it.

    I do find that black pepper and other very spicy foods give me headaches, due to capsaisin, probably. I suspect chocolate, too. So maybe there is a connection between my chemical sensitivity and rosacea. I developed it when the chemical sensitivity became so sever that I had to stop working. I wish more people understood the issues with synthetic chemicals in fragrances. I recently had to give up my exercise group due to perfumes worn by some new members. Second hand fragrances are the new second hand smoke.

  11. joan

    milk of magnesia is also a very good facial masque

  12. Suzie

    I changed my diet by switching to a modified version of AIP (no nightshades such as tomatoes and peppers) as well as starting a good probiotic and my rosacia disappeared after a week.

  13. Karen

    The best solution I’ve had is with an ointment Soolantra, (ivermectin) prior to this nothing has helped. My physician gave me a card that helped with the financial aspect.

    • Debbie
      Knoxville TN

      I too have had success with Soolantra. With consistent use, I rarely have visible symptoms.

  14. Carolyn
    Dayton, OH

    The person in the photo appears to be hypothyroid, which is a known cause of rosacea. Visible hypothyroid symptoms pictured are the puffy, droopy face, thinning eyebrows and sparse eyelashes. My similar rosacea symptoms were relieved after proper testing of my undertreated hypothyroid condition and subsequent adequate treatment with porcine natural dessicated thyroid.

  15. Sheila
    Palm City, Florida

    I read just last night about Milk of Magnesia for calming eczema and the importance of including magnesium in a vitamin regimen. So am happy to hear about it’s effect on rosacea.

  16. Pat

    Putting medicated Selsin Blue shampoo straight from the bottle and let dry at bedtime really helped mine.

  17. Elsie

    I have found taking zyflamend helps calm my rosacea. I started taking it for other health concerns and then after a time I realized that my rosacea was much better.

  18. Ann
    New York

    I stopped using Metrogel once I found Demodex face wash at Amazon for $25. They also have an organic spot cream for Rosacea pimples. I tell everyone I can about it including my dermatologist.

  19. Karen

    I began to have a heat rash on my legs. I applied my MoM deodorant from the People’s Pharmacy and it went away.

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