Milk of Magnesia for Oily Skin

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Who would’ve known that a gentle laxative could be so effective for oily skin! Believe it or not, Milk Of Magnesia is actually an old beauty secret known to prevent oily skin, and in some cases, even sweating.

This is the same secret that celebrity singer Beyonce uses regularly. Her makeup artist Billy B also reportedly uses it on her during her concerts.

Where to Buy Milk of Magnesia

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Milk Of Magnesia can be purchased online or from your local pharmacy/drug store.

Look for the Phillips’ brand. Be sure to get the “Original” flavor. The additives in other flavors such as fresh mint and wild cherry may cause irritation when applied to the skin.

We do not recommend buying the cheapest alternative available, but if you really have no other option, please be sure to get pure Milk Of Magnesia, meaning no flavors or any other additives.

Milk of Magnesia for Oily Skin – How to Use

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We will cover two ways you can use Milk of Magnesia, depending on the severity of your oily skin.

For Oily Skin:
1. Start off by washing your face with cold water and following that with a gentle cleanser.
2. Using a cotton ball, apply a thin layer of milk of magnesia on areas affected by oil. If you do not have any cotton balls with you, you can use your finger. You want to gently rub the product in until it dissolves.
3. Wash your face after 15 minutes and then finish up with a non-greasy moisturizer.

For Women:
Milk of Magnesia is a great primer if you’re planning to apply makeup. You can apply makeup after Step 3.

We found that it is best to wait till the moisturizer sets in and dries before applying makeup. However, others find that applying moisturizer after makeup tends to work better.

Other females have tried applying moisturizer before primer (Milk of Magnesia in this case), and that seems to work for them. Our advice is to simply try and see what works best for you.

Once you’ve completed the steps above, you should be good for the day. If you find that the method for severe oily skin is too drying on your skin, you can try the method for moderate oily skin.

On that same note, if you find that the method for moderate oily skin is ineffective for you, you can try the method for severe oily skin before you completely dismiss the oily skin miracle that is Milk of Magnesia.


Milk of Magnesia is recommended for people with genuine problems with oily skin. If you have combination skin or oily skin only occasionally, Milk of Magnesia can be harsh for your skin, causing flakiness and irritation. For those with combination skin, it is advised that you only apply on areas that are truly affected by excess oil.

Some people complain that Milk of Magnesia leaves a “chalky” white film on their face. This is usually the result of applying too much product.

You only need to apply a thin layer. Alternatively, you can also try wetting the cotton ball with a bit of water before you put Milk of Magnesia on the cotton ball and apply it to your face.

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