WHY YOU SHOULD NOT USE MILK OF MAGNESIA AS A FACE PRIMER.
One question I get all the time, is if it’s okay to use Milk of Magnesia (MOM) as a face primer?
I also have people sharing their experiences on how they use MOM as face primer and how its the best thing since sliced bread.
But this is what I have to tell you, yes you…
Don’t use milk of magnesia as face primer.
Yes living with oily skin is a constant battle, and you may feel MOM is the only solution to controlling your oily skin and shiny face, but trust me, even though it may feel like an amazing primer for oily skin, that’s able to keep the shine on your face at bay for hours, it WILL turn against you.
And then what looks like the best gift ever in the short term can completely wreak havoc on your skin in the long run. Here’s why:
In as much as Milk of Magnesia is an effective oil-absorber, and so very good at getting rid of oil and shine because it contains Magnesium Hydroxide, a chemical that absorbs oil on the skin.
The problem with Milk of Magnesia is that, it has an alkaline ph.
Your skin’s natural ph is slightly acidic. This allows the good bacteria that live on your skin to thrive and those bad ones that constantly attack it to shrivel and die.
So when this acidic nature is damaged, those bacteria can get past your skin’s defences and harm it, irritate it or cause acne.
That’s why good skincare products are formulated within the skin’s pH range (from 5 to 8). This is to avoid all these bad things I just mentioned above from happening to you.
Milk Of Magnesia has a PH of 10.5. This is way too high which, over time, is not ideal for frequent use on your skin. So if you use it regularly, it can do some serious damage to your skin.
Are you among those that use MOM to deal with your oily skin?
Now you know better!
What can we use to tackle extreme oily face? And can milk of magnesia be used once in a while?
No. If you have a very oily face;
– Use a good facial mask at least twice a week and wash your face with black soap
– Use at least 2 or 3 good face primers instead of just one
– Use a good matte foundation and powder like Vessie Gold
This should help.
Written by Ezinne Zizi-Diadem Ofoma with contributions from www.nimedhealth.com.ng