Pamela ponders: Tyra Banks recommends Milk of Magnesia as a make-up base in order to prevent the skin from getting oily. Will it work for acne prone skin or will it only irritate or aggravate the acne? The Right Brain responds:
First, for those of you who don`t know, we should explain that Milk of Magnesia (or MOM) is a common over-the-counter laxative. That`s right, its main purpose is to make you poop. Technically speaking, it`s a solution of magnesium hydroxide and sodium hypochlorite and it works by drawing water into the intestine to help gently pass the bowel movement. (Hey, you asked!)
Interestingly, its ability to drive water absorbtion into the intestines could also make it capable of tightening skin and leaving a smooth surface for make up. In addition, it has some mild antibacterial properties. And since it`s such an effective absorbent it may dry your skin out. Based on these properties, MOM might help against acne. (If you really want to know how to fight zits, you should read our post about what causes acne.) In any case, at least in theory, Milk of Magnesia could have some benefits on skin. But does anyone LIKE the way it feels on their face?
A quick web search shows mixed results. Some people swear by it, saying that it keeps their make up looking better for longer. Others say they can`t stand it because it makes their skin look and feel chalky. Our guess is that it depends on your skin type and the type of make up you wear.
(By the way, be careful when you read what other sites say about ingredients. One forum said that MOM is a cheap alternative to Smashbox Anti-shine because it uses the same ingredient. That`s not exactly true Anti-shine contains Magnesium Aluminum Silicate which is NOT the same as Magnesium Hydroxide.)
The Brains Bottom Line:
If you`re a fan of DIY cosmetics, you might want to give Tyra`s tip a try. MOM is cheap “ and aside from potentially drying your skin, it`s unlikely to cause you any harm. This might be a good experiment for the Beauty Brains community to try! Let us know what happens.