Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Phillips Milk of Magnesia is a Great Face Primer for Oily Skin


What?

No I don't have a constipated face but I put a medicine that is for constipation on my face.

Yes.

Phillips Milk of Magnesia.

image from drugstore.com
Yup. The stuff you take if you are constipated.  It's a great primer for oily skin!  Who knew?  Apparently a lot of you did.

When I last posted about a primer that was supposed to be mattifying, a lot of you shared in my dismay over my perpetually oily skin.  I believe one or two of you suggested that I try Philips Milk of Magnesia (MoM) to quell the oilies on my skin.  I as usual, ignored this sage advice and continued to lament my oily skin.  Then one day I broke down and admitted defeat and purchased a bottle of the original MoM.  I chose the smallest bottle of the name band available, which is still ginormous, and opted for one with the "original flavor" because the idea of putting something with a flavor like mint or cherry on my face makes me want to gag.

Philips Milk of Magnesia is essentially Magnesium hydroxide.  The solid mineral form of magnesium hydroxide is known as brucite.  The water added to the brucite makes it look milky, hence the MILK in the title.  This little concoction seems to quell the oil or absorbs it or something well enough that I only have to blot once around noon.

Much like jugglaos and magnets, I have no idea how MoM works, I just know it does. 


Does it keep my face mattified all day?  No. But honestly, I don't think anything will. It does seem to keep oil at bay until at least noon, which is better than some other mattifiers I have used.

How do I use it?  Well I certainly don't want to contaminate an entire bottle by putting my fingers in it or a brush so I put a little out into the plastic cup provided and with a clean flat foundation brush I apply the MoM after my moisturizer.


Tips and Tricks.  Those with darker skin will need to carefully apply this as it can leave a white cast to the face.  Even on my pale ass skin it can leave a white cast so be judicious in your application.  Too much and you'll look like a chalky mess.  Thankfully as far as chalky messes go, this is easy to clean up.  Just buff out the white cast with a clean powder brush or spritz your face with rosewater and massage into your skin.  I have noticed that some products make MoM pill up and look like you skin is peeling off.  First, don't worry; your face is not peeling off.  Secondly. Try reverse application.  I have one sunscreen that when I apply MoM on top of it, the MoM pills up.  So I apply the MoM under it and works just fine.

The MoM does not break me out, clog my pores are cause any adverse reactions on my skin, but everyone is a special snowflake so doing a patch test before using this on your face is recommended.  I purchased my 12 oz bottle of Phillips Milk Of Magnesia from Drugstore.com for $6.49. This is the smallest bottle I found and it is still huge. I think if I tried to figure out price per use it would be a fraction of a penny. 0.018 Approximately, assuming I use it once a day for a full year.  I think it might last longer than that.


So, now that I admit that I use a constipation remedy on my face I'd like you all to tell me about some of your unconventional beauty products in the comments section.  Confess away!

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42 comments:

  1. I like to use bag balm on my nasty ole cracked and dry feet. It was specially formulated for cow titties. :D

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    1. I have used that as well. But it was too goopy for me. I like a cream better than a salve, but bag balm does work wonders!

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  2. I use this too! Great review & tips! Glad it worked for you...I have also wondered how it works, but chalked it up to magic!

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    1. Let's not spoil the result with facts. Let's just continue to believe it IS magic.

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  3. ROFL... the things, we have to do, to control the oil. Isn't it simpler to use a blotting sheet mid afternoon?? There are some longwear foundations that don't move from the face.

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    1. My skin is so beyond oily that blotting sheets and long wearing foundations simply don't cut it any more for me. But yes, one could opt to do a blotting sheet and/or long wear foundation.

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  4. I also suffer from the oil slick issue. It is so bad in the summer, especially with the combo of oppressive derecho-induced humidity outside and Arctic chill levels of AC inside the office. I always wondered how one would apply MoM on a face. Thanks for the tip about the rosewater! I may have to try it. I have NC50 skin so the Casper white cast would not be a good look!

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  5. LOL glad this works for you :)

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  6. I have desperately oily skin like you, plus sensitive to silicones and silica which throws most mass market primers and foundations out the door for me! But I've heard that MOM can damage your skin with long-term use, which is why I never tried it. Just sticking to kaolin for now.

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    1. Actually I have yet to find any reports that MoM will harm your skin, but as I always recommend please consult a doctor before using any new products on your face/skin.

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  7. My secret hand remedy - hamburger. Yep, ground cow. As you already know, I live in Alaska. What you might not know is it's as dry as any desert here. Regardless of how much water or Propel I drink, my hands are constantly dry. I have yet to find a sulfa-free lotion on the market that will keep my hands moist for even half a day, but if I make cow du jour, my hands are moist for 2-3 days. I just dump the ingredients for meatloaf or the like in a big bowl and mix it with my hands and they instantly feel better and look better (after I wash them, of course). I might sound silly, but it works.

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    1. Humm. Interesting! I'll have to see if this works for me!

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  8. Much older than you and a year or so ago my skin became oily. First I thought it was just my age but discovered blogs suggesting washing face in natural oil (I use olive). This worked like a miracle for me.

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    1. I use an oil cleanser at night to remove my makeup. It's great! I think the reason for oily skin can vary by individual. I just like to focus on quelling the oil. But as I always say What might work for me, may not work for you. Results may vary.

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  9. just thought i would add my 2cents to this, i use mom as a primer and suggested to my sister to try it and she ended up having a rather explosive reaction to it (as in what mom is not meant to cause) so those with sensitive bowels might want to think twice...just sayin

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    1. Oh my! LOL Sorry for laughing but I love the way you wrote that! Yes. As I recommend. before trying any product I review here please consult a Dr.

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  10. There are a ton of rumors out there about MOM destroying your skin, but after a LOT of effort I have been unable to find a single substantiated report of any negative effect. I have even read advice by doctors that say they see no reason it would harm your skin.

    It has been a miracle product for me. I have been using it for almost two years, almost every day, and have had zero negative effects. I have also changed a few other things that I am sure have affected my oil production, including NOT washing my face with soap/cleanser as often (2-4x a week on average), and using evoo as my makeup remover and moisturizer at night. I scrub it in liberally, then remove with a wipe (I use Huggies natural baby wipes), and add more as moisturizer. I discovered my skin was quite dehydrated, and needed moisture, and therefore was producing even more oil to compensate. However the MOM does make a huge difference, I have experimented several times as my skin has improved. Since beginning this regimen, my oil is less, what is produced is controlled, my skin is softer, better textured, wrinkles are less, and my acne/blackheads are much less- I would say a 90% improvement.

    The MOM has a cumulative effect, so you really need to use it for a week or two to start seeing the full effects. It can be quite drying (that is the point after all), so apply only to the areas that specifically give you trouble. I apply it in the AM after moisturizer Garnier Moisture Rescue gel/creme), and before primer (Black Radiance Complexion Perfection), and find the primer removes any white cast. I find it goes on best with my fingers- I shake the bottle, take off the cap, use what is in the cap, wash the cap, and put it back on. A little goes a long way, and the one bottle I bought has lasted me the entire time, and there is about 1/3 left. I have had a really hard time finding a portable container to store it in, when it dries it hardens and clogs everything, or little chunks of dry MOM come out and I have to deal with them on my face, so I have found the best result with the bottle. It works with or without foundation, allowing me to stay oil free whether or not I am wearing makeup. After the first week or so, it keeps me completely oil free all day- even on my forehead where I had so much oil it would soak into my bangs.

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    1. Thank you for the detailed and awesome comment! You Rock! My face is dehydrated too. I managed to put an end to that by drinking more water and using a heavier moisturizer at night. I just tried the MoM under a primer for the first time today, so we'll see how it works! Thanks again for your input!

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  11. I am going to start calling people my Special Snowflakes.
    You have rocked my Saturday night!

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    1. LOL! Glad I could help you, my little special snowflake!

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  12. I've used MoM as a base for oil control with a silicone-based primer ove troop to smooth. It worked really well! The MoM didn't keep very long for me, though.

    P.S. make sure you get the unflavored/unscented kind!

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    1. Oh absolutely get the "original" formula unflavored kind. Ugh. I can't imagine cherry or mint "flavor" on my face!

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  13. MoM works because magnesium is absorbent to oil. In fact, it's what's in a lot of "mattifiers" on the market. However, I question your use of the word "moisturizer" and wonder what you're using? It's possible that it could be contributing to your oiliness. Also, the ONLY thing that should ever be applied over sunscreen is foundation, though it's better to use one with sunscreen in it and avoid the possibility of rubbing off any seperate product and shorting yourself on protection. The MoM should never be applied over sunscreen. Any information you need on sunscreen, as well as more about using MoM can be found at cosmeticscop.com in the "learn" section.

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    1. You question my use of the word "moisturizer"? I'm pretty sure I know what moisturizer is. And no it is not contributing to my oily skin. But thank you for your concern. I also do not rely on my foundation to provide adequate SPF coverage because my skin is oily and also because most SPF in foundations are either too low and/or not photo stable. I like using a seperate SPF under foundation to truly protect my skin. If I plan to be out in direct sun for longer than 3 or more hours I usually forego foundation entirely and use sunscreen only because I will need to re-apply.

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  14. I, too, have incredibly oily skin. I haven't tried MoM, but I do have a combination of products that enables me to go blot-free, except on excessive heat days like we've had lately. I use The Body Shop's Seaweed Clarifying Toner, Neutrogena's new Oil Control Primer, and Estée Lauder's Double Wear Makeup. These products together are a-ma-zing!

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    1. I really like the Estee Lauder Double Wear makeup. Sadly I am too pale for even the lightest shade so I have been on a search for an alternative. When I did use the ELDW it was amazing! Thanks for your tips about the toner and primer!!

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  15. HOLD UP! I need to know more about this, ahem, *cow titties* product. I have horribly cracked heels. I've tried everything from petroleum jelly, Dr. Scholl's (sp?) creams to $50 lotions made especially for the feet. What is this miraculous cow titty cream you speak of and where can I buy it? Do I need to plan a farm heist with my son? I'm suddenly having a vision of tipping cows and rubbing my feet on their udders. I NEED to know! Save the Cows! :P

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    1. Hi Ann: Bag Balm is available at your local drugstore. Here is a link to the bag balm website www.bagbalm.com

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  16. A lot of people say that the Monistat Chafing Relief Gel makes a great primer! I think that would be embarrassing to admit to but supposedly the ingredients are extremely close to Smashbox's Photo Finish and it's much less pricey! I don't think it's particularly a saving grace for oil problems so I haven't tried it. My skin suffers like yours so I may try the M O M. Great post!
    I will admit something slightly embarrassing though- to using the chafing gel on my inner thighs in the summer (TMI, maybe? sorry!) I like to go for long walks or runs and my thighs touch when I'm standing regularly so when I'm jogging it's awesome for preventing that chafing that goes along with having not-so-skinny legs and wearing gym shorts that are too short to protect your skin.
    I'm saying this in the hope it helps someone else whether you use it on your next run or as a discount Smashbox dupe!

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    1. I have heard about the monistat gel for ages. I hear it is a good primer. I am sensitive to silicones so I'm not sure if I can use this product. Oh and hey. You don't have to be embarrassed about using the product. Only a small number of women have thighs that don't touch, the rest of us have to deal with it. :-) Hopefully one of the readers will use your tip and save some money to boot!

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  17. I started using MoM as a primer a few months ago, and it has done *wonders* for my absurdly-oily skin. I splash a bit into the plastic dose cup it comes with and use a cosmetic sponge to dab it onto my cheekbones, forehead, and nose. I let it dry for a minute, then spritz my face lightly with Garden of Wisdom's raspberry fruit extract spray and apply my BB cream. I do still need to dust on a little bit of mattifying powder (I use MAC's blotting powder) mid or late afternoon, but compared to being reflective enough to see from space if someone pointed a flashlight at me by 9 AM, I'll take what I can get!

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    1. OOh that spray sounds delightful! What BB cream are you using?

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    2. I use Holika Holika Peach Girl in #2, and absolutely love it. (I'm an NW18, for reference)

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  18. More MoM tidbits:

    1. You can use it as a mask (leave it on for 15ish minutes then rinse off) if you can't tolerate wearing all day. You'll still reap some of the absorption benefits.

    2. If it isn't strong enough, let the bottle stand long enough to let the magnesium sink to the bottom of the bottle. Then carefully pour off some of the water. Talk about a powerhouse! This also helps those of us who wear sunscreen as our primer/moisturizer.

    3. If the white cast left behind bugs you too much add some mineral powder foundation (that matches you skin) to the MoM to give it a flesh color. I have pale skin and this keeps me from looking sickly. Sidenote: I use a semi-clear bottle to preblend this so I can see how dark the color is. It's about 4 oz and a little goes a long way.

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  19. Hey Pink Sith!

    I came across this article on one of my other blogs that I enjoy reading, and it had an article on it about using Milk of Magnesia as a primer. Yes, it is a blog and the information is not from a dermatologist (but she is an aspiring derm.), I still think it would be worth checking out. Just coming from a worried reader :]
    http://www.futurederm.com/2012/07/12/should-you-use-milk-of-magnesia-on-your-skin-the-internet-rumor-researched/

    P.S. Your blog is one that I go to everyday, I love your posts so thank you for being so amazing!

    Meghan

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  20. I came upon your site because I am researching about the MOM product. I too have horrendously oily skin and would love to manage it. I will definitely try this product. Also, I wanted to say I love your site, great info and humor to boot!
    Thank you for the info and laughs :)

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  21. I was thinking to buy it from ebay but wasnt really sure but your review definitely helps me in deciding. Thanx...

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  22. i discovered the magic of MoM for oily skin some weeks ago on the internet when i was desperate to find a solution to my oily face. ive been trying the MoM for some weeks now and it works great for my face which was extremely oily. thanx to the MoM, I only have to blot my face only few times during the day. i live in a very hot climatic country so u can imagine. but i realised it works perfect for night time make up. was only worried abt if its fine to use it daily

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  23. Hemorrhoid cream under and around the eyes! The cheap off brand stuff works fine for puffiness and little crease wrinkles under the eyes!! Also, used coffee grounds mixed with honey sugar and olive or coconut oil!! A great body scrub!!

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  24. You can use toilet seat covers as a great blotting wipe..its free and u can cut it up and keep it in a little case for easy use. I've been using for years! ! Did i say they are free??!! Just grab extra next time you're in a restroom.

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