Phillips Milk of Magnesia Original (MoM) is one of those things that we seem to always have on hand. The milky substance has long been a staple in my household to solve stomach issues. Specifically, its helps in relieving constipation and can be used as a saline laxative.

While there’s no denying its internal power, I’ve been reading about the power of MoM when it comes to your appearance, namely for three different areas:

Oily Skin: Copely touched on MoM’s power for helping to deal with oily skin in the past. The idea is to dip a cotton ball into the MoM and spread a thin layer over your skin. This can also be used as a foundation. Many women are saying that a light layer of MoM is the best way to create a barrier between your skin and makeup. It should be noted however that tightening of the skin and/or a chalky look has been reported by those who have tried this. This method is best used when individuals are dealing with excessive oil production as the MoM blends in better.

Acne: On Acne.Org MoM gets a 93% recommendation rating among 46 votes and has a rating of 4 out of 5. The common trend that I see amongst forums is that MoM deals with oiliness and hence helps slow acne. This isn’t exactly fighting the problem area like salycic acid or benzoyl peroxide. Along with fighting the oil, the MoM seems to reduce redness slightly over a period of time. MoM contains sodium hypochlorite which is said to have disinfectant properties, perhaps it helps kill some of the bacteria at the site of the pimple. Then again, I'm not sure it works like that. Some individuals didn’t see any improvement though but they also didn’t have any side effects aside from dry skin. Personally I’d stick to the drugstore brands like Neutrogena and Clean & Clear for spot treatment as your results will be quicker and more pronounced.

Dandruff & Seborrheic Dermatitis: Both conditions involve flaking of the skin. People who have used this seem to have a mix between using MoM on its own mixing it with an anti-fungal cream like Lotrimin AF. The application seems to be rubbed on then washed off after a short waiting period. Reasoning for its ability to work varies between there being some type of chemical in MoM that can help inhibit yeast growth to UV light being blocked by the white film that is left by the MoM. While many have said they’ve seen improvement, some say that the mixture doesn’t do anything at all. You might want to consult with your doctor before trying this method out as you could worsen your condition.

Deodorant: This has got to be the oddest treatment next to Vodka but people are swearing by it. Countless stories are being shared online by people swapping their normal antiperspirant for the aluminum-less MoM. Using this is as easy as dipping your finger in some MoM and sweeping it under your pits. Not the sexiest application process but it is said to be odor free and won't stain your outfits.

While you shouldn’t empty out your medicine cabinet and buy Milk of Magnesia by the gallon as your new beauty treatment, people are seeing results from this stuff. Would you be willing to try out MoM as a new treatment or are you keeping it for internal use only?

Phillips Milk of Magnesia:

Inactive Ingredients: purified water, sodium hypochlorite.

Active Ingredients: Magnesium hydroxide 1200 mg. Saline laxative