Got Acne? Got Milk?
Will Washing Your Face With Milk Cure Your Acne?
If you’ve ever experienced acne, you know that acne sufferers will likely try any remedy to alleviate or cure this often unsightly condition. There have been many remedies that have been reported to alleviate acne. Herbs, vitamins, witch hazel, and calamine lotion have all been touted for their acne-eliminating properties. Oftentimes people will ask me if washing their face with milk will alleviate an acne condition. If you’ve wondered the same thing, read on…
From Snake’s Oil to Snake’s Milk
I’m not going to say milk isn’t good for you, because it is (unless, of course, you’re allergic to it). However, that doesn’t mean milk is good for your skin.
Washing your face with milk can leave behind a residue that will likely worsen your acne. As all acne sufferers know, residue on the skin is never a good thing. The residue left behind by the milk will clog your pores and will make your acne worse.
Where’d The Rumor Come From?
So where did the rumor come from? It probably has something to do with the reputation milkmaids have for clean skin. Rest assured, milkmaids did not wash their faces with the milk they worked with. Their clear complexions had more to do with their immunity to a disfiguring disease (immunity they developed through their contact with the cows) than with any acne-eliminating properties of milk.
The rumor about washing your face with milk in an effort to clear your acne is likely just that -- a rumor.
For those who absolutely have to try milk out to see what it can do for your skin, make sure you take some precautions. If you attempt to use this home remedy, definitely use a deep cleansing astringent to clean up any residue the milk leaves behind. However, I really advise against it.
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