New Years Eve is right around the corner and if you’re on a hot date that night—or just spot a hottie before the ball drops—the only thing that should be making your skin tingle is the anticipation of a holiday smooch…not a petulant acne breakout.
During adolescence, I endured a host of awkward stages. The only rite of passage I had managed to avoid during my teen years was acne. I coasted through middle and high school with skin that remained clear with little more than a splash of soapy water. It wasn’t until I turned 24 that little red bumps began to emerge on my cheeks, forehead and along my chin. I immediately stockpiled my medicine cabinet with all the most “high-quality” acne products (cleansers, toners, gels, etc.) I could find, only to further irritate my sensitive skin or alleviate the bumps and redness for barely two days. After more than a year of failed treatments and exasperation I visited a doctor who diagnosed me with acne rosacea—also known as “adult acne”—and put me on antibiotics.
The antibiotics worked wonders in eliminating the patches of crimson that periodically flushed my complexion due to rosacea; the red bumps and pimples, however, were barely assuaged by the treatment. I had practically given up when my mom mentioned something she had seen in an article about magnesium’s positive effect on acne rosacea. Apparently, many had found success in either taking magnesium supplements of coating acne-prone areas with Phillips Milk of Magnesia.
Feeling I had nothing to lose (and being that Milk of Magnesia doesn’t cost much) I decided to give it a try, but with low expectations. I was flummoxed when in less than a week’s time my acne had practically disappeared! I have been using Milk of Magnesia every night for about a month alongside my antibiotics and save for a few scars and the occasional blemish, my acne has all but faded away!
Think this treatment might be for you? Here are the steps I took in using Milk of Magnesia to treat my breakouts:
· Before bedtime, wash face with a mild cleanser such as Cetaphil and warm water. Rinse and pat face dry with a soft towel or washcloth.
· Using a cotton ball, cotton pad or hands apply a thin layer over face and affected areas.
· Allow Milk of Magnesia to dry. You will notice a tightness of the skin as the product dries, which is completely normal.
· Rinse the remaining coat off of face with warm water in the morning.
To learn how to also use Milk of Magnesia as a primer for makeup, visit Acne Helper.
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