Milk of magnesia (magnesium hydroxide) can be used to treat acne.

Despite all the self-help advice on blogs and online communities, there’s no proof that milk of magnesia applied topically improves acne.

But it can irritate sensitive skin...since normal skin pH is acidic and milk of magnesia is basic.

Patients should stick to products containing ingredients proven to treat acne...benzoyl peroxide, salicylic acid, and their combinations.

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