Milk of Magnesia Madness

I came across the book title – “Our husband has gone mad again “, it seemed like a hilarious title for a book that has also been adapted as a stage play. Events of the past few weeks resounded that title to my ears although the title had changed based on what I experienced and I said to myself – “Our people have gone mad again”.

Yes, our people have gone mad again, please let me explain before you have my head  , recently, there has been a lot of noise about the Milk of magnesia and I just wondered why. Growing up I knew milk of magnesia for one thing and one thing only – Treating stomach issues like constipation but alas my people use it as a face primer and I have been getting a lot of reports about how it has worked magic for people with oily skin.


This madness must stop, even if I have to be a lone voice in the wilderness. I have had to educate and re-educate makeup artists about how it’s not meant to be used for the skin but to be ingested for stomach constipation.

When something becomes a trend, it doesn’t always mean it is the right thing. Sadly it has become a staple kit even among non makeup artists .You could imagine my shock when I went to makeup a client and she asked me if I used the magic wonder – milk of magnesia , I answered her with an emphatic No.

Quick Education – Milk of Magnesia also called magnesium hydroxide is used to treat constipation. It’s a laxative known as Oral osmotic and draws water into the colon from body tissues surrounding it and allows stool to pass easily. It can be effectively used as an antacid to relieve heartburn, sour stomach and acid ingestion. This is indeed very good.

It has however become bad as Makeup artists now use it as a makeup primer to help reduce oil secretion and reduce large pores. It works “wonders” and like everything that works wonders its side effects are flaky skin, redness, hive etc. Some people have zero tolerance for tropical magnesium or zinc and this can cause an allergic reaction.

Please people ensure to investigate the products you use and if you don’t know ask people that have sufficient product knowledge .There are a lot of great face primers and oil control product out there e.g. Ponds oil control, No 7 Beautifully Matte, MAC oil control, Mehron Anti Shine etc. And like I always say, there is a limit to how long you can control sweating on the face since it’s a natural reaction, it’s just like when you need to use the bathroom you can only hold it for a little while same applies to sweat and oil secretion, it’s natural. Get a great oil control, Blot tissue and blot powder and you will be fine.

You can also recommend any good oil control you know on the comment box below.

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  1. Yes i am so guilty , I am not a makeup artist tho but a makeup artist used it on me and it worked but after ways my face felt so drry and started peeling… No wonder , thanks for shedding light.

  2. Hmmmmm…..the whole truth and nothing but the truth.I av on several occasions had to lecture my “know all”clients on this.just like you said when something is trendy doesnt mean we must all do it.words enough for d wise!!!…..mattifying powders also help keep the oil down on the face.

  3. Let me just say “God bless you and your uncommon stance” Shedding light on topics like this . I have learnt alot , i just use it because everybody is using it. I dont really like it because it always gives a whitish cast anyway.GBU dearie

  4. I agree with you yemisi we had a little workshop with Biola recently and I also raised this madness about MOM you can imagine the questions that follow suit.thnks for the awareness

  5. Yemisi love you hit it again, MOM is a wrong choice, I got it and used when people became crazy about it about 2 or 3 yrs ago, the result is not it, I have very oily skin, but I can remember when I used it it only made my face dehydrated looking dull and flaky. I do tell clients often about how its a wrong choice for the skin, but alot out there are in love with it, very funny tho.

    The best for me that controls oil like kilode and I do recommend to clients and I must say is selling fast and with great testimony is “Mehron Skin Prep” formerly known as the “Mehron No Sweat”. I tell you It works magic and its a great choice of astringent / toner for oily and acne skin, great enough it reduced sweat..

    Like Yemisi said, the Mehron Anti Shine is also a great choice that works.

    keep preaching the gospel in Makeup dear, it can only get better. Cheers.

    • I appreciate your sharing your thoughts and recommending products because i know you have a very oily skin as well. God bless you love. i will get those Mehron products and review it, by the way i love the Mehron Anti shine.

  6. Thank GOD for these topic, clients act like they know more than makeup artist these days, once a client ask that milk they use as primer I hope you have it cos u heard its works magic? Madam me I don’t Luke using it cos with time your makeup will start peeling and people will call your makeup artist quack we argue then we later agreed, these white milk thingy is crazy has one of the must popular female makeup artist in the industry uses it and after she left the bride started complaining about her face! Thanks for sharing these I was not a fan of it from the start

  7. I was attending to a client who asked if I use calamine lotion wateva I don’t know,lol.i said to her I don’t know about dat n she responded dat is wat a makeup artist used on her. I called a friend to enlighten me on dat may be I’m missing it sumwhere.she now told me about a drug u can use as face primer.i had another encounter wit another client of mine and I told her to stop it.its nonsense and unprofessional.I cant use it n I will not use it. Thanks 4 d information

  8. As beauty retailers we owe it to the customer to say the truth and educate.I don’t retail it because I asked questions and saw the downside of using MOM.Preach Yems

  9. Did you know the MoM is used on the face and skin to treat sunburn, nappy rash, heat rash, poison ivy, chaffing? That’s why it was discovered to have oil controlling and pore tightening abilities because of the way it works. But you’re right too much every day use of this has the tendency to dry out the skin. Woe betides any mua that applies it on dry skin. Flaky mess.

  10. Wow!
    This is the first am hearing of this and I think it’s crazy. I don’t even like taking it for constipation,i will now rub it on my face?
    Thanks for the education Yemisi, am having a hard time convincing a corper in my office that it’s not good now!
    Make up craze,nawa o!

  11. Well said& coudnt have been said better…weldone! Inglot mattifying primer has great oil control,the Inglot make-up fixer is also a great product -helps keep the make-up fresh&bound for long hours…guys could check them out. Weldone missi

  12. Ewoooooooo! Guilty! #covermyfacendrunsaway. But mom can mess u up big time, learnt a big lesson nd dats why I’m sticking to no7 beautifully matte primer.Also marykay oil mattifier works perfectly especially if ur goin to be wearin a marykay foundation. Thanks yemisi for sharing, ur a rock star

  13. My dear, I don’t know how much I have to explain this. A medical scientist, I know there is something not just right with applying a drug on the face…. as a primer, esp when you do it all the time… this is drug abuse… Anyway even if it has no effect, provided IT IS NOT MADE FOR THE SKIN, I don’t think it is PROFESSIONAL For a makeup artist to apply it on a client’s skin, we just try to do the right thing. Except they formulate something with skin benefits and that is for the skin, then our dear makeup artist can go ahead and use it.

  14. Oh my I’m so guilty of this (covers face), in fact I posted a picture on my Instagram page yesterday and i listed the products i used and MOM was among the products I listed, actually I don’t use the MOM on my face cause I don’t like the feel but, these days almost every clients want the magical MOM.

    • Yes i know right , but as the professional makeup artist you also nbeed to educate and enlighten them on the effects it has on the face. thanks for been so honest.

  15. My dear Yemisi,
    Thank you for this post. It is indeed madness.
    As a beauty therapist, i have seen a lot of clients with hmmmmmm! Clogged to sensitive skin. The major problem is the need to have a matte appearance.
    I have said it time and time again, the craze for the matte look is destroying a lot of people’s skin. It is very dehydrating being in the sun and in an air-conditioned environment then to top it up, the person will use oil controlling products. I think I will write a post on a related issue. Causes of dry/ dehydrated skin. It is most needful

    • God bless you Ettah , Coming from a Beauty Therapist angle is all the validation I need, please help me tell them .Thanks for stopping by. muah

  16. Old where can I buy this foundation and primer for oily skin type u mention, most of the drugs store I checked font have it, I stay in Abuja. Thanks

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