WHY MILK OF MAGNESIA IS BAD AS A PRIMER
So like everyone else I jumped on the milk of magnesia as a primer bandwagon a while ago. I rarely wear primers but when I do, I use the
famous Infamous milk of magnesia. I found out about this D.I.Y method on YouTube and it seemed to work, so I was like why not? Its affordable and keeps my makeup in place.
Only recently I noticed my skin had started becoming rough. I couldn’t pinpoint what was changing the texture so I just decided to stay clear makeup. In about a week my regular skin texture had returned, so I knew something must have triggered it. The only new thing I was using was M.O.M. I was using it often so I decided to do a full research. You won’t believe what I found out.
I would try to simplify all the scientific gibberish, and just speak in lay man terms.
MILK OF MAGNESIA: produced for use as an antacid and laxative (Relieves you of stomach upsets)
Formulation: Magnesium hydroxide suspended in water with a bit of sodium hypochlorite. Magnesium hydroxide is an inorganic compound patented in 1818 for digestive issues. It is formed by a simple salt metathesis reaction in which magnesium salt is added to ammonium hydroxide. Mg2+ + 2OH– —> Mg(OH)2
Why it makes sense as a primer: Magnesium hydroxide is effective at breaking down wax esters and steryl esters extracted from human skin. And this is basically what causes oil formation on the face. Meaning M.O.M is a de-greaser, so It definitely would minimize oiliness and subsequently prolong makeup wear.
Why You shouldn’t use it as a Primer: First would you put an antiseptic like Dettol in your drinking water? of course No, because its made for external uses, so why do we use something formulated for the intestine on the skin. Remember magnesium hydroxide is used as an antacid, meaning it neutralizes any acid that may come its way. This is possible because its highly alkaline . It has a pH of 10.5. Ammonia used in dyes has a pH of 11 while baking soda has a pH of 8.3. Would you use either of these on your skin, no matter the remedy?
Naturally, the human skin needs to maintain a mildly acidic pH to ward off bacteria that causes things like acne or dermatisis. Hence our sebaceous glands secrete a thin layer of an acidic film called the acid mantle. This protects us from viruses, bacteria, and other potential threats.
THE PROBLEM: Milk of Magnesia was formulated to neutralize acids. It’s going to do exactly that to your face. Since the natural acid level on the face is mild, using M.O.M completely destroys your acid mantle, leaving your skin unprotected. In other words, using it a primer is the best way to attract bacteria. With this, you are prone to acne, rashes and other skin conditions. Further more, without this acid mantle you are interfering with the skin’s ability to shed its dead layers and carry out other extracellular lipid processes.
In comparison to regular primers that create a barrier between your skin and products, M.O.M destroys the natural acidic film that protects your skin, then breaks down the oil components of the face as its produced.
When I was done with my research I just knew that I had to share. Lets not because of quick fixes harm ourselves.
It works but it’s not at all a healthy option.
Hope this helped.
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