By Joe Graedon, Teresa Graedo

Q: My son has suffered from horrible acne for two years, even after seeing two different dermatologists. We’ve tried everything, from prescriptions and Proactiv to laser treatments. After using milk of magnesia on his face for only two weeks, his skin has improved. Be sure to get the original MoM, because the mint one contains mineral oil. It’s wonderful to have my son smiling again!

A: Dermatologists are skeptical that milk of magnesia would be helpful against acne even though a letter in the Archives of Dermatology (January 1975) stated that topical application of MoM might reduce redness and inflammation. We have received a number of testimonials like yours. Certainly there is little harm in trying MoM on blemishes.

Joe Graedon is a pharmacologist and Teresa Graedon is an expert in medical anthropology and nutrition. They can be reached at

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