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9 Benefits of Using Milk On Skin - Know From Dermatologist (Dermatocare)

Written By Dr Surbhi, MD Skin

Milk hydrates dry skin, exfoliates mature skin, soothes irritated skin and lightens dark skin. Both my research and experience (of using a milk-based cleanser for past 2 years) speaks volume about the extraordinary benefits of milk for skin. Here are the 9 dermatologist recommended benefits of using milkĀ for face skin that is either time-tested or science-tested:


Benefit 1: Cleanser and Exfoliator

Wondering how can milk cleanse your skin? Milk has a unique ability to remove the oil-soluble impurities with the help of fat-soluble enzyme lipase, protein based impurities with the help of protease and dead skin cells with lactic acid. Your skin will become smoother and radiant as mine, with the regular use of these milk-based homemade cleansers, I have further customised the recipe for each skin type:

Guess what? These homemade cleansers don't take more than a minute to make that too from the commonly available ingredients like milk, oats, chickpea flour, turmeric, and rosewater.  This was my first step toward chemical-free skincare.      

Benefit 2: Moisturiser for dry skin and chapped lips

Milk is truly a wholesome moisturizer with water, fat and proteins that can replenish the lost natural moisturizing factors of dry skin type. Wondering how to use milk as a moisturiser? You can use by product of milk here, either fresh butter or clarified butter (Ghee) can be applied to the dry skin of both body and face. Needless to say, Ghee is also one of the best home remedies to treat chapped lips, as details in this article, Dermatologist Recommended Natural Cure For Chronic Chapped Or Peeling Lips 

Benefit 3: Skin-lightening face pack

Milk lightens your skin by promoting the shedding of pigmented skin cells. Guess what? I have seen instant results with this homemade skin-lightening face pack.

Benefit 4: Anti-ageing face pack

The secret of radiant and wrinkle-free skin of Cleopatra is historically attributed to milk. Did you know that milk might help in reducing wrinkles? Thanks to the enzymes, proteins, mineral and vitamins content of milk. Checkout recipe of this homemade rejuvenating face pack.

Benefit 5: Cleanser for Sensitive Skin

Does your skin break out with the regular cleansers? People with sensitive skin often look for a cleanser that can calm their red, irritated skin. Guess what? Milk is just apt for you!

When your skin is irritated, the best option is to leave it alone. Stop all the skincare products.  Massage milk twice daily on your face (non-acne prone skin only) followed by wiping with the wet cotton and pat dry. This not only cleanses but also soothes and moisturizes your irritated skin. You might also lie to know this list of skincare products that are less likely to irritate your sensitive skin.

Benefit 6: Cold Compresses for Sunburn

When you get sunburn on a holiday, nothing comes in as handy as milk. All you need to do is refrigerate a soft cloth soaked in a bowl of fresh milk and apply this on the sunburnt skin as cold compresses. Milk soothes sunburn with the help of anti-inflammatory, moisturising and skin-repairing properties. However, do not use whole-fat milk or milk cream because its fat content might insulate the sunburn hindering the loss of heat. You should follow this 10 step guide to heal sunburn. 

Benefit 7: Milk bath

You can simply add milk to warm water in the bathtub to nourish your skin. Or pamper yourself with a home based spa once in a while! Put oats and rose petals to above milk bath, play relaxing music, and burn some incense sticks to rejuvenate not only your body but also the mind.

Benefit 8: Feet soaks for cracked heels

Milk helps in repairing the cracked heels by exfoliating the dead skin and moisturizing the dry skin of your heel. Wondering how to use milk for cracked heals? You can prepare feet soaks by putting half-cup of milk, 5 tablespoons of oats and 5 tablespoons of coconut or olive oil in a tub of warm water.  Before retiring to bed, dip your feet for 10 and 15 minutes in this feet soak followed by gentle exfoliation with pumice stone and ending up with oil or ghee massage. You will surely restore the smooth skin in few weeks. 

Benefit 9: Hair Conditioner

Did you know that milk can provide nutrients for promoting hair growth? Apply generous amount of buttermilk throughout the length of hair after washing your hair, leave for 5-10 minutes and rinse with warm water.


Do other by-products of milk have similar benefits as milk?

Yes, milk or its by-products like yoghurt and buttermilk share the same skin benefits with little variation. Butter-milk or yoghurt is preferred for oily skin types while the full cream or whole fat milk is preferred for dry skin types. You can even use milk powder in case if you cannot get fresh one; it would still benefit your skin.


Is raw milk better than pasteurised milk?

For skin, raw or unpasteurized milk is preferred because heating of milk destroy the skin friendly enzyme content of milk and alters the fat and protein structure. Pasteurization is desirable for oral consumption because this aids in digestion. Therefore, prefer fresh and unpasteurized milk to provide maximum benefit to your skin.


What are the side effects of using milk for skin?

Oral consumption of milk in large amount can precipitate pimples; however I could not cite any such study regarding its topical use. However, people with acne-prone skin should prefer butter-milk or yoghurt to fresh or whole fat milk. Discontinue former, if you get pimples. 

Another side effect is that rarely super sensitive skin might not tolerate milk because the pH of milk is slightly acidic. However, in general, milk can be used as a cleanser for sensitive skin.


Are you still thinking how to use milk for your skin? Begin with this simple homemade face wash, I promise you that you won't regret like me :-) :

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