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9 Benefits of Using Milk On Skin: Know From Dermatologist

Written By Dr Surbhi, MD Skin

"Doctor, is milk good for skin?"

Yes! Milk can do wonders for your face, it hydrates dry skin, exfoliates mature skin, soothes irritated skin and lightens dark skin. Both my research and experience (of using milk for washing face and cleansing for past three years) speaks volume about the extraordinary benefits of milk for skin.

Read this article to know about following 9 dermatologist recommended benefits of using milk for face that is either time-tested or science-tested:

  • Washing face

  • Moisturizing dry skin

  • Skin whitening

  • Repairing aged skin

  • Calming sensitive skin

  • Soothing sunburn

  • Healing cracked heels

  • Hair regrowth

  • Milk bath


Washing Face

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. To use milk for washing your face (non-acne prone skin only), massage milk on face followed by wiping with the wet cotton and pat dry. Alternatively, you can also use this homemade face wash for dry skin

Moisturising dry skin

Milk is truly a wholesome moisturiser with water, fat and proteins that can replenish the lost natural moisturising 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. Ghee is the best home remedy for chapped lips. For details, read this article, Dermatologist Recommended Natural Cure For Chronic Chapped Or Peeling Lips 

Skin whitening

Milk lightens your skin by promoting the shedding of pigmented skin cells. You can use this homemade milk face mask for reducing tan, dark spots and dark patches.

Repairing aged skin

The secret of radiant and wrinkle-free skin of Cleopatra is historically attributed to milk. The enzymes, proteins, mineral and vitamins content of milk helps in reducing wrinkles. Regular use of  this homemade rejuvenating face pack can help in retarding the ageing signs. Another quick fix for ageing skin is this BB cream that hides skin imperfection, and at the same time also prevents ageing with help of antioxidants and sun protection.

Calming sensitive skin

People with sensitive skin often look for a cleanser that can calm their red, irritated skin. Guess what? Milk is just apt for you! Stop all the skincare products when your skin is irritated and 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 moisturises your irritated skin. You might also like to know this list of skincare products that are less likely to irritate your sensitive skin.

Soothing 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 also follow this 10 step guide to heal sunburn. 

Healing cracked heels

Milk helps in repairing the cracked heels by exfoliating the dead skin and moisturising 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, five tablespoons of oats and five tablespoons of coconut in a tub of warm water. Dip your feet for 10 to 15 minutes in this soak followed by gentle exfoliation with pumice stone and ending up with coconut oil or ghee massage. You will surely restore the smooth skin in few weeks. 

Hair regrowth

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.

Milk bath

You can 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 along with milk in the bathtub, play relaxing music, and burn some incense sticks to rejuvenate your body and mind.

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. Buttermilk 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. Pasteurisation is desirable for oral consumption because this aids in digestion. Therefore, prefer fresh and unpasteurized milk for maximum benefit to your skin.


What are the side effects of using milk for skin?

Oral consumption of milk in large amounts can precipitate pimples. I could not cite any such study regarding its topical use. However, people with acne-prone skin should prefer buttermilk or yoghurt to fresh or whole fat milk. Discontinue former, if you get pimples. Another rare side effect is that 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.

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