Doctor, is milk good for skin? How to wash my face with milk?”

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 the skin.

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

1. Milk for 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.

You can use milk for washing face in following 2 ways:

  • Using fresh milk: This method is suitable for non-acne prone skin only. Massage milk on face followed by wiping with the wet cotton and pat dry.
  • Using milk powder: You can also use this homemade face wash for dry skin that is made by combining milk powder with oats.

2. 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. You can use the by-product of milk, clarified butter (Ghee) as a moisturiser for dry skin on your face and body. Ghee is also the best home remedy for chapped lips as detailed in this article, Dermatologist Recommended Natural Cure For Chronic Chapped Or Peeling Lips 

3. Milk for 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.

4. Milk for repairing aged skin

The secret of the 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.

Well, I must admit that milk is not enough for reversing the ageing skin, you must try one these potent Vitamin C serums or Retinoid based anti-ageing cream. Another quick fix for ageing skin is BB cream. BB creams hide skin imperfection, and at the same time also prevents ageing with the help of antioxidants and sun protection.

5. Milk for 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 suffocating your skin with layers of skincare products. Simply massage milk twice daily on your face (non-acne prone skin only). Complete the routine by wiping with wet cotton and patting dry. This not only cleanses but also soothes and moisturises your irritated skin. If you need a product from the market, then please refer to this list of skincare products that are less likely to irritate your sensitive skin.

7. Milk for 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 it 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 the sunburn.

8. Milk for cracked heels

Milk helps in repairing cracked heels by exfoliating the dead skin. It eliminates the dryness of the skin on your heels. 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. Allow your feet to absorb the richness of these ingredients for about 10 to 15 minutes. Follow it up with a gentle exfoliation using a pumice stone and a coconut oil or ghee massage at the end. You would definitely be able to flaunt your smooth skin in a few weeks’ time.

9. Milk for hair regrowth

Milk can provide nutrients for promoting hair growth. Apply a generous amount of buttermilk throughout the length of hair after washing your hair, leave for 5-10 minutes and rinse with warm water. Well, this secret was revealed to me by my 85-year-old Grandma, believe me, it works.

10. 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 destroys the skin-friendly enzyme content of milk and alters the fat and protein structure. Pasteurisation is desirable for oral consumption because it 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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