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What Are the Benefits of a Milk Bath, How Do You Take One, and Is It Safe?

A milk bath is a bath where you add milk — in liquid or powdered form — to warm water in your bathtub. It may be beneficial for a number of skin conditions including eczemapsoriasis, and dry skin.

Read on to learn more about the benefits and risks of milk baths, and how to try milk baths at home:

5 Benefits:

1. Dry Skin

If you live with dry skin, milk baths may help replenish lost moisture. Milk contains:

  • proteins
  • fat
  • vitamins
  • minerals
  • lactic acid

The proteins and fat may

help soften and soothe the skin. And lactic acid is a gentle exfoliator. Exfoliation is important for shedding dead skin cells, which can lead to softer skin.

In one study about skin care for women over age 65, researchers also found milk baths to provide effective relief from pruritus, or itchy skin.

2. Eczema

Eczema often causes rashes, bumpy skin, and irritation. Studies about the efficacy of milk baths for eczema are limited.

One study  found that topically applying human breast milk was as effective for treating babies with eczema as hydrocortisone ointment. But more research is needed.

There isn’t currently any evidence that milk baths for adults are an effective treatment for eczema. It shouldn’t replace your prescribed skin medication.If you find milk baths soothing, talk to your dermatologist to confirm they are safe for your skin.

3. Psoriasis

A milk bath may help treat psoriasis symptoms, including itchy, flaky, or patchy skin. However, scientific research is limited on the effectiveness of a milk bath to treat psoriasis.

If you enjoy milk baths, confirm with your doctor that they are safe for you to take.

4. Poison ivy

Milk baths may help relieve poison ivy symptoms. The milk may help soothe redness, itchiness, and inflammation.Read More..

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