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If you're plagued with oily skin that always ends up looking shiny no matter what you do, the cure may be minty-fresh. It's said that a mask with milk of magnesia can suck the oil out of your pores. Weird, definitely. But is it safe?

Says Dr. Sobel: "Milk of magnesia has hydroxide of magnesia as an ingredient, which absorbs oil and causes the skin to tighten. You can apply it all over the face, or just on blemishes as a spot treatment." Simply apply to skin, let dry for 15 or 20 minutes, rinse, and follow with a light moisturizer for super-smooth, matte skin. Gross, but cool, no?

Phillips Milk of Magnesia, $9, available at Soap.com.

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Legend or Legit? the Real Scoop on Some Classic Beauty Treatments

January 3, 2013

By Tara Rasmus, Refinery29
As much as we love trying all of the new products and potions that come our way, sometimes we like to go classic with homemade beauty treatments, whether as a natural fix for our finicky skin or as a break for our wallet. Fancy treatments for hair, skin and nails are undoubtedly luxurious, but as our mamas taught us, sometimes the best beauty fixes can be found in your medicine cabinet - or even in your kitchen.

These beauty fixes are classics, but to investigate whether the treatments that go on your face are, you know, safe, we reached out to Dr. Howard Sobel, a dermatologist in New York City, who gave us the scoop. Click through to get the 411 on these unexpected hair, skin and nail solutions, and find out if it's really worth it to ditch your trusty Kiehl's for an egg white mask.

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