Is there an alternative to harsh acids or scrubs for my body?

Dr. Ellen Marmur, MD
Scrubbing can aggravate rosacea or a painfully dry complexion. And because acids work by temporarily lowering the natural pH balance of the skin, they can be very irritating for someone with sensitivity. The gentlest option is lactic acid, which is probably the cheapest and easiest exfoliant around. Just soak a washcloth in plain whole milk, then rest the damp cloth on your face, neck, and upper chest for a minute or two. (You can dunk the cloth again and repeat, but don't overdo it and cause inflammation. Four minutes on your skin is more than enough to see results.) Essentially, you're getting a light chemical peel, but the fatty proteins in the milk act as a moisturizing buffer to the lactic acid. Milk also has anti-inflammatory and humectant properties that help to soothe and moisturize skin simultaneously.
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