06/24/2013 02:09 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Oily Skin Solution: Can Laxatives Bring Down The Shine? (VIDEO)

The sweltering summer heat can be brutal for women with oily skin. No matter how many times you powder your nose or press oil-blotting sheets against your T-zone, the shine always returns. But we may have discovered a way to manage oily skin for good.

During one of our late-night YouTube marathons, we came across a foundation and concealer tutorial on Ambrosia Malbrough's channel. The Arizona-based blogger and designer bravely went bare-faced as she took us through the basics of her daily face. But what made us pause the video within the first five seconds was Ambrosia's primer: liquid laxative.

To tame her oily skin and create a matte makeup finish, Ambrosia applied Milk of Magnesia on her face. The milky-white laxative blended onto her brown skin seamlessly, and from her calm demeanor, we concluded that it didn't burn. But why would anyone want to use Milk of Magnesia as face primer?

After doing some research, we discovered that this oily skin trick has been tried-and-tested since the 1940s, and even Tyra Banks uses it as a secret weapon to absorb excess oil. But we decided to try it out ourselves, and we have a few words of advice:

It's better to be safe than sorry. Choose a small spot on your forearm or near your ear to be sure the laxative doesn't cause breakouts or irritation.

Keep it light. Layer too much Milk of Magnesia on your skin and you'll end up with chalky residue.

Wear it with foundation. We wouldn't recommend sporting the product alone, as it works best with foundation or tinted BB cream to avoid that ashy appearance.

Would you use Milk of Magnesia as primer?

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