Milk baths can be beneficial for people with dry skin and may help those who are dealing with eczema and/or psoriasis, according to Healthline. However, it’s important to note that shower gel cannot be used as a substitute for any prescription medication for eczema or psoriasis. There is little information from scientific studies on whether milk baths are effective for eczema.

According to a study published in the peer-reviewed journal “Nutrients,” topical application of breast milk to infants with eczema was as effective as treatment with hydrocortisone ointment. While further studies are needed, the researchers point to possible benefits from breast milk stem cells. Another study published in the journal “Women’s Dermatology” found that milk baths can reduce symptoms of itchy, or itchy skin in women over the age of 65.

Michelle Henry, clinical instructor of dermatology at Weill Cornell Medical College, told Yahoo! Life, “Milk baths can have so many amazing benefits for your skin. They can soothe and hydrate skin, whether it’s dry, itchy, or just plain irritated.” Dr. Henry adds: “The lactic acid in milk acts as a mild alpha hydroxy acid, helping to exfoliate.” Mild exfoliation helps treat dry patches and creates soft skin texture. According to Byrdie, milk can also help soothe poison ivy and sunburn, as well as soothe inflamed skin.

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