Are Their Benefits To A Milk Bath?

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Obi Obadike

Obi Obadike

Celebrity Fitness & Nutrition Expert, CFT, SFN, M.S. Founder & CEO – Ethical Inc.
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Are Their Benefits To A Milk Bath? A milk bath is when you add milk in liquid or powdered form to a bath. Scientific research is limited to the benefits of milk baths and most of the studies are all anecdotal evidence. Before you do the milk bath it is best to consult with a doctor for the treatment of any skin conditions.

If you have dry skin milk can help with replenishing moisture. Milk contains the following ingredients:

  • Proteins
  • Fat
  • Vitamins
  • Minerals
  • Lactic Acid

The proteins and fat in milk may possibly soften or soothe the skin. The lactic acid which is in milk is an exfoliator. And what it does is it sheds dead skin cells which can potentially lead to softer skin.

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There was a study that showed that applying human breast milk was effective at treating babies with eczema as hydrocortisone treatment. More research regarding this is needed. Currently right now there isn’t any evidence that milk baths for adults are effective treatment for eczema. Milk baths should never replace your normal skin medication that you may use. There was a study on women over the age of 65 that found milks baths to provide effective relief from pruritis and itchy skin.

Poison Ivy

Milk baths may help relieve poison ivy symptoms but the research studies regarding this are limited. It might help relieve itchiness, redness, and inflammation.


If you have any type of sunburn the proteins, fats, amino acids, vitamin A and Vitamin D found in milk can be calming and soothing for your skin.

Milk baths at home can possibly help treat psoriasis symptoms including itchy, flaky, and patchy skin.

The Types Of Milk Bath You Can Do Are:

  • Buttermilk
  • Powdered Milk
  • Rice Milk
  • Soy Milk
  • Coconut Milk
  • Goat Milk

The best thing to do is just test it and experiment with what milk is appropriate for your skin. There is no evidence that any type of milk is better than the other.

One of the best ways to take a milk bath is to add 1 to 2 cups of milk to a full tub of warm water.  Some of the optional ingredients to add in there are Epsom salt, baking soda, oatmeal, honey, 10 drops of essential oil, etc.

Once your entire body is in the bath water then soak in a milk bath and relax for 25 to 30 minutes. It is best to consult with your doctor before starting any milk baths whatsoever. Milk baths are relatively safe to take.

“Before you do the milk bath it is best to consult with a doctor for the treatment of any skin conditions.” Celebrity Fitness & Nutrition Expert Obi Obadike

The Bottom Line is most of the evidence about the benefits of Milk baths are anecdotal evidence. And the anecdotal evidence shows that it can possibly help with eczema, sunburn, poison ivy, etc.

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  1. Kasrae H, Amiri Farahani L, Yousefi P. Efficacy of topical application of human breast milk on atopic eczema healing among infants: a randomized clinical trial. Int J Dermatol. 2015 Aug;54(8):966-71. doi: 10.1111/ijd.12764. Epub 2015 Feb 2. PMID: 25640116.
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