Are Bath Milks Right For Your Dry Skin Disorder?

Bath milks are so therapeutic and nurturing. A milk bath is a bath where you add in liquid or powdered form milk to your bathtub. It is considered to be beneficial for a number of skin conditions including eczema, psoriasis, and dry skin.

Here are some of the benefits and risks of milk baths, and how to try milk baths at home.

Are Milk Baths Safe?

Milk baths are not for everyone. It is strongly advised to avoid bath milks if you have sensitive skin. The lactic acid in the milk can irritate your skin and do more harm than good.

Also avoid milk baths if you have a high fever or not feeling well. Signs of feeling faint, dizzy, or ill remove yourself from the bath. If you’re pregnant, check with your health care provider if you can add milk bath to your regimen.

Lastly, never consume the water from a milk bath. It is for external use only, & not safe to drink. 

Skin Types

Research is limited on the effectiveness of milk baths on the treatment of skin conditions. Where scientific research is lacking, there’s anecdotal evidence.

Always talk with your doctor before using milk baths for the treatment of skin conditions.

The milk contains:

  • proteins
  • fat
  • vitamins
  • minerals
  • lactic acid

1. Dry Skin

If you have dry skin, bath milks may help bring back moisture that has been lost from the skin. The proteins and fat together help make the skin soft and soothe to the touch. Lactic Acid is a great factor due to it being an exfoliant. If you have dry skin this is very important because the milk will help remove that dead layer of skin. This is a beneficial addition to your skin regimen because shedding skin cells means softer skin.

2. Sunburn

If you are vacationing and you have too much fun in the sun, you can get severely sunburned. The proteins, fat, and amino acids in milk can be calming and soothing for the skin. Try soaking in a milk bath for up to 20 minutes. 

3. Psoriasis

A milk bath may help treat symptoms, like itchy, flaky, or patchy skin. However, scientists believe its effectiveness is limited to benefiting the skin on treating psoriasis. If milk baths are something you enjoy, despite your condition, confirm with your doctor that the milk is safe for you to use on your skin.

4. Eczema

Eczema is also a common skin disorder that often shows signs of rashes, bumpy skin, and irritation. Along with Psoriasis, studies have shown the effectiveness of milk baths for eczema are limited. If you find milk baths soothing, talk to your doctor to confirm if they are safe to use for your skin.

4. Poison Ivy

Milk baths may help relieve poison ivy symptoms such as itching, redness, and irritation. The milk may help soothe redness, itchiness, and inflammation. But studies on the effectiveness of a milk bath for treating poison ivy are limited.

What types of milk can you use in a milk bath?

There are various types of milk in a milk bath, such as:

  • whole milk
  • buttermilk
  • coconut milk
  • goat’s milk
  • powdered milk
  • rice or soy milk

It's not determined whether one type of milk is best for which skin type. It is advised to experiment with different types of milk to find which one you prefer.

It's nor recommended to use skim milk, because full milk will have more nourishment for the skin.

How To Take A Milk Bath


Add 1 to 2 cups of milk to a tub of warm bath water. You can also add in essential oils like lavender, rose, coconut. You can even add bath salts, bath bombs, fruit, oatmeal, honey, or baking soda.


  • 1 to 2 cups powdered milk or liquid milk
  • 1 cup (baking soda, oatmeal, bath salt, bath bomb, fruit, honey, or 8-10 drops of an essential oil)
  • Mix water and milk with your arm or foot
  • Soak and enjoy for 25 to 30 minutes

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