15/01/2015 13:12 GMT | Updated 20/05/2015 10:12 BST

Can Magnesium Oil Combat Oily Skin?

Using oils to tackle skin problems is no new thing, but after all the hype around argan and coconut, there's a new name on the scene.

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Magnesium oil has traditionally been used to relieve inflammation and arthritis and but more recently, it has also been credited with clearing up spots and transforming oily skin - particularly as it can be used more effectively through contact with the skin rather than orally.

So, does it work? Huffington Post Style spoke to dermatologist Dr. Dendy Engelman to find out more about the product.

"It is reasonable to believe that magnesium improves stress-induced skin disorders like acne and rosacea," Dr. Engelman explained.
As well as keeping the skin hydrated, magnesium can improve sleep and relieve tension. However, when it comes to more serious skin conditions, more research is needed to confirm if it can be used as a cure.

"There's no direct correlation with magnesium oil and improvement of acne," Dr. Engelman said but she added in some cases, "we've found in retrospect that by supplementing the element, it can actually help - it's not going to hurt."

When it comes to using it in your beauty regime, Dr. Engelman also recommended a cheaper alternative - make your own by adding magnesium flakes to hot water and putting it into a spray bottle. Instead of rubbing it onto the skin, start with six to eight sprays daily. As the expert says, it's not going to hurt.

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