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Allergic to Magnesium?

3 August 2012 - Posted by Ashley under ,

I recently had a phone call with someone who told me that they were allergic to sea water.

At first, I admit, I was a bit skeptical – but then I realized, why should I be…our bodies being the strange, yet wonderfully complex, biological systems that they are. So, I sat back to listen to the background on this completely new topic for me, and it really had me wondering. If someone can be allergic to sea water – which contains high amounts of magnesium chloride, on top of the more well known sodium chloride – how would that affect them in terms of transdermal magnesium use?

As with most of these conversations, I was instantly crawling all over the internet seeking answers and details on how this could relate to magnesium chloride use, and finding some very interesting information to share.

So here is the question that I know is on your mind now – Can you be allergic to topical magnesium chloride?

The answer? Yes. Yes you can. But then again, you can be allergic to just about anything these days – even water!

To go further into the “hows” and “whys” of this, I’ll start by saying that a true magnesium allergy is extremely rare. After all, our bodies need magnesium to function. Not want, or like, or prefer – need. They require it like a car engine requires oil – no ifs, ands or buts about it. However, as our population becomes exposed to more and more toxins in our environment, less diversity in our food system, more antibiotics and gut-flora-disrupting pharmaceuticals, etc.,  we’re seeing a significant rise in corresponding health issues such as Auto-Immune Diseases and Multiple Chemical Sensitivity.

From what I’ve found, hypersensitivity to magnesium is relatively new in the grand scheme of things and wasn’t actually documented in medical journals until 1990. At this time, two pregnant women were treated with  a prepared solution of intravenous magnesium sulfate (MgSO4) to try and stave off premature labor. Both of these women developed an urticarial rash (hives) within a short period of time, which disappeared once the MgSO4 was discontinued. Although, to be clear, it was never deciphered whether it was indeed the MgSO4 that was the culprit as opposed to the dextrose, sulphur, leaching of chemicals from the plastic bag, or other contaminant in the IV preparation. Additionally, despite the fact that this occurrence was documented 22 years ago, clinical documentation of magnesium hypersensitivity remains difficult to find.

Why? Because a magnesium allergy is completely contradictory to everything that magnesium stands for – in fact, it’s biologically absurd.  In a healthy human body, magnesium is a natural anti-inflammatory; it’s key in histamine metabolism and naturally reduces histamine production. Are you seeing the irony yet?

With a magnesium allergy, your body reacts to magnesium exposure as though it is battling a pathogen, resulting in the release of immunoglobulin E (igE) antibodies, histamine and other chemicals. This inflammatory response can manifest as a rash* (moderate – severe) or urticaria, difficulty breathing, rhinitis, dizziness, swelling of the limbs or throat, etc.. Although an extreme magnesium allergy may require you to carry epinephrine and wear a medical alert bracelet, the average allergic reaction should subside with the administration of a mild antihistamine.

*Please do not mistake the common itching sensation or slight redness from transdermal magnesium use for an allergic reaction. There is a vast difference between hypersensitivity to magnesium that causes hives and the normal itching sting of magnesium salts on your skin.

Also, keep in mind that magnesium is necessary in the body for proper detoxification, therefore, may cause detoxification symptoms with its use. Detoxification symptoms include headache, fatigue, brain fog, body ache, and other similar ailments. 

So, now that we know that this phenomenon exists, allow me to touch on some additional information…

Why haven’t I heard about this before now?

As I mentioned above, magnesium hypersensitivity is not just rare, but also appears to be a rather new and poorly documented affliction. Most of the information that you’ll find on this subject will be of the anecdotal variety, surfacing mainly in forum discussions, blog posts, and social media commentary. Alongside those, you may run into the occasional vague mentions in clinical studies & medical journals. In fact, this information is so very elusive, I’d almost call it Bigfoot if I didn’t know it to actually exist.

Is it possible to circumvent an allergy to magnesium?

To a certain extent, it may be possible to still supplement with magnesium despite a sensitivity. Many of the allergic responses to magnesium seem to be a result of simply getting too much magnesium at once. In essence, it’s your body’s way of saying “Whoa, slow down!”. I would liken it to feeding someone suffering from starvation – despite the fact that the body needs food to survive, pushing too much and/or the wrong types of food onto a sensitive digestive system can be extremely harmful and even fatal. The same consideration should be made when dealing with a sensitivity to magnesium.

Using smaller, more mild dosages, trying different types of compounds, and building up your internal magnesium stores slowly, are all things to consider if you are dealing with a mild allergic reaction to magnesium.

In terms of our Ancient Minerals line specifically, try diluting the magnesium further than what is suggested in the instructions – for the magnesium oil, you could try a dilution of 25/75 rather than the 50/50 that we suggest in the application guide. If that is still too strong, you can try diluting it further or simply stick to an application such our bath flakes.

If you are in the small group of people that are extremely allergic, however, use of magnesium even in small amounts would not be recommended (obviously).

If I’m allergic to one magnesium compound, does that mean that I’m allergic to all of them?

No, it’s very possible that you could simply be allergic to that specific compound. There are over 20 different forms of magnesium available as supplements – depending on your reaction, you could try switching to a different form. However, please consult with your physician should you decide to explore that route.

If I’m allergic to magnesium supplements, does that mean that I’m allergic to foods containing it as well?

No. The oddest aspect of hypersensitivity to magnesium is that, unlike normal allergies, it usually* does not include magnesium-rich foods. For this reason, those who have found themselves highly allergic to magnesium supplements are usually sent to a dietician to help them plan out meals geared specifically towards meeting their magnesium needs.

*I say “usually” because I have not found evidence that supports a complete negation on this, but neither have I found any to support a response to the positive.

If you have any questions or comments on this topic, feel free to call, email, or simply comment.

Please Note: If you suspect that you may have an allergy to magnesium, it is recommended that you see your doctor for allergy testing.

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  • Mdheyer

    This has answered alot of questions for me.  I used to take magnesium alone and I would get this reaction on my chest and neck. 

  • Valerie

    This is very interesting information.  However, I don’t feel that it proves anything about so claled “allergies” or allergic reactions.  Many people don’t understand how the body rids itself of toxins.  Since magnesium is well noted as being the catalyst in the mineral world for detoxification, it would make more sense that the reactions that are being called allergies is simply or more likely a herxheimer effect where the body is dumping more than the body can get rid of and so it is manifesting as a skin reaction.
    Yes, just like with anything, you can get too much of something, so anyone should always start off more slowly with something they have never used or something that is going to promote rapid dumping of toxins in the system.
    I would be more inclined, especially with the “allergy to sea water” to believe that it is not the magnesium, but something else in the product or sea water that is the true culprit.  With all the direct contamination in and on this planet, nothing that comes from the sea is without some warranted suspiscion as to what other contaminants are being absorbed through the skin or ingested.
    This type of assumption is very common in the natural health world.  Something or a particular substance cannot fully be blamed when there are so many other substances that could also be the culprit and there is no way to fully know unless you isolated each and every substance and toxin and did separate double blind tests for it or skin prick tests on each particular subject involved in the reaction.

  • Ashley

    Hi Valerie,

    First off – thank you for your comment!

    I think that the discussion regarding the differences between
    hypersensitivity, Herxheimer, and even poisoning (relating to adverse
    effects on the body) is one that would require quite a lengthy article
    dedicated to the differences and similarities. There’s certainly a lot
    of criss-crossing between the two and not a thoroughly enough defined
    line between some medical definitions and term usage.

    I would say, though, that Herxheimer is specific to die-off from
    bacteria and fungus (the resulting endotoxins), usually as it pertains
    to the gut, so I wouldn’t apply it even if the cause of the
    hypersensitivity were due to detoxification of bio-accumulated toxins.

    The title of this article is perhaps a little misleading, though, in
    that the probability of being allergic to magnesium itself, rather than
    the specific compound (example: magnesium stearate is a compound that
    more commonly causes an allergic reaction), or some other factor, is
    rather slim… more than slim, I’d say. The reaction could be caused by a
    filler in oral supplements, or it could also be caused by dehydration -
    since dehydration leads to the release of histamine. There are a
    plethora of possible causes for an inflammatory reaction…

    This article was merely to open the lines of consideration and
    thought concerning this subject. Many times, when someone experiences a
    poor reaction with a supplement or food, they simply cease to use it and
    do not pursue it further – rather than seeking answers. Or, even worse,
    the reaction may be mild enough that they continue on in discomfort and
    have no idea that they could make a small alteration in their dietary
    routine and have infinitely better quality of life.

    So hopefully this article, if nothing more, will alleviate some fears
    while also enlightening those who may have overlooked their magnesium
    supplement as the possible cause for their discomfort.

  • Alvina

    I just used magnesium chloride on my face and my entire face is swollen and burning.  I washed it off, took a cold shower, took benadryl, and am now putting ice on my burning face.  I emailed my dr and if it’s not better in the morning I will go in and be seen. 

  • Ashley

    Hi Alvina,

    I wouldn’t worry overly much since that is not an allergic reaction to the magnesium oil, but rather the skin of your face being sensitive. If you have ever used something like Retin-A, you will know that there are some skin types that just aren’t able to handle the strength of it. Similarly, we recommend to customers that the oil be first tried on less sensitive areas to check your skins reaction before attempting to apply it to more sensitive regions such as your face. I myself do not apply the magnesium oil to my entire face, but may use it in small amounts to my temples periodically. It’s much to strong for my facial skin, but I do very well with it on the rest of my body.

    If you wish to use a magnesium product on your face, I would lean toward the lotion which has a much lower concentration of the magnesium chloride in it and is ideal for sensitive areas. You can also dilute the magnesium oil if you would rather try and use that application.

    For information regarding the dilution of the magnesium oil or the application of the lotion, see our application guide here: http://www.ancient-minerals.com/products/magnesium-application-use/

  • Alvina

    Are you a doctor? I had to go to the dr today and he said I AM allergic to this product.  Either that or I am allergic to chemicals from the plastic bottle it came in or that there are ingredients in this product not listed on the back of the bottle. 

    My face is STILL swollen, especially my eyelids (& I didn’t even put this on my eyelids).  No, I didn’t eat any foods I’m allergic too. 

    This has been a very painful experience and I even had to call into work.  I am returning this product for a refund as soon as my face cools off and am able to get back to the herb store I bought this at.

  • Ashley

    I’m sorry that you are still experiencing that reaction and discomfort.

    For your own comfort and knowledge, the plastic that we use is HDPE, which is the safest available for use and used for a wide variety of products on the market today.

    We have previously covered the topic of hypersensitivity in a blog post may be interested in, located here: http://www.ancient-minerals.com/blog-post/allergic-to-magnesium/ . The main purpose of the article is to educate on magnesium and the role it plays in immune and histamine response, but it also has recommendations for situations such as yours.

    However, I don’t believe that you mentioned applying the magnesium oil to an area other than your face. Perhaps if you both diluted the magnesium and applied it to a less sensitive area of your body such as your feet or calves, you may have an easier time capturing the benefits this supplement.

    Was there a specific purpose for applying the magnesium oil directly to your face as opposed to an extremity?

  • Alvina

    Hi Ashley,

    My mother and sister recommended I try this for acne (to extract all the toxins supposedly).  They both use it on their face and have had no issues. I did read about the hypersensitivity (obviously after use like an idiot).

    My mother insisted that this would be good for my skin and I trusted that. I am working with my allergist on this issue. I’ll be hearing back from her regarding other tests she may be running on me.  If anything comes of it I’ll let you know.

    I’m worried that my face will be puffy forever. It’s not going away and even the shape of my face is altered.

  • Ashley

    Oh Gosh! Sorry, I completely overlooked which page your comment was actually on – what a goof I am!

    Your mother and sister are correct in that our magnesium can be used for acne. It can be a bit of a Catch 22 in some cases though since the skin of those that have large outbreaks can be extremely sensitive. Not only that, but with the possibility of open wounds, that adds a whole new factor to it.

    What your reaction may be is a sign of detoxification. We see this quite a bit – especially given the other products that we carry. Magnesium facilitates detoxification on a cellular level, enabling a cell to push toxins (and other things) out. So when there’s a deficiency, cells can’t properly detoxify…. but once they have magnesium available to them, cells try to play cath-up and end up rapidly dumping toxins into your system.  An influx of toxins can certainly inflame skin that is already prone to inflammation. Off the top of my head, I would drink plenty of water if this is indeed the case.

    Would you mind if I email you directly so that you can update me?

    On a side note, it’s great that your mom and sister can use the oil in that fashion. I certainly can’t!

  • Alvina

    Sure, are you able to see my email address? I prefer not to post it.


  • Lynne

    Hi I am one of those who cannot tolerate magnesium in foods. I get severe stomach aches with gas etc.  Ive been diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis as well but no ulcers on the colon.  Hmm no one can seem to figure me out.. wondering if this is all due to magnesium allergy?  My own Naturopath doesn’t seem to know either and a little puzzled..He has me on a no gluten, corn, or dairy diet than we are going to add back one at a time to see whats causing the colitis but wondering if its magnesium??  Please help been dealing with for quite some time… thank you!!!!!

  • Justin_hays

    I have a known skin disorder for many years… probably tinea versicolor (fungal: type of skin yeast infection) and when I spray magnesium on to my skin I get a full body reaction about 1-2 hours later.  Also it burns (immediately) when I spray it on, it burns / itches only the infected (slightly red) areas of my skin, and in skin folds there is a swelling and darkening of the red patches. 

    There’s no way to be certain so I’ve done a lot of research and meditation to come to the conclusion its probably Herxheimer rather than an allergy and I should just slow down with the amount of magnesium rather than discontinue.  Extreme fatigue, dizziness, muscle aching, sinus inflammation and drainage are the symptoms that come up.   

    If it really is Herxheimer I’ll have to plan on a long term approach gently increasing the amount of magnesium spray over time until the symptoms are gone.  Also I’m taking high quality probiotics since I believe this disorder is originally caused by high sugar diet and antibiotics.  Hope it works!

  • Ashley

    Hi Justin,

    We hope it works as well, and you’re certainly not alone in the Herxheimer reaction that [may have been] responsible. Magnesium is tied to so many processes, especially our cellular detoxification, that detox symptoms are very common in those that are deficient and have underlying health issues.

    Keep us posted on your endeavor!

  • Net

    Wondering if you can help. I was taking Veramyst, for my allergies. It’s has of course a type of steroid in it. Earlier in July we went to Miami for a cruise, in which was super humid. We live in a very dry climate, so my skin didn’t like the humidity all that well. While in Miami, I got a horrible heat rash on my chest, back and face. When I got back home, I decided to put the magnessium on those areas. While I saw a little improvement, days later I noticed the rash got worse. My husband told me to stop with the Veramyst because that was what was causing the rash. I did. I continued with the magnesium on my face and chest to see if it would help with the rash because it wasn’t going away. Two days later, as I got out of the shower, my face looked like I had a severe case of acne all over( I’ve never had acne before or problems with my skin). I had what appeared to be red blotches all over my face and pimple looking bumps. I immediately stopped using anything and everything on my face, for fear of exasperating the condition. It’s been 3 days, and I still have the appearance of acne. Im Seeing a doctor tomorrow to see what may be wrong with my face. Please help me understand if this will go away or what I may be possibly experiencing?

  • Ashley


    Apologies for the delayed response. This is a little tough issue to answer beyond general information, but mainly because we are limited in what we can reply with being that we aren’t physicians.

    On average, taking steroids will cause inflammatory reactions to be much worse once you discontinue use. They essentially cause an imbalance in your system’s own ability to decrease inflammation naturally. But, of course, in some cases are necessary depending on the person.

    Acne and several other skin reactions (such as rash) are not only possible side effects of Veramyst but have been reported by users on forums and such. Based off of the circumstances, it could be a combination of the heat and humidity, travel stress, microbial exposure from the cruise, etc. Couple those with the sudden discontinuing of the steroid, and that may trigger further inflammation… which higher concentrations of magnesium could possibly exacerbate due to its harsher, hygroscopic nature.

    If you do attempt to use the magnesium on sensitive skin areas in the future, you may be more successful with a much diluted application that will help soothe rather than agitate. Hopefully your physician was able to assist you, but please don’t hesitate to let us know if you have any needs or further questions.

  • Kim

    Hello Ashley,
    I’ve been victim to hives all over my body (except my face) (much like in the above picture) for a little over two weeks now since I used Epsom Salt mixed in with my bodywash. I’m talking large amounts of the salt, easily 8-10 tablespoons rubbed all over my body. Don’t know what I was thinking scrubbing that mixture onto my skin with a loofah, no doubt, and might I add, scrubbing hard. I have been afftected by hives everyday since (it took two days for the hives to show) and I’m left to wonder if I could be super allergic to magnesium sulfate. Could it possibly have seeped through my skin and now my skin is just always reacting to it? I know I used the salt for 3 days and before that, I was perfectly fine. I stopped using it after 3 days and have since discarded it. The hives persist. The doctor cited that there should be no reason why I still have hives if the allergen was removed. The doctor tried to determine if I used new detergent, new makeup, etc…all of which was a negative. I was prescribed a steroid for 5 days and it’s day 1 of taking the steroid. It’s an hour and a half into the medication and I still have the hives appearing.
    Would you please be so kind as to shed some light on what you think my condition is all about? Whether I’m correct in assuming that my skin absorbed a lot of the magnesium from the salt??
    Thank you so much for your time.

  • Jen

    I got a rash all over my arms, legs, and stomach area (right between my
    boobies) after using the spray. They were bumpy and itchy, blister-like and some were just
    wider itchy bumps, mosquito-bite-like. I know magnesium is good for
    you so I don’t want to stop using it… so now I just spray it on the
    bottom of my feet. I don’t think I’m allergic to it like the article above but I still get itchy blisters. Is my body just getting used to it like a detox period?

  • Cotton73

    To be fair, I didn’t read the article, just skimmed. Magnesium, potassium & calcium are critical for ones heart to beat. And as far as salt water- the water in our bodies is a salt solution. The body needs certain levels of electrolytes to sustain life, so I would guess it’s an additive used when processing that people react to.

  • Teena Johnson

    Just seeing this post. Interesting conversation. SEEMS logical to me that the skin responses are a clearing response…. We are exposed to MANY toxins as we walk down the street, color our hair, use suntan lotions– get the picture? Years of using lotions and soaps with sodium lauryl something or other — some of these molecules can remain in the skin tissues, or the fat cells or connective tissues. The magnesium and other topical agents may just allow them to be released- they woudl likely go through the skin as the fastest way out.
    Remember, our skin is not only an organ of absorption, it is also an organ of elimination. We sweat out proteins and minerals and other stuff.
    It may be a good idea to do some toxicity level tests before and after beginning a program to boost magnesium levels…. IN FACT- if everyone would read one of the books on magnesium, they would know that it is advised to get periodic RED BLOOD CELL MAGNESIUM test. This will establish a start point and allow periodic checking to see if you are able to actually absorb the magnesium compound you have selected. The toxicity testing would help to know the junk we are carrying around in us that we should want to eliminate. GRANTED, the eliminatoin process is not comfortable nor pretty.
    ALSO- just an idea- not sure the quality aspects for Epsom Salts, it IS Magnesium SULFATE and a lot of people are allergic to sulphur. Perhaps in breaking down the sulfate, it releases a form of sulfur that triggers an allergic response.

  • Anna

    I have the same experience as you. I have the same “ulcerative colitis” reaction especially when I take vitamins, cold medicine or pain medicine… I cross referenced the ingredients and the only one in common was magnesium stearate. Sure enough, when I take gel caps (no magnesium) I’m ok. I am also sensitive to foods… I just discovered that sunflower seeds have magnesium, because I got sick from eating them too. It’s interesting to learn that someone else has the same experience I am having, because doctors look at me cross eyed. Colitis is apparently not supposed to be curable by diet adjustments, and magnesium is supposed to be good for you. My body disagrees.

  • Ashley

    Hi Teena,

    Thank you for your input – we always appreciate interactions from our readers.

    There are a multitude of reasons that someone could have a reaction to a magnesium compound – despite the fact that an allergic reaction to magnesium is nearly an oxymoron.

    Regarding the allergy to sulfur – this too is a bit of a misnomer. Sulfur itself is a necessary nutrient for our health. There are those that have sensitivities to sulfa drugs and sulfites, which is a different breed of animal, so to speak, despite the seeming similarity.

    The downside is that confusion and fear often drive people to take the extreme route and altogether avoid crucial nutrients – leading to other issues. But I digress…

    Again, we thoroughly appreciate your feedback and input. Let us know if you have any questions or needs that we can assist you with, and have a great Tuesday!

  • http://www.onesimpleswitch.co.uk Julia

    Be great to link up with you ladies. My son and I don’t seem to be able to tolerate the majority of the foods on the top 10 high magnesium foods. Why is this? And how can we change it?? I wonder if we’re just so deficient in magnesium that the body can’t cope with it even when it gets a little?

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  • Rachel Henwood

    Hello. After years of determining whats going on with my body, I cannot take magnesium in any medicine form. My eye lids & throat swell. Its almost unbelievable to my GP the reaction from passing out in hospital from magnesium sulphate, extreme swelling from migraine medicines & any medication I take then have a reaction then discover the common ingredient is magnesium. Your article was a very interesting read as I know the body requires this & I get so so many headaches & migraines, tired alot etc etc. What would you suggest I could take ? Im too afraid to use bath salts In case of the rreaction (die)

  • Ashley

    Hi Rachel,

    I’m sure that you have probably used a variety of magnesium compounds outside of magnesium sulfate… have you tried looking at the preservatives and/or fillers that are being used in these products?

    And, as it was mentioned in the article, do you avoid the ocean as well due to the magnesium content?

    There are so many questions that arise with a sensitivity of this type. The human body is so complex, that it’s often difficult to pinpoint the core, underlying issue when it may be a combination of things that set of a chain reaction.

  • Bren

    I am now taking different oral forms of oral magnesium (taurate, l-threonate and oxide) on a rotating basis for acute radicular spasm pain that persisted for 2 years despite visits to ten (yep, 10) different MDs. I added the magnesium oil daily over the lower back and back of one thigh. Within a few days I had an itchy neck. A few days later it turned into hives (pink, nubby texture, itching, burning) that took several weeks to start to clear. Eliminated oil and oral forms for 3 weeks, gradually added all forms back and can now use magnesium oil every other day over smaller area. THE GOOD NEWS: My debilitating radicular spasm pain is ALMOST gone. (Akin to sciatic pain, but did not respond to prolotherapy, epidural steroid injections, radiofrequency nerve ablation and dozens of other “treatments” including a boatload of RX trials.) Was preparing to have surgery for electronic stimulation implant.
    btw-For anyone else dealing with radicular pain: Laser therapy and chiropractic flared it horribly, but could not have gotten thru this without my chiropractor! Also used TENS unit for 8+ hours per day

  • Jaime

    I had a horrific reaction to magnesium sulfate back in 2001 when I went into pre-term labor with twins. I kept telling the nurses that I was having trouble breathing and they just kind of shrugged me off. When my mom readjusted my blankets she saw that my legs had tripled in size! That got their attention. I ended up with fluid in my lungs, around my heart, and blew up like a balloon. They took me off the meds immediately and thankfully I was ok except for some beautiful stretch marks. After reading your article, I wonder if they just gave me too much?? I was so worried about the babies, I did not ask many questions.

  • Ashley

    Hi Jaime,

    That must have been a terrifying experience.

    It’s not the first that I have read about similar reactions – difficulty breathing and edema. Though, as I mentioned, the articles I’ve read gave no indication of whether it was truly the Magnesium sulfate or whether it was perhaps a preservative being utilized in the solution or other manufacturing issue in the IV preparation – which is unfortunate from both a medical as well as a scientific point of view. People often assume that because these products are being used in clinical environments, they are free of contaminants or not susceptible to simple human error in preparation or manufacturing… but that’s obviously not a realistic assumption as humans are not infallible.

    Also, the human body is so complex, it’s difficult to know “which came first, the chicken or the egg” (so to speak) when dealing with allergic reactions.

    But I am very sorry for your experience. No mother should have to deal with that, especially at such a vulnerable and already stressful time.

    Please let me know if you have any questions or needs that I can assist you with. I hope you are having a wonderful Thursday.

  • Miss Pink

    I experience pale pink welts/rashes on the exposed areas of my body if I sit out on the beach for a few hours on a windy day, the sand whipping my skin. More welts appear and start to bunch together the longer I stay out. Not a good look. A warm shower out of the weather seems to soothe and it takes an hour or so for my skin to go back to normal. Is sea sand allergy possible? I take
    magnesium tablets and have no issue with them.

    My partner also gets red welts but only when he is in the water and they get worse the longer he stays in. He always said he developed these welts after getting a tic bite when he was holidaying on the east coast of Australia. Is this a possibility? Can a tic bite cause this type of reaction to sea water?

  • Anonymous

    I started magnesium oil 2 weeks ago. About 4 days ago i developed hives all over my body.
    I am not sure what the cause is yet. However one possibility is that the magnesium oil was lowering my cortisol levels so much i developed these rashes.

    Cortisol is the bodys anti-inflammatory. My doc even prescribed it (prednistolone) for my hives.

  • marsha castle

    Hello there – I just bought the magnesium oil, and I used it on my face and neck – and have absolutely horrible acne (which I never had before) and same on my neck and chest. I wish there was a disclaimer on this as this is very distressing. I really don’t know what to do and I hope it goes away quickly. HELP!

  • dxnich

    I am having an allergic reaction to what I believe to be Magnesium Chloride. I took a supplement at the suggestion of a Chinese Medicine practitioner and planned to stop once the bottle was done and go back to my “plain” Calcium. Just prior to finishing the bottle, I began developing severe uticaria. I immediately stopped taking it. I then started the calcium and quickly determined it has some Magnesium in it as well…also broke out. That was stopped after two days. I now believe I am reacting to chocolate, nuts, seeds, spinach and some fish. I also have had allergies to codeine, sulfa, iodine and penicillin drugs to name some. I also react to dyes and perfumes in laundry products. I am praying that my system will deplete the excess Magnesium (if indeed it is the allergy) and I will be able to start over at some point. How long should I avoid all food products with high Magnesium before trying them one at a time again? I can’t get into my allergist for over a month. Now have an Epi pen. Any additional recommendations would be greatly appreciated.

  • Ashley

    Hi Marsha,

    I have heard of this reaction only twice – although perhaps it may be more common and those who experienced it simply did not report it to us. The reason we would not warn of such a thing is because it is a very rare reaction that may be the result of something other than the magnesium oil itself. We do, however, recommend that it not be applied to sensitive areas such as the face here: http://www.ancient-minerals.com/products/magnesium-application-use/

    In regards to the acne specifically, magnesium is required in the body for metabolic processes such as cellular detoxification. A combination of toxins being purged along with a resulting inflammatory reaction could be behind the acne, since skin is often an external depiction of internal health. The high concentration of magnesium chloride on the skin of your face may also disrupt the topical bacterial balance that exists. However, those are just educated guesses on the potential causes.

    I do hope that your skin clears and you are able to continue to use the magnesium oil without fearing that you’ll be risking another breakout. If you have any additional questions or comments, don’t hesitate to let us know.

  • Ashley

    Hi dxnich,

    I do apologize, but this is a bit beyond our field of expertise as we are not physicians and cannot provide medical advise.

    It may have been a filler you were reacting to or another factor you were exposed to other than magnesium. I have yet to find any mention either in medical journals or even on forums where magnesium chloride would result in that type of reaction. Because of that, I would continue to look into other possibilities rather than stopping with only the magnesium supplement.

    If you have any questions concerning our products or of a non-medical nature, please let us know. Again, I apologize for not being able to be of more assistance in this instance.

  • SuccumbToChange

    I broke out severely after two weeks with the chloride oil. However I made a great discover that gradually reduced and completely eliminated the breakouts and that was a vitamin D3 supplement I picked up from CVS. Not only that, but when I started taking vitamin D3 the effects of the oil were 10x enhanced and worked faster than before. For this reason alone I think everyone should always make sure they are taking vitamin D with their magnesium to enhance its effectiveness. Its only my own personal discovery but hopefully this helps many others.

  • Esther barna

    I had no idea what was causing this bumpy rash on my groin area and over my feet. The itch is so severe like hives. Then tonight the itch seemed to alleviate and I took a magnesium 400 mg sulfate pill again. Four hours later the itch was intense. I began to correlate the two. I’ve been taking magnesium and vitamin D for a month and it seemed to regulate my heart rhythms but now after reading other testimonies I am beginning to think The Magnesium is the culprit. I will cease taking it and see what happens and let you know.

  • Glenna Love

    I took magnesium supplements for years with my calcium. Now if I take magnesium, my blood pressure soars. I have no other reaction but a blood pressure spike. Anyone have any ideas?

  • Ashley

    Hi Esther,

    You should also look and see what kind of preservative is being used in the supplement, as that could potentially be causing the reaction as well.

    Please let us know if you have any questions for us. Have a wonderful day!

  • Angie

    Can’t you be allergic to the chloride in the magnesium solution? I get the rash too. And itch as well. But I grew up in the pool and am sensitive to chlorine anyways. I will see if the chiropracter can help remove the allergy. I haven’t tried the footbath idea yet. Any thoughts?

  • Yvonne

    To any of you who has gotten the rash, how long has it taken for it to clear up? I started taking Magnesium about 2 months ago for headaches. I have such a bad rash of hives, itching, warm skin on my chest and neck that I stopped taking it over 2 weeks ago. But the rash is not clearing up. Now I’m wondering if it is the Magnesium. I thought it was because I got the same reaction 3 yrs ago while I was pregnant and then again about a year ago. In both of those instances the rash cleared up about a week after I stopped the Magnesium.

  • carl

    Earlier this evening I tried to apply the Ancient Minerals magnesium oil and got a bit of a burning and itchy sensation, as well as a small rash developing around my stomach area. Interestingly, the area that developed the rash is a particular area that all my life has been sensitive to nickle coating in belt buckles.

    I must admit though I have been using EcoIdeas Activation Magnesium Spray which is composed of magnesium chloride hexahydrate and it doesn’t cause a rash and has less tingle and burn. I will try the Ancient Minerals magnesium oil diluted and post the effects.

  • Drew

    I’m allergic to the magnesium chloride, red dirt mixture on roads in winter.

  • Jesi

    I will have to try that. Thanx STC!

  • nisha

    is being allergic to Magnesium the same as Manganese??