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Too Much of a Good Thing

22 June 2012 - Posted by Ashley under ,

Our society is one that thrives on conveniences and instant gratification. Because of this, we often find ourselves looking to speed up things that demand a slow and steady pace in order to function, grow, heal, thrive or even be successful. A fantastic example would be weight gain – something that may have taken a person years to put on, they try to remove in the course of a month. More often than not, this results in even more weight gain, stress, illness, nutrient deficiencies, mood swings…etc., as opposed to successful, healthful, long-term weight loss.

On that same thought, we also wish to inundate our bodies with nutrients once we discover a deficiency and make the decision to remedy it. Ramp up our dosage gradually? No way! We want it all fixed and better… right this very minute.

Well, I’m sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but unfortunately, our biology doesn’t work that way.

Applying Too Much Magnesium

We often get faced with the question – “Can I put on too much magnesium?” Surprisingly enough, this isn’t as easily answered as you may think.

The short version is, you can’t really rub too much magnesium oil onto your skin… after all, it’s magnesium chloride – a compound found in abundance in sea water – and when’s the last time you heard “Don’t swim too long, you’ll get too much magnesium!”? Sounds a bit odd, right?

However, the longer answer is that your body may not be ready for what you’re suddenly inundating it with and, because of that, you may not like the way it reacts. Itching, stinging, and post-application skin dryness are all perfectly average reactions that first time [magnesium oil] users may experience, and there’s a chance you may not experience them at all. But, if you are experiencing skin irritation that surpasses simple itching,  becomes a rash, causes prolonged redness and irritation, or causes you to break out, we recommend that you follow the Application Instructions and dilute the oil until your body has had a chance to adapt. You can then slowly increase the magnesium level in your solution as you become more accustomed.

You may also want to look into one of our more “sensitive skin friendly” options such as our bath flakes, lotion, or our new Ancient Minerals Magnesium Oil Ultra.

Either way, your body is not going to absorb excessive amounts of magnesium through the skin in the way that it does with oral supplementation. The risks with oral magnesium supplementation are most often one of two things – diarrhea caused by your body’s reaction to an overabundance of magnesium being flushed out of the GI tract, or a build up of magnesium in the system (hypermagnesemia) usually caused by kidney malfunction.

Due to the difference in how your body absorbs magnesium topically, it’s highly unlikely that you will ever experience a laxative effect with this method. In fact, we have yet to hear of a single person who has experienced diarrhea through routine use of any one of our Ancient Minerals products.

As for those with kidney malfunction, we recommend conferring with your doctor prior to taking on these products. We’ve had some really positive feedback from dialysis patients – especially in regard to the management of their chronic pain – but please keep in mind that these patient’s mineral levels were being strictly monitored by their physicians.


Just remember, everyone, that we don’t get where we are (health-wise) in days, weeks, or even months… our current state of health is often the result of years. Now, building your magnesium levels back up may not take years… but it won’t happen immediately either.

As the saying goes: “Patience, Grasshopper.”

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  • Flo H

    Thanks for this. I have been using oral magnesium oxide, but am considering lotion instead to avoid kidney problems (my kidneys sometimes hurt when I don’t drink enough water).

  • Gale Hess

    I had some MagChoride deicer in my pocket and developed dry skin slight burning rash. I have a 5″ slightly pink rash with slight hives on the center of my thigh, where the bottom of my ski pants pocket had 5-10 MgCl granules rubbing through the pocket lining and maybe some higher humidity area in my pants caused the MgCl to percolate to my skin. Burns a bit, don’t notice it too much, but has lasted hours after taking ~5 hours to develop, maybe more. Doesn’t seem to be getting worse. Glad it will go away in a half day or so I guess. Thanks.

  • Ihlnfd

    My husband was told to use magnesium oil for pain in his lower back. He asked me to apply the oil. At the same time I started having a mild upset stomach with loose stools. I do have IBS and low blood pressure. It took me a week to figure out what was going on. I follow a very strict sugar free, gluten free, processed food free diet and journal it. The magnesium oil was the only new thing. I have read on other sites this can be a problem for some. I am underweight and really struggle to keep my health under control. I think more research needs to be conducted on this.

  • Mangalore Cafe

    Our skin is acidic in nature. If it becomes alkali then its the end its so dangerous that skin eating bacteria can take host. MgCl is highly alkaline which is actually not good for the skin. You know the only other time I got itchy skin was when I was in for army training and was on “battle” for 3 days no bath. After doing research i found out that bad bacteria takes host and it produces ammonia. First signs is dry and itchy skin then skin tears apart. Ammonia is an alkali.
    Yeah so applying MgCl somehow is causing the same effect. I am here because I want answers still searching.
    Just wanted to let you know that YOU ARE WRONG. no our skin won’t get used to it. Our skin just like our gut is not supposed to alkaline its supposed to be acidic slightly. good bacteria always produces acid and the acid keeps away bad bacteria infestation you can see it in our skin and you can see it around us. yeast, and other good bacteria produce Lactic acid or Acetic acid which protects it from bad bacteria or from mold and other fungus growth.
    So in the long run putting MgCl or anything alkaline on the skin is bad and might be dangerous if you have flesh eating bacteria(well coming to think of it I guess the cure to Flesh eating bacteria might not be antibiotic but application of lactic acid and vinegar to change the skin Ph) lurking around.
    This is the same thing I used to feel when I used to have bath in hard water.
    More research has to be done on sea water cause never ever had my skin itch with sea water. It contains more than MgCl and it kills all bad bacteria but supports good ones.
    So now my quest would be to find out what makes sea water so good for the skin.
    Or I have to see if adding MgCl to coconut oil and applying it will take care of skin dryness and not change the PH of my skin.

  • Randahl Capurro

    Just for anyone reading this after the fact, magnesium chloride is MgCl2, and usually forms a solution in water with a ph between 6 and 7, which is slightly more acidic than pure water. Skin pH is often around 5.5, and clean skin returns to it’s natural pH pretty quickly. So rinse off the excess magnesium oil after 20 or so minutes like Ancient Minerals recommends, don’t get too worried, and always do your research!

  • small federal

    You have heard of it now, started your magnesium oil two days ago and now have diarrhea, so what is up?

  • Good Vibe

    I’ve used the magnesium oil on my face 3x and each time gave me an ENTIRE face of white heads. I am in my 50s. Whats up with that?