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Milk has myriad benefits, and not just for cappuccino and yogurt parfaitsâ€”it can work wonders for your skin and hair, too. â€œMilk contains lactic acid, which is an alpha-hydroxy acid (like citric acid and glycolic acids). Lactic acid helps to gently exfoliate and release dead cells from the surface of the skin without rough mechanical exfoliation techniques. Milk also contains anti-inflammatory properties that help soothe redness and even itching,â€ explains New York City dermatologist, Dr. Jessica Krant.
But when it comes to store-bought skincare, â€œItâ€™s rare to find actual dairy milk in a product due to potential spoilage,â€ Dr. Krant says, and the word