Updated: Aug 2, 2019
The situation: your magnesium oil arrives, you’ve been anticipating its delivery since you learned about all the healing benefits it can provide. You hastily unbox it and start spraying, fulling expecting that all of your aches, pains, worries, and fears will dissipate instantly…
And then. The area that you’ve applied the magnesium oil itches, or maybe it stings, it may even be a little red.
This can’t be normal right?
It’s actually quite common, don’t panic!
In fact, many users who incorporate magnesium oil into their routines experience a certain amount of this tingling sensation, varying from “no big deal” to “this is extremely uncomfortable.” Don’t fret though, genuine allergies to magnesium are extremely rare (really really rare, because the body needs magnesium).
Mild to moderate itching and redness after application is normal and harmless.
So first, the why. Why the heck does something so good for your health cause an unwanted reaction sometimes?
As a reminder, every person’s body chemistry and skin sensitivity is unique. That said, there are several potential causes for the sensation you may have experienced:
1) The stinging may mean that you are deficient in magnesium.
2) You may naturally have sensitive skin.
3) Magnesium oil is a vasodilator which means that it relaxes muscles and increases blood flow. This can cause a tingling sensation.
4) Once the liquid has been absorbed, a film of the remaining magnesium chloride (salt), may remain on your skin and feel a little dry or itchy.
Well first, a bit of prevention. When starting to use magnesium oil, we recommend that you start slowly to see how your body responds. To be very cautious, try using just a couple of sprays on each foot, rub it in and see how you feel. Slowly increase the amount you use over the course of several days to make sure your unique chemical makeup has time to adjust.
If your particular issue is just a result of your body being deficient in magnesium, with consistent application it should resolve itself because your magnesium levels will gradually increase.
If you have sensitive skin, there are a few options that you can try. Applying your magnesium oil to a less sensitive area, or diluting the magnesium oil with purified water 1:1 can help. You can also apply the magnesium oil along with your favorite moisturizer, this doesn’t impact the absorption of magnesium but should make it much gentler on the skin.
In general, once you have given the oil 20-30 minutes to absorb, you can rinse the applied area with warm water to rinse off any residual magnesium chloride and bring relief to any itching. Some customers like to apply the oil about a half hour prior to their daily shower, which makes rinsing off no big deal, since they were going to do it anyways!
We hope this helps, but of course, if you have any questions or concerns you can contact us and we’ll get back to you right away!