Epsom salt (magnesium sulfate) is a naturally occurring mineral that has a plethora of medicinal uses. It can be used to treat ankle sprains, cleanse the body of toxins and even elevate serotonin levels in the brain, which are directly correlated with mood and well-being.
Epsom Salt Acne Facts
One of the main components of Epsom salt is magnesium(wiki), which most people tend to be deficient in. Magnesium is an important mineral that helps to treat acne because it normalizes nutrient levels that influence the health of skin, and according to the Epsom Salt Council, Epsom salt adds magnesium back to the body. These nutrients include potassium, zinc, and vitamin D.
…an ideal all-natural treatment for herpes, warts and acne.
Another benefit of Epsom salt for acne is that it helps to flush out toxins within the body. Therefore, if you have noticed a breakout due to poor diet and eating habits, soaking in a bath with Epsom salt can help to deep cleanse the skin from within. This will help to get rid of harmful toxin build-up that can affect the appearance and clarity of your skin.
Epsom salt also has excellent anti-inflammatory properties which helps it decrease skin irritation, pain, and reduce redness. Some people claim it may even help reduce the appearance of wrinkles.
Why Use Epsom Salt For Acne?
Since Epsom salt contains a high amount of sulfur, it has antibacterial, antifungal and antiviral properties making it an ideal all-natural treatment for herpes, warts and acne.
…[Epsom salt] has antibacterial, antifungal and antiviral properties…
Magnesium is the second most abundant element in human cells and it helps to regulate over 325 enzymes. It also plays a vital role by orchestrating many functions within the body, such as muscle control, energy production, electrical impulses, and even helps to eliminate harmful toxins within the body.
The best way to remove blemishes and treat acne with Epsom salt is to make a solution called a poultice. A poultice is made by crushing herbs or material from plants or other natural substances and adding warm water or natural oils to make a paste. This paste can then be applied directly to the skin and covered with a piece of clean cloth.
Epsom Salt Acne Treatment
There are a ton of ways to use Epsom salt, including baths, poultices, foot soaks, splinter removal, hair care, and the list goes on, but here we will look at some of the more common ways to use Epsom salt for acne.
Epsom Salt Bath:
Dissolve one to two cups (depending on tub size) of Epsom salt in a bathtub. Be sure the Epsom salt is completely dissolved before you get in so that your skin can absorb it easily. Enjoy relaxing in the water for about 15 minutes. After your relaxing bath, rinse off to get rid of any excess salt residue.
Epsom Salt Mask
Here are a few different Epsom salt mask ideas you can use to treat your acne:
Add a teaspoon of Epsom salt to a cup of warm water. Stir until the salt fully dissolves. Apply it to your face. Let it sit until it dries, then rinse off the salt residue, and remember to moisturize.
For people with normal or oily skin, mix 1 egg, juice from 1 lemon, half a teaspoon of Epsom salt, and (if you have it) 1/4 cup of non-fat dry milk. For dry skin, mix 1/4 cup grated carrots, 1 and 1/2 teaspoons mayonnaise, and 1/2 teaspoon Epsom salt. Apply your mask to moist skin and let it sit for 15 minutes. Rinse thoroughly afterward (use less lemon juice if your skin is very sensitive).
Epsom Salt Warm Compress
Dissolve two tablespoons of Epsom salt in a cup of warm water. Soak a washcloth, and apply it to your skin. Let it sit until it cools off. Rinse off any salt residue afterward.
Augment Your Epsom Salt Treatment With Additional Natural Acne Treatments
While Epsom salt can definitely help improve your acne, you may find that it isn’t doing enough or it just doesn’t quite get you to where you want to be. If so, it could be because your diet, lifestyle choices and other factors have created an “acne environment” in your body.
If you really want to eliminate these underlying causes of acne and heal your body from the inside out, then I highly recommend you check out my review of Acne No More, a step-by-step guide to holistic acne treatment which specializes in eliminating this “acne environment” that is the underlying cause of most peoples acne.
Precautions When Using Epsom Salt
You should consult with your doctor first before you use an Epsom salt for acne treatment if you are pregnant, have past or recurrent digestion problems, or are taking certain medications or over the counter herbs or vitamins.
You should never apply Epsom salt directly to the skin. You should always dilute it first or use olive oil or another liquid base like water to dilute the granules.
Be especially careful to not get any Epsom salt in your eyes when you are making a face mask or taking an Epsom salt bath, because it will irritate your eyes just like when you open your eyes in the ocean.
I hope this information proves to be useful to you, and if you have any experience with Epsom salt please tell us about it in the comments! Good luck with your acne treatment!