Remember when I linked to an article on the blog Shimmer Kisser about how the author used sea salt to treat her acne? She dutifully applied the salt morning and night for a good 6 months, and reported that around 95% of her acne was gone (and after only six weeks, no less). Well, I’m a sucker for an affordable skin-clearing tactic, so I vowed to try this trick out next time my skin decided to act up, and I finally got my opportunity (uh, yay?) earlier this week. And let me tell you this: Sea salt WORKS.
Taking the application tips from Shimmer Kisser, I mixed about 1/2 teaspoon of salt with water to form a paste, applied to it to my breakouts, and left it on for a minute or two. (Yes, it does sting at first, but if it gets to be too much, just rinse it off.) After rinsing, my skin immediately felt tighter and the areas where I was breaking out were drier. I noticed an immediate improvement in my skin the following morning. For the next few days, I continued using sea salt mixed with my regular cleanser as an exfoliant in the shower; my breakout is now a mere memory. I can safely say that tea tree oil and sea salt are the two most effective topical acne remedies I have personally tried; they blow all of the store-bought spot treatments I’ve tried out of the water!
Some tips to keep in mind:
- Use sea salt ONLY - table salt is NOT a substitute. The reason why this works is because sea salt contains minerals that help purify the skin, and table salt is usually processed to remove those minerals.
- Don’t scrub too hard! Sea salt can be very abrasive, so it’s best to use a gentle touch.
- Moisturize afterwards, and don’t overdo it - once a day (or twice, if you’re currently breaking out) should be enough. This method is very drying, so you’re going to end up with flaky skin if you’re not careful.
Has anyone else tried this yet? Let me know how it worked for you!