Epsom Salt for Acne

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Acne is one of the most widespread skin problems in the world. It may seem like a problem only faced by teenagers due to pop culture and our society's depiction but that is really far from the truth. Sure, puberty is the time when acne first starts showing their pimply face on our skin. But it certainly does not end with its passing. Most adults also have to face acne at some point or another in their lives. This has basically funded the skin care cosmetic industry as every brand has its own anti-acne remedy in the stores. People have devised many acne remedies and solution which help treat them and prevent them from coming back in the future. But the thing here is, they do not hand out these for free. That means getting an acne cream always can get quite expensive over time especially for those whose acne refuse to go away for good and just keep coming back time after time. Luckily for us, we live on the planet earth, in the loving arms of nature. Our blue planet possesses all the remedies we need to solve pretty much all of our issues and problems. So, it is no surprise that there are many natural ingredients out there which can help you with your acne and skin health. One such ingredient is Epsom Salt and in this post, we are going to learn a little bit about it and how we can use it to remedy our acne problems. Without further ado, let us dive into the topic and learn about Epsom salt.

Epsom Salt for Acne

What is Epsom Salt?

Epsom salt[1], though its name might suggest that this is a type of salt, in reality, it is not. Technically speaking, it is a mineral compound which is made up of magnesium, Sulfur, and oxygen. Although, it does look like normal table salt due to it being colorless and tiny granules too. This ingredient has tons and tons of uses for the body, health and around the house too. The magnesium present in the Epsom salt is one of the essential minerals for the body. It is crucial for the health of our heart, bones, nerves and muscle function. We get our daily dose of magnesium through our diet generally. You might be wondering what Epsom is. It is actually the name of a small town in England where it was first discovered. How people stumbled upon it is an interesting story too. There was a hot water stream in Epsom in Surrey England which seemingly had healing properties for tired animals who took baths there. Soon, it was found that those healing properties also carried onto the people. The word spread quickly and many people tried to study it to find out the cause. Then it was found that the salt in the water was the one which held the healing properties. Since then, it has become one of the most versatile and beneficial ingredients for us which helps in a plethora of regions in our lives. It is even considered as one of the essential medicines of the world by WHO[2]. That is how good it is. 

It is probably most well known as a component of bath salts. Epsom salt has incredibly soothing and calming properties for the skin, muscles and the whole body. Hence, it makes for an amazing relaxing bath, that is how it was first used in Surrey and that is how people love using it even today.  It is a fantastic little ingredient which has many other uses too but the wide range of benefits does not make its price out of reach of the common man. It is still very affordable and cheap and considering the benefits it does possess, it makes for practically a steal.

Benefits Of Epsom Salt

Now, we know that Epsom salt has multiple uses for us human beings[3]. It can help relax us, make us healthier from the inside and out, draw out splinters[4], and even help with plants and agriculture. Yes, this is one salt that makes plants grow even better and greener, but that is because it is not really a salt and plants also love magnesium as our body does. However, in this section, we will just look at the skin benefits of Epsom salt which can help prevent and treat acne[5] and similar skin issues like pimples, blackheads[6], and whiteheads[7]. Now, let us get on with the benefits which Epsom salt can have for acne treatment.

These properties, supposedly, help out the people with preventing acne and breakouts and making the skin healthier. There has not been much scientific research in this topic though, so it cannot be said for sure that Epsom salt is an ideal remedy for acne. However, there have been tons of anecdotal evidence which has claimed that regular usage of Epsom salt on the skin has given them healthier, clearer, and pimple free skin. So, it is plenty clear that Epsom salt can have multiple benefits for the skin, which when compounded together can have a significant preventive and healing effect on the acne.

How To Use Epsom Salt For Acne

Epsom salt, being the versatile ingredient that it is, can be used in a variety of ways to treat and prevent acne. The most common and recognizable way of using Epsom salt for the skin is through a warm bath. Let us dissect it first as to how it helps with treating and preventing acne.

  1. Warm Epsom Salt Bath
  2. Epsom Salt Spot Treatment
  3. Epsom Salt Warm Compress
  4. Epsom Salt Facial Soak
  5. Epsom Salt Exfoliator
  6. Avocado Face Mask
  7. Egg White Face Mask
  8. Baking Soda Face Mask
  9. Epsom Salt & Oatmeal Scrub
  10. Epsom Salt Acne Spot Treatment
  11. Epsom Salt Garlic Acne Spot Remedy

Warm Epsom Salt Bath

People take warm Epsom salt baths regardless of whether they have acne or not as it is an amazingly soothing way to unwind after a long hard day of work. Epsom salt bath is extremely relaxing and soothes the muscles to get rid of any aches and pains in there or in the joints. As far as acne is concerned, it may be seen most on the face but that is not its only hunting ground by a long shot. It is just that the face is the most visible and apparent features of humans so that is where the acne also becomes most apparent. However, acne can plague even chest, back, and other areas of the body too, and those areas may be hard to reach sometimes. That is where Epsom salt bath shines. You just have to add Epsom salt to a bath filled with warm water and just soak in it for some time to harness its benefits. It is soothing, calming, and relaxing while also benefiting your skin and preventing future acne and minimizing the appearance of any current ones. To make a warm Epsom salt bath, fill up your bathtub with warm to hot water, whatever suits you the best. Then, assuming that your bath is standard size, add a couple of cups of Epsom salt to it. When the salt is dissolved fully, just jump in and relax while soaking in the relaxing bath. Soak in the bath for about 20 minutes and then get out. Finish by taking a shower to rinse off the salt from your skin and you are done.

Epsom Salt Spot Treatment

Okay, that was pretty simple. Now this one is even more simple than the previous one. You just need to make a concentrated solution of Epsom salt and use that as a spot treatment on your pimples[13] to treat them. Follow these steps to learn how to do it:

  1. First of all, take 2 tbsp of Epsom salt in a mixing bowl and add about 3 tbsp of plain water to it.
  2. Mix the two together well to form a solution.
  3. Now, take a cotton swab or ball and use it to apply the Epsom salt solution directly onto your pimples as you would any other spot treatment.
  4. After that, leave it be until the solution dries, then repeat the process 2 more times on the same pimple.
  5. Lastly, after it has dried off the third time, rinse your skin well with ample amount of water and then pat it dry with a clean and soft towel. And you are done!

One thing to remember with this remedy is that you should be careful while applying this concentrated mixture onto your skin. Make sure you just cover your pimples and acne and do not spread it on your normal skin for extended periods of time.

Epsom Salt Warm Compress

This particular method is somewhat of a midway between the previous two methods in terms of functionality. This remedy is especially beneficial for treating acne breakouts. To learn how to do this accurately, study the following steps:

  1. First of all, take some warm water in a glass and then add a couple of tsp of Epsom salt to it and then mix it in well by stirring with a spoon. 
  2. After that, take a small and clean piece of cloth and then soak it in the solution.
  3. Then, use the piece wet cloth as a compress and press it onto your skin where the breakout is. Keep it there for a few moments until the temperature of the cloth cools off.
  4. After that, wash the cloth with clean water and then repeat.
  5. Lastly, you can finish by washing one last time with normal water and then patting dry with a towel. Also, apply a moisturizer in the end if your skin feels too dry.

This is another one of the simple and straightforward remedies, which you can figure out how to do just by the name alone. However, you should be careful of one particular factor and that is to protect your eyes. Make sure the Epsom salt and water solution do not get into your eyes and you will be good to go otherwise.

Epsom Salt Facial Soak

This is a great and relaxing way to treat the acne and breakouts on your face using Epsom Salt. Again, it is pretty simple and straightforward to do as is common with Epsom salt remedies as the salt itself holds many curative and beneficial properties. For this one, you will just need a clean washcloth along with the usual Epsom salt and some warm water.

  1. First of all, take a couple of cups of warm water and then add in 2-3 tsp of Epsom salt to it and dissolve it in.
  2. After that, take a washcloth and soak it in the Epsom salt solution.
  3. Then, put the Epsom salt soaked washcloth over your face. Keep it there until it temperature cools off to become normal. The best way is to fold the washcloth and then place it on your face while you are sitting in a relaxed position with your head leaned back. Or you can also do it while you are lying down for an even more comfortable application.
  4. After removing it, repeat the previous steps after wringing any excess solution from the cloth.
  5. Lastly, after you have performed the soak on all areas of your face well, wash your face completely with warm water and you are done! You can finish with a moisturizer if you wish.

Epsom Salt Exfoliator

As mentioned in the benefits section, Epsom salt can make for an effective exfoliator due to its granules and crystals in it which can help remove the dead skin cells[14] and other impurities effectively. This property is also effective for remedying various skin problems like blackheads along with acne. This property also helps a lot in improving the overall state and condition of the skin by basically cleansing it well and keeping it tidy and fresh. This remedy is extremely easy and straightforward to do too and you do not need much also other than Epsom salt and a nice carrier oil like almond or olive oil. The step-by-step instructions are detailed in the following points. Follow these to learn how to perform this remedy accurately.

  1. First of all, make a sort of a paste or a solution by combining some Epsom salt with an oil like jojoba, almond or extra virgin olive oil.
  2. After that, you can use this mixture as a topical application just on your acne or all over your face too if you wish. If you have oily skin, maybe just apply it on the pimples otherwise it is totally fine to apply it in your face if you want.
  3. Since this is an exfoliation technique, you need to massage the mixture onto your skin to exfoliate the skin to remove the dead skin cells and other impurities by shaking them loose. Use gentle circular motions with your fingertips for a few minutes for this purpose.
  4. Lastly, wash your face with warm water gently and you are done!

The oil you use in this remedy can also be quite beneficial to your skin and you can for the one which you have found to be the best for your skin. You can select an oil like Jojoba oil which is terrific for the skin as its composition gets the closest to the natural composition of our skin oils. Hence, it meshes and is right at home on our skin and acts a fantastic moisturizer for the skin. Moreover, it has antibacterial properties which aid a lot in acne prevention as bacteria is the main cause behind acne for most people. It also has soothing effects on your skin due to its anti-inflammatory properties which also go a long way when trying to treat acne. Alternately, using olive oil is also very effective as it also has antibacterial properties along with being rich with ant-oxidants which protect the skin to further prevent any issues like acne. So, as is apparent, you can use a variety of oils in this remedy, which is suited to your skin and problems. You can also go for an oil blend if you know which oils go best with your skin.

Avocado Face Mask

Now, you can also make face masks with Epsom salt to treat your acne and pimples. These can be quite effective for treating skin problems and homemade masks are skyrocketing in popularity for a while and show no signs of stopping as people become more and more aware of the natural ingredients which surround us and hide tons of beneficial properties for basically any and all of our issues with our body. The avocado works great as a face mask base because it is extremely hydrating to the skin and hence moisturizes it very well. Follow the steps given below to learn how to make and then use the avocado and Epsom salt face mask.

  1. First of all, take a fresh ripe avocado and then gut it and deseed it to extract the pulp.
  2. Now, mash or whip the avocado pulp to get a smooth sort of a paste.
  3. After that, mix in Epsom salt into the avocado paste until you get it to a thick consistency.
  4. Then, apply the hence-obtained face mask all over your face and then let is stay on there until it can dry off completely. 
  5. So, basically, leave it on for about half an hour and then rinse it off with warm water and you are done with this remedy!

Avocado contains many anti-oxidants within it like B-carotene, lecithin, and linoleic acid. Consequently, it protects your skin from damage while also hydrating and nourishing it. It is also known to contain lauric acid which supplies it with strong anti-inflammatory properties. Moreover, it also has effective anti-bacterial and anti-viral properties too. All these factors make avocado and this mask a fantastic remedy for treating acne and pimples.

Egg White Face Mask

 You can also use this face mask as an acne treatment as it can be quite effective in treating and preventing future acne and pimples. Egg white is quite a useful ingredient for remedying acne breakout and making the skin better at avoiding acne and other skin issues in the future. Egg whites get its acne busting properties as it contains albumin[15] which is a simple form of protein that helps tighten pores and also helps removes excess oil from the skin. This cleanses the skin and curbs the risk of acne and pimples occurring there. Hence, Egg whites act as a mild astringent to prevent acne further by toning the skin. It is also a great nourisher of the skin due to it being rich in proteins and nutrients. Hence, it aids in the regenerative properties of the skin to help repair it. The instructional steps on how to go about making and then using this face mask are given below:

  1. First of all, take an egg and crack it open over a bowl. Remove the yolk as we will be using the whites only for this one.
  2. So, after separating the egg white, take it in a bowl and then beat it well.
  3. After that, take half a tbsp of Epsom salt and mix it in well with the beaten and whisked egg whites.
  4. Then, apply the hence-obtained face pack all over your face carefully and gently while covering it over all of your acne.
  5. Let the mask stay on your face until it dries out completely and feels taut on your skin.
  6. Lastly, remove the face mask using a damp and clean cloth and then rinse your face with water and you are done!

Baking Soda Face Mask

This anti-acne face mask recipe is especially great for treating cystic acne. You can repeat this remedy every day until you fully treat your acne and breakouts. Baking soda has strong antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties. Hence, it can help curb acne and breakouts and soothe any irritation and inflammation associated with them. Follow the steps given below to learn how to make and use this face mask effectively.

  1. First of all, take equal quantities of Epsom salt with baking soda in a mixing bowl.
  2. After that, add a little bit of water and stir the ingredients together to get a smooth paste.
  3. Then, apply the paste onto your acne, pimples and any other affected areas of your skin.
  4. Lastly, leave the mixture on for a few minutes until it dries off and then rinse it off using warm water. You are done!

Epsom Salt & Oatmeal Scrub

Oatmeal is a decently sought after ingredient for acne remedies as it provides effective properties which help cleanse the skin and reduce the risk of acne breakouts and pimples occurring. Oatmeal is not just a nutrition source but also a potent exfoliator for the skin due to its texture. Moreover, it is fantastic for absorbing excess oils and sebum from the skin and that is quite effective in solving skin issues like acne, pimples, blackheads, etc. Moreover, oatmeal is really soothing to the skin and is effective in curbing the irritation, inflammation, and redness caused by acne, breakouts, or pimples. Follow the upcoming steps to learn how to do it properly and effectively.

  1. First of all, take half a cup of oatmeal in a mixing bowl and add 1 tbsp of Epsom salt to it too.
  2. After that, add some warm water to the mixing bowl until you can get a smooth and consistent mixture. Mix all the ingredients together thoroughly by stirring them together.
  3. Then, take the obtained paste and apply it all over your skin affected by acne carefully and gently.
  4. Lastly, leave the mixture on your skin for about the next 15 minutes and then rinse it off with normal warm water. Use gentle circular massaging motions when cleaning it off. You are done now!

Epsom Salt Acne Spot Treatment

Epsom salt together with some fresh lemon juice can be quite effective in treating acne and pimples as both of these ingredients have rich anti-acne properties along with skin treating abilities too. This is due to the Lemon juice being rich in citric acid. Hence, it has strong drying effects of drying off the acne and pimples and reducing the excess sebum from the skin and pores to reduce the risk of any future breakouts. Moreover, lemon juice is great for toning the skin and clearing it off of dead skin cells and similar waste material on the skin. It helps to tighten the skin by shrinking the size of the pores and helps prevent acne by killing off bacteria and other harmful microbes. Follow the steps given below closely to make and use this remedy for acne.

  1. First of all, take about 3 tbsp of water in a mixing bowl and dissolve 2 spoons of Epsom salt in it.
  2. After that, cut up a fresh lemon and squeeze about 4 or 5 of its drops into the mixing bowl.
  3. Now, mix all the ingredients together thoroughly by stirring them together.
  4. After that, apply the hence obtained mixture onto your acne affected skin using a clean cotton swab or ball.
  5. Then, leave it on the skin and after about 5 minutes do another application of the mixture as instructed in the previous steps.
  6. Lastly, leave the mixture on your skin until it dries off completely and then, rinse it off with normal warm water. You are done now!

Epsom Salt Garlic Acne Spot Remedy

Garlic together with Epsom salt can be quite an effective remedy of pimples and acne. Garlic itself is quite effective in drying out acne and pimples. That is because it contains compounds called allicin in high amount which is powerful and can kill off any harmful bacteria and other microbes on the skin. Consequently, these two ingredients together make for a highly practical and efficient remedy which can help you treat your acne and pimples. Follow the steps given below closely to learn how to make and then use this remedy by yourself.

  1. First of all, take fresh garlic and extract 3 or 4 cloves from it.
  2. After that, take the cloves and then grate them and then crush them after too.
  3. Then, leave the crushed garlic be for about 10 minutes and then strain it through fine cheesecloth to get its extract. Now you have obtained the garlic extract.
  4. After that, take a mixing bowl and add 2 tbsp of water to it along with 2 spoons of Epsom salt and the previously obtained garlic extract.
  5. Then, mix all the ingredients together well to get a sort of a paste or mask.
  6. After that, apply the mixture onto your acne-affected skin and pimples directly.
  7. Lastly, leave the remedy on your skin for about 15 minutes before rinsing it off using normal warm water. Now, you are done!

Precautions to Follow When Using Epsom Salt

Now, You should have realized that Epsom salt is great for remedying acne and pimples. However, it can also have some unforeseen detrimental effects if you are not careful when using it onto your skin. We have compiled a few important precautions which you should be aware of always when using Epsom salt based remedies on your skin.

  1. Be careful to not get the Epsom salt solution in your eyes as it can cause irritation in the eyes by some drying effects it can have.
  2. Do not use it on your skin where there are any open wounds, cuts, or the likes as it can have an irritating effect. 
  3. Be careful to not use Epsom salt directly without diluting it or in too concentrated forms because it can have the opposite effect that way and cause some irritation or aggravation on the skin.
  4. Be careful and consult your doctor first if you want to use Epsom salt if you suffer from a deficiency of Calcium. That's because both these minerals can compete for absorption into the body which can be troublesome if your body is deficient in either of these.
  5. Also, consult your doctor first if you are on any medications for any issues or conditions in your body or skin.
  6. Do not ingest Epsom salt unless recommended by your doctor or unless it is food grade. That is because ingesting Epsom salt can have severe laxative effects on the body unless used measuredly. You can find such information on the packaging.

That is about it when it comes to Epsom salt's side effects. It is not really a drug or anything so it is generally quite safe to use. There hasn't been a wealth of evidence which corroborates its beneficial effects used to treat acne. However, it has a backing of endless anecdotal evidence and people all over the world swear by its soothing and beneficial effects for the skin as well as the body and around the household. Ultimately, it is a great medicinal ingredient to always have in your home as it is very economical and versatile about its uses.

This article has been medically reviewed by Dr.Nagakeerthana S, MD (Dermatology) on 10/06/2019 

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