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Treating Acne with Epsom Salt

Updated on December 3, 2012
A bowl of wonders for the body
A bowl of wonders for the body

What is Epsom salt?

Epsom salt is the common name of magnesium sulfate which is composed of oxygen, sulfur, and magnesium. This was first introduced in the town of Epsom in Surrey, England from a bitter salt spring located in the area. The salt is a natural and pure mineral which occurs in these springs. Epsom salt possesses properties to treat ailment internal and external.

Common uses of Epsom Salt are usually for bathing, gardening, and as a saline laxative. The use of Epsom for bathing helps provide soothing relief from stress and stiffness. Along with relaxation it can help deep clean both skin and pores, reducing inflammation caused by acne or eczema or other skin disorder. Epsom Salt has been used in spas and treatment for hundreds of years. The best part is that it is a natural treatment for many skin disorders and the salt is fairly cheap to purchase.

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How to use?

General instruction for bathing is to add 2 cups of Epsom Salt to a tub of warm water and let it dissolve, relax in the water for about 15 to 20 minutes. Do this 3 to 4 times a week and results should start showing, it may be slow but it has helped many with skin disorders.

The magnesium sulfate in Epsom Salt helps reduce inflammation by pulling salt from the body along with the toxins. And because it is able to clean toxins from the body it helps clear pores and removes blackheads or other blockage in pores. The longer you stay in the bath the more magnesium you body will absorb, but also keep in mind that bathing too long can result in the body reabsorbing the toxin which was eliminated.

It has been known to have helped many including myself, hence all the acne articles. I had tried liver detoxification which helps a little in preventing it from getting worse. I also tried to use herbal medicines which also help retard outbreaks, but nothing had stop it from breaking out when I stop using. Epsom salt seems to help with stopping new ones from coming out as well as cleaning up the old ones.

Keep moisturized

After taking an Epsom salt bath, make sure you keep yourself moisturized. Epsom salt pulls toxins along with salt and water out of the body, it is also recommended that you drink plenty of water if you plan on bathing in Epsom salt everyday. It should be used at most 3 or 4 times a week and not more than that to prevent any issues. Although it helps with body and health it should also be used wisely and don't take Epsom salt lightly because it is still a type of salt. Retaining water in the body while being in salt water is important to prevent dehydration, chances of that happening is slim...or should be slim. Because of water consumption by the general population is much lower than what it should be, these cautions need to be realized.

Most importantly DRINK WATER!!!


Epsom salt has many benefits to health and those sorting to try using this as a remedy for acne may help. But for those with heart or blood pressure conditions should check with a doctor before soaking yourself in salt. Salt can be harmful to those with those conditions and may need other advice before soaking in any salt water which includes the ocean water.


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