SEA SALT CURES ACNE: FACT OR MYTH
The viralization of content in the networks regarding skin care has been very popular in the last 2 years, to such an extent that we can find all kinds of home treatments that promise to cure your acne, hydrate your skin or magically make spots disappear, however, on the OrglizLab we came across one with almost 4 million views in which a DIY sea salt spray was used to supposedly completely cure acne. Although it is true that sea salt can have some benefits for our skin, it is difficult to say that it is the imperative cure, especially when we talk about acne, and we want to explain why.
Before explaining its benefits, side effects and correct use, we want to explain a little more about:
- TYPE OF INGREDIENT : SALT - COMPOSED OF DIFFERENT MINERALS
- MAIN BENEFITS : ANECDOTICALLY, IT IS SAID TO HAVE ANTI-INFLAMMATORY AND ANTIBACTERIAL PROPERTIES, ALTHOUGH THE SCIENTIFIC EVIDENCE SUPPORTING THIS IS VERY LIMITED.
- WHO SHOULD USE IT: PREFERABLY DULL AND DRY SKIN. OILY SKINS COULD BENEFIT BUT ITS RESULTS DEPEND TO A GREAT EXTENT ON THE WARNING THAT IT IS USED CORRECTLY.
- WORKS WELL WITH : HYALURONIC ACID, NIACINAMIDE.
- DO NOT USE WITH: RETINOIDS, SALICYLIC OR GLYCOLIC ACID.
Sea salt is a derivative of sea water that contains natural minerals such as sodium, magnesium, calcium and potassium, however, before talking about the benefits, we want to warn you that there is very little scientific literary evidence on the benefits of sea salt. , especially with regard to acne treatments, therefore, we have compiled some anecdotal reports and suggestions in which its benefits on the skin are evident to bring you some of the most mentioned:
- Physical exfoliator: it is no coincidence that there are so many good sea salt-based exfoliants on the market, its exfoliative properties have been reviewed in patients with psoriasis and eczema , demonstrating its effectiveness in improving roughness, redness and even hydration of the skin, however, much emphasis is placed on its correct use, for example, not rubbing if not rinsing with a seawater solution is one of them.
- Anti-inflammatory: Possibly due to high mineral content, however there is no scientific support for this benefit.
- Absorbs excess oil: this, together with its anti-inflammatory effects, is probably the reason why it is theoretically beneficial for acne-prone skin, since salt is capable of absorbing excess oil and this is a precursor to acne.
However, we want to keep disputing the myth since one of the reasons found on the internet why it is effective for acne-prone skin is because it "balances the pH", when the reality is that we know that salt by nature It has an alkaline/basic pH of approximately 8.
Dryness, irritation, over-exfoliation and micro-tears in the skin are the most common side effects when we talk about the incorrect use of sea salt, these conditions, on the contrary, are precursors of acne or other conditions such as acne. premature expression lines or uneven skin tone.
Then you will ask yourself, what is the correct use of Sea Salt? Here are some tips:
In the first place, avoid any homemade recipe , instead we suggest that you choose products correctly formulated with sea salt in whose formula there are additional ingredients capable of balancing its effects, such as soothing or moisturizing and that contain their corresponding instructions for use so that you They can serve as support when putting together your skin care routines.
An example of this is the Salt Soak Relax from our OrglizLab, which contains pure essences and sweet almond essential oil. The interesting thing about this formulation is that it is able to provide us with its benefits through a total relaxation experience, since it is not applied directly to the body, but is incorporated into the bathtub while you perform your relaxation ritual, providing hydration and, in turn, helping to absorb toxins and impurities, allowing us to look cleaner, softer and fresher skin.
If you still want to see the effects for yourself, we suggest that you prepare a solution of drinking water with sea salt and apply it to your skin with the help of a spray bottle, to avoid micro-tears.
If you have rough or extra dry skin , sea salt-based scrubs can be an excellent option for you, however, the frequency of use is important, try not to exfoliate your skin more than 3 times a week as you could worsen the skin. dryness of your skin, and most importantly, reserve this exfoliation for your body , avoiding the face, regardless of your skin type, since the sea salt particles are very large and the skin on your face is one of the most delicate on your body. There's no need to be too insistent on scrubbing your skin during exfoliation, the exfoliating abrasive nature will do the hard work for you.