Blackheads, and other forms of acne type skin ailments, are often difficult to treat without a dermatologist’s intervention. Visiting a local drug store can become a blur; there is a medicated lotion for almost any blackhead breakout. However, what if you want a more natural approach to clearing up unsightly blackheads? Enter the Epsom salt bath.
Epsom Salt is unique since it is actually a combination of sulfate and magnesium, rather than pure salt that is sodium chloride. Past history and current research has found that these Epsom minerals are quickly absorbed by the skin to produce a healthier body.
Let’s take a look at an effective Epsom salt bath, and other natural baths, that can clear blackheads without harsh medicines. Epsom salt baths are just one natural method of taking care of the body. Eating healthy and getting vitamins can give the best overall health, help acne, and even lower a high health insurance cost.
Basic Epsom Salt Bath Application
Blackheads normally occur on the face and neck region. It is recommended to boil a half cup of water and add one teaspoon of Epsom salt. In addition, 3 drops of iodine should be added to the salt and water mixture. Using a cotton ball, you can apply the wet mixture to each blackhead.
The mixture should be allowed to dry on the blackheads for the most effective treatment. After drying, the blackheads can be cleaned off with a warm and moist washcloth. If you treat the blackheads in this manner about 3 times a week, you will see the unsightly marks slowly heal. Using the Epsom salts negates the temptation to pop the blackheads which can easily cause scarring across the skin.
Epsom Salt Bath Preventative Measures
The skin is the largest organ of the human body; it is possible to get blackheads anywhere across the skin, especially if family genetics are involved. As an overall preventative measure, people can bathe in an Epsom salt bath 3 times each week to keep the skin from developing blackheads in the first place.
Draw a warm bath and add approximately 2 cups of Epsom salt. The bath does not need to last too long; 12 to 15 minutes is an effective amount of time for the salt to absorb into the skin. As long as the bather does not use any soap, the salt should work well each bathing time so that blackheads have a harder time of developing.
Epsom Salt Properties
Why does Epsom salt in particular work so well for acne and blackheads? Key reasons include encouraging skin exfoliation and calming inflammation. The Epsom salt’s reaction on the skin sloughs off dead skin cells; the removal of these old cells keeps the skin’s surface clean. As a result, pores cannot become easily infused with oil and other tiny particles to generate acne and blackheads.
The natural calming of skin inflammation also helps to prevent acne and blackheads. When a pore becomes blocked, it becomes red and irritated. This inflammation causes damage to the pores over time, encouraging more acne breakouts. The Epsom salts stop the inflammation from occurring which allows the skin to heal more quickly from a breakout.
Other Natural Baths
Although Epsom salts are one of the best ways of clearing acne and blackheads, there are a few other skin bathing techniques that can help these irritating ailments. Aloe Vera Juice has been ingested for many years; it can also be applied to the skin. This juice will not prevent breakouts, but it will hurry the healing process along so that the blackheads or acne do not remain for a long time.
Do you have some lemons in the kitchen? Pull a lemon into the bathroom and squeeze some of the juice onto the breakout. The acidic composition of the juice will help heal and dry out the oily blackhead or acne.
In the end, a basic treatment of Epsom salt to blackheads and other skin ailments is one of the best and most effective ways to use natural products for clearing breakouts. Keeping a natural beauty regimen will keep you healthier overall through the years.
Author Bio: Deborah P. is a freelance writer and mom who enjoys discovering natural remedies to acne. She has written about how skin conditions such as acne and herpes affect being denied health insurance.