Monday 10 October 2011

DIY Acne Treatment: Sea Salt Steam

If you haven't seen it already, I'd urge you to check out my Sea Salt Toner post (here) as this will be 
used at the end.
-I love this toner, and have been using it every day since I wrote the post. Although I didn't have any breakouts when I started, I have noticed a big difference in the condition and surface texture of my skin. It's less 'bumpy' (I had a huge insecurity of the surface of my forehead, but I don't have to worry any more!), and any breakouts I DID develop went away very quickly. 
Anyway, onto the point of this post: 

The Treatment.

Difficulty Rating:

This was another sea salt recommendation from Andreas Choice, so I've decided to put this to the test as well.

I'm using a Facial Sauna, but you can use a saucepan and heat it over the stove (though you want to make it produce steam at a comfortable temperature, as you don't want to scald yourself).

Before You Start: Ensure your skin is thoroughly cleansed (but don't moisturise).

-Saucepan: fill the saucepan up to about a 1/4 (or less) with water. Add 1-2 tsp of Sea Salt (depending on the size of the saucepan) and then heat. Once you have steam, either lower the heat or take it off the stove completely, and hold face at a comfort distance over the steam (if you wish you can put a towel over your head).

-Facial Sauna: Fill the bowl with the stated amount of water on the products instructions. Add 1/4 tsp of Sea Salt to the water, attach the facial mask and switch on the appliance. Once steam is produced, hold your face as close to the steam as feels comfortable.

After The Steam:
Take a cotton pad, and apply the Sea Salt Toner to it. Use this all over the face, concentrating on 'problem' areas (like blackheads etc)
The toner should help remove any impurities that the steam would have brought to the surface, as well as closing the pores to prevent any dirt getting into them.
-You can now moisturise as usual.

After doing the whole thing I noticed my pores were a lot clearer, and the toner definitely helped remove a few blackheads and impurities.
The results were definitely positive, and I am 100% going to keep this up and continue to do this once a week.

I hope this recipe helps someone. Has anyone tried steaming with sea salt before? Or any other addition for that matter. Any recommendations?



  1. I loved the sea salt toner, it really helped my breakouts, i have a serious acne problem, but the doctors wont sort it, but the toner really helped loads, im hoping this wll help too, i never thought of using it, my nan said a really good remedy to help clean skin is hot water and lemon, i dont know if it will help but my mu, uncle and nan never had an issue with spots :)

  2. Ooh, thank you for the tip. Will have to give that a go!
    I hope you find this helps. Although I no longer suffer with acne, I like to put up posts like these to help others. I know I ended up damaging my skin from not knowing what to do as I also had useless doctors who gave me little advice.
    Any more tips I find II'll post up (and will try out on myself first so I know it's not damaging, and that it works).

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  4. Nice post! :)

  5. Aw thank you so much. Will try and post that up asap xx

  6. fab post will be trying this one out ! xx

  7. There are different causes for acne, so one treatment may work for one but not another. Even if this doesn't treat it, it should still help manage problem skin. And I do think with acne skin it is best to try and be as natural as possible to avoid aggravating the problem further.

    It is best to find the source of the problem to stop it coming back. I will be doing a post on this within the next few months

  8. Thank you :). Would love to know how this works out for you xx

  9. There is a great article written by a dermatologist which really explains why sea salt works on acne and other skin conditions. squid article on benefits of sea salt


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