I read on here that Epsom Salt was good for bacne a couple days ago so decided to try it out. My results after a week have been crazy. My back is clearing up very quickly, the redness in my face has gone down and my scalp is clear. All I do is soak in the tub with about 2 cups of Epsom Salt for my back and soak my face a bit every night before bed. You guys have to try Epsom salt for acne, it is amazing! 😮
Note: Epsom salt is Magnesium sulfate (MgSO4), so it is both the benefits of magnesium and sulfur. This is a great combination for acne. The general recommendation is a 20 minute soak with 2 cups of Epsom salt in a hot bath 2-3 times per week. For a quick treatment you can mix 1/2 cup Epsom salt with 1/2 gallon water and place the Epsom salt soaked towel on your face. If you have sensitive skin will need to start with less Epsom salt. Epsom salt is extra effective on larger areas like the back (bacne) and can even help reduce inflammation on cysts.
nursegirl: Epsom Salt may not be good for someone with really sensitive skin. It is a little abrasive and burns a tad.
I buy plain cotton pads at the Dollar Store. Dissolve Epsom salts in a couple teaspoons of water (in a small saucer)
Heat the pad with hot water and apply to the area of skin that is bad (this opens the pores, of course).
Then I just cover the pad w/ solution, put it on my skin, and put a dry one over that. I hold it there for a good five minutes, then rinse. I am, however, very careful not to rub at any time, even while rinsing. I do this a couple times a week. A good moisterizer is a must, if using this.
pamamaco: For all you do-it-yourselfers out there, here’s something to try: mix 2/3 Epsom salts and 1/3 olive oil together along with any essential oils (non-citrus because they can cause photo-sensitivity) and keep in a mason jar by the bath. This scrub is not for the face (too harsh), but can be used for body acne- simply massage a generous amount into the affected area for one to two minutes and rinse. Skin will be exfoliated from the salt grains, they also kill bacteria naturally, and the olive oil moisturizes.