Treat Acne, Psoriasis, and Eczema with the Power of the Sea

 

It’s embarrassing.  No matter how common it may be to have a skin condition like acne, psoriasis or eczema it is just plain uncomfortable.  It can also be downright painful.  Treating any one of them requires harsh chemicals that we all know aren’t good for our health.  Luckily, the mighty sea is here to help.

For millennia the sea has provided us with many things.  It has blessed us with a plentiful bounty of food, allowed us to easily transport people and goods from port to port, and has given us medicine that can be plucked straight from the water itself.

It’s that last part I want to talk about.  Specifically, I want to talk about sea salt.  Unlike table salt, sea salt contains much more than sodium and chloride.  Sea water contains 90 trace minerals.[1]  Among these are potassium, calcium, magnesium, bromide, chloride, iron, copper, zinc, sulphur, and much more. It is these trace minerals that give sea salt its amazing powers.

However, there is one place that is known for the healing power of its waters.  The Dead Sea.  As compared to regular sea water with a salt concentration of 3%, the Dead Sea contains 32% salts with a relatively high concentration of 21 trace minerals.[2]  It is all these minerals that give Dead Sea salt its extraordinary powers to treat acne, psoriasis, and eczema.

Acne

everything-you-need-to-know-about-acneAcne is a disease that affects the skin’s oil glands.  When a gland clogs up with excess oil and dead skin cells a pimple forms.  Bacteria grows inside the pimple making it red and irritated.  Most pimples are found on the face, neck, back, chest, and shoulders.[3]

Dead Sea salt contains sulfur, potassium, and zinc.  Each of these minerals has a profound effect on acne.  Sulfur has keratolytic and antibacterial properties.[4]  Keratolytic means that it helps the body to shed dead skin cells.  Its antibacterial properties rid the body of the bacteria causing acne.

Acne and dry skin can also be an early sign of chronic potassium deficiency.[5]  Absorbing potassium through the skin helps the body maintain normal potassium levels, thereby eliminating acne caused by a potassium deficiency.

Like potassium, those with lower levels of zinc have more severe acne. [6] Supplementing with zinc has been shown to alleviate acne symptoms by killing acne producing bacteria, reducing the inflammatory response to bacteria, and reducing keratinocyte activation which leads to skin cells binding together less.

Psoriasis

psoriasis-neckPsoriasis is a skin disease that causes scaling and inflammation resulting in patches of thick, red skin with silvery scales.  These patches are often found on the elbows, knees, other parts of the legs, scalp, lower back, face, palms, and soles of the feet, as well as on fingernails, toenails, genitals, and inside the mouth.[7]

Soaking in the Dead Sea has been proven to be an effective treatment for both psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis, too.[8]  Don’t worry, if you don’t live by the Dead Sea then soaking in Dead Sea salts is an effective alternative treatment for psoriasis.[9]  While we do know that soaking in the Dead Sea, and Dead Sea salt, is an effective treatment for psoriasis we don’t know exactly how it works.

Eczema

47537-583x480-eczemaEczema, a.k.a. Atopic Dermatitis, is a long-term skin disease that causes dry, itchy skin, along with rashes.  Scratching can cause redness, swelling, cracking, “weeping” clear fluid, crusting, thick skin and scaling. It is often found on the face, inside the elbows, behind the knees, and on the hands and feet.[10]

Bathing in a magnesium-rich Dead Sea salt solution has been shown to reduce the inflammation common in eczema.[11]  It is thought that the favorable effects of the Dead Sea solution is the high magnesium content which helps the body maintain its permeability barrier which keeps water in and irritants out.

What Do I Do Now?

467160845_xsYou can use the power of the sea with a Kaiya Naturals Body Soak which contains Dead Sea salts, along with other powerful salts, herbs, and oils.  It has been formulated to keep your skin naturally healthy.  Simply fill a bath with warm water, dissolve a container of our Body Soak into it, and immerse yourself for 20min.

If you either don’t want to take a bath, or can’t because you don’t have a bathtub, then you can create a compress.  To do that, start by dissolving a teaspoon of Kaiya Naturals Body Soak into a cup of warm water.  Use a clean wash cloth to soak up the warm salt water and apply to the affected area for 20min.

If there is anything that you would like me to talk about feel free to reach out to me either here, via email: kedric@kaiya-naturals.com, on twitter @kaiyanaturals, or on Facebook @kaiyanaturals.  Also  please, please, please share or comment on this article.  Seriously, I’d love to hear your feedback in the comment section below.

Stay Natural,

Kedric

These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.  This is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.  For educational purposes only.


References:

[1] seafriends.org.nz/oceano/seawater.htm

[2] http://www.deadseaspacare.com/deadseabenefits.html 

[3] niams.nih.gov/…alth_info/acne/acne_ff.asp

[4] http://hubpages.com/health/How-Does-Sulfur-Work-on-Acne

[5] http://hkpp.org/patients/potassium-health

[6] http://www.acneeinstein.com/zinc-for-acne/

[7] niams.nih.gov/…psoriasis/psoriasis_ff.asp

[8] http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/7966074

[9] http://www.webmd.com/skin-problems-and-treatments/psoriasis/psoriasis-treatment-directory

[10] niams.nih.gov/…s/atopic_dermatitis_ff.asp

[11] http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15689218

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One thought on “Treat Acne, Psoriasis, and Eczema with the Power of the Sea

  1. Good morning. Thanks for the article, I have heard about Dead Sea salt for the treatment of psrosis but have yet to try it. I was just looking into the body soak and can’t find it on the website. Would you please let me know how I go about finding that.

    Thank you.

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