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Can You Treat Painful Pimples with Epsom Salt Acne Baths?

The foundation of treating your acne can be found in making healthy dietary changes, but that doesn’t mean that there aren’t a few things that you can do to relieve and treat your skin in the meantime. For so many acne sufferers out there, the condition is painful, inflamed, swollen, and most of all, embarrassing. As you are changing your diet to purge your body of toxins and get rid of acne for good, you can also use helpful home remedies like Epsom salt acne baths to soothe your skin at the surface.

What Are Epsom Salt Acne Baths?

After you have waded through the slew of topical and prescription acne medications out there that leave your delicate skin at risk for a wide range of serious side effects, you may have come across the natural remedy of Epsom salt acne baths.

Although I highly recommend taking charge of your diet before you focus on treating the exterior of your skin, Epsom salt acne baths can provide immediate relief to a damaged and swollen complexion that has been ravaged by acne.

Many people don’t realize that the second most abundant mineral found in your body’s cells is magnesium, and it serves the purpose of regulating more than 325 enzymes and ensuring healthy bodily functions by balancing electrical impulses, muscle control, energy production, and the purging of toxins. [1]

So what does this have to do with your acne? Well, everything! When you take into account that acne is created in the skin as a result of a toxic buildup in your body caused by an unhealthy diet, an Epsom salt acne bath can aid in the detoxification process to provide relief to swollen acne in your skin.

Many people are also deficient in magnesium without even realizing it, so soaking in an Epsom salt acne bath that is full of the natural mineral magnesium will help nourish your body and purge unhealthy toxins that are causing acne in your skin. In fact, based on information from the National Academy of Sciences, this common magnesium deficiency in the American diet also causes stroke, heart disease, arthritis, osteoporosis, digestive problems, fatigue, and illnesses related to stress. [1]

Magnesium levels have dropped significantly because of changes in the American diet over the last several decades.

I’m sure that you can see where I’m going with this. Not only is it essential to replenish your diet with natural sources of magnesium found in foods like beans, broccoli, spinach, lean fish, and even oysters, but you can give your skin the healthy magnesium that it is lacking by soaking in an Epsom salt acne bath for detoxification.

Here are a few testimonials from forum users who have tried Epsom salt acne baths:

I’ve just been using Epsom salts for a little less than a week and the results are amazing! My pimples are pretty much gone! And my acne scars are really hard to see! I can’t believe I didn’t try this sooner I always have Epsom salt in my bathroom!

-doesn’t dry skin
-really exfoliates well

Here’s something people may want to try if they want to reduce red marks. After reading a couple of posts here and researching about the benefits online, I decided to give Epsom salts a shot. Epsom salts can reduce the healing time of any cuts or sores by up to 1/3. I think we can all remember a time when we went to the beach and after being in the saltwater, cuts disappeared in no time.

How to Use Epsom Salt Acne Baths

To get you started, here are a few tips for the best way to use Epsom salt acne baths to soothe and purify your skin:

  • The warmer, the better. The warmer the water that you use, the more beneficial that it will be to stimulate circulation and bring blood and oxygen to the surface of your skin for advanced detoxification. Of course, make sure that you are not using scalding hot water, which will only strip your skin of natural moisture and cause further dryness and irritation.
  • Add vitamin C crystals. Adding vitamin C crystals to your Epsom salt acne bath will help remove chloramines from the water, which can cause damage to your skin. Additionally, vitamin C is a helpful mineral to nourish and heal your skin both inside and outside. Add 1 tablespoon of vitamin C crystals and 2 cups of Epsom salt to your warm bathwater, and soak for a minimum of 15 minutes.
  • Rinse and repeat. Since Epsom Salts are natural and not damaging, you can feel free to take a bath every few days as you please.

When you use the tips above, you will be able to see immediate relief from inflamed, swollen, and painful acne lesions in your skin.

Overall, the effects that an Epsom salt acne bath will provide are only temporary, and the only way to see a permanent cure in chronic acne is by treating acne at its root through making healthy dietary choices.

Nonetheless, one of the best home remedies for acne can be found in an Epsom salt acne bath since Epsom salts are made from natural minerals that are not harmful and can actually benefit the quality of your skin.

Nourish your skin both inside and out by making healthy changes to your diet while using this Epsom salt acne home remedy!


  1. Breyer, Melissa. “Health Benefits of Epsom Salt Baths | Care2 Healthy & Green Living.“ Care2 – Largest Online Community for Healthy and Green Living, Human Rights and Animal Welfare. 22 June 2010. Web. 21 Jan. 2011. <>.

About the Author: Bethany Ramos is an aesthetician and makeup artist with a special interest in using nutrition to heal and alleviate a number of conditions in the skin. You can find out more skin care and makeup tips by visiting her blog at FacebyBethany.

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I’m sorry, I don’t understand. Do you mean just soak in an epsom salt bath, or do you mean to wash your face with epsom salts? Thank you, and thanks for all your great information. I think I’ll combine some lavender with jojoba oil for my daughter who is really suffering from acne.

I was told by a friend to fill my bathroom sink with warm water and then plunge my whole face in and hold it there as long as possible. Do this until the water is no longer warm. Feel silly, but I just did my first one and my skin feels really good. We’ll see if it helps with the spots. She also said she then coats her face in 100% pure aloe vera. I have a plant outside, so I’ll snip a leaf which is something that already helps heal spots that get inflamed.

I’ve jst tried epsom salt few days ago and it works wow……….tnx 4 de advise ppl

I disagree with some of what you said. I have made dietary changes (over 3 years ago) I stopped eating any fast food, watched my carb intake and swapped to organic fruits, veggies and dairy products. I began getting horrible painful red swollen acne along my chin and neck about a year ago just begore my 29th birthday.I tried everything. Proactive literally burned my Avon and caused horrible peeling (think psoriasis type peeling), I tried other numerous skin care routines as well–neutrogena, Clinique, Lancôme, Mac, Estée Lauder, the list goes on! I finally saw a doctor who told me that women experience a hormone change at around 30 years old and it can result in acne! She said I could try birth control–do about 2-3 cycles and it would most likely clear up. I tried it. I had no other options and I was out of ideas–I had not ever experience acne before not even as a teen! The pills helped a little the first month but then it got worse. Saw a dermatologist who advised me that I would need to take heavy duty prescription acne treatment to see results. I donor want to do this! So I’ve been searching the Internet for home remedies. I have been doing Epsom salt and aloe (the pure clear kind-no dyes). I soak in a Epsom bath once a week. Nightly I take about a Tbsp of Epsom salt in my palm (after washing my hands with antibacterial soap) an add a few drops of water. I place this paste like mix onto my neck and jaw. Then I go relax for 15-20 minutes and read. I then rinse with very warm (not hot) water. Then I pay dry –NO rubbing–and apply about a dime size amount of aloe to my neck and jaw! I use my regular skin are and anti aging routine on the rest of my face. My skin looks SO much better. Even the very first time I did this I noticed a change. As soon as the Epsom salt was rinsed off my acne was muchness swollen and inflames and it was not as painful!!!! I fully believe in this treatment!!!! Ad a plus my skin is super soft from the weekly salt baths!!!!!!! I’m sold on this super inexpensive solution!!! The cheapest beauty care product I think ive ever bought!!!!!

hello george can i take epsom salt baths if i have had n lite laser treatment an using benzeyol proxide

I have been using epsom salt for a week and the first two days my skin was showing good results and now it actually seems to be getting worse. I use it twice a day morning and night, I take two tablespoons of epsom salt in a cup of warm water and let it disolve, then I soak a rag in the water and pat my face but i’m not seeing the amazing results i’ve read so much about. Am I doing something wrong?

hey Jayme,
since you are taking it interanlly too it looks like you are purging most of the bad stuffs out, try using a gentle antibacterial oil like tea tree or jojoba oil(recommended) to replenish moisture after doing your scrubs as that could be a reason why you are breaking out more as well.

Hope this Helps! that said Epsom is quite good for pigmented Acne scars!! love it!

I have read you can actually purchase Coarse Sea Salt it says it’s completely unrefined, natural, no additives etc.

Would it be better to bath in this kind of salt or stick with Epsom salt?

Feedback appreciated :)

Natural, unrefined sea salt is a nice addition to the Epsom Salt bath. However, that can be costly. You’ll gain far more benefits by actually consuming the salts spread on your foods!

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