How Dead Sea Salt Saved My Skin
In honor of this month being National Eczema Awareness Month, let’s get personal.
Seborrheic dermatitis is my childhood skin condition that has continued to haunt my adult life…until now.
Since the age of 11, I have been struggling with a tough case of seborrheic dermatitis on my face and scalp. In the most recent years, it had become so severe that I required almost daily use of topical steroids, prescription antifungals, and rarely had days without a flare of the painful and unattractive skin condition.
Seborrheic dermatitis is considered to be a chronic form of eczema, and is seen on areas of the body that have higher levels of oil-producing glands, such as the facial T-zone, scalp and back of the neck. Stress, hormonal changes, harsh soaps & chemicals and dry winter weather are all triggers for seborrheic dermatitis flares.
As you can see from the image to the right, I desperately wanted to find a cure for this condition.
After decades of trying every prescription, lotion, cleanser, and steroid that was recommended to me with little to no relief, I began to lose hope.
This prompted me to begin researching alternative therapies. One such therapy that caught my eye was the use of Dead Sea Salt rinses.
The benefits of sea salt and specifically salt from the Dead Sea have long since been studied, even the ancient Greeks praised the healing nature of mineral hot springs. The health benefits from Dead Sea salt are attributed to the higher levels of the mineral components, specifically magnesium.
New York based dermatologist, Francesca Fusco, MD explained to ELLE magazine why the additional of these minerals is important for skin health.
"Ordinary salt is largely sodium chloride is very dehydrating, but mineral salt, such as Dead Sea salt, is rich in magnesium and calcium, which improve hydration by strengthening the barrier function of the skin."
“When the skin's mineral quotient is out of whack, we all know it: Telltale signs such as dryness, irritation, dullness, and blotchiness" begin to emerge, Fusco says. "Moisturizers containing salts are better than plain old occlusive (which prevent water from evaporating from the skin, such as Vaseline), because they allow moisture to be absorbed and to bind to skin more efficiently."
From personal experience, in February of this year, I ditched my long list of failed treatments, and replaced them with daily Dead Sea salt water washes and Aveeno Eczema therapy. I also do not use any soaps or face washes, and avoid any additional oils on my face and scalp.
The results…..I have not had a single seborrheic dermatitis flare since beginning the Dead Sea Salt therapy! That’s 8 MONTHS without a flare….life changing!
Additionally, I have had significant improvements in acne and overall skin tone and color.
I know what your next questions is….how do I remove my makeup with no face wash? I use a microfiber cloth that very thoroughly removes makeup and leaves my skin feeling clean and exfoliated, without the use of soaps or harsh cleansers.
Here is the recipe for the Dead Sea Salt wash, and the specific products that I recommend:
Minera Dead Sea Salt Face Wash½ tsp Minera Dead Sea Salt
2 cups of warm water
Combine and stir until salt is dissolved. Soak affected area for a few minutes, and let sit on the area for a few minutes. Rinse with clean water and pat dry.
I then apply the oatmeal-based Aveeno Eczema therapy to the affected areas, and daily as preventative.