How to Treat Acne With Salt

Acne occurs when pores become blocked and sebum (oil) becomes trapped. According to, the reason why this happens is unclear. However, once the pores become blocked, bacterium begins to grow, resulting in acne outbreaks. Various acne treatments on the market include chemical solutions. But if you are looking for a natural way to conquer your acne, salt has antimicrobial properties that can help reduce acne flareups.

Treat acne with salt. (Image: Diana Taliun/iStock/Getty Images)

Step 1

Pour ½ cup of sea salt into a small bowl or a baby food jar that has a secure lid. In a jar, you can store the sea salt solution for later use. Salt is a preservative that will not spoil.

Step 2

Add distilled water to the salt. Mix the salt with a spoon while you pour in the distilled water. Pour in just enough distilled water to form a thick paste.

Step 3

Open your pores by rinsing your face with the warmest water you can tolerate. Make sure that the water is not hot, or you may scald yourself.

Step 4

Apply the salt paste to your face with your fingertips. Rub the salt into your skin, using circular motions, and allow it to remain on your skin for approximately 15 minutes.

Step 5

Rinse the salt paste from your face with warm water. Follow up by splashing your face with the coldest water you can tolerate, to close your pores.

Things You'll Need

  • Sea salt

  • Small bowl

  • Baby food jar

  • Epsom salts


If you do not have distilled water, you can substitute distilled white vinegar.

If you do not have sea salt on hand, use Epsom salts, which also are natural and will help to remove impurities from your skin and reduce acne outbreaks.


Do not use tap water or bottled water, which may contain metal or mineral deposits that might not be good for your skin.

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