Dead Sea Salt and Eczema
Dead sea salts have many of the same anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial and neuromuscular benefits as epsom salts. The main difference between the two eczema treatments is that dead sea salt derives from the Dead Sea. Also, as opposed to the nutrients in the epsom salts, dead sea salts contain high levels of magnesium, calcium chloride, bromide and sodium. This is a better option for those who are unable to use sulfur.
Dead Sea Salt Benefits for Eczema
Said to help all manner of health issues from psoriasis and eczema to insomnia and arthritis, this product can’t be overlooked for its potential healing benefits for your skin.
Unlike other bathing treatments used for cleaning and assisting eczema, epsom and dead sea salts are said to have no drying effect.
Depending on the amount of sodium in the product (4% sodium is a good level), dead sea salts are actually acclaimed for helping remove buildup of excess dry skin and with their pH balancing capacity, also help keep the skin from over drying.
That being said, it is usually still good practice to replace the moisture in the skin after bathing as the chlorine from normal tap water can still have a very drying effect on the skin.
With regular use, dead sea salts can assist in restoring depleted minerals, help with skin hydration and regeneration while acting as a mild antiseptic. They can also reduce and remove the impurities and bacteria responsible for much of the inflammation and irritation of eczema symptoms.
Dead Sea Salt Baths for Eczema
In an article published in the International Journal of Dermatology, it is said that due to the “high magnesium content. Magnesium salts are known to bind with water, influence epidermal proliferation and differentiation, and enhance permeability barrier repair.” What this means is that magnesium helps repair the the skin barrier, and is therefore receiving a big thumbs up from us!
Many people swear by their dead sea salt baths as an eczema treatment, with particular popularity within the topical steroid withdrawal community.
Hailed for their soothing and detoxifying attributes, it is hard to overlook the gentle nature of these salts. And because stress is also a big factor with these ailments, dead sea salts can help by the abundance of minerals being released into the skin having a relaxing effect on the muscles and overall tension of the body.
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