Why Does My Acne Clear Up In The Ocean?

And how to get the benefits of seawater all year long.

My skin always feels good when I’m going to the beach 1-2 times per week, even if only for an hour at a time. Using good sunscreen, I notice that my blemishes clear up, and my skin feels alive. I’ve always wondered why. Now, I know. 

Turns out, it’s the ocean water. 

Simply put salt from the sea helps dry out pimples and cleans out pores. Pretty incredible. And to think of all the times we tried to avoid getting our faces wet! This is a beauty hack, old as time.  Yup, even the ancient Egyptians recognized the healing properties of saltwater. Today, science has gone even deeper — literally — to find that the beneficial properties of ocean water go beyond what was originally thought. 

A 2016 study1 looked beneath the surface of the ocean to discover a concentration of nutrients Jack Lalane would be jealous of. Deep enough where the sun cannot penetrate, the minerals of the sea are kept in their purest form. Undisturbed by plant plankton, scientists found that the water found at depths of over 200m is where it’s at. The purest forms of:

  • magnesium
  • calcium
  • potassium
  • chromium
  • selenium
  • zinc
  • vanadium

You don’t have to scuba down to the depth to get your mineral fill. While the minerals 200m can be pumped up to the surface and used for a host of skin and health benefits, a quick dip at your local sure is nothing to sneeze at. 

For year-round ocean water benefits, when you can’t get to the beach easily, try Dead Sea Mud Mask from Pure Body Naturals. Packed with beneficial vitamins and minerals, mud from the Dead Sea has been referred to as the Fountain of Youth. This mask will improve your skin’s elasticity and minimize the appearance of pores for a youthful and flawless glow. 

Next time you snorkel, swim, or take a walk along the beach, welcome the splashes and enjoy the microbial effects on your skin, but know the benefits of seawater can easily be found in your medicine cabinet as well. 


1. Samihah Zura Mohd Nani, F. A. A. Majid, A. B. Jaafar, A. Mahdzir, M. N. Musa, “Potential Health Benefits of Deep Sea Water: A Review”, Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine, vol. 2016, Article ID 6520475, 18 pages, 2016.

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