Is Dead Sea Mud Good for Acne?

Dead Sea mud may improve your complexion.

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You can find so many products on store shelves these days promising to get rid of acne that it’s difficult to decide which one to choose. The last thing you want is something that makes your complexion worse. For any skin care product to prevent breakouts, it must control at least one factor causing your blemishes. Fortunately, Dead Sea mud appears to act on many of them, so it just may help keep you skin looking fab and flawless.

Excess Oil

First and foremost, Dead Sea mud helps to dry excess sebum -- you know, the oily stuff that keeps your skin moist. Excess sebum can cause dead skin cells to clump and form plugs in your hair follicles. This can clog your pores and eventually lead to breakouts, marring your beautiful skin. As the mud dries, it can soak up the oil, keeping the dead cells from sticking together, leaving your natural beauty to shine through.

Cell Turnover

Besides absorbing excess oil, Dead Sea mud is said to promote something known as cell turnover. The salts and minerals in the mud help exfoliate dead skin, giving healthier cells the chance to reach the surface of your skin. The softer, smoother skin leaves you looking young and gorgeous because fewer dead skin cells reduces the potential for excess oil will to cause them to stick together and clog your pores.

Bacterial Buildup

One of the trace elements in Dead Sea mud is sulfur -- a mineral found in many over-the-counter acne treatments. Sulfur acts as an antibacterial agent, which could control the bacteria causing your breakouts. Much like excess oil and dead skin cells, this bacterium can build up in your pores. As the bacteria multiply, they lead to an infection that causes the wall of your hair follicle to bulge, resulting in an inflammatory acne lesion. Use Dead Sea mud to rid yourself of that nasty bacteria and return your face to its normal healthy shine.

Healing Lesions

In addition to sulfur, Dead Sea mud contains zinc. Brent Bauer, M.D., an internist writing for, explains that this mineral “plays a role in wound healing,” so applying it to your skin may help speed your road to recovery during a breakout. Zinc is also known to reduce inflammation, which may go a long way to improving the appearance of active lesions, leaving your skin smooth and beautiful.

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