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TikTok is Using Sea Salt Water to Clear Acne: What’s the Verdict?

November 9, 2021

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TikTok is Using Sea Salt Water to Clear Acne: What’s the Verdict?

Sometimes, we come across a trend that seems like it’s too good to be true. Most of the time these trends are on TikTok. We’ve all seen the videos that have made us do a double take and ask, ‘that can’t be real?’, before scrolling through the comments to see what everyone else is saying. That’s how we feel about sea saltwater treatments. They’re trend that is all over TikTok, with users claiming that it will clear their acne.

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While TikTok is known for its skincare hacks, not every one of them is worth following. In fact, some of them are more likely to harm your skin than solve anything. We’ve been waiting for a TikTok skincare trend to come around that is too-good-to-be-true. Enter the seas saltwater treatments.

How the saltwater treatment trend started

One TikTok claiming that the treatment can remove acne has several million views and 1.5 million likes. With that many views, you’d expect the treatment to work, right?

The video shows TikTok user @aubyrnjadeart explain how she had used a sea saltwater treatment to cure her acne and transform her complexion to achieve clear skin.

She claims that her acne was cured using a mixture of water and sea salt which was applied to her face twice every day. Aubyrn claims that she had tried everything to get rid of her adult acne until she came across a video by a fellow TikToker, @leacryclics. She shared how she had started using the sea saltwater treatment after claiming that her skin looked better after swimming in the ocean. Both TikTok users say that the treatment helped improve their skin by killing bacteria and balancing their skin’s pH levels.

If there’s one thing that we’ve learnt, it’s that you should always take a viral beauty hack with a grain of salt. Before you go out and try any beauty trend on your skin, you should always look out for the opinion of a professional. The last thing you want to do is damage your skin because you trusted the advice of a stranger on the internet.

Does the saltwater treatment work?

So, what’s the judgement from dermatologists?

While this treatment may work in theory, it’s not going to permanently remove acne, scars, or pimples. Most dermatologists would agree that looking at the sun or sea for skincare inspiration is rarely the best place to start. The reason? It’s difficult to recreate an ocean in a bottle.

Real ocean water, particularly that which is magnesium-based, can feel like it’s a miracle from your skin. There’s lots of evidence of sea salt water in the ocean effectively exfoliating your skin to cleanse the pores, removing impurities and oils from your skin.

The issue is that while this might work in the office, it won’t work in your bathroom at home. It’s impossible to recreate the exact circumstances of the ocean and the benefit of ocean water to your skin.

The danger of DIY TikTok skincare trends


Don’t get us wrong. We love a good TikTok beauty trend as much as the next person. That doesn’t mean that we ignore the danger that some of them pose. It’s worth remembering that most DIY skincare solutions either don’t work or can damage your skin. For example, while this sea salt water treatment will work on the surface of your skin, it won’t be able to target the dermis layer of your skin for long-term results.

Salt water does have its benefit. It can soothe mild skin inflammation, including redness and hyperpigmentation. Although it can do this, it’s not considered an appropriate treatment for acne. The real danger posed by this DIY skincare trend is that it will delay people from seeing their dermatologist or result in scarring and hyperpigmentation by using the wrong products for their skin.

One thing that we can disprove is the claim in this trend that ocean water balances your skin’s pH level and removes bacteria. Sea water has an alkaline pH of 8 which is similar to that of acne-prone skin. If you wanted to balance acne-prone skin, you would need to use an acidic pH instead, such as salicylic acid or glycolic acid.

While people might be claiming to get visible results from this treatment, it’s not all its made out to be. At its heart, it’s a mild exfoliation and anti-inflammation treatment. This is one TikTok beauty trend that we won’t be trying.

What do you think about TikTok skincare trends? Do you do your research before trying a DIY trend yourself? Let us knowin the comments below!

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