The rise in popularity of sea moss has millions eating it daily. Now more and more people are putting sea moss on their face and skin. Why?
Sea moss has a wide range of purported benefits for skin, ranging from providing balance and tone to healing scars and acne.
When applied topically, sea moss can treat acne, keloid scars, skin tags and moles, dark spots, psoriasis, eczema, vitiligo, and many autoimmune rashes.
This article will walk you through how to use sea moss for each issue so you can have clear, healthy skin.
Sea moss for Acne
Acne can be a frustrating and difficult skin issue to treat. It occurs because pores in the skin become clogged with dead skin cells or oil called sebum.
A small amount of sebum on the skin is a good thing and has its benefits, but those with acne have skin that often overproduces this waxy substance, leading to issues.
These skin problems include whiteheads, blackheads, and pimples.
Sea moss has been used to treat acne because it contains anti-inflammatory compounds that reduce painful swelling for those with cystic acne.
It also contains sulfur. Sulfur is effective in treating acne because it helps to gently exfoliate the skin. This can help remove debris from pores.
In addition, sea moss and other types of seaweeds contain natural antibacterial compounds that help to kill bacteria to prevent acne.
Here’s how to use sea moss for acne:
- If you are working with raw sea moss, you will first need to wash it off and soak it in a bowl of water overnight.
- The next day, strain off the water and place the sea moss in a blender. Add small amounts of water and run the blender until it has a gel-like consistency.
- Pour out your newly crafted sea moss gel and place it in a sterile glass jar. Keep this in the refrigerator between uses. It should last around one month.
- Massage a small amount of the sea moss gel into clean skin for two to three minutes, focusing on areas with large pores and the T-zone.
- After massaging it into the skin, leave it on for fifteen minutes before rinsing it off. Do this in the morning and evening for best results.
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Sea Moss for Keloids
Keloids are some of the worst types of scars because they are often big, puffy, and discolored. Keloid scars occur when the wound has an overgrowth of tissue as it heals.
Many people get keloid scars and it is thought to be a hereditary trait. These scars don’t pose any danger, but many people find them frustrating and unsightly.
The good news is that there are natural treatments to get rid of these scars and sea moss is one of them.
Sea moss works to soften the skin, reduce inflammation, and promote even skin tone around the keloids.
How to Use Sea moss for Keloids
Follow the steps below to create a keloid scar treatment protocol:
- In a small bowl, combine one teaspoon of sea moss-infused oil with one teaspoon of jojoba oil.
- Add one teaspoon of carrot seed oil.
- Add five drops of frankincense essential oil. This will further help heal the scar tissue.
- Add five drops of geranium essential oil.
- Blend this together well and store it in a glass roller bottle if possible. You may need a small funnel or pipette to get the oil blend into the bottle.
- Apply the roller bottle directly to affected areas up to three times daily. After a few months, you may notice that the scar is flattened out and matches your skin tone better. Keep treating the scar until you are satisfied with its appearance.
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Sea Moss for Skin tags and Moles
Skin tags can be annoying if you happen to have one in an area that pulls on the skin tag when you are getting dressed, etc.
Skin tags are often small and hang off the skin by a small stalk. They are often flesh-colored but can be darker or lighter in color.
Moles are a very common type of growth on the skin that vary in color, but are usually much darker than the surrounding skin. They form due to pigment cells under the skin growing in clusters.
Moles come in many shapes and colors, but they must be watched carefully because they can be cancerous and cause severe health issues if trouble-causing moles are not removed.
Both skin tags and moles can be treated with sea moss to help them shrink and lighten in color.
However, seek medical help if you notice a mole or other skin abnormality that itches, is more than one hue, or has uneven margins.
How to Use Sea Moss for Skin tags and Moles
Follow the protocol below to treat moles and skin tags with sea moss:
- Combine one teaspoon of sea moss-infused oil with one teaspoon of carrot seed oil.
- Break open six to ten vitamin E capsules and blend them in with the oils.
- Add this to a glass roller bottle using a small funnel or pipette.
- Apply the roller end of the bottle directly to the affected areas. For skin tags or large moles, put a bandage over the area after applying the oil.
- Do this twice daily until you achieve the desired results.
Sea Moss for Dark Spots (Hyperpigmentation)
Dark spots on the skin are often the result of a condition called hyperpigmentation. This occurs when the body produces too much melanin in one area.
One of the most common causes of hyperpigmentation is exposure to too much sunlight.
Hyperpigmentation is usually harmless, but a natural treatment with sea moss can help to fade the appearance of dark spots on the skin and even out skin tone.
The recipe below works to lighten dark spots, while nourishing the skin:
- In a small bowl, combine one teaspoon of sea moss-infused oil and one teaspoon of carrot seed oil.
- Add five drops of lemon essential oil and five drops of geranium essential oil.
- Stir everything together well and store the mixture in a glass roller bottle. You may need a small funnel or pipette to do this.
- Apply this directly to the dark spots twice daily, once in the morning and once in the evening. Avoid sunlight while using this recipe, as lemon essential oil can cause skin irritation if you apply it and expose the area to sunlight for an extended period.
Sea Moss for Psoriasis
Psoriasis is a skin disease that causes scaly, itchy, red patches of skin. The affected areas can become inflamed and irritated and are often covered in white scales.
Psoriasis is thought to be the result of an autoimmune condition.
Sea moss can help to reduce inflammation and calm skin affected by psoriasis. The antioxidants in sea moss may help to foster healing.
Follow the steps below for a recipe to reduce skin irritation caused by psoriasis:
- Set aside a bowl with one-half cup of sea moss gel.
- In another small cup or bowl, blend one tablespoon of argan oil with ten drops each of tea tree and lavender oil. Argan oil contains vitamin E that can promote healing and essential oils can reduce inflammation and irritation.
- Add the oil blend to the bowl of sea moss gel and stir everything together well.
- Store this in a sterile jar with a lid in the refrigerator. It should last around one month when stored this way.
- Apply a liberal amount of this formula to areas with psoriasis. Repeat up to three times daily for best results.
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Sea Moss for Eczema
Eczema is a condition that causes skin to become irritated, inflamed, itchy, and red. It may be the result of an allergic reaction. This type of dermatitis makes skin more sensitive and prone to issues.
Sea moss may help reduce the inflammation that leads to issues with eczema. It can help to calm the skin and reduce redness and irritation.
Below is a recipe to treat eczema with sea moss:
- Combine one-third cup of sea moss gel with one tablespoon of aloe vera gel in a small bowl.
- Add five drops of frankincense and five drops of tea tree essential oils to this blend.
- Add two tablespoons of shea butter and whip everything together until it is blended well.
- Spoon this into a sterile glass jar and keep it in the refrigerator between uses.
- Apply a liberal amount to areas prone to eczema up to three times daily.
Related: Easy DIY Sea Moss Body Wash
Sea Moss for Vitiligo
Vitiligo is characterized by patches of skin on the body losing pigment. It is thought to be a kind of autoimmune issue where the body attacked skin cells responsible for pigment.
Because sea moss helps to balance skin tone and even out pigment, it may be effective in treating mild to moderate cases of vitiligo.
The recipe below contains sea moss and other ingredients that can help reduce the appearance of this condition:
- Blend together one tablespoon of sea moss-infused oil with one tablespoon of black cumin seed oil.
- Add five drops of tea tree essential oil, five drops of turmeric essential oil, and six drops of black pepper essential oil. Blend everything together well.
- Apply this to affected areas, massaging it carefully into the faded patches of skin until it is absorbed. Avoid contact with your eyes and make sure to wash your hands well after application.
- Repeat this two to three times daily for best results.
Sea Moss for Lupus and Other Autoimmune Rashes
Because of its anti-inflammatory and soothing effects on the skin, sea moss makes a great treatment for rashes caused by autoimmune issues.
Just as it does for psoriasis and eczema, sea moss can promote healing and calm for skin suffering as a result of an autoimmune rash.
Follow the recipe below for a soothing sea moss treatment that targets autoimmune rashes:
- Combine two tablespoons of sea moss gel with one tablespoon of aloe vera gel. Blend together well.
- Add six vitamin E capsules and stir together.
- Add six drops of frankincense essential oil and six drops of helichrysum essential oil. Stir everything until it is blended evenly.
- Store this mixture in a sterile glass jar in the refrigerator. This extends the shelf life and also provides a cooling sensation to skin when it is applied.
- Apply a liberal amount of this blend twice daily, or as needed, until the skin clears.