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Does Sea Moss Help With Acne?

When it comes to treating skin conditions – especially acne – I’ve found that natural ingredients tend to be the most effective at clearing up skin problems without creating new ones. Whether it’s drinking herbal teas or using essential oils, natural products often provide abundant antioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits, without loading the skin with heavy, comedogenic ingredients or harsh abrasives. Today I’m going to talk about sea moss, which is known for its hydrating and antioxidant properties. But does sea moss help with acne? Let’s find out.

What Is Sea Moss?

Sea moss is a form of red algae, often used as a superfood ingredient for its mineral and vitamin-rich properties. Nowadays, you can find sea moss in skincare ingredients such as moisturizers and serums, where it helps the skin stay hydrated while offering a number of antioxidant benefits. Skin moss offers both health benefits and skincare benefits, making it the perfect all-rounder product for any skincare routine or antioxidant dietary regime.

Sea moss isn’t the only ingredient found in the sea that can help acne – as I previously explained kelp and seaweed boast potent antioxidant benefits, and are great natural alternatives to store-made products. 

Sea Moss Skin Benefits

Skin moss offers the following benefits to the skin:

  • Ultra-hydrating – by helping the skin retain its moisture, sea moss works as a great natural hydrator and is often used in moisturizing creams and serums
  • Protects the skin’s dermis – sea moss is rich in various vitamins and minerals, which help the algae to thrive in extreme underwater conditions. These vitamins and minerals – especially sea moss’ natural sulfur – render sea moss antimicrobial and are great for protecting the skin’s dermis from infection and bacteria
  • Regulates and controls oil production – the sulfur present in sea moss can also help to regulate oil production

Sea Moss Health Benefits 

When ingested, eaten, taken as a supplement, or mixed into a smoothie, sea moss offers the following health benefits:

  • Helps keep the immune system strong and healthy
  • Can be used to treat certain types of infection, as well as food poisoning infections such as salmonella 
  • Helps support healthy digestion
  • Can help improve mood, due to being rich in potassium 

Best Sea Moss Products for Acne

When it comes to sea moss and skincare products, you need to ensure that you’re buying a product with authentic, high-quality sea moss extract. Some manufacturers are wise to skincare trends and will use the smallest possible extract of sea moss while loading their product full of other acne-inflaming, comedogenic ingredients. As always, make sure to check the label. During my research, I found a couple of products worth mentioning that I highly recommend if you’re looking to try out sea moss for your acne.

Infinite Age Sea Moss Gel

While testing out sea moss products for this article, two stood out to me as being the most effective. The first product that really impressed me was Sea Moss Gel by Infinite Age Co, a skincare and supplement company specializing in natural ingredients. What I found interesting about this gel is that it could be used both topically and taken orally – I first tried it out by ingesting it via a homemade smoothie (recipe below). For the first day or so, I’ll admit that I didn’t see a difference. However, on the third day, I really started to notice a difference both in my skin and in my energy levels: my skin felt less oily, while appearing brighter than it had been before using the gel. I was excited to keep seeing results, and even replaced my morning coffee for a morning cup of sea moss smoothie a couple of times – and you all know how much I love coffee. I started adding a little bit of the gel into my nighttime moisturizer and noticed that my skin felt super hydrated in the morning, without feeling oily. If you have acne-prone skin, I highly recommend this product.

SKIN&CO Truffle Therapy Oil

If you want to go the topical-only route, I found that SKIN&CO’s Truffle Therapy Oil packs a punch when it comes to skin-boosting nutrients. What I loved most about this oil was the matt finish – if you’ve got acne-prone skin like me, you’ll know how uncomfortable serums can be, only adding to the sticky, oily feel of our already-oily skin. This sea moss-infused oil works to deliver a matt finish, which I really loved. While it’s a little on the pricey side, I highly recommend it to my readers who struggle to find a good, hydrating serum for their oily skin.

How To Use Sea Moss For Acne

If you want to access the full benefits of sea moss for acne-prone skin, you’ll want to use a product that sits on the skin – i.e., not a wash-off product such as a mask or cleanser. The best way to use sea moss for acne is to incorporate it into the hydration portion of your skincare routine, preferably via a non-comedogenic serum or moisturizer, such as the serum I suggested above. You can also enjoy the full spectrum of sea moss antioxidants by drinking a sea moss-infused smoothie, which will deliver an immune boost to the entire body. 

Sea Moss Smoothie Recipe

If you want to try out the smoothie I made for myself when researching sea moss for this article, I’ve laid out the recipe I used below. I only use acne-friendly, non-inflammatory ingredients in all my smoothies – you can check out my eBook, Unmasking Acne, for a full list of foods ranked and rated according to their acne-inflaming properties. 

Sam’s Sea Moss Smoothie:

1 cup coconut milk
¼ cup frozen raspberries

¼ cup frozen blueberries
¼ cup frozen strawberries
3 tablespoons of Infinite Age Sea Moss gel

You can drink this smoothie in the morning or afternoon for a great energy boost – it makes for a super nutritious, acne-friendly breakfast replacement.

Use Sea Moss Topically

If you want to feel the benefits of sea moss on your skin more quickly, applying a sea moss product to your skin directly is the way to go. Sea moss is a gentle, natural ingredient, which means that you can use it daily without the risk of it being abrasive on the skin. 

If you already have a moisturizer that you love, I’d recommend adding some sea moss gel to the mix and applying it before bedtime. If you’d prefer to buy a moisturizer ready-made and infused with sea moss, always check the ingredients label for any comedogenic ingredients. 

Sea Moss Side Effects

Before rushing off to stock up on sea moss, it’s important to be aware of possible allergies, side effects, and any other possible adverse reactions. You shouldn’t use sea moss gel (either orally or applied topically) if you have an allergy to iodine. You should also always patch-test any product before using it for the first time on your skin – apply a little to the jaw or neckline and wait 48 hours before applying all over the face.

Does Sea Moss Have Chlorophyll?

Yes, the green color in sea moss comes from chlorophyll. Chlorophyll is anti-inflammatory, and there is anecdotal evidence that it can help improve your complexion.

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Hi I’m Sam Wood. I’m the chief editor, lead acne expert, and health coach behind GoodGlow. I’m also an author of one of the top selling acne books on Amazon, a husband, father of two, and a pretty good cook! I’m so glad you found GoodGlow and hope the information I have spent the last 10 years cultivating will help you clear your skin and improve your overall health. I began experiencing acne breakotus as a sophomore in high school, but unlike most of my friends, my acne actually got worse as I got into my 20s. I exercised regularly, ate healthy (or so I thought) and spent hundreds of dollars a month on high end skincare products and supplements to help clear my skin. Despite these measures my acne breakouts and scarring only got worse as the years wore on. This greatly wore on my self confidence and mental health. Simple things like taking pictures or going out with a large group made me feel self conscious. So I avoided these situations whenever I could help it. As a last ditch effort I decided to try an extremely restrictive diet recommended by a close friend with an autoimmune disease. After following this diet for about two months my skin started to clear for the first time in over 8 years. The good news is that this restrictive diet is not actually necessary for 99% of people to permanently clear their skin, and over the course of a few months I was able to add back about 90% of my “normal diet”. After clearing my skin I spent the next 4 years self experimenting on myself with different diets, supplements, skincare products to try and find a pattern for what was triggering my acne breakouts. I even tried different meditation, ice baths, and accupuncture to try and isolate the root cause of the breakouts. In the end I realized that an extremely restrictive diet was not necessary for clear skin. The most important thing to do is to avoid inflammatory foods in your diet. Some common examples of this are fried foods, alcohol, sugar, and dairy. Most impoirtantly I stopped reading trendy websites for skincare advice and began reading medical journals authored by dermatologists and nutritionists. Although the information in the articles was great the information was not easily understandable to most readers (including me). I spent hours dissecting individual posts and looking up terms I did not understand. Over the next 6 months I gradually began to understand these journals and started self experiemting some of the research on myself. After experiencing quite a bit of success personally, I started sharing my research on forums and with close friends struggling with acne. When I shared the research it was in easy to understand, plain English. Everyone I talked to loved what I had to say and kept asking more and more questions. So I decided to start a blog so I could just send someone a link when they asked a question instead of rewriting something I had sent 100 times before 😅 While the same directional principles apply to everyone, acne is very personal and should be treated on an individual basis. That’s ultimately why I created GoodGlow. To help everyone reverse engineer the root cause of their acne and clear their skin permanently. To date I’ve helped over 2,500 people clear their skin using a natural, holistic approach. If you are unable to find an answer to your question in any of the articles my team has written please reach out and I will do my best to guide you to the proper information and resources so you can make a thoughtful, informed decision. Read more of Sam's articles.

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