Hailey Bieber’s acne-clearing hack is really simple

If you live by the sea, that is...
Hailey Bieber’s acne-clearing hack is really simple
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We love a celebrity who's honest about their skin issues, and Hailey Bieber (who opened up recently about her battle with perioral dermatitis) is one of them.

She's also quick to come to the defence of both her and her husband, calling out fans who highlighted Justin's adult acne (caused by Lyme disease), and slamming supposedly false plastic surgery rumours.

Adult acne seems to be more rife than ever these days, with the stress of lockdown causing more flareups, and the warmer weather of summer worsening breakouts.

A good diet and skincare routine are obviously key when battling pesky blemishes, and there are plenty of other things you can try, too, such as reaching for products labelled "non-comedogenic," finding ways to manage your stress and investing in some good pore-clearing skincare.

But that doesn't mean we don't get our heads turned by an interesting, quick-and-easy hack. Although, when we say quick-and-easy, this one kind of relies on you living by the sea...

Hailey, who is currently on vacation in an undisclosed location (don't blame you), pointed out on her Instagram Stories that her skin improves when she's been swimming in the ocean.

Hailey gave us serious holiday envy when she posted crystal clear waters alongside the caption: "My skin is always the best when I've spent time in the ocean... ever wonder why?? Me too."

She went on to post a second equally-stunning picture, saying: "Sometimes nature is the ultimate beauty hack :)"

We asked Dr Kemi Fabusiwa, director of The Joyful Skin Clinic to talk us through why sea water seems to clear up acne, and if there are any side effects we should worry about...

"The high concentrations of salt in ocean water has long been known for its exfoliating properties on the skin, which help to draw out impurities and unclog the pores," Dr Fabusiwa told us.

"Salt water also has both antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. This reduces the number of acne-causing bacteria on the surface of the skin and helps to promote wound healing."

So far so interesting. So we're wrong for thinking sea water literally "dries out" oily skin?

"No, you're right. As well as exfoliating and antimicrobial effects, the salt does have a natural drying effect. This is particularly useful for individuals with oily, acne-prone skin, as the water from the ocean draws out excess sebum resulting in more balanced skin."

But she does warn that over-exfoliation of the skin by any method can lead to irritation and sensitivity, which is why it’s important not to swim in the sea everyday if your goal is to achieve great skin.

Dr Fabusiwa also points out that putting regular table salt on your skin will not have the same effect, but that sea salt is actually found in many scrubs and masks: "There is a difference in the composition of minerals in salt from the ocean versus salt from the table. Sea salt contains minerals such as sodium, potassium, magnesium and calcium in a particular composition that is beneficial for skin health."

Saving the table salt for our fish and chips and booking a holiday, pronto!

Via Cosmopolitan UK