I wonder if taking a magnesium sulfate supplement could replace soaking your lips in Epsom Salt every day. Someone should try magnesium sulfate supplements to see if works (that is if you don't have damage to your intestines or fat malabsorption which zinc supplements are best for). I thought maybe it was the zinc in the Epsom Salt helping the most. Well, it helps but magnesium is also beneficial for eczema. I know zinc supplements are beneficial for eczema, but I don't know yet about magnesium sulfate supplements. Has anyone here already taken magnesium sulfate supplements on a regular basis? Dandruff and flaky facial skin is often related to a zinc deficiency, though.
Anti-inflammatory Benefits of Epsom Salt
Magnesium has an anti-inflammatory property due to its ability to influence inflammatory factors and immunological responses to antigen challenges.
This is important because most of the symptoms of eczema are caused by hypersensitivity reactions. In response to allergens, the immune system produces a number of proinflammatory factors but magnesium salts can block the release of such inflammatory factors.
Epsom salt can exert both local and systemic anti-inflammatory effects to reduce inflamed eczema lesions as well as relieve itching.
Antimicrobial Effect of Epsom Salt
Because Epsom salt is a hydrated salt, it can easily absorb moisture. Magnesium sulfate is hygroscopic in its basic form. This means that it is always seeking water molecules from its environment to form into hydrated salts such as Epsom salt.
The same mechanisms by which Epsom salt can reduce edema and eczema swelling on the skin also make the salt potent against pathogens on the skin.
By drawing moisture from eczema-causing bacteria and fungi on the skin, Epsom salt can reduce eczema symptoms by preventing the overgrowth of these pathogens. Therefore, its indirect antimicrobial effect can help heal your eczema.
Epsom Salt Detox
Both the magnesium and sulfate found in Epsom salt are useful for detoxifying the body.
Magnesium is an alkalinizing agent that can lower the acidity of the blood. This is important because by restoring the acid-base balance of the body, magnesium saves the immune system the effort to counter the harmful effects of toxins.
Therefore, magnesium not only detoxifies the body but also promotes the removal of toxins from the body.
Toxins are an important cause of eczema. Once the body rightly identifies toxins as foreign substances, it mounts an immune reaction to remove them. Unfortunately, such immunological response involves pro-inflammatory cytokines and allergy-promoting antibodies such as the immunoglobulin, IgE.
Magnesium and sulfate can prevent the cascade of immune reactions that only end up promoting a cycle of eczema breakouts.
In addition, sulfate can help flush out heavy metals from the body. Because sulfate is a negatively charged molecule, it is easily attracted to positively charged metal ions.
Therefore, sulfate can combine with these free heavy metals and then remove them from the body. In this way, Epsom salt may serve as a chelating agent.
Heavy metals have been identified as another common cause of eczema."