The other day, I met Alison Carton. As a young adult and after much trial and error, she cured her own acne. Now her company, Clarisea, makes scrubs and body and face soaks for anyone suffering from face and body breakouts. Another salicylic acid solution? No way. Alison's solution is to take a dip.

Why is it that a swim in the sea miraculously clears up your skin? The answer lies in the minerals in sea water that are the same as those in your own skin and they work with your pH balance to purify and cleanse. Clarisea's products are based on salt because sodium chloride is a natural exfoliant that flushes out impurities and kills surface bacteria.

Being a sucker for body scrubs, I've been trying out the Salt Scrub. It is a refreshingly simple concoction of glycerin, salt and seaweed extract. The whiff of eucalyptus provides an anti-inflammatory and antiseptic. However the face and body soaks really stick to their knitting. They are basically salt with more salt (mineral salt, that is - don't go mistaking this for the stuff in your kitchen).

Soak is the operative word. Alison advises remaining under water for ten minutes (using a snorkel if necessary) when using the face and body treatment. For soaking the face alone, she provides a special bowl for two minute soaks in luke warm water.

In addition, the range includes a kaolin mask and a facial scrub with macadamia. Kaolin is drying to reduce sebum production as well as increasing circulation. Macadamia keeps the skin hydrated. Unfortunately, both the mask and scrub have the usual suspects, but don't confuse arachidyl alcohol for drying alcohol; it is a waxy substance from fatty acids.

If your zits have you at your wits end and you'd like to try Alison's salt cure, we'll send you the face soak (complete with special bowl), the body and face soak, facial scrub and mask. All you have to do is write back telling us how you got on. Leave a comment below if you want to be selected.

Ingredients in facial soak

Sodium chloride, mineral salt

Ingredients in face and body soak

Sodium chloride, mineral salt

Ingredients in Clay Mask

Water, kaolin, sodium laureth sulfate, cocamidopropyl betaine, cetearyl alcohol, glycerin, arachidyl alcohol, sunflower seed oil, macadamia seed oil, acrylates C10-30, alkyl acrylate crosspolymer, carageenan, behenyl alcohol, arachidyl glucoside, disodium EDTA, chlorphenesin, DMDM hydatoin, phenoxyethanol, triethanolomine.

Ingredients in facial scrub

Water, sodium laureth sulfate, acrylates copolymer, alumina, cocamidopropyl betaine, cetearyl alcohol, glycerin, phenoxyethanol, salicylic acid, sunflower seed oil, arachidyl alcohol, behenyl alcohol, disodium EDTA, chlorphenesin, DMDM hydatoin, PEG-4, agar, tocopheryl acetate, alginic acid, red 30.