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Clarisea targets acne and body breakouts and a dare to try it

Is a Solution for:
Cellulite, Stretch Marks, Sagging Skin
Reviewed by Marta October 21, 2009 23 Comments
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.


  • November 19, 2013

    by CHERYL

    I have also been on accutane, and that is when I was 40. Now I am 48 and the acne is coming back! I never had acne as a teen it hit when I turned 30? Why? Hormone's I really don't know. This product sounds wonderful because I know in the summer when I go to the beach, all my acne goes away and this makes perfect sense to me. I would love to try this..

  • October 15, 2010

    by susana

    I can't believe how many older women- i'm 44, suffer with this problem, we need a club or something. acne has made my life miserable and i will try anything and feel like i've tried almost everything out there. how is it that this is such a huge problem that no can solve. i would like to be considered.

  • August 14, 2010

    by Al Prezzia

    I was on medication for a few years and it helped, but even prescription medication didn't complete fix my acne. Now, I cannot afford prescription medication anymore and my skin is drying out in response to benzoyl-peroxide, and I still have several big zits around my chin and mouth.

  • February 14, 2010

    by Lisa Sutherland

    Could Clarisea really be the answer? I feel like I have tried everything. I try to use all natural and organic skincare and haven't found anything that works. Most products actually make my face worse, go figure. I have been looking into natural hot springs and how they clear up your skin, this seems to be along those lines. I am willing to try anything. I'm 28, been breaking out since I turned 20.

  • February 9, 2010

    by Tami Gomez

    I'm 38 years old and have used everything including Accutane. Now I not only have face acne but have developed acne on my back and chest. I would love to try clarisea. I am desperate to try anything that might work. Thank you.

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