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For people with Psoriasis
HelloSkin’s experts did not find any scientific data on the use of Dead Sea Mud in people with psoriasis. However, dead sea water contains a larger concentration of chloride, magnesium, sodium, calcium, potassium, bromide, sulfate and bicarbonate than other seas around the world. Especially the high concentration of magnesium which helps the skin retain water is thought to give this its moisturizing properties (1).
Studies have shown that the combination of Dead Sea salt balneotherapy (bathing) and phototherapy (exposure for UVB) have a great benefit on psoriatic lesions (2). For instance, one study that investigated skin biopsies of patients with moderate to severe plaque psoriasis before and after combined Dead Sea Water balneotherapy and phototherapy, demonstrated a significant reduction in the disease severity after 4 weeks of treatment (3).
Although arguably, the phototherapy is the most important factor in this, a specific benefit of Dead Sea water balneotherapy is also suggested (4).
For people with Eczema
HelloSkin’s experts were not able to find clinical data on dead sea salt/mud and the effect on atopic dermatitis. However, dead sea water has a higher concentration of chloride, magnesium, sodium, calcium, potassium, bromide, sulfate and bicarbonate than other seas around the world. Because of its high concentration of especially magnesium, water from the dead sea is believed to have moisturizing properties by helping retain the water in the skin (1).
In patients with atopic and dry skin, a study has shown that 5-6 weeks of treatment with dead sea salt decreased the transepidermal water loss from the skin significantly. The study also demonstrated that bathing in the salt solution was well tolerated, improved skin barrier function, enhanced stratum corneum hydration, and reduced skin roughness and inflammation (5).
- Indian J Dermatol Venereol Leprol. 2011 Mar-Apr;77(2):128-34
- Semin Arthritis Rheum. 2012 Oct;42(2):186-200
- J Am Acad Dermatol. 2003 Sep;49(3):451-7
- Isr Med Assoc J. 2000 Mar;2(3):232-4
- Int J Dermatol. 2005 Feb;44(2):151-7