Pearl powder & acne

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Pearl powder & acne
Pearl powder is a substance made from ground pearls. (Image by, courtesy of Capture Queen)

Chinese pearl powder, made from ground pearls, is touted as an acne treatment that can be applied externally or taken internally.


Many people suffer from acne at some point in their lives. The clogging of pores with dirt and bacteria results in inflamed blemishes that sometimes secrete pus. Acne is an abundance of these blemishes.

Pearl Powder

Proponents of pearl powder say it can not only improve the nutrition of the skin to help prevent future acne breakouts, but also can help reduce redness and rejuvenate skin scarred by excessive acne.


Pearl powder is a traditional Chinese remedy. CiXi, the last Dowager Empress of China, used it as a beauty treatment and was known for her flawless complexion, according to Letha's Asian Health Secrets.


Skin absorbs calcium carbonate from pearl powder applied topically. It act as an exfoliate, speeding up the skin's natural process of shedding dead cells and creating new skin, according to Letha's Asian Health Secrets.


You can take pearl powder internally (capsule form) as well as apply it to the skin by using it as an ingredient in a mask, cream or cosmetics.

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