Ice has always been the go-to remedy to many problems. It will help your sprained ankle or even come in handy when treating a bee sting. It’s power in alleviating pain and curbing swelling has made many imagine that I can also effectively clean acne.
What is the theory behind it?
Ice cubes are said to clear acne from skin on its own or with a combination of other ingredients like baking soda. It’s believed to reduce redness, swelling and inflammation, keeps pores smaller hence making them less likely to clog. They also wash away dirt and dead skin and relieves pain, itching, and burning.
Why this remedy won’t work
Since ice cubes are either scrubbed or massaged onto the skin until they melt, there is high likelihood of spreading bacteria or inflammation from one pore to the next. Besides, the idea that ice cube reduce the pore size due to freezing, thinning these pores create a hazard as oil will not be excreted out of the skin hence clog creating even bigger skin problems.