Infrared Saunas and Skin Health [2021 Guide]

Heal your skin through infrared sauna therapy

Written by Christopher Kiggins

Infrared Saunas and Skin Health Infrared Saunas and Skin Health

The biggest organ in your body is your skin. It serves so many amazing purposes, with the main purpose being a barrier. But it is also a window—to your health.

Most skin conditions, including eczema, acne and psoriasis, share a common trigger. Generally this is a malfunction of the body’s immune system. This malfunction causes the body to react, sometimes aggressively, to a normally innocent substance such as pollen or even a tissue or organ not working properly; which would normally not pose a threat to an individual’s health.

Conventional medicine encourages drugs to clear up skin. This can be difficult for those suffering from skin conditions as these drugs suppress the immune system and can make matters worse. The side effects from immune suppressing pharmaceuticals can include cancer, serious infections and even death. 

Another viable and very successful treatment that has dramatically and positively affected the treatment of many skin maladies is the consistent use of Far Infrared saunas. 

Those suffering from skin conditions such as acne, eczema, psoriasis, burns and scars see an amazing effect on the health of the skin and complexion even after only a few sauna sessions. The skin becomes softer, smoother, has a better tone and takes on a radiant, healthy glow. This is directly related to how circulation greatly improves skin.

Remarkable results repairing damaged skin, especially when chronic conditions exist such as eczema and psoriasis, happen during Far Infrared sauna treatments.

Additional results from sessions in the sauna include diminished facial lines (crow’s feet), unclogged pores, faded age spots, decreased dark circles under the eyes and even diminished under eye bags.

So, just exactly how does this all happen? 


Did you know you would die without sweating? We are always sweating. 24/7/365. We expel this mix of mostly water and salt, naturally produced by the body to prevent overheating. It’s not only vital, it’s healthy. Here at SaunaCloud®, we believe the more sweat, the better. 

There are many ways to gain the benefits of a healthy sweat. The best one I’ve found apart from intense exercise is the use of an infrared sauna.

For many years wellness professionals and health-conscious laymen have been praising far infrared saunas for their amazing ability to make people sweat copiously and comfortably. 

When we perspire in an infrared sauna, we help our bodies rid themselves of toxins like mercury, lead, plastic micro-particles and other contaminants that have accumulated within us over time. Also, by intensely sweating while experiencing far infrared we benefit our hearts, lungs, kidneys and other organs essential for survival. 

By purging the body of toxins through the sweat we accomplish two things—we take vital pressure off of the normal organs involved in detoxification (the kidneys, liver and small intestine), so the are able to function better as healthy organs; as well as we purge the skin of dirt, toxins, sebum and dead skin from your pores. Over a week of regular infrared sauna use, this makes your skin look and feel clear, soft, and practically glistening in good health.

For those suffering from certain skin diseases, or those just wishing to improve the look and feel of their skin, FIR saunas can be particularly therapeutic. Healthy sweat makes your skin glow. It is our largest and major organ of elimination however many people do not (noticeably) sweat on a regular basis. 

This is why repeated use of a far infrared sauna promotes perspiration and slowly releases toxins via skin elimination, which can help reduce your toxic load quite significantly. The use of sweating as a form of detoxification and is downplayed by modern medicine, yet it has been valued as a form of cleansing since ancient times.

Over two-thousand years ago, the Greek physician Parmenides said, “Give me the power to create fever, and I will cure any disease.”

A Far Infrared sauna heats you from the inside out, raising your body’s core temperature resulting in a deeper, more cleansing sweat. This boosts your immune system and clears up any skin condition over time.

It’s said that using a far infrared sauna will cause you to produce a sweat that is composed of 20% toxins, compared to only 3% when using a traditional sauna. As your body temperature rises, it will draw the blood away from your core and to your skin to make you release salty liquid from your sweat glands to help cool you down. 

Sweat is the mechanism which helps regulate core body temperature. This is controlled by your autonomic nervous system and happens immediately from a rise in temperature from exercise, whole body hyperthermia or from a fever.

You have two different types of sweat glands: eccrine sweat glands, which are distributed over your entire body, and apocrine sweat glands, located on your scalp, armpits, and groin area, which end in hair follicles. However, they serve the same purpose.

Since exercise raises your body temperature, sweating associated with exercise is a sign that you’re exerting yourself and enjoying the many benefits that exercise offers. However, sweating in and of itself is also beneficial. Effectively, sauna sweat is just as good as exercise sweat.

Researchers have also noted the promising roles of sweat in terms of detoxification. Sweat is the necessary and important function when a body has been exposed to high levels of metallic poisons such as lead, cadmium, arsenic, trace metals and even some toxic minerals. Sweating is also the preferred method for ridding the body of toxins when urine shows elevated levels of mercury.

If you decide to add far infrared sauna therapy into your health routine get ready to really sweat. Excessive sweating may cause your body to lose valuable fluids and electrolytes. Stay well hydrated and replace your electrolytes naturally by drinking coconut water or water mixed with Himalayan salt. 

Before a sauna session it’s recommended you drink at least a full glass of water to be followed by the same when you exit the sauna. You can sweat up to a liter of sweat in a 30 minute session.

We often forget that our skin is the largest organ in our body by a wide margin. Because of this, you can use it as a barometer to your overall health. Your skin is also the most porous organ in your body. This bodes well for keeping itself clean and healthy, as long as it’s taken care of.

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I am glad infrared saunas have developed the way they have, because I couldn’t imagine my life without the benefits they provide, like deep sleep, lower blood pressure, less joint pain, weight loss, and a boosted immune system. Here at SaunaCloud I sell saunas that are some of the best history has offered. My far infrared saunas use advanced ceramic-carbon combination heaters for an amazing sauna experience. For more information on how SaunaCloud’s infrared saunas work and how they can improve your health, download my book The Definitive Guide to Infrared Saunas. Just give us a call at SaunaCloud 1.800.370.0820.

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Christopher Kiggins | Sauna Enthusiast

Christopher Kiggins | Sauna Enthusiast

I have been writing, learning, educating and generally pointing people in the right direction infrared sauna wise since 2012. Let me know how I can help: - (530) 417-1220