How to use baking soda for acne. Quick and easy scrubs and facial masks.

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Zap Your Pimples with Baking Soda

Baking soda makes for a quick, easy and affordable acne home remedy

 

Baking soda, or sodium bicarbonate, is some pretty versatile stuff, used for everything from cooking and cleaning to personal hygiene. So perhaps it comes as no surprise that this helpful household chemical can also act as a potent acne treatment.

 

Using baking soda to cleanse your skin is not actually a new concept. The ancient Egyptians used mineral deposits high in sodium bicarbonate for soap, and this simple solution still works today. Moreover, it packs a number of unique properties that make it especially useful for promoting clear skin.

 

How does applying baking soda help fight acne?

 

Baking soda has a history of medicinal uses, both oral and topical. One of its most helpful traits is that it is chemically amphoteric, which means that it reacts with both acids and bases, impacting your skin's pH level. When your pH level is imbalanced, it can spell trouble for your complexion. Applying baking soda helps neutralize or restore that balance, making it a natural toner.

 

And that's just the beginning. It's great at fighting germs and bacteria (both on your skin and your countertop ^_^), and provides the popular acne-fighting combination of reducing swelling and soothing irritation. It also saps up moisture, drying the pustules plugging your pores and allowing them to be more easily dislodged. Many report their skin feeling luxuriously soft after use. Even the texture lends itself to exfoliation.

 

Making a baking soda scrub or facial mask

 

You may already have baking soda in the kitchen. If not, it's cheap and easy to find at just about any convenience store. A single box goes a long way too, so this is one acne home remedy that gets points for practicality. And you don't need a long list of side ingredients, just the soda and some water.

 

Preparation is simple. Start with a few tablespoons of baking soda (2 for a scrub, 3-4 if you're making a mask), then slowly add water, mixing the solution until it forms a thick paste. You'll want to wash your face prior to applying it, but make sure to finish with a cold water rinse. Hot water will leave your pores dilated, increasing the chance of particles causing damage. Spread the paste liberally onto your face (keeping it well away from your eyes) and gently massage it for about 1 minute before rinsing off. Keep in mind that the particles are very fine, so you shouldn't apply too much pressure (doing so could scrape your pores).

 

Alternatively, rather than rinsing off, allow the paste to remain on your face until it begins to dry, removing it before it becomes brittle. Using baking soda as a mask will enable the chemicals to penetrate deeper for a stronger impact on underlying acne, but it also carries a higher chance of burning your skin.

 

Watch out for baking soda burn

 

Using baking soda for acne is a safe and effective home remedy in most cases, but be aware that some people are more sensitive to sodium bicarbonate than others. If you experience any burning or stinging sensations, it's best to rinse off the scrub immediately. Likewise, even if you aren't super sensitive, always wash off the facial mask before it fully dries. Leaving it on too long could cause a nasty rash.

 

Like many strong exfoliation products, baking soda is not necessarily meant to be used every day. Applying it three or four times per week is plenty for acne control. Be smart and follow with a moisturizer or some aloe vera afterwards to keep your skin protected (especially if you'll be going out in the sun), because it will naturally strip away your skin's usual layer of oil. As long as you're careful and don't have any allergic reactions, this convenient acne remedy is easy to recommend. Just don't overdue it! The idea is to leave your skin feeling soft and smooth, not red and cracked.

 

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