Tip #2 – Baking Soda Cures Acne
Acne is a common problem among teenagers. That’s why varied clinical acne treatment brands are made available in the market. All of which promises excellent results. But there’s also a home remedy that’s equally or even more effective and easier on the budget. It takes a baking soda to do the trick.
In Tip #1, I talked about baking soda as a facial wash. This time, let’s see how the bankable baking soda can help solve your menacing acne.
But first, let us know why people get acne.
What is acne?
Acne is a chronic skin disease involving oil glands. It occurs when the sebaceous (oil) glands at the base of your hair follicle activate at the time of puberty. This is why teenagers are likely to grow acne. But it can occur at any age, too.
Acne may also be due to hormonal changes. It may grow on the face, chest, and back. Although it’s considered a disease, the condition is not dangerous. It may only leave scars on your skin. Acne may appear as
- Blackheads or whiteheads (occluded pores)
- Tender red bumps, known as zits or pimples
- Deep pimples, boils or cysts
There are several acne treatment products in the market. You can obtain it at a cosmetic shop near you or at a drugstore without a prescription. But you may also get rid of that menacing acne using natural products. The baking soda in your kitchen cupboard helps you do the trick.
Here are 7 ways you may use baking soda to treat your acne problem.
1. Baking soda and water combination
- Make a paste of 2 tablespoon baking soda and 2 tablespoon water.
- Wash your face with soap and water or with your favorite cleanser. Pat dry.
- Apply the baking soda paste on the affected areas as you would a spot treatment.
- Leave it on for 15 minutes.
- Rinse off with tap water or lukewarm water.
- Apply moisturizer.
Repeat the treatment every other day. The baking soda treatment dries off and shrinks your pimples, healing them faster. It also helps neutralize the pH of your skin even as it removes dirt and dead skin.
However, while baking soda exfoliates, it can also make your skin too alkaline. So, to maintain the pH balance, do the apple cider dab a day after you treat your face with the baking soda-water paste. The cider vinegar prevents your skin from being too alkaline.
- Get a clean washcloth and soak it in the apple cider vinegar. If you have a sensitive skin, you may dilute the vinegar with water.
- Dab the washcloth onto the affected areas for about 15 – 20 minutes.
- Rinse with cool or lukewarm water.
- Apply moisturizer.
2. Baking soda and coconut oil combination
I don’t have acne but I use this combination as a facial wash.
- Make a paste of 2 tablespoon baking soda and 1 teaspoon coconut oil.
- Wash your face with water.
- Gently massage your face with the paste
- Rinse off with cool or lukewarm water.
- Apply moisturizer on your face.
Repeat this treatment 2 – 3 times a week. Using the baking soda-coconut oil cleanser kills off the bacteria even as it purifies your skin. Thus, preventing acne to develop. The coconut oil helps dissolve the excess oil in your skin.
3. Baking soda and olive oil combination
- Mix 1 tablespoon baking soda and 1 tablespoon olive oil until you make a paste out of it.
- Apply the paste on affected areas and gently massage in circular motions for 5 minutes.
- Rinse off with lukewarm water.
- Apply a moisturizer.
You may do this acne treatment every day to prevent acne from recurring. Olive oil has a strong anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. It helps diminish acne scars even as it repairs, soothes, and moisturizes your skin.
4. Baking soda and honey combination
- Make a paste of 1 tablespoon of raw honey and 1 tablespoon of baking soda.
- Wash your face with soap and water or facial cleanser. Pat dry.
- Apply a liberal amount on the affected areas.
- Put a warm washcloth over your face or skin where you apply the baking soda-honey paste.
- Leave it on for 5 minutes or until the washcloth cools.
- Use the washcloth to wipe off the paste.
- Rinse off with cool or tap water.
Repeat the treatment 2 – 3 times a week. Honey retains moisture in your skin. It also has a bleaching property that helps minimize the acne scars.
5. Baking soda-and-oatmeal mask
- Combine 1 tablespoon baking soda, 2 tablespoon oatmeal, and 2 tablespoon water. Mix them thoroughly to make a paste.
- Gently apply a generous amount of the mixture onto the affected areas.
- Leave it on for 15 minutes or until the mixtures dries.
- Rinse off with cool or lukewarm water.
You may do this procedure 2 – 3 times a week. Oatmeal helps absorb excess oil from your skin.
6. Baking soda-and-milk mask
- Add 1 tablespoon baking soda in a ¼ cup milk. Mix them well until the mixture becomes smooth.
- Apply the mixture on your face or other affected areas of your body. Gently massage your skin in circular motions.
- Leave the mixture on for about 5 minutes before rinsing it off with cool or lukewarm water.
Repeat the regimen 2 – 3 times a week. Again, while the baking soda exfoliates your skin, the lactic acid in milk promotes clear pores. This mask combination effectively banishes your blackheads.
7. Baking soda and lemon juice combination
- Mix 2 tablespoon baking soda, 2 tablespoon water, and 1 teaspoon lemon juice together to make a smooth paste.
- Wash your face with soap and water or with your favorite facial cleanser. Pat dry.
- Apply a thin layer of the paste onto your face.
- Let it sit for 15 minutes before rinsing the paste off with cool or lukewarm water.
Do this treatment 2 – 3 times a week. Lemon juice is effective at killing off bacteria and it helps control oil production in your skin. It also helps reduce redness due to acne.
Why is baking soda effective in fighting acne?
As I’ve mentioned in Tip #1, baking soda is a versatile product not only in baking and food preparation but also in countless other applications. And this includes fighting acne. Here’s how:
- Baking soda has anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory, and antifungal properties. These properties help in treating infections, soothe swelling, and reduce redness of the skin.
- It helps absorb the excess oil from your skin.
- Baking soda exfoliates your skin. Its fine particles effectively dislodge dirt and dead skin from your pores.
- Aside from preventing acne from developing in your skin, baking soda also helps diminish acne scars and pigmentation.
I recommend that you apply a moisturizer or something after every treatment to keep your skin from drying. Personally, I prefer using Tea Tree Oil Face Cream. I love how it hydrates and smoothes my skin.
For severe acne condition, however, I advise you to consult your physician before applying any medication or home remedy treatment.