A lot of people have had issues with acne at some point in their life, and if you have acne you know how difficult it is to get a clean face. You probably have tried everything: cleaning brushes, scrubbing your skin with a washcloth, and even rough exfoliants but nothing seem to work. So maybe it’s time to try something new, something almost all of us have it in their kitchen – baking soda. It’s fairly safe ingredient to use on your skin and has anti-inflammatory properties that help soothe swelling and redness. It’s also a natural exfoliant and helps absorb the excess oil from your skin.
Here are 11 effective ways to use baking soda for treating acne, courtesy of Style Graze.
1. Baking soda for acne
To make a baking soda paste for your face you will need 2 tbsp baking soda, 2 tbsp water, and a non-comedogenic moisturizer. Mix the soda with the water to make a paste that you will apply on the spots and acne on your face and leave it for 15 min. Wash it with lukewarm water and apply moisturizer. This will clean the dirt on your skin and will neutralize the pH of your skin.
2. Lemon juice and baking soda for acne
To make this you will need 2 tbsp baking soda, 2 tbsp water, non-comedogenic moisturizer, plus 1 tsp lemon juice. Mix the soda with the water and the lemon juice and apply it on your face just like you would apply a mask. Wash it off after 15 minutes. The lemon juice will close your pores and will kill bacteria.
3. Honey and baking soda for acne
To make this will need 1 tbsp baking soda, 1 tbsp raw honey and non-comedogenic moisturizer. Make a paste of the soda and the honey and apply it on the spots on your face. Cover it with a warm washcloth on your face and wait for about 5 minutes. Rinse your face with cold water and apply the moisturizer. The honey will prevent acne from happening and it will fade the scars you might have.
4. Coconut oil and baking soda for acne
Mix 1 tsp coconut oil with 1 tsp baking soda and add a coin-sized amount of facial cleanser to it. Massage the paste gently on your face for few minutes and then wash it off with lukewarm water. Don’t forget to apply moisturizer. The coconut oil will get dissolve excess oil and the baking soda will get rid of it.
5. Apple cider vinegar and baking soda for acne
Mix 1 tbsp baking soda, 1 tbsp water and 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar. Apply this paste on every spot you have and leave it for 15 minutes. After that wash your face with lukewarm water and apply moisturizer. The soda will exfoliate your skin and the apple cider vinegar will keep the pH balance and will shrink your pores.
6. Toothpaste and baking soda for acne
To make this paste you will need 1/2 tsp organic toothpaste, 1/2 tsp baking soda and 1 tsp water. Mix it all together an apply it on the affected area on your face after you’ve opened the pores with a warm washcloth. Gently rub it in for about a minute using a clean toothbrush and wash your face with lukewarm water. This will get rid of blackheads and will give you a clean skin.
7. Olive oil and baking soda for acne
For this mixture, you need to mix 1 tbsp olive oil with 1 tbsp baking soda. Gently massage the affected areas on your face with it for 5 minutes and wash the face with lukewarm water. Olive oil has great antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties which will repair and soothe your skin.
9. Aspirin and baking soda for acne
Just mix 2 crushed aspirin tablets with 1 tsp baking soda and 1 tbsp water and apply the paste on spots and acne on your face. Leave it for 15 minutes and wash it off with lukewarm water. Don’t forget to apply moisturizer. There is salicylic acid in the aspirin, which is used in acne treatments.
10. Oatmeal and baking soda for acne mask
To make this mask you will need to mix 1 tbsp baking soda with 2 tbsp oatmeal and 2 tbsp water. Apply the mixture on your face and let it dry for 15 minutes. After rinsing it off with lukewarm water apply moisturizer. The oatmeal will absorb any excess oil on your skin.
11. Baking soda and milk mask for acne
You will need to get a smooth mixture by mixing 1 tbsp baking soda with 1/4 cup milk. Massage your face with this mixture for 5 minutes and wash it off with lukewarm water. Your skin will be exfoliated by the baking soda and the milk helps clear your pores.
*All skin types are different, and some cosmetics may cause irritation, always perform a patch test first