baking-soda-for-acneSodium bicarbonate, or baking soda, has many uses in the beauty and health category. It can be used as deodorant, toothpaste and even in a number of home remedies for skin exfoliation. Conversely, Acne develops when growth of bacteria, generally Staphylococcus aureus, colonizes in the pores of the skin, mixes with dead skin cells and becomes entrapped, causing infection. Not only does acne cause major cosmetically embarrassing concerns for many individuals, but it can also be quite uncomfortable, with the pressure from the encapsulated material pushing against the skin, causing pain, irritation, redness, and itching.

Several skincare authorities have touted exfoliates to be part of an effective acne treatment and prevention regimen. Baking soda can serve as a base for a paste made with several other household ingredients to create a great exfoliating baking soda mask for the skin, thus helping you deal with acne breakouts, and is very effective in dealing with cystic acne as well.

Does Baking Soda Really Help?

It is important to understand how baking soda works to help acne. Baking soda is amphoteric which means that it has the ability to either act as a base or acid. This characteristic makes it a useful pH-neutralizing chemical compound. What this means is that these homemade baking soda masks assist in correcting the pH imbalance of the skin that helps to cause acne. What’s more, baking soda also has mild anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties that enable it to lessen the pain, irritation, redness, and swelling caused by acne. Most importantly, baking soda has individual particles that are rounded and hard and also form fine powders thus making it a mild exfoliating agent. It is important to note, however, that because not all acne is caused by the pH imbalance that is the cause of certain types of pimples, this baking soda mask may not work for every person who suffers from acne. However, with that disclaimer out of the way, baking soda can be a great tool in the home-remedy-based arsenal against certain types of acne, including cystic acne.

Some of the benefits of using this baking soda mask will be seen immediately, such as its ability to remove the over-secretion of oil on the surface of the skin. It also immediately helps the everlasting struggle against problem blackheads through its exfoliating and pH-balancing characteristic.

Using Baking Soda Masks for Acne

Baking soda can be used alone or in combination with other ingredients to form a powerful paste that can be used as a face mask to help combat acne. To use it alone, this recipe will give you a strong ally in your struggle.

Baking Soda Mask

  • Clean the face using a clean face towel or some warm water then pat the skin dry.
  • Take eight teaspoons of baking soda and pour it inside a cup.
  • Take some water (half as-much) and pour onto the baking soda.
  • Take a spoon and stir the mixture well until you are left with a creamy, soft paste.
  • Once you have a smooth consistency, apply it to the pimples with clean hands.
  • Once all pimples have been covered, leave the mask on for about 15 minutes or until the paste dries.
  • After the 15 minutes have passed or the paste has completely dried, rinse the hardened paste off.
  • Pat dry your face gently using a soft hand-towel. Afterwards, apply oil-free moisturizer to the neck and face.
  • Do this twice a week until the pimples have disappeared.

Honey and Baking Soda
Honey, another one of nature’s miracle antiseptics, can be used in combination with baking soda to create a one-two punch in the fight for clear skin.

  • Mix a teaspoon of honey and a half teaspoon of baking soda to form a fine paste.
  • Apply to the affected areas by gently massaging in circular motions.
  • Let it sit for up to 15 minutes.
  • Rinse with a washcloth and warm water
  • Repeat as needed for best results

Baking Soda, Sugar and Lemon Juice Mask for Acne
Lemon juice is a very effective tool in the fight against acne, due to its natural antimicrobial properties. When this powerful nectar is combined with the pH-balancing effects of the baking soda face mask, you are left with a fast-acting treatment for even the worst cystic acne. The brown sugar in this mixture acts as an extra exfoliation mechanism and can be found in some of the best facial scrubs on the market.

  • Mix 2 tablespoons of baking soda, 2 tablespoons of granulated brown sugar, and 1/4 cup of lemon juice until evenly blended.
  • Apply this scrub to damp skin and gently massage it with your fingers, focusing on the dry patches or problem areas.
  • Allow the mask to soak for 10 – 15 minutes.
  • Rinse with lukewarm water.

Baking Soda and Toothpaste Face Mask.
We all know that mixing baking soda with your toothpaste can create extra-clean teeth. It can also act as a combination that is very effective at problem pimples. It can be very powerful when mixed like this, so try to use the original baking-soda only mask first following the steps above. However, if the acne still persists, add the following to the baking soda mask for acne:

  • After making the paste out of baking soda and water as above, add a little bit of plain white toothpaste into the mix.
  • Dab this on the blemishes that will just not go away.
  • Leave on for no longer than 15 minutes, as this is a very powerful mixture.

Conclusion
After reviewing the above information, it becomes clear that there is one more ingredient that the budget-conscious consumer who suffers from acne can reach for in the middle of a breakout crisis. Baking soda is a very versatile solution for helping to treat all types of acne, including cystic acne. The next time you have a problem pimple that just will not go away, why not try mixing up a quick baking soda face mask to dry out extra oil, correct pH imbalances, and exfoliate the problem area. As always, your skin will thank you!