Baking Soda for Acne
Natural remedies are among the cheapest and most effective ways to treat acne when your condition is relatively recent and is not too severe. People worldwide have seen great results using baking soda for acne. Compared to other natural remedies, it ranks pretty well, as it is easier to use than lemon and you won’t have to endure the hellish smell of garlic!
How does it work?
It appears that baking soda for acne helps get rid of the acidic pH in which the bacteria thrive, restoring a balanced pH while regulating the sebaceous glands’ activity.
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How do you use it?
There are basically two ways of using sodium bicarbonate (baking soda) for acne. You can either make a mask with it that you will apply for as long as you can bear it, roughly between 10 and 45 minutes, or you can turn it into a regular facial cleanser.
Let’s begin with the latter as it seems to be best tolerated by most people. Drizzle a bit of water in a tablespoon of baking soda so as to get a soft paste the consistency of toothpaste. Wet your skin and begin massaging gently this paste all over your skin in circular motions, insisting on acne zones.
No need to spend more time there than you would with regular soap; after 30 to 40 seconds, baking soda has done its job, rinse well with warm water, and pat your face dry with a clean and soft towel.
Do that every day, twice per day if you see no adverse reaction, such as a stinging or burning sensation.
Now if you want to make a mask, mix 3 tablespoons of baking soda with a bit of water so as to get a thick paste. Apply on a clean skin, and pay particular attention to your sensations, as some people tend to have problems tolerating baking soda for too long on any given application. Rinse away as soon as it gets unpleasant. If no side effect is noticed, keep that up for as long as 45 minutes.
You should use the mask once or twice a week depending on the severity of your case, but never in conjunction with a baking soda facial cleanser, that would be too much for your skin!
What to do if your skin is sensitive?
If you want to take advantage of the huge benefits of baking soda for acne but are concerned with its possible burning side effects, mix a teaspoon of organic honey for every tablespoon of sodium bicarbonate, whether you want to use it as a facial cleanser or a mask.
You’ll find that honey soothes the skin quite effectively, so that you can tolerate the baking soda far better. The only side effect is that it will take a bit more rinsing to get rid of the honey!
Possible side effects
As I mentioned earlier, there are some people who, for reasons not yet clear, will not tolerate baking soda for acne well. They report an overall sensation of burning wherever it was applied, which in some cases lasts even a few minutes after the paste has been rinsed off. More locally, they say that they have to deal with stinginess on every lesion (whether comedon, pimple, cysts, and so on…).
Finally, some of these people will report a tight, dry skin within a few hours after the treatment. Having a dry skin may sound like an improvement over greasy skin, but unfortunately in the long term it will just trigger your sebaceous glands into producing more sebum, and resulting into more acne. So you’re aiming toward a fairly BALANCED skin.
Results you should expect
You should immediately notice how much smoother your skin is after having used baking soda for acne. Within a few days, you’ll have less acne outbreaks and the pimples that you had before starting the treatment should either be gone already or be on their way!
Don’t forget that it can take some time for certain skin types, so as long as you don’t have any adverse reaction, give it what it takes. Some people have reported seeing no results for 1 month, ‘some’ result for another month, and suddenly there acne was gone… Success is mostly a question of hanging in there!
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