Baking soda is yet another inexpensive natural method used by many to cure and treat acne. One of the key reported benefit of baking soda is that it is free from all the harmful chemicals that are used in most creams and expensive products. Thus less chances of the deep scaring and skin color deformation left behind by the healing processes of these products. Baking soda is really good in the exfoliation process that removes old skin and encourage new skin growth. Exfoliation is always a great element of a good acne and acne scar treatment routine. Additional benefits include the purging of dead skin cells thereby enhancing skin texture and tone.
As always, you must be cautious in using any new routine and making sure not to over use. Baking soda can cause dryness of the skin, and depending on the type of acne you are suffering from that can result in a bad outcome. It’s always best to start out small and increase within your own comfort. Using a moisturizer can help combat the skin dryness caused by baking soda.
Properties of Baking Soda
Sodium bicarbonate, or commonly referred to as “baking soda” due to it’s primary use in baking, is a amphoteric chemical compound that can either act as an acid or a base. Thus it is useful for neutralizing pH levels and imbalances in the skin that contribute to acne breakouts. It also has antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties that could help alleviate irritation or inflammations caused by acne. Though the most important of all the benefits is that baking soda is an exfoliate, an essential element in the process of removing of dead/dying skins and revealing fresh healthy ones.
Treatment and Application
Before applying baking soda, it is crucial to thoroughly wash your face to get rid of makeup, chemicals or any sort of dirt that might be remaining.
1. Get about one or two teaspoons of baking soda in a bowl.
2. Mix it with about two or 3 drops of water, use small amount since the goal is to create a paste. Adding too much water will make it liquid and runny. Mix well!
3. Apply the paste on to your affected area. Try out a small section first before applying all over.
4. Leave the baking soda paste on till it dries out after the water has evaporated from the mixture.
5. Wash your face when you think ready, mostly after a few mins of wait but not too long.
This can be done daily, but as always, each treatment works differently on different people. Always seek the advice of a professional before taking on any new treatment!