Baking soda is one of the cheapest home remedies that can be used to get rid of acne and pimples . As anyone with acne knows, it can be very difficult to treat it effectively and get rid of blemishes and pimples at the same time. However, many home remedies that contain baking soda can be very effective in clearing acne and preventing new breakouts.

Acne can affect anyone and, depending on the severity, it can cause moments of embarrassment, discomfort, and also cause scarring. Although acne tends to affect teens the most, breakouts of blemishes and pimples can continue into adulthood.

Very often acne treatments can be expensive and in some cases make the problem even worse. However, many people do not realize that they have a number of natural remedies at their fingertips.

Baking soda for acne and pimples the complete guide

Why Baking Soda Is Good For Acne

Baking soda has a number of properties that make it an effective way to relieve and prevent acne breakouts. Acne causes blemishes and pimples to appear on the skin. It is caused when oil (sebum) and dead skin cells clog the pores of the skin. If the pores become infected, the result can be swelling, redness, and pus.

Baking soda has a slightly grainy texture that makes it an effective exfoliator for removing excess oil and unclogging pores. Also, it can reduce redness and infection in spots and pimples. For example, a study published in 1997 found that baking soda has antibacterial properties.

A baking soda paste can also help treat acne by drying up excess oil.

Although bicarbonate is alkaline, it can act to neutralize and balance pH levels in the skin. This is important in treating acne because acne can make the skin more acidic. The pH levels in the skin are affected by sebaceous secretions and the presence of acne.

Baking soda can help relieve acne as it also acts as a mild anti-inflammatory agent on skin wounds and other injuries.

Baking soda remedies for acne and pimples

There are many natural remedies that use baking soda to treat acne. These remedies use ingredients that have properties that help reduce the appearance of blemishes and pimples. Also, these natural acne treatments don’t have many of the side effects that come with many traditional acne treatments.

Baking soda as a stain treatment

The easiest way to use baking soda for acne clearing is to mix it with a little water to form a paste.

How to use:

  • In a bowl, mix equal amounts of water and baking soda to make a smooth paste.
  • Clean and dry the affected skin.
  • Apply the baking soda paste directly to pimples and acne areas.
  • Leave it for 15 minutes and rinse it off.
  • Because baking soda can dry out your skin, it is important to use a good natural moisturizer after rinsing off the paste.

Baking soda as a facial scrub

You can also use the baking soda to help unclog pores and exfoliate the skin. This can help prevent breakouts and clear up pimples.

How to use:

  • Make a paste with a little baking soda and warm water.
  • Dampen your face and then gently massage the baking soda paste on your face to help unclog pores.
  • Rinse off with lukewarm water and pat dry.

Baking soda as a face mask

Baking soda can also help treat acne breakouts if a little lemon juice is added to it. Lemon juice acts as a natural astringent to help reduce excess oil and redness and can also help lighten acne scars and prevent blackheads.

How to use:

  • Mix 2 tablespoons of baking soda with 2 tablespoons of water and 1 teaspoon of fresh lemon juice.
  • After a face wash, gently apply the baking soda paste to the face.
  • Leave it for 10-15 minutes and rinse off with warm water.
  • Apply a good natural moisturizer.

Some people may find that their skin turns slightly redder after removing the paste, but this will soon fade away. However, for some people, lemon juice can be too stinging so this recipe may not work for everyone.

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Baking soda bath

Adding baking soda to a bath can help get rid of acne, especially if you have blemishes and blackheads over large areas of your body.

How to use:

  • Fill the bathtub with warm water and add 1/2 cup of baking soda.
  • Soak in for about 15 to 20 minutes.
  • Rinse yourself in the shower after bathing.

To help you relax in the bath and help clear your skin of blemishes and pimples, you can add a few drops of lavender essential oil mixed with a carrier oil. Lavender oil is one of my best essential oils for getting rid of acne.

Baking soda and coconut oil for acne

A mixture of baking soda and coconut oil can be used to decrease the appearance of acne. Coconut oil has antibacterial properties that treat pimple infection. One study showed that coconut oil can help hydrate and treat skin infections.

Other studies have shown that coconut oil is a natural antibiotic against Propionibacterium acnes – the bacteria that cause inflammatory acne.

How to use:

  • Mix baking soda and a little coconut oil to make a smooth paste. (You may need to heat the coconut oil to make it liquid.)
  • Apply to the affected area of ​​the skin and massage gently for a few minutes.
  • Rinse with lukewarm water.

You can also apply a small amount of pure virgin coconut oil to the affected area to use as a natural moisturizer for acne prone skin. This can also help prevent new breakouts and pimples.

Baking soda and Aloe Vera for acne

A paste of aloe vera and baking soda can help you get relief from acne. Aloe vera is known for its use to help treat damaged skin. A topical application of aloe vera can help speed up the healing of skin wounds.

How to use:

  • Mix some baking soda with aloe vera gel to make a smooth paste and apply it gently to your acne and pimples to help with the healing process.
  • Rinse with lukewarm water and gently pat your skin dry.

Baking soda and tea tree oil

Baking soda and tea tree oil can be used together to get rid of blemishes, pimples, and black and whiteheads. Tea tree oil has powerful antimicrobial properties. A study showed that tea tree oil can effectively treat common acne.

This homemade acne recipe uses baking soda, lemon juice, and tea tree oil.

How to use:

  • Mix 1 teaspoon of baking soda, 1 teaspoon of lemon juice, and 2-3 drops of tea tree oil to make a paste.
  • Apply to the affected area of ​​the skin and leave for 10-15 minutes.
  • Rinse with lukewarm water and gently pat your skin dry.

Baking soda with cinnamon and honey

Another great way to use baking soda to reduce the appearance of acne is to mix it with cinnamon and honey to create a face mask. Honey is a great healing ingredient that can help treat acne.

For example, studies on honey have shown that it has many antioxidant properties that can help kill infections. It is also effective in helping wounds heal quickly.

Adding cinnamon to pasta can also increase the antibacterial potential because other studies have shown that cinnamon helps kill bacteria.

How to use:

  • Mix 1 teaspoon of baking soda, 1/2 teaspoon of ground cinnamon, and 1 tablespoon of honey with a little water to form a paste.
  • Apply the paste on the skin to reduce the appearance of acne.
  • Leave it in for 15-20 minutes before rinsing off with lukewarm water.
  • Repeat this twice a week.

Baking soda and oatmeal

You can use oatmeal together with baking soda to get rid of acne and reduce the inflammation of pimples. Oatmeal has several antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties and can help treat acne and various other skin conditions.

To make a face mask, baking soda and oatmeal to help treat acne can be mixed together to form a paste.

How to use:

  • Mix 2 teaspoons of oatmeal and 1 teaspoon of baking soda with a little hot water to make a paste.
  • Gently rub the paste on the affected skin area and leave for 20 minutes.
  • Rinse with lukewarm water and pat dry.

Remember that baking soda can dry out the skin, therefore it is always important to hydrate the skin after applying baking soda.

Baking Soda Use Precautions

Although many people think that baking soda is an effective home remedy for acne, it does not work for everyone, especially if you have sensitive skin. Therefore, it is always important to test it on a small portion of the skin to see if there are any side effects of the baking soda.

Using baking soda for a long period of time is also not recommended, as it can affect the pH levels of the skin too much. Therefore, it is best to use baking soda as a home remedy for acne and pimples only 1-2 times a week.

If you have sensitive skin or feel that the baking soda dries your skin too much, then apply a good moisturizer soon after using the baking soda.

Dr. Eric Jackson

By Dr. Eric Jackson

Dr. Eric Jackson provides primary Internal Medicine care for men and women and treats patients with bone and mineral diseases, diabetes, heart conditions, and other chronic illnesses. He is a Washington University Bone Health Program physician and is a certified Bone Densitometrist. Dr. Avery is consistently recognized in "The Best Doctors in America" list.

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