We all know the torture of blackheads – some knowing it more than others. They can be either black or yellow, generally appearing when the pores are clogged with oil, dirt and dead skin cells. Basically, they are skinless pimples that turn black when exposed to air (as a result of the oxidation process). Thankfully, people have discovered that the mild abrasive properties of baking soda can help clean your skin and remove those nasty blackheads.
Can Baking Soda Help?
The number or testimonials from countless beauty nuts say that it does! Baking soda has the ability to exfoliate your skin, leaving it soft and smooth as it unclogs your pores full of dead skin cells. It can also neutralize the pH level of the skin, reducing the oil production which causes the blackheads.
What makes it better than most beauty products we find on the convenience store shelf? It’s an effective product that doesn’t have any harsh chemicals!
Tips for Using Baking Soda
Once you have the baking soda, it’s pretty easy to come up with a magical concoction that will send the blackheads running. Remember that exactly before applying each of these treatments, it is recommended to splash or soak your face with some warm water. It will open up the pores and enhance the effectiveness of the baking soda.
Here are a few simple (but efficient) methods.
- Baking Soda and Water
Mix a teaspoon of baking soda with just a bit of water in order to make a fine paste. Apply it on the affected area (as well as the rest of your face) and scrub gently for 2-3 minutes. Wash it off with warm water, and then splash cold water on your face to shrink your pores back.
- Baking Soda and Honey
By mixing baking soda and honey, you will have a treatment that is both exfoliating and oil-drying, making it a perfect blackhead remover. Simply mix a teaspoon of honey with two teaspoons of salt and one teaspoon of baking soda. Massage it on your skin in circular motions and let it sit for 5-7 minutes before rinsing it off with a washcloth and warm water.
- Baking Soda and Lemon
The acids in the lemon will cleanse and remove excess skin and impurities, leaving the skin less prone to blackhead or acne breakouts. Mix 2 tablespoons of baking soda with a ¼ cup of lemon juice and 2 tablespoons of brown sugar (granulated). Apply the mask and leave it on for 10-15 minutes and repeat the process once a week.
Baking soda can be combined with many other ingredients such as apple cider vinegar, milk, sugar, rubbing alcohol and even toothpaste. Generally, the process will be the same: apply, scrub, rinse. However, you may want to avoid applying baking soda on open wounds or squeezed pimples; it can cause irritation and worsen the problem.
Also, you will have to repeat these methods more than once. The results are not 100% immediate, and if you want to experience complete relief, you must repeat it regularly (once a week).