Baking soda prevents bacteria, making it one of the best remedies for problem skin. It benefits acne-prone, greasy or porous skin. It can be used as a face mask but also doubles as an exfoliate. When used on a regular basis, you will have noticeably clearer, softer skin and it is far cheaper and more effective than a lot of the treatments available at drug stores. Both the exfoliating method and face mask can be used once a day but you will need to ensure you always moisturize your face or it will become dried out.

Things You'll Need


Exfoliator

Rinse your face with warm water. Do not dry it off.

Use the palm of your hand to pour out about a handful of baking soda.

Sprinkle some drops of warm water (with your other hand) into your palm onto the baking soda.

Mix it a little bit. You should have a watery paste. Use your discretion to add more baking soda or water if you do not have this.

Apply it to your face in gentle circular motions. However, be careful to avoid the eye area. If you have acne, it may sting a little bit.

Finish applying it and then leave it on for about a minute.

Rinse the baking soda solution off with warm water.

Pat dry your face.


Face Mask

Rinse your face with warm water.

Measure out about a handful of baking soda. You can either use the palm of your hand or a bowl.

Add warm water so that the ratio of baking soda to water is 4:1.

Experiment with baking soda and water amounts until you have a thick paste.

Apply the paste all over your face. You should target problem areas with special attention such as areas with large pores, or areas with acne.

Let it dry for about seven minutes. Again, it may sting.

Wash it off with warm water.

Pat dry your face.


Tips

  • Always be careful to avoid the eye area when applying baking soda to your face.

  • You can experiment with how often you want to use these remedies as suited to your skin. If you have dry skin, it may not be suitable to use baking soda every day. If you have very greasy skin, it will probably be better to use it daily.