As far as home remedy ways to clear acne, sodium bicarbonate, or baking soda as we typically call it, is by far my all time favorite. Baking soda has so many benefits to skin care and fighting acne that one can write an entire site upon it! First of all, the stuff is cheap! This day and age saving any kind of money is a good thing! Secondly, the grains are extremely small and are very smooth and round. This makes it an excellent exfoliate for getting out the fat and clearing clogged pores. Baking soda also does a great job at getting rid of the dead skin around acne and that gives bacteria a lot less to feed upon. Finally, sodium bicarbonate will not over dry your skin. While we want our skin to be dry and oil free it can not be too dry or else the body will work overtime to produce even more oil that we have to fight off.
The beauty of baking soda is there are several great ways to clear acne using it!
Sodium Bicarbonate as a Spray / Toner – Sprays or toners are used after washing your face as an added guard against acne. As with all natural remedies you are going to want to try this on a small part of your face for the first time to make double sure that you are not allergic to your toner. Begin by adding one to two tablespoons of baking soda to a standard spray bottle. Close and shake the bottle for a bit until you're sure the baking soda is completely dissolved. Wash and pat dry your face and then spritz a bit onto your face and allow it to dry. There's no need to wash it off and its invisible, however being self conscience as I am, I used this before I went to bed. I had no problems leaving it on all night.
Sodium Bicarbonate Face Mask – This not only helps unclog and exfoliate your skin, but it feels good too! Mix baking soda and a small amount of warm to hot water together until you get a nice thick paste and spread it evenly over your face. Leave it on for about twenty minutes after it completely dries and then wash and pat dry your face. Sodium bicarbonate facial mask has been used since baking soda has been popular and its price makes this one of my favorite mask solutions.
Sodium Bicarbonate as a Facial Cleanser – Using baking soda as a facial cleanser is not much different than making the facial mask. This time you'll want to mix enough warm water and baking soda together until you get a facial cleaner like consistency and then proceed to use the mix on your face. Rub it in softly, and let the small texture of the mixture exfoliate your skin. After lightly rubbing and massaging your face for 2-3 minutes with the mixture, rinse and pat dry. Baking soda will not over dry your skin so further cleansing is not necessary.
Whether or not you use this method or any method, the most important thing to keep in mind is that you've got to stick to the plan. Most folks give up on treatment way too early thinking that because they do not see any improvement overnight that their problem is not getting any better. With any acne treatment make sure you give it a good week or two before really looking into how effective your method of treatment is.
Using baking soda as a facial cleanser is great but using it with olive oil as a way to clear acne is even better!
Source by Michael Hartwig