Treating blackheads with baking soda is one of the develop natural treatments for acne. It’s an efficient exfoliant that can clear out your pores, helping you minimize blackheads. Here are some easy tips that can help you use baking soda efficiently and effectively for your skin.
Mix with water to form a paste
Baking soda or bicarbonate of soda is a dry white powder that will naturally fall off. You have to develop it into a paste to help it cling to your skin and do its work. The best formula for a baking soda paste is 1 part baking soda to 1 part water. If you’re going to use 1 teaspoon of baking soda, you only need 1 teaspoon of water. You may need less, depending on how humid your air would be. Mix these ingredients to form a thick paste.
Open your pores
Your blackheads are more than just small, black dots on your skin. That black surface is just the tip of a grain made up of oil and dead skin cells. To help the baking soda do its work, you have to open your pores to allow it to penetrate deep in your skin.
Open your pores by splashing warm water on your skin. You can make your skin relax further by using warm face towels instead. Keep the towel on your face for 10-20 minutes until it cools. Once you prep your pores, it’s time to put the paste on your skin.
Rub the paste gently on your skin
Use the pads of your fingertips and apply the baking soda paste with gentle, circular motions. Mild as the baking soda can be, it can be abrasive, which is why it’s an effective exfoliator. A light, gentle pressure is enough to help it remove dead skin and penetrate your pores. Make sure that you have a good layer of the paste on the area, and you cover every single visible blackhead. Keep the paste for 2-3 minutes to let it break down the comedones.
Rinse warm, close cold
Rinse off the baking soda with warm water to help remove the paste entirely from your skin. This process will also help eliminate any oil left inside your pores. Keep rinsing until you get rid of all the baking soda.
Now, warm water will leave your pores open, making it prone to blackheads. Did you notice that no matter how much blackheads you remove, you get twice more after a day or two? This is because you left the pores open. Close your pores by splashing cold water 2-5 times. Cold water will also help shrink the oil ducts of your skin, keeping the oil and shine on a bare minimum.
Use it 2-3 times a week, but not more
Your skin will always produce oil and dead skin. On average, your body sheds about 40,000 skin cells every hour. Sloughing these dead debris off regularly will help limit the number of blackheads that will form on your skin. Using baking soda 2-3 times is enough to exfoliate dead skin cells and reveal youthful, glowing skin.
You’ll see the results almost immediately, which will make you want to use it almost every day. However, we advise against it, especially if you have sensitive skin. That dead skin layer serves as protection against microbial invasion as well as injury. Also, constant irritation on the skin will only make your oil glands hyperactive. Instead of getting a clear complexion, you’ll get double the acne production.
How to make treating blackheads with baking soda effective
Help baking soda do its job correctly by doing the following tips.
- Add a dash of apple cider – skin is naturally acidic, and maintaining the pH balance is crucial for keeping blackheads at bay. A few drops of apple cider will help decrease the alkalinity of baking soda. Adding it will also help tone your skin and tighten your pores for a clear, smooth complexion.
- Test on a small part of your skin – baking soda rarely, if ever, cause an allergic reaction. There are others who experience skin irritation and redness, but those go away within minutes. You can test your skin’s reaction by applying baking soda paste to a small area on your skin.
- Apply a moisturizer afterward – baking soda can be very drying on your skin, which is why it’s very useful for an oily complexion. Moisturizers keep your skin soft by adding the needed water content. For oily skin, use water-based moisturizers to keep from clogging your pores. For dry skin, a hypoallergenic, light moisturizer is best.
- Make sure your hands are clean – remember that you’ll be opening your pores and rubbing baking soda on your skin with your hands. Dirty hands harbor bacteria that can cause your open pores to get infected, causing red, inflamed acne.
- Add a bit of honey – honey is known for its antimicrobial properties. Excavated Pharoah tombs were found to have dried honey that is still safe for human consumption. It also benefits as a moisturizer, keeping your skin smooth and supple.
- Use a skin toner afterward – skin toners help remove left-over dirt as well as shrink your pores. Always follow up with a toner after cleansing, whether you use a baking soda or not.
Proper care and hygiene go a long way with treating blackheads. In between each use of baking soda, we recommend using Actinera® Bamboo Charcoal Face Wash. Our face wash contains activated charcoal that effectively controls oil and eliminates dirt. Its smooth and mild formulation is perfect for those who have sensitive skin. With regular use, you have fewer blackheads to worry about, and your pores will shrink to size.
If you want to keep thing simple and easy, we encourage you to use Actinera® Deep Pore-Suction Mask. Once you prep your skin, just apply the mask on your face. Leave it to dry for 15-30 minutes, and peel it off. Rinse off any left-over mask or wipe your face with a warm, moist towel. You can use it all over your face or for spot treatment on your nose and chin.