Baking soda is a godsend for DIY recipes. Apart from being the star ingredient in home cleaning hacks, baking soda is also famous for beauty treatments.
One particular skin condition it can help with is acne.
Acne may seemingly be just a physical condition. But it can affect us psychologically, too. Along with summoning pimples, redness, and inflammation, this skin condition can also impact our emotional health. Study after study, researchers have found that people with acne can also develop: depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, poor self-image, decreased quality of life, and a feeling of being all alone.
I've suffered this skin condition, too. What has made the most significant difference for me was adopting a healthy skin diet and being consistent in keeping my skin clean.One of my favorite DIY remedies for clear skin is a homemade baking soda mask. Learn why it's so effective and how to prepare it yourself!
What Is Baking Soda, And What Is It Not?
What It Is
Baking soda, a.k.a. sodium bicarbonate is an alkaline substance helpful in managing pH levels. It helps neutralize acidic substances both inside and outside the body.
When mixed with water, baking soda is typically used to treat acid indigestion and heartburn. Several studies have also shown that toothpaste containing baking soda is more effective in whitening and removing plaque.
Baking soda is also known for its anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties. As an anti-inflammatory, this ingredient can reduce inflammations on the skin. The antiseptic properties keep skin clean and bad bacteria free. These properties make it an ideal component in DIY skin care remedies.
When combined with other ingredients, baking soda can be used to make a dry or wet deodorant. Some mouthwashes also use this ingredient to aid in mechanically cleansing teeth and gums.
What It Is Not
Baking soda is not baking powder. The former is pure 100% sodium bicarbonate. This purity is precisely what we want to add in the baking soda mask for acne. On the other hand, baking powder is a mixture of sodium bicarbonate, corn starch, and other raising agents.
Baking powder can substitute baking soda when baking cookies and pies. But when it comes to skin care, you want to use 100% sodium bicarbonate. This will ensure that you can get all the benefits baking soda offers.
So make sure to stay away from baking powder for skin care purposes.
Even though baking soda is useful in combating acne, it is NOT recommended for everyday use.
It is too basic for an overall wash, especially if used frequently. The pH scale is from 0 to 14. Anything above 7 is alkaline, and anything below 7 is acidic. A pH of 7.0 is neutral. Healthy skin is slightly acidic (can vary between 4.5 and 6.5; averaging on 4.7). This acid forms a protective oil barrier, keeping the skin moisturized and healthy.
Baking soda, on the other hand, has a pH level of 9. Applying a strong alkaline base to the skin can strip it of all its natural oils and leave it unprotected from bacteria.
Therefore this baking soda acne mask is not recommended for dry and sensitive skin types. And even if you are on the oilier side, it is not recommended to use this mask every day. Start from using it once a week, then work your way up to 3 times a week.
Baking Soda Acne Mask - Recipe
- 2 tablespoons baking soda
- 1 tablespoon orange juice
- 2 drops lemon essential oil
Note: You can substitute lemon oil with your favorite essential oil. I chose the lemon one as it suits perfectly the orange juice.
How To Prepare and Use It?
- Mix the ingredients in a small bowl.
- Apply to clean skin and wait five minutes.
- Rinse clean and pat your skin dry. To prevent your skin from drying out, intermediately follow up with a moisturizer.
Baking soda is a powerful acne remedy. But if not used with caution, it can cause more harm than good.
Always take your skin type into consideration before applying whatever DIY remedy, and beauty products in general, to your face. Doing your research on ingredients can go a long way towards your skin's overall health.
Not sure about your skin type? Talk to your dermatologist and adapt your skin care regimen to your skin needs.
Do you use baking soda in your skin care? Share your DIY recipes in the comments below.
Thank you for reading, and I hope this post was helpful.
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