Baking soda has a moderately successful track record in treating symptoms of acne and eczema. There are a litany of home remedies for acne which are variously touted, with baking soda being one of them. As with all home remedies, we recommend that you take a cautious approach. At first, it is best to apply to only a small area of skin to see how it reacts. If you experience positive results from this test then apply it to a larger area.
Why does baking soda work for acne and eczema?
Baking soda is known as a “base” and will lower the pH levels of a substance when it is added. It is believed that the baking soda counteracts the acidity on the epidermis which encourages the growth of acne and its symptoms. In addition, the mildly gritty texture of baking soda acts as an exfoliate. It successfully combines with dirt and oils on the surface of the skin and helps to remove these acne inflaming agents.
How to make baking soda acne cream
In a small bowl, combine water and baking powder at a 2 to 1 ratio and mix it into a smooth paste. You can use a spoon or a whisk, or if you have a small blender that works great too. It is important to make sure you are using baking soda and not baking powder.
Some people prefer to add additional ingredients to the paste for added effect. One popular choice is cucumber, which is a common ingredient in facial masks. Another is apple, which increases the pH of the mixture, and also adds a pleasant scent. You can experiment on your own to see which concoction works best to alleviate your acne symptoms.
Once you have blended your preferred ingredients, cover the bowl and put it in the refrigerator. You want to let the mixture set for at least a few hours for best results. The refrigeration is recommended because it will thicken the cream and also make its application more pleasant with a cool sensation on the skin.
Apply the baking soda mask to your acne
First, wash your skin with soap and water and allow to dry. Next, gently apply a layer of the cream to the area of your skin affected by acne or eczema. Do not strongly rub or grind the baking soda into your skin, as it is mildly abrasive. Allow the mixture to rest on the face for 10 to 20 minutes, after which gently wash off with warm water and a washcloth.
You may then re-apply the mask once about every two or three days. Watch your acne symptoms and see if they respond to the baking soda treatment. You should start to see some improvement after the first few treatments.