Can you use baking soda to treat acne?

Here’s an explanation for this question. When the pores on a person's face are clogged due to the oils produced by your body or by external dirt, acne occurs soon after. Due to this blockage, bacteria develop on the skin, which leads to breakouts or pimples.

While many of you may agree that natural remedies are the best way to treat all skin-related problems, what could be the ingredient that is most effective? Baking soda. It is popularly known as the best natural remedy for acne breakouts and scar prevention.

Although acne occurs on the face most commonly, it may also affect the chest, neck, and back. It may not be a serious condition but pimples can cause discomfort and sometimes pain too. And not to forget what it can do to a person's self-esteem!

Here’s why baking soda is beneficial for the skin. It has anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties, which help reduce acne breakouts and manage pain and inflammation of the skin. However, the usage of baking soda on the skin is not widely recommended by healthcare professionals, since it may irritate the skin and remove important some protective oils. Hence it is best to avoid using baking soda every day and only use minimal amounts every time.

Ways to use baking soda:

Face mask: Add one teaspoon of baking soda to a facial cleanser and mix with a small amount of warm water. Massage this paste to the affected areas and leave it on for ten minutes before washing it off with warm water.

Face wash: Add one teaspoon of baking soda to a face wash and apply to the face and wash off with warm water.

Since baking soda dries out the skin, apply a hydrating moisturizer immediately after using it on your face. This way you can prevent dry skin and tightness.

Side effects of baking soda:

• May turn the skin dry

• Can cause early onset of wrinkles

• Irritation of the skin

• Sensitivity to sun

-Sumana
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