Baking soda may help get rid of pimples by absorbing acne-causing oils from your skin and by exfoliating dead skin cells that clog pores. While baking soda’s effectiveness is debated, there are a variety of ways you can use baking soda to clear up your skin. Keep in mind that you may need to use baking soda for a few days before you start noticing an improvement. Additionally, baking soda may irritate some people’s skin, and it can interfere with the skin’s pH.
Use baking soda as a spot treatment for pimples on your face.
To make a spot treatment out of baking soda, mix 1 part baking soda with 1 part water in a small cup or bowl. Then, apply a thin layer of the baking soda paste to any pimples on your face that you want to get rid of.if (WH.video)WH.video.add(document.getElementById(‘mvid-c79acf3ab7’));
You can leave the baking soda spot treatment on your pimples for 15-30 minutes a time, less if you have sensitive skin. If this helps, you can extend how long you keep it on for.
When you’re done with the spot treatment, remove it by washing your face or wiping the baking soda off with a warm washcloth.
If you notice any irritation or if your acne starts to get worse, stop using baking soda as a spot treatment.
Try using baking soda as an exfoliating face wash 2-3 times a week.
Gentle exfoliation helps remove dead skin cells that can clog your pores and cause breakouts. To make an exfoliating face wash with baking soda, add 1 teaspoon (4.9 mL) of baking soda to the face wash you usually use.if (WH.video)WH.video.add(document.getElementById(‘mvid-862bea7cf2’));
If you don’t have a face wash to use, mix the baking soda with 1 teaspoon (4.9 mL) of raw honey instead.
When you’re washing your face, gently scrub the face wash into your skin using small circular motions. Be careful not to scrub the face wash into the sensitive skin around your eyes.
Apply a baking soda mask to your face once a week.
A weekly baking soda mask can also help get rid of pimples on your face. To make the mask, mix 2 tablespoons (30 mL) of baking soda with 2 tablespoons (30 mL) of water in a bowl. Then, spread the baking soda mask onto your face, being careful not to get it in your eyes.if (WH.video)WH.video.add(document.getElementById(‘mvid-24c7005678’));
Leave the mask on for 15-30 minutes before rinsing it off with warm water. If you have sensitive skin, start with 5-10 minutes.
If the mask is too thick to spread onto your face or so thin that it’s dripping, adjust how much baking soda and water you’re using.
Take a baking soda bath to clear up body acne.
A baking soda bath is an easy way to treat pimples on your body with baking soda. To prepare the bath, fill your bathtub with warm water and then add 1⁄2 cup (120 mL) of baking soda.if (WH.video)WH.video.add(document.getElementById(‘mvid-a33c0da55a’));
Soak in the bath for 15-30 minutes.
If your skin is sensitive, use more water to dilute the baking soda. Only soak for 5-10 minutes at a time.
While you’re soaking in the bath, use a loofah or sponge to rub the baking soda bath water into your skin.
Try using baking soda as an exfoliating body scrub.
Exfoliating your body can help prevent clogged pores and breakouts. To make a baking soda body scrub, mix 3 parts baking soda with 1 part water in a small container. Then, gently rub the mixture into your skin and rinse it off in the shower.if (WH.video)WH.video.add(document.getElementById(‘mvid-4629123b7d’));
You can also mix baking soda in with your regular body wash.
Make a clarifying shampoo with baking soda to prevent neck and back acne.
Clarifying shampoos help remove dirt and product build-up from hair that can cause breakouts on your neck and back. To make a clarifying shampoo with baking soda, add 1⁄2 teaspoon (2.5 mL) of baking soda to a bottle of shampoo. Then, wash your hair like you normally would.
Remember to rinse your hair thoroughly so the baking soda shampoo doesn’t dry out your scalp.
Use your baking soda clarifying shampoo once a month.
Make a baking soda, honey, and lemon juice paste for stubborn pimples.
To make the paste, mix 1⁄2 teaspoon (2.5 mL) of baking soda, 1⁄2 teaspoon (2.5 mL) of lemon juice, and 1 teaspoon (4.9 mL) of honey in a small bowl. Then, apply the paste to any irritated pimples you want to get rid of.if (WH.video)WH.video.add(document.getElementById(‘mvid-1a1190dbd9’));
Lemon juice can help decrease dark spots on the skin caused by pimples.
The baking soda and lemon juice will help the pimples dry out, while the honey will reduce inflammation so the pimples are less red and swollen.
Mix baking soda, avocado oil, and lavender oil to make a hydrating scrub.
To make the scrub, combine 2 tablespoons (30 mL) each of baking soda and avocado oil in a small bowl. Then, add a few drops of lavender oil and thoroughly stir the mixture.if (WH.video)WH.video.add(document.getElementById(‘mvid-bd738d43f6’));
To use the hydrating face scrub, gently massage it into your clean face for 5 minutes before rinsing it off.
Use the scrub once a week to help prevent pimples from forming on your face.
Use essential oils and baking soda to make a fragrant body scrub.
Essential oils like lavender oil, spearmint oil, and lime oil can give your body scrub a nice, soothing smell. Just mix 3 parts baking soda with 1 part water and then add a few drops of your favorite essential oils.if (WH.video)WH.video.add(document.getElementById(‘mvid-bf6babc456’));
To use the body scrub, rub it into your skin with your hands or a loofah and then rinse it off in the shower.