Baking soda is one of the ingredients found in your kitchen with several uses. And did you know that one of its benefits is treating blackheads? However, before you can use it as a beauty regimen, you need to know the ways to use baking soda properly to avoid skin irritation.
Even though baking soda looks harmless when you use it as a treatment for acne, blackheads, and or whiteheads, incorrect use of it can cause skin irritation, which eventually may lead to infection. Remember that the skin’s natural pH level is within 4.5 to 5.5, while baking soda has a pH level of 9 (alkaline). Applying products with high levels of alkaline can compromise the lipid layers of the skin, which may result in skin dryness and irritation.
To avoid skin dryness, irritation, inflammation, and infection, from happening, you should use baking soda properly when you need to treat blackheads.
What is the safest way of using baking soda when treating blackheads?
There are several methods of treating blackheads using baking soda; one of the easiest and common methods is mixing baking soda with water. If you are new to this, here is a guideline on how to make baking soda and water mixture and how to use it:
#1: Prepare the baking soda and water mixture
Mix equal parts of baking soda and lukewarm water; preferably, 1 to 2 teaspoons of baking soda. Avoid using more than 2 teaspoons of baking soda because it can cause more harm than do good. Mix the ingredients until it forms like a paste.
#2: Wash your face
Before applying the mixture to the affected area where blackheads are prominent, you need to wash your face with a facial cleanser and warm water, it will help open up the pores.
#3: Applying the paste to the affected area
After washing and drying your face, you may apply the baking soda and water mixture to the affected area. Gently rub a thin layer of the mixture to the skin with blackheads. And then, leave the paste for 2 to 3 minutes or until it dries out.
#4: Rinse the paste
After the baking soda and water solution have dried out, rinse your face with warm water first. Next, use cool water to completely rinse off the paste. And then, dry your face with a clean towel. To ensure that your skin won’t dry out after using the paste, try applying an oil-free facial moisturizer.
Other Methods You May Try
There are other ways to use baking soda in treating and preventing blackhead formation that you need to learn more about, which includes the following:
- Baking soda with milk
- Baking soda with apple cider
- Baking soda with lemon juice
- Baking soda with hydrogen peroxide
- Baking soda with honey
Additional Information to Take Note
Excessive use of baking soda can cause skin dryness and irritation. Thus, it is recommended to use baking soda once to twice per week. Also, it is helpful to use facial moisturizer every after you apply any baking soda mixture; this will help hydrate the skin.