How to Use Baking Soda as Acne Treatment

Acne leaves scars on your face that will just make you feel very inconvenient to participate in social gatherings. You might have tried many creams and herbs which are not very promising. Baking soda will not only work but is also a very inexpensive way to cure acne compared to those expensive creams.

You should know first how to use baking soda as an effective measure to treat acne:

Before the application of baking soda, it is essential to wash your face thoroughly to get rid of all the dirt and any make up. Now, do not dry the face with a towel. Let it remain damp. Take about three to four teaspoons of baking soda in your palm. Just add few drops of water. Make sure not to make it too watery. If the solution is very watery it will run down the face and will not work. Now, apply the paste to the face. Let it dry for about a minute and wash the face.

Be cautious not to use baking soda for quite a long time. It will cause dryness of the skin. In some people with dry skin, the skin may appear dry even after applying baking soda for about a minute. This can be overcome by applying moisturizer to the face immediately after washing off the baking soda.

What is principle behind the working of baking soda?

Washing the face after application of baking soda causes the skin pores to open up. They open up the clogged skin pores by eliminating the top most skin layer that is filled with oily secretions, dead skin cells and dust. As a result it restricts bacterial growth and hence, helps to gain control over acne.

The benefit of using baking soda is that it is free of chemicals. Hence, it will not leave any unwanted side effects such as additional scars or dullness of skin texture and color which is commonly seen in case of commercial acne creams. It will not cause any irritation even upon regular use. An added benefit is that it gets rid of dead skin cells and thereby improves your skin tone.

It is suitable even for daily use. However, people with very sensitive skin should not use it on regular basis. It can cause skin irritation.

Lastly, some people say that long term use of baking soda causes pH imbalance of the skin. This in turn promotes bacterial growth, a major factor responsible for acne. No treatment works for each and every patient. The effectiveness of any treatment depends on the body condition and the extent of the disease. The same applies to acne and the use of baking soda to gain control over the acne. Test your skin initially, if you see an increase in acne or if you do not experience any positive results even after long term use of baking soda, discontinue using it and take the advice of a dermatologist to cope up with acne.

The faster you take action to control acne; the better would be the results of any acne treatment.


  1. D Smith Reply
    September 12, 2012 at 2:31 am

    Good general info here. A couple of important things I'd like to add though. One is to be sure to rinse thoroughly. This means not just a lot of water, but also to gently rub your face as the water flows over it (I do this in the shower). Baking soda, although pretty soluble, tends to leave a slight residue once the water dries (which seems to be the primary cause of the dryness and irritation) even when you run water over it but the rubbing under the water helps to remove it.

    The other thing is if the first time you try it, it doesn't work… don't be discouraged. The "recipe" can be tailored to your skin type. If your face doesn't feel so clean or clear after, you may need a slightly bit more baking soda and if you get dryness, less baking soda more water. Always use at least a little water to make a paste and not just dry baking soda since it's less effective dry than even the slightest bit of water and more likely to cause irritation. Never forget to rinse thoroughly also. Best wishes to you!

  2. Nikita Reply
    September 18, 2012 at 10:46 am

    Great, straight forward article. The plus is I believe this treatment is great for me and my acne!

  3. Lynn Reply
    October 5, 2012 at 1:04 pm

    I would suggest avoiding Arm & Hammer baking soda for anything other than odors in the fridge. It contains aluminum which is highly toxic to the human body. Most everything you buy at Walmart or other public food stores contain numerous toxins and heavy metals not to mention all the genetically modified (cancer causing) fruit and vegetables being pawned off on us. Thanks to Monsanto and Big Agra corporations taking control of our food supply. Use Red's Baking Soda. It is aluminum free (as ALL baking soda SHOULD be) and you can buy it online at most health supplement stores.

  4. Brenda Reply
    February 12, 2013 at 11:35 pm

    Great article! I actually got into this regime when a dermatologist himself suggest people should put a little of baking soda in their facial cleanser saying it would work amazing… And it truly did for me! Lol! All depends on your skin type so if your skin doesn't improve then this is probably isn't for you. Best wishes!

    P.S. I also add a small amount of honey in with the mixture just to add a little bit of moister back and it helps reduce any redness or irritation. My skin has never looked better!

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