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05 August 2012

The Best Way to Get Rid of Blackheads? Baking Soda!



If you told me 5 years ago that baking soda could be used for anything other than baking (and cleaning silver) I would have been highly suspicious, to say the least.

Fast-forward to 2011:
I've been seeing every now and then blog posts about people ditching conventional shampoos in favor of simple baking soda - a method called "no-pooing". In fact, those posts and forum topics got so many that I decided to try the method myself. Lo and behold, it worked!

It worked so well that today we don't have a single shampoo bottle at home.

Slow-motion to 2012:
Washing my hair with baking soda has given me healthier and stronger hair. In my weekly ceremonies of bringing the kitchen to the bathroom I've had thoughts crossing my mind. Mostly about applying baking soda as a facial scrub to clean blackheads.

If baking soda is good for the scalp, it should be good for the skin on my face, right?

And my face... although I have amiable features my face has always been on the oily side. Well into my 30s I feel I still haven't passed puberty in certain days of the month. Quite bothering and humiliating at times.

Cleaning my face with baking soda once a week, in addition to washing my hair, became a ritual I didn't put much thought in until the day my husband noticed my face was visibly cleaner. Without expecting any fast results (or any results whatsoever) I had incorporated the new routine and the greatest part was that it worked!
baking soda against blackheads
Image: Alessandro Pautasso

As any person with long acne/blackhead/oily skin history I have tried virtually any commercial product. 15+ years is a long time to try any new magical lotion and yet, nothing cleaned my face quite well.

Until I tried simply rubbing some baking soda on my damp face.

Here is how to get rid of your blackheads

You need:
  • 1 tablespoon baking soda
  • damp face

1. Make sure your face is clean. I don't use any facial cleanser for that. Instead I wash my face thoroughly with plain water a few times a day.

2. Dampen your face. I find it most convenient to apply this method while taking a shower. The warm water opens up the pores.

3. Get the baking soda with your damp fingers and start massaging it onto your skin with circular motions. Don't press hard, just massage. Concentrate on the areas where you get most blackheads - the forehead, the nose, the chin, etc.

4. Rub for 30 seconds and rinse. Avoid leaving the baking soda on your skin for longer periods, that wouldn't make it more effective and it may irritate your skin.

Your skin will be visibly clean after the first application!

The baking soda scrub is also effective in keeping your body smooth, so you can use it on your body as well!

Note: Don't apply baking soda on open wounds and squeezed pimples. Better treat them with banana peels. If the baking soda scrub stings, rinse off immediately. Stop immediately if you have any reactions such as a rash or an increase in acne. When in doubt seek advice from a dermatologist.

With the baking soda scrub you are not only saving money and achieving great results, are making an environmentally conscious choice! 


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