Four Baking Soda Masks for Removing Blackheads

March 6, 2018
Spots and blackheads are caused by dirt and bacteria under the skin’s surface. In this article, we’ll show you 4 baking soda that are cheap, easy and effective.

Baking soda is a great ingredient for exfoliating the skin, keeping it smooth and free of impurities, and removing blackheads. In addition to that, it helps to neutralise the pH which can be affected by make-up and other products. When the pH changes, bacteria, grease, and blackheads can appear.

Take note of the following masks for removing blackheads. You’ll find they’re really easy and great for your skin.

Why use baking soda for removing blackheads?

  • Baking soda is a natural ingredient with no associated side-effects, as long as you don’t use it excessively.
  • The bubbling action of baking soda cleans your skin gently and literally pulls the dirt out of the pores. It’s the ingredient to use if your pores are very clogged.

1. Baking Soda and Water

Baking soda for removing blackheads.

This first mask is the simplest option. Apply it each night after removing your make-up.

Ingredients

  • 1 tsp. of baking soda
  • 2 tbsps. of water

How to use it

  • Firstly, remove all make-up and clean your face with warm water to open the pores.
  • Then mix the baking soda and water to make a paste.
  • Apply it over your t-zone and leave it to act for 5 minutes.
  • Finally, massage it in for 2 minutes and then rinse with cold water.

Read more: Homemade Makeup Remover for Sensitive Skin

2. Lemon Juice and Brown Sugar Mask

Woman with lemon juice and brown sugar mask.

If you’ve been trying to remove blackheads for a long time with no success, then try out this exfoliant.

The sugar helps the expulsion of the deepest dirt and smoothens the skin without irritating it. At the same time, the lemon has an astringent and anti-bacterial effect which reduces the chance of infections.

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsps. of baking soda
  • 2 tbsps. of brown sugar
  • ½ cup of lemon juice

How to use it

  • Firstly, mix all the ingredients together and apply the mixture to your face. Make sure your face is clean.
  • Then use your fingertips to massage the mask around your face, paying special attention to your nose and chin.
  • Leave it act for 15 minutes and then rinse it off.

3. Baking Soda and Rosemary

A woman having a facial mask,

Rosemary water softens and hydrates the skin and closes the pores at the same time. This is great because the smaller your pores, the less chance there is for toxins to accumulate in them.

Furthermore, rosemary water counteracts inflammation and is good for sensitive skin, cleansing it gently.

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsps. of warm rosemary water
  • 2 tbsps. of baking soda

How to use it

  • Firstly, clean your face as you usually do or with water and soap.
  • Mix the rosemary water and baking soda together and then apply the resulting past over the areas where you have blackheads.
  • After that, leave it to act for 15 minutes.
  • Finally, rinse with warm water and dry with a soft towel.

Apply moisturizer and repeat this application 3 times a week.

Read more: Cleanse Your Skin with Almonds and Rosemary Water

4. Baking Soda and Milk

A face mask with baking soda and milk.

Our final face mask for removing blackheads involves milk. Baking soda contains acids which neutralise the alkalinity of the skin. As for the milk, its lactic acid helps clean and exfoliate your skin.

Ingredients

How to use it

  • Firstly, mix the ingredients together to make a paste.
  • Apply it to clean skin and then leave it to act for 1 minute.
  • Finally, remove it with warm water, cleaning in circular movements.
  • Apply it three times a week.

Things to be careful of when using these masks

Baking soda is a very neutral substance, and normally ideal for removing blackheads. However, there are certain things that it’s important to remember:

  • Avoid applying these masks over places where you have irritation of wounds. Although the majority of ingredients will not cause any problems, you may irritate wounds. However, the best choice is to wait until they’ve healed and the irritation has gone. Normally, this takes about two to five days. If you notice that your skin is not improving, then make a visit to a dermatologist.
  • Don’t use these masks excessively. If you apply them more often than suggested, they may cause irritation to your skin. Even if you have a lot of blackheads, you should stick to the instructions we’ve suggested. It’s quite normal with any beauty product to start noticing the results after the third week of use.
  • Stop using these masks if they cause you any problems at all. Although you may not have had any problems with any of these ingredients before, stop using them if you notice any negative effects. Environmental factors and other beauty products can often cause problems, even if you’ve never experienced them before.
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