Many people know baking soda (sodium bicarbonate) has a number of health, household, and beauty benefits. But did you know that baking soda also works well in treating blackheads? Baking soda’s mild abrasive properties helps to clean the skin and remove blackheads.
Blackheads are typically black or yellow and occur when skin pores become clogged with dirt, oil, and dead skin cells. These are simply pimples without skin that, when exposed to air, become oxidized and turn black. People of all skin types suffer from blackheads, but are most common with oily skin.
If you are looking for a natural and gentle remedy that removes blackheads without stripping off the natural layer of your skin, try baking soda in combination with other ingredients. Read below for 12 amazing uses of baking soda!
Is Baking Soda Good for Blackheads?
Yes, it is! Baking soda exfoliates your skin leaving is soft and smooth while unclogging pores containing dead skin cells. It helps to neutralize your skin’s pH level and allows it to produce less oil, completely preventing blackheads. It is not necessary to use baking soda for blackheads only. In fact, if you are looking for a chemical-free cleanser, you can try homemade baking soda face wash for blackheads as well.
How to Use Baking Soda for Blackheads?
Are you wondering how to remove blackheads with baking soda? Try any of these simple and easy methods to get rid of blackheads.
1. Baking Soda with Water
To enhance the effectiveness of baking soda, a warm water soak or splash on the face beforehand is recommended. This helps to open up the pores and loosen the gunk in them.
- Mix a teaspoon of baking soda and a small amount of water making a fine paste.
- Wash your face with warm water.
- Apply the paste to your face while focusing on the affected area(s).
- Let it sit for 2 – 3 minutes.
- Massage your face gently in circular motions for 2-3 minutes. This will help to loosen up the dead skin cells, blackheads, dirt, and impurities.
- Using warm water, rinse off the paste.
- Splash cold water on your face to shrink the pores and prevent dirt from entering it.
- Repeat 1-2 times a week for best results.
Optional: Apply apple cider vinegar solution (diluted equal parts of ACV and water) with a cotton ball to tone your skin to return your skin’s normal pH level.
2. Baking Soda and Toothpaste for Blackheads:
- In a bowl of warm water, soak a washcloth or cotton pad. Wring out the excess and place it on the blackhead affected area for 1 minute. This step helps to open up the pores.
- Combine 1 part each of baking soda and toothpaste. Now add 2 parts of water to it and stir well to make a paste with fine consistency.
- Using a toothbrush, rub the mixture on the affected area for 30 – 60 seconds.
- Wipe off or rinse the paste with water.
- Repeat the process once in a day until the blackheads are gone completely.
3. Baking Soda with Honey
When baking soda is mixed with honey, it shows an effect of oil-drying and exfoliating action which is very helpful in removing blackheads.
- Mix a teaspoon of honey, 2 teaspoons of salt, and a teaspoon of baking soda for blackheads and form a fine paste.
- Apply to the affected areas by gently massaging in circular motions.
- Let it sit for 5 – 7 minutes.
- Rinse with a washcloth and warm water
- Follow the process once in a day until you see the results.
- Note:Baking soda and salt will dry out excess oil on the skin and clog pores to remove the dirt, dust, and other impurities.
4. Baking Soda with Lemon
- Mix 2 tablespoons of baking soda, 2 tablespoons of granulated brown sugar, and 1/4 cup of lemon juice until evenly blended.
- Pat your skin with water and gently massage it with your fingers, focusing on the dry patches or problem areas.
- Allow the mask to rest for 10 – 15 minutes.
- Repeat the process once in a week until you achieve the results.
- Note:The natural acids in lemons gently cleanse excess skin and remove impurities by penetrating into the deeper skin layers, leaving the skin toned and less prone to breakouts.
5. Baking Soda with Apple Cider Vinegar
- Combine 2 tablespoons of baking soda and 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar. Make sure to slowly pour the vinegar into baking soda to keep the mixture from bubbling over.
- Mix well until thoroughly mixed.
- Spread the paste on the areas where you want to remove blackheads. Avoid the area around your eyes.
- Leave it on for 20 – 30 minutes or until it dries completely, keeping your head up to prevent dry chunks from falling off your face. You will feel an itching sensation when the mask begins to dry. This is reaction caused while the mixture is drawing out the facial impurities from the skin.
- Rinse your face with warm water until no visible signs of the mask remain.
- Wash your face with your normal daily facial cleanser to clear any mask residue.
- Pat your face dry with clean and dry towel.
Caution: If the application is causing any burning sensation or super hot feeling or anything weird sensation then wash it off immediately.
6. Baking Soda Facial Scrub
In this process, we will use essential oils like rosemary oil, peppermint oil, tea tree oil, sandalwood oil or any other oil. When baking soda is combined with essential oil, it exhibits an exfoliating property and softens the skin.
- To a wide-mouth jar, add 2 tablespoons of baking soda.
- Gradually, add enough water to make a thick paste.
- Add a few drops of any essential oil(s).
- Mix well and apply it on your face, focusing on the affected areas.
- Let it dry until it forms a crusty layer on the skin.
- Wet your hands with warm water and scrub gently in small circles.
- Repeat 2-3 times a week.
- Note:Store the remaining mixture in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight. Use the solution within 2 weeks.
7. Baking Soda with Sugar
- Mix one tablespoon of baking soda, one tablespoon of granulated sugar, and 2 tablespoons of water.
- Wet your skin using warm water. Now massage the paste gently in circular motions.
- Leave on for a few minutes.
- Rinse with warm water
- Pat face dry.
- Follow the treatment 1 or 2 times in week until you notice the results.
8. Baking Soda with Rubbing Alcohol
Now, this one is an ultimate remedy for baking soda pore cleanser. Read below to learn how to prepare and use it:
- Rinse your face or the affected area with mild oil-free facial cleanser.
- Dry your face with a clean towel.
- Gently disinfect and dry out the area by applying a cotton ball with rubbing alcohol.
- Avoid areas that are dry, peeling or inflamed.
- Boil 1/2 cup of water.
- Add 1/2 cup of baking soda to make a fine paste.
- Allow the mixture to cool.
- Apply the paste to your skin with your fingers while avoiding areas that are dry or inflamed to prevent the irritation.
- Allow the paste to dry.
- Rinse with warm water.
- Splash your face with cold water to close the pores and reduce redness and inflammation.
9. Baking Soda with Herbs
- Wash your face with normal cleanser.
- Boil a cup of water with a few strings of fresh rosemary or elder flowers.
- Allow it to cool for 10 – 15 minutes.
- Drape a long towel over your head making a tent.
- Hold your face 12 inches over the pot for 5 minutes.
- Mix 2 tablespoons of baking soda and 2 tablespoons of warm water making a thin paste.
- Apply paste on your skin, concentrating on the affected areas.
- Gently scrub for 2 – 4 minutes.
- Rinse with warm water.
- Pat dry using a dry, clean towel.
- Apply facial moisturizer suited to your skin type.
- Take a face steam and scrub once in a day using the mixture of baking soda and water for blackheads till they are gone completely. In order to prevent blackheads, you have to use baking soda and water mixture few times a week instead of normal facial cleanser.
- Repeat 2-3 times a week instead of normal facial cleanser.
Note:This streaming process helps to open up the skin pores and makes it easier to remove the blackheads.
10. Baking Soda with Distilled Water
- Mix a teaspoon of baking soda with a pint of distilled water in a clean bowl.
- Moisten a clean towel or washcloth with warm water and place it on the affected area or take a warm shower to opens the skin pores.
- Dip cotton balls in the baking soda solution, squeezing out the excess solution.
- Apply to the affected skin.
- Let it sit for 10 minutes.
- Fully saturate additional cotton balls, wrapping them around your index finger making sure to cover your nail.
- Position the cotton balls on opposite sides of the blackheads and press straight down onto the skin by applying gentle pressure.
- Rinse with benzoyl peroxide containing an exfoliating cleanser to clean off the sebum and dirt.
11. Baking Soda with Salt
Baking soda and salt will dry out the oiliness in the skin and clog the pores to remove the dirt, dust and other impurities.
- Mix equal quantities of baking soda and salt in a bowl.
- Soak a washcloth in warm water and dampen your face using it.
- Apply the powdered mixture, avoiding the eye area.
- Gently massage in circular motions for 5 – 10 minutes. Rinse it off using cool water.
- Though the mixture is very handy for blackheads removal, it can lead to cracking and drying of the skin and irritation if used regularly. So it is recommended try this treatment only once in week.
12. Baking Soda with Milk
It works well to treat blackheads. Baking soda contains acid – neutralizing alkalinity and milk has lactic acid to clear the pores and lightly exfoliate. It provides a gentle and quick facial to prevent the blackheads.
- Mix a tablespoon of baking soda and 1/4 cup of milk.
- Apply the mixture on face and gently massage in circulation motion.
- Leave it on for 5 minutes and rinse off using warm water.
- Now, splash some cool water.
- Repeat the treatment once in a day for effective results.
Warnings and Tips for Safety:
- Avoid applying baking soda on open wounds or squeezed pimples as it causes some irritation and worsens the problem.
- Repeated or over-usage of baking soda or salt can irritate the skin and cause drying and cracking, make the situation worse.
- Stop and immediately rinse if you have an allergic skin reaction such as rash or an increase. Consult a dermatologist if you experience and allergic reaction.
- Doing any or the above-mentioned methods a single time will not give immediate results. You must regularly repeat the processes until you experience complete relief.
Have you tried any of these methods? Do you know any other methods to treat Blackheads? Share your experience with us!
Other Ingredients which helps to treat effectively for blackheads – Honey for Blackheads, Lemon for Blckheads.
awsome it really works
Which method did you use?
please note that baking soda is not an acid but rather an alkali as it has a pH of 8
How I can whitten my face
Try any method mentioned above in the article. Apart from that, use a sunscreen before going out, exfoliate regularly, include vitamin rich fruits and vegetables in your diet and drink plenty of water to keep yourself hydrated and flush out toxins.
I’m just trying some of these out now i really hope they work
Good Luck and share your experience with us.
The baking soda with honey really works!! I saw it on youtube there was a girl that did just baking soda and honey trust me i tried it and it worked amazingly!! In this article it says to mix honey baking soda and salt but guys even without salt its amazing the way it clears up your nose!??
I tryed the first one on the list and my face feels so good!
How many times a week can I do these? I have clogged pores on the forehead, nose and upper cheeks.
You can repeat the process 3 times in a week.
I’ve mixed baking soda, sugar, honey & water for the first time & it worked does using it twice in a week cause any problem?
No, it doesn’t cause any problem.
I tried the baking soda with honey n trust me its soooo gud
which is the most suitable method to clear old blackheads
Choosing is difficult as the method which works for me may not work for you and vice versa. You can choose any method as per your convenience and try it.
can u mix baking soda, salt and vinegar and water?
Yes, you can. Try it and let us know your experience.
Is baking soda helps to prevent oil ?
As baking soda contains drying nature, it can absorb the excess oil present on the skin. Apart from that it helps in minimizing the excess oil production.
It’s good I tried baking soda with honey and it’s amazing. thankyou
I’m so starting to notice very large pores (blackheads) on my nose and chin. Uuuggghhhhh! I use a soap free and oil free cleanser then an oil free moisturizer with .5% salicylic acid moisturizer. I’ve added witch hazel (and sometimes add a drop of lavender essential oil) as a toner.
A few times a week, I add sugar to my cleanser as a facial scrub.
There are so many different opinions out there, about witch hazel, essential oils and sugars (as natural remedies).
I have combination skin, and the top of my nose is dry (maybe as I live in a dry climate), so should I even use the baking soda now?
I’m considering trying the baking soda and milk item above. I
You can try the baking soda and milk method to close the open pores.
Raw or Boiled milk?
Sorry but am confused.
Even if I somehow believe that it must be raw as people use that on skin but can you be a bit clear about it!!!
Thank you ?
You can use raw milk for effective results.
Hy can u plz give me some tips for pores in face..
I hav also pores on nose and cheek..plzz how can I remove and small small red pimple on my whole face…
For pores, you can combine lemon juice, honey and sugar in enough amounts to make scrub. Massage it on the nose and cheek for 5 minutes. Leave the application for 10 minutes and rinse off with water. Repeat the process 3 times in a week to reduce the pores. For treating pimples, you can try any process mentioned in this article – http://wellness.guide/pimples/
I have slightly dark skin in my face alone when compared to my body and neck areas. My skin on face alone gets dark. Naturally by birth i have got a white skin but as when pimples came on my face at the age of 10 my face alone got darker and duller as i grow up. I have tried many things to get a fairer skin on my face. But nothing works out. Tell me the best idea to get instant and my real fairness on my face by using baking soda. Is that true that baking soda gives fairer and white skin……please give me any nice idea….to get instant fairness on my face
Yes, baking soda is helpful in exfoliating the impurities and lightening the skin. However, we recommend trying the routine mentioned in this article – http://wellness.guide/skin-lightening/ to achieve back your fair skin.
May I use any brand of baking soda?
Yes, you can.
I use the baking soda and water paste maybe once a month. Works really well to smooth my skin. After rinsing I use some well brewed and cooled Rooibos tea (slightly acidic) to correct my skins pH. I also use the Rooibos tea as a toner twice a day (I make a batch and freeze them into ice cubes and then just defrost as needed). My skin has improved greatly I think because of the antioxidants in the tea. Please note that I’m of Indian decent so the deep orange colour of the tea isn’t really noticeable on my skin so I’m not sure if it will stain the skin of people with lighter complexions
Can I use baking powder instead?
No, don’t use baking powder instead of baking soda. They both are different ingredients.
Hello admin my upper and lowere eye just got darker instead of blending with my facial fairness and am so disturbed coz I just noticed this some months ago when I started having cream reaction like stretch Marks, green vein I stopped whatever soap and cream I was using then and got a new cream Fr François bedon carrote but now my whole body is getting darker please can u help?
Stop using the commercial creams and the chemicals present in it might be the reason for the darkness. Try to follow the routine mentioned in this article – http://wellness.guide/skin-lightening/ to lighten the skin. Apart from that include vitamin C rich foods in your diet.
I had a blackheads and pimples too wat can I do for it please help me gyzzz
For blackheads, you can try any method mentioned above here. However for pimple, you can try the method mentioned in this article – http://wellness.guide/baking-soda-for-acne/
Since you recommend applying face moisturizer after using baking soda,give me example of face moisturizer.
You can find our suggestion for a good moisturizer in this article – http://wellness.guide/acne-moisturizers/
I have a post pimple scars and wider pores on face ….which method will be helpful for even skin layers… Ups and downs in the cheek showing myself a matured person… Help me out…
for lightening post pimple scars and shrink the open pores, try any method mentioned in this article – http://wellness.guide/baking-soda-for-acne-scars/
Hi am racheal, i have pimples ad blackspots, what can i use pliz
You can try any method mentioned in this article – http://wellness.guide/pimples/
In the honey and baking soda method, you mention that in the mixture we should add 2 teaspoons of salt. is this referring to table salt, or sea salt? I’m asking because of the different properties, and table salt has fine granules, whereas sea salt is more thick.
You can use any salt as per your convenience.
I have little blackheads on the sides of my face, near my eyes. I live in the desert and have bad facial sweat. To the point of being embarrassing. I have oily skin and am 58 years old. Help!
You can try baking soda methods to get rid of blackheads. It also helps to reduce the oiliness and excessive sweating of the skin.
The baking soda kind of burned my skin
I have a blackheads in my side face (both side) can I use baking soda , lemon juice and water for good result.,.
Can i use baking soda ,sugar and apple cider vinegar?
hi, can you use baking soda and water everyday? or only 2 times a week? i’m starting last night and hoping for a positive result. i just want these blackheads to disappear right away. kindly advice.