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Cheap homemade facial exfoliant!

I saw something on Pinterest about miraculously getting rid of blackheads by doing a steam facial with lavender essential oil and basil, and then doing a mask out of a baking soda and water paste. I read all of the comments on the blog post about how you had to haveall of the ingredients for it to be truly effective, blah blah blah. I've used baking soda as an exfoliant in the past and decided to tweak the directions anyway.

Let me preface my experiment with the following disclaimer--I have really, really tough skin. It's really oily and I've had cystic acne for a long time, and few products have had any effect on it. I've tried drugstore, department store, and prescription products, without a whole lot of luck. So I wasn't really worried about any potential negative effects. If you have sensitive or dry skin, you might not want to try it! And even if your skin type is like mine, use caution and common sense.

I didn't do the steam part since I didn't have any essential oils. So I made a paste out of baking soda and water and applied it to my makeup-free face, rubbing it on for a little physical exfoliation. I've tried a lot of exfoliating cleansers, but can never get the right amount of grit combined with the perfect cleansing formula. I liked that this exfoliated but I could mix it with anything--even just water. However, as I left it on my face, it started to sting. I didn't really notice any effect on the blackheads on my nose and cheeks. The next few days, I used the baking soda only to exfoliate (sometimes mixing it with a cream cleanser), and then rinsed off the mixture right away. You have to rinse rinse rinse really well to get all of the baking soda off. If you don't, the residue can remain on your skin and is a bit drying. 

After a few days, I noticed my skin seemed clearer--almost no acne! Although the blackheads only seem a little better, but I'm still really pleased with this cheap solution! The fact that my acne has cleared up so much is really a miracle. So even though this pin didn't quite work as described (ok, I know I didn't do the steam, but I tried it after a shower and the baking soda paste mask still burned!), the adapted use of baking soda to tame acne is super awesome.

Do you have any DIY skincare recipes that you love?
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Thanks for the post, I am going to try this as I have tons of black heads on my nose!

by yestfl 1 year, 9 months ago Report as inappropriate | Remove Comment

I have very sensitive skin and have used baking soda on my face after "steaming" in the shower. I never made a mask out of it. I just made a little paste with some water in the palm of my hand and gently rubbed my whole face with it. I also use honey as a mask after I cleanse and exfoliate. Honey has a natural antibacterial quality and might be something that would help acne if you can stand to let it dry on your face. I leave it on for 10-20 minutes while I'm relaxing after my shower.

by alictasia 1 year, 9 months ago Report as inappropriate | Remove Comment

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