Note from Carla – I’ve asked David Maneth, a member of my Facebook page, to write this article describing how to use baking soda for skin lightening.
I’m a male – a straight male – who is concerned with how the skin on my face looks and feels.
I don’t have the world’s best skin to begin with, and have some dark areas on my face that I prefer to be lighter, so my search for effective treatments and regiments is an on-going endeavor.
As such, I’m often asked what products I use on my face.
I’ll admit that I’ve spent a lot of money trying different products, and throwing them away or re-gifting them (just kidding) if they didn’t work.
I have willingly experimented with the latest fads and “gizmos”, but I do draw the line at treating my face as a testing lab.
So, with that brief history in mind, when I tell you that the best product I’ve tried over the years is probably in a cabinet in your kitchen or bathroom, don’t be too surprised.
It’s baking soda. Yep, and it has really made a difference in how my skin looks and feels, as well as reducing the dark spots and splotches.
After years of skin care aggravation and unknown amounts of wasted money, a 99-cent box of baking soda has become my skin rejuvenator and savior.
Here’s How to Use Baking Soda for Skin Lightening
I have had really good results using baking soda for skin whitening. Here’s all you have to do: first, you’re going to want to exfoliate your skin by creating a paste from the baking soda.
The sodium and a pH neutralizer that baking soda is composed of will thoroughly prepare your skin by removing dead skin cells.
Now, while exfoliation is an excellent way to remove those darker patches of damaged skin, there is a chance of drying out the skin.
To avoid this, consider applying the baking soda, mixed with some organic honey, as a mask.
Leave this mixture on your face for about 10 minutes. Apply the mask once daily and at most three times a week.
With the paste, gently massage the skin areas you want treated. Do so for about 30 seconds and no more than 2 minutes, followed by a good rinsing with water.
If you don’t have particularly sensitive skin, you can probably do this 3 or 4 times a week. This is also a good way to maintain your results over time.
Another nice benefit of the neutral pH of bicarbonate is how it helps reduce the appearance of acne and blackheads. Of course, avoid getting baking soda into your eyes and areas of mucous membranes.
As I mentioned above, I’ve tried a few devices, such as a battery-operated facial scrub brush, and plenty of pricey and unusual cleansers, including a foam containing caviar!
In spite of all of that, my skin issues continued to annoy me.
Let me continue to whine a little longer here: It’s been hard to find a cleanser that cleaned my combination skin. I have dry patches on my cheeks and oily areas on my chin, nose, and forehead.
Often, my dry areas would become too dry when I was washing away the oils on my nose in an attempt to remove the bacteria that loves to clog the pores.
Like I said, I haven’t been afraid to try different things. Some exfoliating scrubs, for example, were pleasant and soothing.
Other times, to get at the dead skin cells and surface grime, I tried some washes that contained dissolving enzymes.
Once or twice, I employed brute force by using clay masks that grab hold of the crap on your face and pretty much rips it out. Yikes!
Finally, I gave baking soda a try. Much to my surprise, it worked better than anything I’ve ever tried. Only a facial from a spa provided better results.
Funny thing – I was originally using baking soda awhile back on the shower grout in my bathroom.
Later in the evening, when I went to wash my face, the box was still sitting on the vanity.
It suddenly occurred to me that I remembered reading something about how great baking soda was for cleaning skin.
I rubbed in the paste that I created into my skin for about 30 seconds, and then simply splashed off the residue.
It was then that I realized just how much better my skin felt. It seemed as if every pore had been opened up and allowed to breathe.
I’m now such a big fan of baking soda as a skin care product, that I’ve shared my enthusiasm with my family, friends, acquaintances, and now you.
I know that it won’t work for everyone, but I believe in it enough to encourage most people to give it a try.
It’s been a couple of months since I started using baking soda.
The process I use is simple enough: a mild, yet effective scrub is created by wetting my face, and then rubbing in the soda until a watery paste is formed.
If I continue to achieve the great results I’ve been lucky to experience, I don’t see any reason to stop using it along with a quality moisturizer and sun screen.
My acne flare-ups haven’t occurred and the texture of my skin is smoother.
By the way, if you’re wondering if my strong advocacy for the natural goodness of baking soda is a result of me living like a hippy, rest assured that I do not.
There’s nothing wrong with that lifestyle, but I do, for better or worse, live on the grid.
For those of you interested in the more technical aspects of how and why baking soda works, as well as some precautions, I conducted a little research.
Along with the potential to stop the growth of bacteria, and because it’s basically an alkaline cleanser, there is speculation that baking soda neutralizes the acidic byproducts created by acne-causing bacteria on the skin.
Sebum production is reduced because the tiny soda granules remove oil from the skin without decreasing the skin’s PH.
Like I mentioned earlier, my amazing 99-cent skin care secret may not work for you. Because I know that it can cause drying for some users, it’s important to use a quality moisturizer after a soda scrub.
My best advice is to start slow, and use it at night in small quantities. You can mix a little with the cleanser you already use.
Also, keep in mind that you don’t have to use it every day – it could be an effective option as an occasional facial scrub.
Before I close this, let me share with you another article I wrote for my blog awhile back. I think it has some useful information and neatly ties in with the entire subject of this article.
Skin Care Talk – Try These Home Remedies for Glowing Skin
It goes without saying that anyone would want to make sure that they have healthy, glowing skin.
Not only is skin about looking good, but it can also represent the level of health that our entire body is experiencing.
So, to make sure that you have a constantly healthy and glowing appearance, it’s important that you always take proper skin care seriously
If there ever comes a time where you find that you are starting to develop a condition that is skin related, then you should consider seeking out proper treatment options, some of which may require a trip to the doctor.
The best skin condition treatments out there will not only allow you to treat the issue, but it will also help prevent the disorder from happening again in the future.
For a lot of people, dealing with dry skin is a common problem. Luckily, it could be easy to treat a dry skin condition depending on the level of drying you happen to have.
If you find a moisturizer that provides the results you desire, make certain to apply it daily as recommended to make sure that you give your skin the moisture and nutrients that it needs.
A good rule of thumb when treating dry skin conditions is making sure that, right after bathing or showering, you apply your cream, lotion or moisturizing spray while your body is still damp .
This one step can help you to create a moisture barrier that will help to seal the skin and keep it hydrated.
If you have a history of being prone to acne, there are a couple of different treatments that you can try in order to prevent or even remedy the situation.
For someone who has dealt with body acne, it is important not to wear tight fitting clothing that can restrict the skin, cause sweating or even friction that can begin to irritate.
Instead, think of wearing looser fitting clothing that will allow the skin to breathe.
In addition to that, for facial acne, it is important that you do not constantly touch or push on the blemishes as this can work against you and irritate the skin further.
To treat this type of a skin condition, you can either wash the area with a mild cleanser or talk with a dermatologist about a medicated cream that will help you get the acne down to a minimum.
The great thing about learning all about skin conditions is the more that you research, the better informed you will be on how to care for your skin.
After all, this is the body’s largest and one of the most precious organs.
It is important that you care for it and keep it free from some of the effects of harmful skin conditions with the proper treatment methods.