Baking Soda Mask
Posted By: admin Posted In: Homemade Facials Date Posted: June 15th, 2012 Comments: 51


Baking Soda (NOT Baking Powder)

Clean Water


Cleanse your face with a gentle cleanser then mix a few drops of baking soda into your hands with warm water and once you have a paste-like consistency in your hands, apply the mask to your face. Allow the mask to sit on your skin for 10-15 minutes then rinse off with warm water and a washcloth. Gently pat dry with a soft hand towel then apply an oil-free moisturizer on your face and neck to add needed moisture to your skin and balance the pH levels.


If you suffer from oily or acne-prone skin, this face mask is for you. No matter how old you are oily skin and pimples can affect anyone at different times in life. Many factors can worsen these two skin issues including what your nutritional diet is like, if you smoke and/or drink in excess, if you don’t get enough sleep, if you are stressed out, the list goes on and on. The baking soda mask works to remove the over-secretion of oil from the skin while working to dry out pimples that seem to have made a permanent home on your face. If you are oily, you need to use an oil-free moisturizer morning and night. It won’t make you more oily. In fact, you may be overly oily because you are not using a moisturizer which makes your skin produce excess oil trying to balance out the pH levels of your skin and in the process, can make you oily. We guarantee that if you use an oil-free moisturizer, you will be less oily. Make sure to only use oil-free cosmetics as well.

This baking soda mask is proven to minimize acne over time due to its ability to help remove blackheads. Blackheads consist of excess oil and acne-causing bacteria that are trapped in the pores of the skin. It is gentle enough on most skin types, though it can cause a slight stinging sensation, and has been used as a remedy for acne breakouts for ages. This mask should only be used once a week due to the fact that the skin tends to dry out and can potentially strip away oils that are actually good for the skin.


Baking soda can have an over-drying effect on the skin. You may experience stinging or burning, dryness, and/or an itchy sensation. If your skin cannot handle this facial mask please rinse off the mask immediately and apply an oil-free moisturizer to cool and hydrate your skin instantly.


Let the discussion begin!

  • Khanya - June 18, 2012 at 2:15 pm - Reply

    I need a skin treatment for blackpores

  • Andres - June 24, 2012 at 12:52 am - Reply

    This really works well for me for some reason I see an immediate difference!

  • sazzahra - June 26, 2012 at 4:24 am - Reply

    I tried it once and while using it my skin stings… is that normal?

  • pearl - June 26, 2012 at 5:05 am - Reply

    I tried using baking soad and sugar combo as a scrub before but no luck. I always have little rashes all over my face. I’m allergic to lemon. I have a beautiful skin except on my face 🙁 My face is extremely oily so I don’t use any creams on my face. Pls help me!!!

    • latoya - July 4, 2012 at 1:55 pm - Reply

      Not using creams will dry out your skin. When your skin is extremely dry, it will over-produce the oils!

    • Colin - November 13, 2012 at 12:17 pm - Reply

      I have very oily skin as well the best thing I can reccomend is Cetaphils Derma Control Oil Control Moisturizer It works amazing trust me on this! Their is also the same type of Cetaphil facewash. Cetaphil has been out for a while now and the old stuff dosent work for oily skin types like us haha. This is new and improved and its good. Also if you see your dermatologist he will give you free samples of it. All in all though too get rid of acne accutane is the best thing their is if you have the money to get it.

    • Kati - January 13, 2013 at 1:42 pm - Reply

      Instead of sugar, try using honey because the baking soda is already a scrub and the honey keeps your skin moisturized (a little trick I discovered is adding milk if you have sensitive skin) and to keep your face calm and vibrant mix in some cucumber. Hope this helps! 😀

    • mohamed abdi - January 12, 2017 at 11:04 am - Reply

      my friend i am same to you because i have beautiful skin except my face is oily

  • kim - June 27, 2012 at 9:41 pm - Reply

    I tried the soda mask too bt while using it I could nt wait for e 15mins to be up as it was stingin . Is this a normal reaction? 🙁

    • admin - June 27, 2012 at 10:41 pm - Reply

      Yes! Depends on your skin type, how long you can leave it on your face.

      • Kati - January 16, 2013 at 1:27 pm - Reply

        Try adding milk and cucumber to a small teaspoon of baking soda. Mix it together. The milk and cucumber will keep your skin feeling calm. and if you want put some warm oatmeal on your face after. It’ll moisturize your skin and help it feel better and less dry if your skin is sensitive.

  • zainab - July 4, 2012 at 9:01 am - Reply

    Pls what home made treatment can I use for sun burn?

    • Kati - January 16, 2013 at 1:24 pm - Reply

      You can take an oatmeal bath. Run some hot water into the tub with a oatmeal body wash or my personal favorite Dove Purely Pampering Coconut milk and Jasmine Pearls (leaves the skin feeling soft and cool) while the tub is filling up with hot water through in some rolled oats not the instant kind, the old fashioned style oats (Quaker Oats would probably work best). Sit in the bubble bath for 20 minutes or as long as your comfortable then when your done get some Cocoa Butter and mix a little aloe into it and rub it on your burns! Hope this helps! 🙂

  • Bituon - July 4, 2012 at 3:22 pm - Reply

    Right after I put d baking soda paste, My fACe was itchy! And it stings at the same time… I would suggest you also put precaution or something to that extent that we, generally, would also be mindful upon performing this beauty ritual.

  • Marri - July 23, 2012 at 5:49 pm - Reply

    Instead of water I use my daily cleanser (cetaphil) to mix with the baking soda. I have very sensitive skin but this doesn’t bother it. Also, I use it just about everyday too. It’s part of my facial routine that has really helped! People around me are noticing the difference in my face. I’ve been dealing with bad acne for years! Finally found a routine that works! Consistency is key!

  • Batman001 - November 23, 2012 at 5:49 pm - Reply

    I tryed this and it did burn but I liked the result I had a pretty noticeable pimple on my cheek and when I put that yesterday today its still there but its small and already going away(: I think people should try this XD

  • tashana - December 17, 2012 at 8:32 pm - Reply

    Hi, I’m from jamaica what’s the best over the counter cream for spots?? ..and I have very oily skin too please respond I need serious help!!

  • Kati - January 13, 2013 at 1:38 pm - Reply

    I started seeing the difference in the week I started using it. I rinse my face with cooled down boiled water then wash my face with Clear Pore Cleanser/Mask and mix in a dime size amount of proactive. I massage my face for the duration of one song so i’m not bored while washing my face. I then let it dry on my face while I brush my teeth then rinse that off with warm water. Then I make a baking soda mask mixed with some ground up cucumber and a dash of nutmeg with a teaspoon of water (you want it to be a paste and not runny). I let that sit on my face for about 10 minutes or while I’m eating breakfast then wash it off with more cooled down boiled water. I gently scrub my face as i’m taking off the mask, then I splash my cold water on my skin to refresh my skin. It always comes off smooth, soft and glossy. At night I wash my face with the same Clear Pore Cleanser and Proactive then I get a cotton ball with Apple Cider Vinegar and use it as a toner on my face. Gets rid of the acne and acne scars! I had this unattractive acne scar on my face for a year and within a week of doing this process its gone and so is most of my acne! I also found it best to do an oatmeal mask with milk and orange juice 3 times a week to keep your skin moisturized (because I do the baking soda mask every morning)

    • neka - January 13, 2013 at 10:01 pm - Reply

      wow Kati…that sounds like fun tho. I will try it one week

      • Kati - January 16, 2013 at 1:17 pm - Reply

        it may seem like some big process but it’s fun when your jamming out to music! you can even let the mask sit when your just doing some chores or something you forget its even on your face for a while and it just helps everything soak into your skin and kill all the icky stuff haha 🙂 if you have sensitive skin or dry skin use milk instead of water in the baking soda mask. After its all done it leaves your skin with a clean tingling feeling and it feels tight. I’m 19 and during the time I’ve been using this people have been asking me if i’m really 16! Takes years off your face and takes some stress off too 🙂 I hope this helped someone!

  • neka - January 13, 2013 at 10:00 pm - Reply

    I tried this and I am liking the feeling I get afterwards. I did not experience much of a burning sensation as I was abe to keep it on for 10 minutes. I did wash with warm water and moisturize immediately.

  • Geneva - February 12, 2013 at 6:37 am - Reply

    This sounds interesting,I will give it a try. I use sebamed products, bodywash, cleanser/toner, but they don’t have an oil free it safe to get another brand of oil free moisturiser? What brands would you suggest? Thank you.

  • Deanna - February 15, 2013 at 2:48 am - Reply

    The baking soda burned. I couldnt keep it on for no more than 5 mins 🙁

  • Leena - April 6, 2013 at 7:50 am - Reply

    Ouch! My face started burning immediately after applying the baking soda mask. I could only tolerate it for 45 seconds to a minute before I washed it off and slathered moisturizer on my face. I guess my skin is more sensitive and slightly less oily than I had originally thought.

    If it’s any consolation, the appearance of blackheads on my nose have seemed to diminish ever so slightly. This facial may work, but personally I’d rather have blackheads than a burning face!

  • Annisa - April 30, 2013 at 10:45 am - Reply

    Hi, sorry to bother but I wanna ask something. I’m 15, indonesian, i have quite a lot pimples, oily skin, and a lot of blackheads. When I went to the skin doctor,the doctor ask me to do facial, but I’m only 15 and all of the time I heard that people who doing facial once, they won’t stop because the blackheads and pimples keep on growing if they don’t do facial every month. I mean, its scary cause I’m still 15 if I keep on facial-ing until I get old, isn’t it too much? And facial is expensive unless if youjust doing it once, but i rarely hear people who are facial once wont get pimples afterwards, they have to do facial over and over. And until now, i don’t have cleanser. I’m scared if the cleanser doesn’t suit on me, because, you know, don’t play with chemical in your face. That’s why I always believe natural treatment. I really need your suggest, seniors. If there any DIY facial which one that suit on me? Pleaseee

    • Elizabeth - May 20, 2013 at 5:43 pm - Reply

      Hi Annisa, I had similar problems, but afterng stuffs from this site, I’ve been using papaya (mashed) on my face every evening, den mix sugar wit little water or extra virgin oil or with lemon (any of these 3) use dis to scrub my face about 4times a week at nite, cleanse, tone, and moisturise(try using body Shop’s tea tree products for cleansing and toning). My face looks so perfect now even without makeup. Hope this helps

  • pooja - May 1, 2013 at 6:43 pm - Reply

    Hey ! I hav taken treatments @ kaya 4 more than 2yrs. N den with dr.jamuna pai 4 Another 2yrs …both failed miserably …I hav tried charleys tree tea oil treatmnts bt that. Too failed …my skin is filled with acne marks completly my skin luks red ….vry annoyed n hav lost all my confidence ..plz help if u can …

  • gaby - May 3, 2013 at 4:33 am - Reply

    Try oatmeal, baking soda, honey, and a bit of milk. Its truly refreshing 🙂

  • anies - May 11, 2013 at 5:40 pm - Reply

    Hye there,can I have an example of home remedies oil free moisturizer?tq 🙂

  • Sara - May 22, 2013 at 5:39 pm - Reply

    I did this mask and I apply it on face ,but it burns ,WHY?

  • Mawi - May 24, 2013 at 6:21 am - Reply

    It says here that it should only be used once a week, so can i try others as well? Like, use the baking soda mask today then cucumber mask on the other day? Thanks! 🙂

  • Gloria - May 29, 2013 at 5:14 pm - Reply

    It works!! BUT the first times it does sting and burn a lot! But you get used to it :))
    – I used it several times a week and it dried my skin like crazy for a couple of weeks, So you wanna be careful and see how your skin reacts
    – I use it after I shower before bed so my skin is not so dirty and it doesn’t burn that much
    – I use it when I feel my skin is very dirty and needs a good clean, like someone said, you see results immediately! 🙂
    – I use it before I apply makeup to go out clubbing or something, makeup looks better after washing your face with baking soda 🙂

  • Saüda - July 11, 2013 at 12:09 am - Reply

    Hi I live in africa and most of the oil free products Aree quite hard to get around. Any suggestions on natural products to use before and after the baking soda as I have really bad acne …thanks for ur answers

  • Caitlin - July 11, 2013 at 6:15 am - Reply

    I started doing this simple mask before bed and at first it stung a little (30 seconds) but I left it on for 10 mins and rinsed with warm water and patted dry. My skin feels so soft and clean and amazing after I just wish it felt that way all the time! I also started noticing immediate effects. It has began to lighten my acne scars and even out my skin tone. WONDERFUL!

    Is it okay if I am doing this every night before bed? Can anyone recommend a good drugstore or home remedy moisturizer?

    Thanks xo

  • Leah - July 31, 2013 at 5:03 am - Reply

    Hi, I am 22 years old going on to 23. I seriously am in desperate need of help. I am currently seeing a Dermatologist and he has me on these meds for my acne and he gives me Epiduo Cream for at night. But I always run out quickly because he only gives me samples, My insurance won’t cover it so it’s expensive, so I decided to try Home Remedies but honestly nothing is working my skin is so stubborn!!! I have really bad acne, it’s been going on since I was in 8th grade, I tell my Dermatologist that nothing is working and he gives me these shots to my face but it makes my skin worse ….. not better. The baking soda really stung and hurt my skin. I stopped that. I tried the egg white treatment it didn’t seem to work. I tried it for a long time too and nothing happened I tried proactiv when I was younger and it made my skin worse. And I honestly just need some advice/help – does anybody have serious acne and have ANY luck with anything?? Sorry to babble on so much, I just need someone who has severe acne like me who has had amazing luck with some sort of remedy. Thanks guys : )

  • Mano - August 2, 2013 at 11:40 am - Reply

    Its really work… Great remedy

  • Andrea - August 17, 2013 at 4:33 pm - Reply

    Use virgin, unrefined coconut oil is amazing as a moisturizer, that does not cause break outs, and will also help clear up acne and diminish scars. I like to add 1-2 drops of tea tree oil as an added boost.

    Coconut Oil is also great as an all over body moisturizer, deep treatment for hair, just a dab as a hair shine serum, eye makeup remover, eye cream, great for cooking, bug bites… It’s right up there with baking soda and raw apple cider vinegar on my beauty (life) must haves. I’m 38 and don’t have any wrinkles on my face.

    Do a quick Google search and see for yourself!

  • michou - May 4, 2015 at 8:50 am - Reply

    I need treatment for scar

  • Anne - October 13, 2015 at 4:16 am - Reply

    Hey Am 50yrs I have acne on my face I have try so many but nothing is working

  • mohamed abdi - January 12, 2017 at 11:50 am - Reply

    baking soda made my pimple so dry i use it every night and morning i don.t use mousturizer because i am somali and i live somalia i don.t get amoustire suit to me

  • mohamed abdi - January 12, 2017 at 11:53 am - Reply

    and i also have oily face skin and prone acne i am 26 yrs so what can i do

  • ANGELIQUE BENNER - July 29, 2017 at 9:55 pm - Reply

    I tried this left it on for 10 minutes I now have Dermatology appointments every week because it caused chemical burns on my skin if it burns I don’t care how good you think it is for your skin get it off your skin and don’t use it again

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