As a young teenager, I had really oily skin and terrible acne. I washed my face every morning and every night with everything from acne bar soaps to Noxzema but nothing worked. I asked my friends for advice, I read article after article, I steamed my face over a hot pan of boiling water in an attempt to keep my pores clean, I tried facial mask, special kits that promised to keep a human spotless, flawless and ageless.………………………you name it, I tried it, all of it and it was simply a huge waste of money!
When I was 16 years old, my mother, Cheryl saw a program on television talking about all the natural home school remedies that society had long forgotten about it. It talked of things found in the panty of every kitchen that people used to cure and prevent health issues, saving money and trips to the doctor.
One of the things they talked about on the program was how to prevent, heal and get rid of acne.
A well-balanced diet and drinking lots of water was at the top of the list and second was a skin care regimen that included baking soda (sodium bicarbonate), hydrogen peroxide, cold water and lotion. This grabbed my interest then, cured my acne and still today, twenty-seven years later, is a part of my daily routine.
If you’d like to try it, here’s the recipe.
Make a paste out of baking soda and warm water (I do this in my hands, wetting my face first). Using hot water, splash your face thoroughly, getting it good and wet and then apply the paste to your wet face in gentle circular motion, covering your entire face and then rinse. Make sure you rinse your face off several times as to not leave any baking soda behind. This will restore the PH balance of your skin and exfoliates it, removing dead skin cells and unclogging your pores, preventing those awful black heads from forming.
Use hydrogen peroxide as a toner.
After cleansing your face with the baking soda and water recipe above, use a cotton ball to saturate your face with hydrogen peroxide, avoiding your eyebrows, as it will bleach them overtime. Hydrogen peroxide is a natural astringent and disinfectant and it is safe to leave on your skin but it’s not necessary and you don’t want over dry skin so after disinfecting your face for a minute……
Rinse with cold water. You don’t want to dry your face all the way, just pat it dry so your face is still dew wet and …
Apply a good lotion and let dry. Applying lotion to skin that is still dew wet, overtime balances out the moisture levels in your skin leaving behind just the right balance of oil production so you no longer have to live with extremely oily skin. Don’t rub the lotion all the way in, just apply it all over your face and let it dry.NOTE: If you lay in a tanning bed to get that golden brown summer tan, you won’t see a difference when it comes to oily skin because tanning beds increase the oil production in your skin.
Do this twice a day, (morning and night). It took me a time or two to get used to but it solved my acne problem – CURED IT – and, like me, it will also give you a wonderful, healthy glow, without leaving your face tight or dry. This method is great, even if you don’t have acne and it saves you money.
Let me know if you’ve used baking soda to wash your face and what your experience was and let me know if you still use it today.