How To Get Rid of Acne With Baking Soda (It Works! )

Get Rid of Acne With Baking Soda

If you’ve tried almost every solution for acne and you still have those annoying spots on your skin, it’s probably the right time to consider a different approach.

Baking soda?

You bet!

I know this might sound weird, but listen up.

​Baking soda, despite how unconventional this might sound, is actually great for stopping skin breakouts. It has anti-inflammatory properties to soothe any swelling and redness.

It can also absorb excess oil and dry out pimples so that they can heal faster. And you know what else?

When used the right way, baking soda can reduce dark spots and acne scars, too.

I know that these ideas are starting to make you feel extra excited, so let’s get right into the details.

How To Get Rid of Acne With Baking Soda (It Works! )

As A Spot Treatment

A spot treatment is probably one of the most effective ways to get rid of acne. Since you’ll be applying your treatment to the exact spots where your pimples are, you can expect those annoying spots to heal faster.

How To Get Rid of Acne With Baking Soda (It Works! )

And guess what?

Baking soda is great for spot treatment!

Surprisingly, the same baking soda you use in your kitchen doesn’t just help control your skin’s excess oil; it can also neutralize your skin’s pH level.

For this one, you only need to mix an equal amount of baking soda and water until you get a paste-like consistency. Once you have achieved that, simply apply the paste on your acne spots using gentle circular motions.

Leave the treatment for about 15 to 20 minutes before rinsing off. Repeat these steps twice a week to get amazing results.

Now, remember this:

Baking soda can dry out your pimples as well as the skin surrounding them. To avoid flaking, make sure to follow up with a moisturizer that’s suitable for your skin type.

As Part of Your Bath

Baking soda isn’t just a great help for facial acne; it makes an effective solution to annoying body acne, too.

You can use it to treat the zits on your back, chest and even your bottom! Now, since these areas aren’t that easy to use a spot treatment on, the best way you can deal with those zits is to use your acne treatment as part of your bath.

You’re probably starting to wonder how you can actually use baking soda that way.

Well, it’s simple.

You just have to add 100 grams of baking soda in your warm bath.

Soak in your tub for about 20 minutes and then pat dry.

You can also use the solution for your sponge bath.

How To Get Rid of Acne With Baking Soda (It Works! )

Do this regularly and you’ll see a dramatic difference in your skin.

As A Spray

If you are too busy or too lazy to do a full DIY recipe or home remedy, listen up.

You can actually reap the same acne-fighting benefits of baking soda by using it as a spray. Seriously.

For this, you need to prepare a clean spray bottle. Get enough warm water in it and add around 1 tablespoon of baking soda.

Close the bottle and give it a good shake. Make sure that the ingredients mix really well.

You can spray the solution to your face or any other areas of your body that has acne.

As A Mask

Who can resist a face mask?

It isn’t just relaxing but it can suck away the excess oil on your skin, too. For someone with acne-prone and oily skin, this is exactly what you need.

Admit it.

To do a baking soda face mask, you don’t actually need to do a lot of work. Similar to the first tip, you only need to mix equal amounts of baking soda and water to create a paste.

The difference is that you have to apply the mixture on your entire face, massage it for around 2 to 3 minutes and wait for another 10 minutes before rinsing off.

How To Get Rid of Acne With Baking Soda (It Works! )

One warning, though.

10 minutes is enough for acne-prone and oily skin. However, if you have really sensitive skin, I don’t suggest you leave the mixture too long on your skin.

Instead, just wait for it to dry and rinse right away after that. Or you can just stick with using baking soda for spot treatment.

And another tip:

Before you actually apply the mask, it’s a good idea to wash your face first with warm water. This will help your pores open more.

As An Added Ingredient To Your Shampoo

Scalp acne is a bit tricky to treat since it’s on your head. You can’t expect the same acne masks and face washes to work as fast or as efficient as they do on your facial acne.

How To Get Rid of Acne With Baking Soda (It Works! )

​But you can rely on your shampoo (with the addition of baking soda) to get the job done.

Just take your shampoo bottle and add around 2 to 3 grams of baking soda.

Shake the bottle until the baking soda has been completely incorporated into your shampoo.

Use the mixture every time you wash your hair.

As A Scrub

Exfoliation is an essential step in getting rid of acne for good and this is exactly why you shouldn’t miss this one.

By exfoliating your dead skin cells, you are reducing the chances of your pores getting clogged. This means getting less breakouts, too.

To create a baking soda scrub, you’ll need your favorite cleanser. Just make sure you’re using a cream-based cleanser to make this remedy more effective.

Get a quarter-sized dollop of your cleanser and add a teaspoon of baking soda.

Give it a good mix on your palm before applying the mixture on your face.

Massage the scrub on areas where you are more prone to developing acne. Make sure to not scrub too hard or you’ll end up irritating your skin.

How To Get Rid of Acne With Baking Soda (It Works! )

Here’s the thing:

You can choose to leave the scrub on your face for about 30 seconds to give it enough chance to do its magic. But if you feel any stinging or burning sensation, rinse it off right away.


If you’ve been using topical acne treatment products and you’re still not seeing results, you should consider giving your skin a break and try a few home remedies. This list on how to use baking soda to get rid of acne is a good place to start.

Of course, these tips, like most acne solutions, need you to be consistent in using and following them. You can’t expect them to magically erase your acne in just one use.

Keep these tips in your regular skincare routine and you’ll be on your way to clearer skin in no time.

How do you use baking soda to treat your acne? Let us know in the comment section below!

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Dr Kathleen May Eusebio-Alpapara

A board-certified dermatologist who practices both medical and cosmetic dermatology

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