This is my first Home Remedy Review, and it is probably my favourite thing in the world right now. I found this idea on Pinterest a week ago and gave it a shot a few days later. The concept is simple; the lemon juice dries out the pimples and the acid in it bleaches out redness, as well as destroys blackheads. The baking soda keeps it on your face, and when you scrub it with warm water it turns into a gentle exfoliant. Not to mention this mixture costs a fraction of acne washes!
What you’ll need:
- 2 tbsp baking soda
- 1 tsp lemon juice (bottle or from a fresh lemon
* Note that these measurements are what I use. You can use whatever ratio works best for you! I personally like mine to be very thick, but if you want it to be more like a paste or cream, add more lemon juice until you’re content!
So, grab a small bowl and dump in two level tablespoons of baking soda. Pour out one teaspoon of lemon juice and dump it into the bowl, too. It’s going to fizz a lot and turn a pale yellow colour; that’s good! Mix it together with a spoon (or something) until you get a nice, yellow-y paste. It might not look like much, but these measurements produce enough to cover your entire face and neck. Next, if you’re not already there, take your mixture into the washroom and rub it generously over your face, making sure to get right in beside your nose and below your bottom lip (blackhead-prone spots!). It might sting/tingle/burn a little, that’s just fine too. I myself have very sensitive skin, and I can use this mixture for a half hour at a time without harming my skin or causing redness.
If the mixture is running off your face, mix in pinch by pinch more baking soda until it stays on without a problem. If it is too thick, add a smidgen more lemon. Leave the mixture on anywhere from 5-30 minutes. I leave it on for 30 for MAXIMUM STRENGTH! (hehe!), but if you’re worried about the stinging/burning/tingling, go ahead an wash it off. When you’re ready to, get your hands wet with warm water and scrub the baking soda mixture over your face (the exfoliant), then rinse it all off. Right away you should see better looking blackheads, clearer, brighter skin; and maybe even reduction in size of some pimples! Even if your skin is clear and you decide to use this, your skin should look brighter.
I’ve used this mixture twice now, and my blackhead problem skin is looking so much better. My cysts and large pimples get smaller with every use, and the redness starts to go away immediately! If you want to go all out, use lemon juice as a toner morning and night! It will really help with pore-size reduction, getting rid of blackheads and pimples and keeping your complexion bright and clear c: Just pour a little on a cotton ball or cotton pad and rub it over your skin.
A few people have been asking how often to use this and I figure it’s really personal preference. I use it once a week, and I wouldn’t recommend using it more than twice in one week since it might dry out your skin. When that happens, your acne can actually get worse, your skin can crack and flake, you can develop wrinkles and so on.
I hope this mixture works for you, too! I’d love to hear how it’s working for you if you do decide to use it. On a side note, you can add a few drops of tea tree oil to the mixture as well (it’s a natural disinfectant!) I don’t have any right now, so I’m not using it in my mixture.
Best of luck!