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Can You Use Baking Soda to Remove Blackheads?

| By Kimbry Parker
Can You Use Baking Soda to Remove Blackheads?
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That little orange box of baking soda isn't only good for deodorizing and taking up real estate in your fridge -- it also holds what you need to unclog pores that cause blackheads. Oil and grime get trapped in your pores; if they can't escape because dead skin cells are blocking the way, the curse of the blackheads begins. So when you find your face spotted with little black dots, don't break the bank on pricey products. Instead, banish blackheads and clear up your skin with the all-natural exfoliating powers of baking soda.

Step 1

Can You Use Baking Soda to Remove Blackheads?
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Wash your face as usual with your normal facial cleanser.

Step 2

Can You Use Baking Soda to Remove Blackheads?
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Pour 1 cup of water into a saucepan. Add a few sprigs of fresh rosemary or elder flowers. Bring the water to a boil on the stove, then take it off the heat. Let it cool down for 10 minutes. Drape a towel over your head to make a tent and hold your face over the pot -- at least 12 inches from the water surface -- for five minutes. Steaming helps to open up the pores, making it easier to remove the blackheads.

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Step 3

Can You Use Baking Soda to Remove Blackheads?
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Mix 2 tablespoons of warm water and 2 tablespoons of baking soda into a small bowl. Stir the two ingredients with a spoon to make a thin paste.

Step 4

Can You Use Baking Soda to Remove Blackheads?
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Apply the mixture of baking soda and water to your skin using circular motions. Pay special attention to the areas of the face where blackheads have formed. Gently scrub for two to three minutes.

Step 5

Can You Use Baking Soda to Remove Blackheads?
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Rinse your face with warm water. Pat your face dry with a clean, dry towel and apply a facial moisturizer that is appropriate for your skin type.

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author image Kimbry Parker
Kimbry Parker has been writing since 1998 and has published content on various websites. Parker has experience writing on a variety of topics such as health, parenting, home improvement and decorating. She is a graduate of Purdue University with a Bachelor of Arts in organizational communication.
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