Breakouts can occur when dirt, oils and dead skin cells become trapped in enlarged pores. These skin impurities cause whiteheads -- little white bumps -- or blackheads -- enlarged dark pores. Acne can be difficult to remove and hard to prevent. However, home remedies can be effective in acne management. Baking soda and lemon juice are two kitchen ingredients that may clear breakouts and prevent them from recurring.
Baking Soda for Skin
Baking soda has a fine, gritty texture that makes it ideal for gentle exfoliation. A gentle scrub can remove bumps and rough patches; it can even skin tone and prevent buildup from clogging pores and causing breakouts. Like lemon juice, baking soda is mildly acidic; the combination of two mild acids can make for powerful homemade acne-fighting facial treatments. To use baking soda for skin care, make a paste -- from mixing the baking soda and lemon juice -- and scrub skin gently with your fingers.
Lemon Juice for Skin
Lemons are packed with vitamin C and citric acid, which naturally disinfect skin and remove oil. Lemons' natural acids can gently exfoliate and cleanse oily skin, leaving it toned and even. Liquid lemon juice can penetrate buildup and remove impurities, leading to tighter, cleaner skin less prone to breakouts. Lemon juice can be added to any home acne remedy to give it a breakout-fighting boost.
Baking Soda and Lemon Scrub for Blackheads
A scrub can penetrate deep into enlarged pores, clearing them of buildup that causes blackheads. Keeping pores clean and tight can prevent blackheads from forming. Combine 2 tablespoons of baking soda, 1/4 cup of lemon juice and 2 tablespoons of granulated brown sugar in a cup. Stir until the ingredients are evenly blended, and then apply the scrub to damp, just-cleansed skin. Massage the skin gently with your fingers, concentrating on dry patches or problem areas. Let the mask soak in for 10 minutes, and then rinse with lukewarm water.
Lemony Baking Soda Mask for Whiteheads
Masks are ideal for those with oily skin. Masks tighten as they dry on the skin, pulling oil and dirt from pores. Combine 1/4 cup of plain low-fat yogurt, 2 tablespoons of lemon juice, 2 tablespoons of baking soda and a large egg white in a bowl. Whisk with a fork until the ingredients are creamy. Apply the mask to dry skin. Let the mask soak in for 20 minutes -- you will feel it begin to tighten as it dries -- and then rinse with warm water.