This Facialist-Approved Acne Treatment Literally Costs $1

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We thought we would graduate from our acne troubles when we graduated high school. Lol. Here we are as grown adults still fighting the fight. We’ve tried countless ointments, creams and patches, and still those little suckers prevail. But we just heard about a new clear skin hero that, when added to any other mask, transforms into an acne-fighting powerhouse. Oh, and drumroll, please: it’s dermatologist approved.

What is it?

Baking soda, ever heard of it? Sure, you’ve probably used it to whiten your teeth and freshen your fridge, but this might be the first time you’ve ever thought about using it on your face.

How do you use it?

Grab any face mask in your medicine cabinet and add a pinch of baking soda before applying the mixture to your face as you normally would.

But how does it work?

Baking soda absorbs oil and gently exfoliates dead cells from the surface of skin. While you shouldn’t apply a whole bunch straight to your face (as it can be drying), a pinch mixed into a mask is just enough to do the trick. It has antimicrobial properties that help to unclog pores and soothe skin inflammation, two culprits of acne.

Is it for everyone?

Not necessarily. While most skin types can handle the mild exfoliation, dermatologists warn that it’s not intended for those with sensitive skin.

Well, looks like we (and our breakouts) have plans tonight.

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