Skin Brightener with Baking Soda!!!

Baking soda, bowl, measuring spoons, water
Baking soda, bowl, measuring spoons, and water

That’s right!  Baking Soda.  As everyone knows tanning either el-natural or in a bed faking it…lol…fake baking in a tanning bed.  It doesn’t really matter what skin tone you have. Eventually, we all get sun spots on our body.  Some of us suffer with this issue more than others.  That’s why it’s soooo important to use sun block nothing less than 30 spf (spf=sun protection factor).  Always remember to re-apply your sunscreen every 2-4 hours depending on your activity and how harsh the sun.

Food for thought…..

Sunscreen is used to block ultraviolet light from damaging the skin. There are two categories of UV light — UVA and UVB — that are considered in terms of sunscreen. UVB causes sunburn, and UVA has more long-term damaging effects on the skin, like premature aging.

Now, on a personal note, about two years ago I developed something called hyper-pigmentation on my upper lip area.  I didn’t know what was going on but it looked as if it were getting darker and darker by the minute.  It turned out that any exposure to the sun sent hyper signals to that area telling it to get darker.  I was not happy.  It would show through my makeup no matter how much coverage I had on.  I found my self re-applying my makeup a gazillion times a day.  When I scheduled a consultation with my dermatologist, she said this was an issue I might have for the rest of my life.  I believe the actual term she used was “battle”.  She did recommend chemical peels which I do about every 3-6 months.  These peels work really well, but if you have a lot of pigmentation – you will have to get a series of 4-6 peels to reach your expectation of how you want it to look.  Afterwards, its a matter of using products that maintain, and of course using lots of sunscreen – everyday.  Along this process of trying to find special products to keep my hyper-pigmentation issue tame, I came up with a great idea.  I thought to myself “if baking soda whitens teeth – maybe it will lighten skin…”.  Anyhow, I tried it, and it WORKED!!!  Not only did it lighten the area it also worked as a face scrub.

This is how I prepared the baking soda face scrub & lightener:

Before I start….I wanted to add that you can add essential oils that you like to this concoction   I really enjoy lavender for its relaxing scent and anti-fungal properties; and Frankincense essential oil helps with toning & rejuvenating the face for a more youthful look.

Here ya go…

I put 2 tablespoons of baking soda into a small container or bowl; then, I add water a little at a time until I reach the desired consistency (kinda thick paste).  It doesn’t take too much water – beware!!!  I recommend steaming your face before hand to get the best results.  I use a pot of boiling water and a towel to steam my face.  Please don’t laugh at my pictures as I already think I am not photogenic.

 

Before baking soda
Before baking soda

Baking soda is on my faceBaking soda is on my face

After baking sodaAfter baking soda

After Baking Soda

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Comments

    • Nina says

      Hi Vicky.

      Baking soda could help it just depends on the pigmentation of the melasma. I will say from my experience, I had to get 2 rounds of fraxel laser treatments (a series of 4 each round). This dramatically lightened the melasma and I am now able to maintain the with a bleaching cream + RX of tretenoin (you can get from a dermatologist). These are super easy to get. I use Zo Obagi hydroquinone 4% about 2 -3 times per week paired with Tretinoin. These were all recommended by my dermatologists. I love my results and I am happy.

      I hope this was helpful!!

  1. Aimson says

    Hi, Nina I have pimple as well as pigmentation or melasma on my cheek since many a years past. Would love to get me back with your geniune suggestion

    • Nina says

      I would try tretinoin cream and a lightening cream together. This will increase cell turn over and help get your skin brighter and it should dry up your acne. A great website to purchase from is http://www.priemerlook.com

      I am not a doctor or dermatologist so I would also recommend getting a professional opinion as well.

      Thanks for stopping by!!

  2. Esther says

    Please i have sunburn or chemical burn caused by cream round my eyes very dark , can baking soda clear it off?

    • Nina says

      I wouldn’t use baking soda. I would use something like aloe vera or TriDerma Intense. You can find any of these at your local pharmacy. I would also recommend making an appointment with your dermatologist for some advice.

  3. Abubakar Rashid says

    Hi Nina
    I have applied baking soda on my neck region but it caused inflammation and swelling on my nech…….
    I have done this process up to 4 nights

    • Nina says

      Baking soda is a safe product to use in most cases. Maybe trying it leaving a day in between where you don’t use it. My assumption is using 4 nights in a row may have been too much for your skin. Sometimes we think our skin can bare all things, when in fact, it is very delicate.

  4. pam says

    hey nina. I’m 17 and Ive been having dark skin around my lips and my neck. Will this remedy help in lightening the skin? If not which natural remedy do you suggest to get rid of it? I went to the dermatologist a few months back but she said I’m too young for laser treatments and chemical peels. Thanks 🙂

    • Nina says

      Hi Pam.
      This remedy will help lighten if used over the coarse of time. Especially for very dark areas. In my opinion, i would start with a lightening cream and another cream called Refissa to help the cell turn over (peel). I think this would be safer to use before using a peel. If it does not give you the results I would say, “spot peel”. Meaning only get the peel applied to the dark areas. That way you won’t risk other areas of the face that may be okay. Here is a website where I purchase my skin care: http://www.premierlook.com. The owner is Brianna, she is amazing. I usually buy the Refissa .05% cream and ZoMedical Melamix cream. I blend the two and apply every night. As for the peel, I buy the Vi Peel from: http://www.skincaresolutionsstore.com. I have to mention that I am no doctor or license dermatologist. I am just advising based off of my personal experience and knowledge. Which I do have a lot of experience under my belt. I hope this was helpful. Nina

    • Nina says

      Yes it will help but will not do it quickly. Over time you may see good results doing this multiple times a week. Have you seen a dermatologist?

  5. Thevaraany a says

    Hi I m having pigments for t passed 15 yrs.. I think melanin is high.. Tried many no use I m tryng yrs yesterday n tdy. But nothing good result. I m from Malaysia.

    • Nina says

      Unfortunately, melasma is one of those things that is hard to get rid of or treat. You have to be determined and find resources to help the process. A bleaching cream and good exfoliator is a good start. I would also see your dermatologist to discuss a variety of chemical peels to give you a boost on the pigmentation issue.

  6. alisha says

    I don’t wanna use chemical peels I’ve been told by my doctor not to it will worsen I have used everything like lemon I’m using herbal creams I’m just worried about when I go on holiday what effects it’s gonna have because it’s really hot there can u suggest me any thing

  7. alisha says

    Hi I have upper lip shadow pigmentation want to get rid of it darkens my dermatologist said ntjing can be done and I’m planning to go on holiday my dermatology said it will darken more with sun and heat can you suggest me a remind which I could get rid of the shadow shows threw makeup

    • Nina says

      Hello.

      The same thing happened to me so I know how frustrating it can be. This is what I did, I got a series of (3) chemical peels (for 3 months)- specifically, Vi Peel. I bought it online and just followed the directions carefully here:http://www.skincaresolutionsstore.com/. You can also call them if you have questions. This lightened the area really well. After I maintained it with Hydroquinone bleach cream (again from the Vi Peel line $70 but lasts forever bc you only need the tiniest amount). And I also got a prescription for Tretinoin .05% from my dermatologist or sometimes med spas will sell it too. I use it about 3x a week and it has worked out really well. I will say that when I do go on vacation where I’m out in the sun – I use a strong sunscreen (stick form). Typically when I come back I will have to use the lightening cream and tretinoin every day for a week to get the area back to my liking. Your dermatologist is right, melasma will never go away, but there is definitely options to deal with it to make it a better situation. I hope this was helpful. Please let me know if you have any questions. Oh here is a med spa that I usually get my Tretinoin from here: http://www.mesamiesmedspa.com/ they ship to you. Please tell them I sent you. Take care.

  8. sara says

    hey! i need your advice regarding skin whitening. i have used many skin whitening creams but they gave me no results. now i want to do some home remedy for that instead of wasting my money. please tell me if baking soda truly whitens the skin because no beauty cream did that for me so far? reply must

    • Nina says

      Hi Sara. Have you tried lightening/bleaching products from the Obagi or Vi line? Those are really good. But everyone is different so it may have not worked for you if you have tried them before. As for the baking soda, it has really helped me in many areas. Under my arm gets really dark and b/s helps lighten up. I also use it on my entire face at night when I want a more even skin tone. I will say you have to use it frequently at first to see dramatic results and then maintain like once a week. I sometimes use a bit of lemon juice to make it stronger (use at night never before going into the sun). I hope this was helpful.

      This is what I usually do:
      -mini home facial
      -detox mask
      -baking soda mask

      Afterwards, your skin feels amazing!

      Nina

    • Nina says

      Hi Ruth.

      Yes. I have used it under my arms, knees, elbows, face, and toes. You just have to be consistent with it. You will see the area lighter on the first use. But with most pigmentation issues on the skin/body – it will probably get dark again. So if you keep this regimen up (2x a week – 10-15 mins) you should get better results. I am no dermatologist or doctor so just to be on the safe side get a consultation to see what might be best for you. The tips I share on my blog are things that have worked for me so I like to tell all. Keep in mind everyone’s skin is different so you may get a different outcome. I hope this was helpful. Let me know if you have any questions I’m here to help. ~Nina

    • Nina says

      Hello. Have you tried exfoliating? Another product you may want to try is this one: http://goo.gl/8evTc2
      This is what I use for my hyperpigmentation. Which is what it is called – sun damage as you will. I hope this has helped. If you have any more questions please feel free to ask away.

      Nina

  9. Anitha says

    Hi Nina,

    I was really impressed with your tip. I am from India and hope you are aware of the sun madness over here. I have been suffering from the pigmentation problem for a very long time. I have darkness around my lip area and has been very embarrassing for me to hang out often. Everytime I get out in the sun, I only find the area more darker and prominent. I shy away from pictures and my self esteem goes down. For the first time I’m gonna try your tip and pray it works out.

    • Nina says

      Hi Anitha.

      Have you tried any chemical peels or bleaching creams yet? I have also gone as far as getting a laser treatment called Fraxel. It is a series of laser treatments (4 are recommended for optimal results). It is pretty awesome. The laser breaks through all of the pigmentation and then is flakes off leaving you with a lightened area. After that, you’ll have to use sunscreen to protect the area but no biggie. The recommend one treatment a month. It has helped me out a bunch. In between I use Obagi bleaching cream and Tretinoin .5% to help the cells in my skin turn over. Basically, helps lift the melasma and the area gets lightened.

      I hope this was helpful.
      Nina

  10. JoHanna says

    Hi I had got a really bad tan a few weeks ago and I just backing soda at water with out the oils my skin is a little smoother but no light please help school starts in a few weeks and I hate being bullied

    • Nina says

      Hello. Did you get a spray tan? If you did and were not happy with the results – you can try apple cider vinegar. Pour some onto a wash cloth in the shower (preferably) and start wiping away. There are also some products you can buy that remove self-tan or spray tan from the skin (sold at Sephora & Ulta). If it is just a tan from the sun I think the best thing to do is just to let it fade naturally. A tan fades pretty fast unless you have tanned previously and have an all over dark tan already. I pull olive skin under tone which helps get me really dark in the summer time. I usually fade within 7-10 days back to my natural, lighter skin tone. I hope this was helpful.

      Nina

    • Nina says

      Hi Laura. If you are talking about lightening the skin (applying as a night treatment only), yes I do. I would highly recommend this product here:
      http://goo.gl/EMP1jy
      For a second choice, this one is really good too: http://goo.gl/QSLlqh

      They are both really good for lightening the skin. They are a bit pricey, but all you need is a pea size amount. Depending on how large the area that you are treating will determine how long the product will last. For example, I treat my upper lip & highest point of my cheek bones; and the product has lasted almost 9 months. I think it’s safe to say, it’s a good investment.

      Thanks for stopping by and let me know if you have any other questions. I’m here to help.
      Nina

    • Nina says

      Hi Brian! If you mean drops of fresh lemon juice, the answer is yes. Just make sure you apply it at night because the sun could burn the areas you applied the mask with lemon. If you apply it at night – you’ll be good to go. Thanks for checking out my blog. Let me know if you have any further questions.

      Nina

  11. kaii says

    Hi nina. Can i ask about steaming and putting baking soda. Can i do the steaming process before or after putting baking soda? Isn’t bad to apply bleaching cream after doing the steaming process? Hoing for you reply i badly need an answers thnaks:)

    • Nina says

      Hi Kaii.

      It is safe to steam your face before or after if you are using baking soda as a bleaching alternative. I would recommend going forward with the steaming, cleansing the skin thoroughly, mixing milk & baking soda for a nice facial scrub (less milk more baking soda). Then, applying the baking soda with water paste to the areas you need improvement. Leave for about 15-20 minutes but no more than that. This is a gradual process, you will see lighter results the first time, but to achieve the lightest possible with baking soda it will take 4-6 times of use. I have to disclaim that I am not a doctor or dermatologist. I am giving my advice given on my own experience with melasma, and skin issues. I can honestly say, “I’ve tried EVERYTHING.” Sadly, not everything that I’ve tried has worked as it has advertised. That is why I started this blog to help people out and if I don’t know the answer – I will direct you in the right direction.

      I hope this was helpful.
      Nina

  12. Anonymous says

    i had a little pigmentation on the cheeks of my face and after using a bleaching cream with HYDROQINONE, the marks became bigger and darker. My face actual got worst with the cream which the doctor issued to me. I will try baking soda with lemon

  13. jes says

    Hi! im 17 years old and the problem is i have this acne spots that wont remove. do you think it can help to use baking soda to lighten my face? and also can i apply it to my body?

    • Nina says

      Baking soda can help but I would try a bleaching cream if it does not work. Baking soda has known to work for many different types of skin issues. It’s worth a try. Let me know how it goes.

  14. jhas says

    @Nina
    You can check their website I think they have or their fb NANO SOAP TABLET. I get mine direct from the chemist. or if you want I can help you get one. Compare to other nano soap that I used, this one is very cheap ($10) and organic. Maybe this is the reason why it help my warts to slowly fall.

  15. jhas says

    I am a Filipino and I tried this baking soda with new nano tablet soap and works amazing. Not just lighten my skin but also helps my warts gone.

    • Nina says

      I would try a really good skin exfoliator like the one I sell on my store online – http://www.ninamarieblogs.com (then click on my shop). I then would recommend a bleaching cream with hydroquinone. A company by the name of Vi (Vitality Institute) sells a bleaching cream that is phenomenal. There are various places online where you can purchase it costs about $75 but will last a long time as you will not need much. Another option, is purchasing two products from the Obagi line for skin brightening system: 1.) Obagi Blender & 2.) Obagi Tretinoine which starts at .25% strength. Depending on how dark your skin is will determine how much % you would want to go. I recommend starting at .50%. I hope this is helpful. If you have any further questions please don’t hesitate to email me: nina@ninamarieblogs.com.

      Thanks for stopping by.
      Nina

  16. Emmie says

    Hi Nina,

    I recently (past 3 months) got hyperpigmentation on both my cheeks….iam an indian and my skin colour is dark. iam seeing a dermatologist regularly and every 2 weeks i have superficial chemical peel. Even after 6 sittings the darkness hasn’t gone down…. iam also applying kojivit plus cream every night.but it still hasn’t helped me. And throughout the day i wear sunscreen lotion with SPF 50…Will baking powder help me…..should i apply everyday ? will it make the hyperpigmentation worse? please help iam desperate for some remedy. Thanks

    • Nina says

      Hi there!

      Have you tried the Obagi Skin Brightening System? I have been using it for the last six months and have had some really good results. Dark spots are almost invisible.

      Thanks for your comment.
      Nina

  17. ameerah says

    Hi its good to see you git rid of the black spot on the face. I have black spot on my each cheek which is getting a bit dark i feel. What would be the best idea to get rid of it. Is the baking soda good enough to try on? Please help i am getting married in 4 weeks so badly upset coz of this issue.regards

    • Nina says

      I can’t say for sure. I do know that it is a temporary fix for lightening mylasma/melasma or dark spots. I also know it does whiten teeth too. So if it can do that I’m sure it can lighten dark skin.

    • Nina says

      Hi. If you’ve never tried the baking soda before – try 15 minutes. If your skin is not that sensitive you can leave longer but no more than 30 minutes.

      Hope this helps

  18. madhu sharma says

    Hi I m madhu. I have a problem of dark acne marks and open pores. Can cooking soda be useful in such skin conditions

    • Nina says

      Cooking baking soda does not help the skin that I know of. However, mixing baking soda with a bit of honey and water creating a paste will help exfoliate your skin. You can steam your face over a pot if water being very careful. This will open your pores. Then, use the exfoliator you made to help clean your pores. I also recommend a charcoal clay mask to draw out impurities. There’s one by Origins that is amazing. I hope this helps! XoXo – Nina

  19. Jenna says

    Hello!
    I naturally have dark skin, and I really want it lighter. This seems like a really good idea. But my question is, how often should I do this and how long do I leave it on for?

    -Jenna (:

  20. farrah says

    hi,i like ur pic,u look nic,i wanted to know that i have uneven skin around my lips, like ur pic under lip dark ,can i use baking soda everyday and how long shall i leave it on for.and can i add lemon or something else in it for quick results

    • Nina says

      Hi there!!

      Yes, you can use baking soda everyday and leave it on your face no longer than 20 minutes. You can use apple cider vinegar or lemon to help brighten the areas you are working with in the evenings only. I’m afraid if you use ingredients with high acid during the day, you might burn your skin or cause pigmentation issues.

      Thanks for stopping by my blog. Let me know if you have any further questions.
      Nina

    • Nina says

      For quicker results I would recommend hydroquinone. I would apply it at night and in the morning until you see the results you want. I also recommend using sunscreen.

  21. mary says

    i have been using it the last 3 days nothing has happen, then skin has lightern but not the hyper-pigmentation.I will use it till friday and see if anything lighterns up, if not what else can you reconmend for me to do?

  22. neha says

    hi i have the same thing as you hyper-pigmentation on my face. i have had it last 6 years . and recently went to the dermatologist and said the same thing that it want go away. She reconmended fraxel laser but not garentee it would go. I have tried every make-up even dermablend nothing works. So i really hope this works for me . kindly suggest me.

    • Nina says

      Basically, you want to gain control if the pigmentation issue – getting it as light as possible. This is through Fraxel laser, chemical peels, etc… Then, using a lightening cream 3 times a week at night before bed. Applying sunblock before going outside daily, and wearing hats when appropriate. Once you gain control, this us the point when home remedies work such as baking soda or a tomato mask (at night). Can you send me pics do I can better direct in which path might suit you best? As I’ve been through if all will pigmentation issues.

      Nina

    • Nina says

      I would try these steps first. Laser is a bit abrasive to the skin.

      1. gain control of the issue (how to get it as light as possible or to your satisfaction) – I recommend the Vi Peel or MUAC Lactic Acid Peel 40% (can be found on Amazon)
      2. Find a good bleaching cream – I recommend Nadinola Fade Cream or Kojie-San Soap Skin Lightener (can be found on Amazon)
      3. Find a good Vitamin C serum – I recommend this one by Kheils link here: http://www.kiehls.com/Powerful-Strength-Line-Reducing-Concentrate/pslrc-2013-desktop,default,pg.html
      4. Find a good sunscreen no less than 50 SPF

      :)Nina

  23. mary says

    hi i have the same thing as you hyper-pigmentation on my leg quite big i have had it since i was 10 and recently went to the dermatologist and said the same thing that it want go away. She reconmended fraxel laser but not garentee it would go. I have tried every make-up even dermablend nothing works. So i really hope this works for me i have mc kenzie’s bi-carb soda (baking soda 500g)…will it work if i just use that or do i have to add in essential oils ?

    • Nina says

      Yes. I think that will work just fine. The baking did a I use us from the grocery store – $.99. For really dark pigmentation, I repeat the process four days in a row. After, I use sunblock along with a foundation with good coverage since the problem is on my upper lip. In your case, you may only need to use sunblock. Luhansk fir checking out my blog!!! If you don’t mind I would like to see before & after pics to see your progress. You can tag me on instagram #Daintyfemme or email me nina@ninamarieblogs.com. Have an awesome day;)

      • mary says

        i have been using it the last 3 days nothing has happen, then skin has lightern but not the hyper-pigmentation.I will use it till friday and see if anything lighterns up, if not what else can you reconmend for me to do?

        • Nina says

          Hi Mary!!!

          If you can please send pics of pigmented skin problem area to better advise you. By all means, I am not a doctor nor am I a miracle worker. I do want to help because I do understand the frustration of having hyper pigmentation. I have had it for the last 3 years, and I have been misdirected on several occasions. I had to do a lot of research and understand exactly what specific ingredients were in regards to my skin. Also educating myself on the side effects – as all products or medications now have some sort of side effects. In my situation, I have gotten a strong chemical peel once a year. Followed with a bleaching cream that I use only at night, every other night, and in between I apply serum derived of Vitamin C. I also take a few weeks off from time to time so my skin will not grow accustom to using the products. Everyday, before I leave my house I apply sun screen which works well under my makeup/foundation. Non-oily, no shine formula. This is what your goals should be:

          1. gain control of the issue (how to get it as light as possible or to your satisfaction) – I recommend the Vi Peel or MUAC Lactic Acid Peel 40% (can be found on Amazon)
          2. Find a good bleaching cream – I recommend Nadinola Fade Cream or Kojie-San Soap Skin Lightener (can be found on Amazon)
          3. Find a good Vitamin C serum – I recommend this one by Kheils link here: http://www.kiehls.com/Powerful-Strength-Line-Reducing-Concentrate/pslrc-2013-desktop,default,pg.html
          4. Find a good sunscreen no less than 50 SPF

          • mary says

            thankyou so much can i send it to your email privately because i dont really want any one to see,

            is TCA 10% PEEL good or should i just buy Vi Peel or MUAC Lactic Acid Peel 40% ?

            please message back 🙂

          • Purple says

            Excuesme another web saying baking soda should not been used on face…..is it harm for skin…or safe to use

          • Nina says

            Hi. Baking soda is safe enough to cook/bake with, so… why would it be harmful to use on our skin? I am not a doctor but I use it on my skin and have no issues ever. Please get another opinion if you are still on the fence by consulting with your doctor or dermatologist. They are always willing to help. Thanks for stopping by!!!

  24. Miles says

    I tried it yesterday. My face felt so much smoother with just one try. But since I have really dry skin and some pigmentation problem, I’ll just do this once every two weeks. Thanks for your tips. I will surely visit your site often.

  25. Anonymous says

    Does it work on different parts of the body? Like Knee? I see that even one apply only can make it brighter. But does it only work on face?
    Thanks for the reply in advance i hope you can help me with my question.
    And how long until after you had a baking soda in your face how long after you need to wash it?

    • Nina says

      Yes, it does work on various areas of the body. Leave it on for about 30 minutes. Rinse off with warm water. Soap is optional…

        • Nina says

          I would use every three days, then repeat. If your skin is not having a big issue with pigmentation, then I would use once every two weeks. Follow with a light moisturizer from Mario Badescu skin line or Philosophy. Drug store moisturizers I like are from Olay & Real Simple.

          Let me know if you have any questions!!! Thanks for visiting my site:)

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