Here’s a little something about me you may never glean from reading my posts.

I have acne.

I’ve been told my acne is “adult acne.” Perhaps I should feel better I wasn’t told my acne is “immature”, “sophomoric”, or “could apply itself more”.

The way I see it, adult acne is an oxymoron. A painfully embarrassing and recurring oxymoron. The moment one pimple disappears… a new one takes its place overnight. No matter how you phrase it, it sucks. Nothing can make me feel better about my acne except getting rid of it.

I should go see a dermatologist but the last time I saw a dermatologist about it, he sent me home with antibiotics. Those got rid of the acne while I was taking them, but it came back the moment I stopped. I’m no doctor, but I’m pretty sure no one should take antibotics forever.

Oh, yeah, and I have no insurance. Good luck finding a pro-bono dermatologist. I’ve looked. They don’t exist.

I have tried many things:

Gluten Free diet (effective but expensive and difficult for me to maintain)
Antibiotics (bad for liver. As you may glean from my posts, I need my liver)
Pro-Activ (Too harsh for me)
Tea Tree Oil (ineffective for me)
Harsh chemicals (I’m sorry, the only way harsh chemicals get into my system is through Dorito form)
Benevolent Unicorn that touches its horn to your face and all your skin problems are solved (only Cate Blanchett and Kate Winslet have met this unicorn, and they’re not telling anyone anything)

I got to the point where I’d basically given up. I was resigned to always having this cluster of acne on my chin. I tried to look on the bright side and not let it ruin my life. I counted my blessings. I still have nice eyes. That is, if your gaze isn’t focused like a lazer beam on my chin.

Up here, fellas!

Men, am I right? Oh…and everybody else in the world? Staring at me? Wondering if I also have adult braces to go with this adult acne?

At least that’s the way I felt. Very embarrassed, exposed and unattractive.

Until…

After many hours spent Googling acne solutions (its a major component of my browsing history), I didn’t quite believe the validity of one solution I landed upon. It was something so simple and cheap it had to be fake:

Baking soda.

What?! That can’t be! I have some in my kitchen! Do you mean to say the secret to getting rid of a pimple faster is sitting right next to that 1/3 of an avocado wrapped in foil in my fridge?

That is exactly what I mean. And this is how it works, and it does work. For me.

I encourage you to try it yourself if you, too are at the end of your rope:

Step 1) Wash your face
Start with a clean slate

Step 2) Make a paste of water and baking soda
Think 1/3 tsp water to 1 tsp baking soda. You don’t need much!

Step 3) Apply it directly on your blemish
I use a spoon. You could use your hands or even a chopstick, since we’re on a kitchen theme here. It will look like a mask once on, but I suggest only using it on trouble spots rather than over your entire face. [tagbox tag=”acne”]

Step 4) Rinse when dry
It dries in about 5 minutes and then may start to flake off. I leave it on for about 10 minutes, rub off the “mask” in the sink, wash with water and then apply face lotion as usual. I do this treatment right before bed.

Super easy and it works. Use daily until the blemish goes away OR you get insurance OR find a dermatologist who works pro bono.

Keep me posted either way.

(Ed. Note: Baking Soda obviously isn’t a longterm cure for acne, but it definitely helps with individual spots. We’ve used a baking soda-based toothpaste–like Arm & Hammer–and it worked well for drying out blemishes)