Perhaps you have oily skin or acne or adult acne and you have been searching high and low for the perfect face mask. Well, look no further than your own pantry! That wonderful all purpose substance, baking soda, which has so many wonderful household uses can also be used as a face wash or face mask. It can get a little messy, especially when it dries and starts to flake.

And it is probably not the best to use if you have very dry skin, as it can have a drying effect on the skin. But if you are struggling with any of the afore-mentioned skin issues (name, oiliness or acne), you really might want to give this a try. Of course, if you don't have any baking soda around the house, you may want to buy some, but have no worries about that, as it is incredibly cheap and available at any grocery store.

Because of the flakiness factor, you may want to use this in the shower. Simply make a little paste using backing soda and water and then apply it to your face, massaging in slow circles. You will feel the fine powder gently exfoliating your skin. Some people like to add a drop or two of liquid GSE (grapefruit seed extract) as this is another great (and all natural) substance for fighting acne and excessive facial oil. GSE is widely known and celebrated for its low toxicity and highly effective anti-viral and anti-bacterial properties.

This incredibly cheap and simple baking soda/water "paste" gets a number of very positive reviews, both online and off, and some people who report having had a lot of success using this method also state that they have been struggling with acne for several years and are having some of their greatest skincare successes using this safe, easy, effective and inexpensive method.

Of course, not every method is going to work well for everyone who tries it. You may try this and find that your skin simply feels too tight and dry afterward. On the other hand, you may try it and afterward feel like you have never looked younger, and that your pores have never looked smaller, or your skin less oily. It certainly doesn't hurt to try, as baking soda is a safe and natural substance.

After all, when you buy creams and cleansers to treat acne-prone skin, you can never be totally sure whether or not you might have some kind of reaction to one or more of the ingredients. However, when you use the baking soda/water method, you only have the two ingredients to consider, and neither one of them is toxic.