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Mrs. Nesbit's battle with her evil arch nemesis, Pimples.

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I was going to consult pH balance charts to see if there are any natural remedies that are the proper pH level.

Only problem is, those food charts pretty much all tell you the pH level each food produces after you eat it, which has nothing to do with the pH level of the food itself.

So I know processed honey is less alkaline than raw honey--after you eat it. I have no idea if the same holds true in its undigested state. Do I want to put this stuff on my face or not?

Mrs. Nesbit

OK, so baking soda didn't really eat my face. It just left spots red, flaky, and mildly stinging after several months of use.

I did some research--yeah, well, I Googled--and learned that baking soda throws off your face's pH balance. See, your face's skin is slightly acidic, with a pH balance somewhere between 4.6 and 5.5. This acidity helps ward off infection and damage. But baking soda? That's an alkaline. The pH level of baking soda is at least 8.0 (some sources list it as high as 10.0), and it strips away the mantle protecting your skin.

In other words: Baking soda might be effective at keeping your acne under control, but you'll be trading it in for new and potentially much more serious problems.

Darn it. Apart from the whole damaging-the-skin part, I was pleased with baking soda. It was very effective for controlling my acne and zapping the occasional whitehead. I'll keep using it for spot treatment, perhaps, but no more facial masks.

I hear you can counterbalance the effect by using watered down apple cider vinegar as a toner, but I'm not eager to try it.

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