Borax or sodium borate is a naturally occurring alkaline mineral. It is used in many cosmetic preparations, particularly those which contain beeswax. The reason behind this combination is their emulsification action. Borax and beeswax combine very well to form a strong bonding agent in lipsticks, lip balms, foundations and skin creams. Borax is also an insecticide but do not worry-it is not toxic to humans as long as you use it in small doses. Today we will talk about borax skin care and answer the question ‘does borax cure acne?’
Borax cleared my skin! Why use borax for your face?
There are many people who claim to have used borax to clear up acne. Many use this white powder to soften hard water. But the main reason why so many skin formulations today contain borax is its emulsification action with beeswax. Most emulsifiers such as skin cream lotions and acne creams are ‘oil-in-water’ emulsions meaning that the oil droplets are dispersed in water. Borax and beeswax emulsifiers are unusual in that they are ‘water in oil’ where water drops are dispersed in oil. This makes the emulsion more waterproof. So if you use borax in your skin care, the effect will last longer and provide continuous coverage or protection. Borax and beeswax also form a stable emulsifier without the need for additional emulsifiers. The best part of using borax for skin care is that it is readily available and also inexpensive. It is also natural. However, you should still use it carefully as excess use can be very drying on the skin.
Boric acid or borax for acne treatment
Acne is usually a result of stress, unhygienic conditions, lifestyle factors, inadequate diet and hormonal issues. It can come and go in a person’s life but is devastating at any age. A healthy diet and stress free lifestyle is what you need to prevent acne. As a part of home remedies for skin care, you can safely use borax for acne. It is important to understand the difference between borax and boric acid.
Boric acid is the crystalline form derived from borax. It is a poison when ingested and is mainly used as an insecticide for preventing household insects in food grains. Borax is found in the laundry soap aisle of most supermarkets. Many people use boric acid solution as an eye wash but you should do so only after diluting it many times. Both boric acid and borax should be used with extreme caution. If you plan on ingesting them, do so after dilution. If you develop any symptoms like rashes or nausea, discontinue use and seek medical help. That said, borax is generally safe for skin issues. Many people have successfully used it for treating acne, scabies, demodex mites, ringworm and other contagious infections.
How to use borax for acne
Here are two simple recipes for acne.
Borax face wash recipe
- Basin of warm water
- ¼ tsp borax powder
Mix the powder and water. Use a clean cloth or wash rag to wash your face with the solution. Finally, rinse your face with clear water. When used daily, your complexion will clear and you will also notice softer, smoother skin.
Another easy recipe is to mix Castile soap and borax powder. Use the mixture to gently scrub the face. Rinse well with warm water and follow with a final rinse of cold water. This is a great remedy to remove blemishes and dead skin cells.
Borax face cream recipe
- ½ tsp Borax powder
- 1 tbsp hot distilled water
- ½ cup almond oil
- 1 tbsp grated beeswax
Add the hot distilled water to beeswax to dissolve it. Add the borax and oil and stir well to combine. Cool a bit and apply the cream on the face. Leave on for a few minutes before rinsing clean with warm water. Do not use soap. Let the cream leave a fine residue on the skin. This face cream is beneficial for acne prone skin in winters as well as for dry skin sufferers.
Borax face mask recipe
- 1 tsp glycerin
- ½ tsp each borax powder and camphor lotion
- 1 cup distilled water
Mix all ingredients. Apply to the face and let dry a bit. Wash off after 20 minutes. Repeat use once a week to see results.
Borax does cure acne and you can safely make it a part of your daily skincare regime. It has anti acne, anti fungal, anti bacterial and cleansing properties. It is easy to use and helps bonds fats and water. Use borax cautiously as excess use in higher concentrations can dry out the skin.