Baking soda is currently being a topic as the pinnacle of natural beauty and green cleaning. There is not anything the powder cannot accomplish, from washing your hair with it to instantly curing a UTI to calming bug bites.
It is effective at making your bathtub sparkle and at eliminating unpleasant body odour, but that does not mean that you should start including it in your skincare routine.
Reasons why you shouldn’t wash your face with baking soda:
There are numerous reasons why you should never apply this to your face. Those include:
- Too Alkaline:
It is most used to relieve heartburn because it is a basic chemical that neutralizes acid. While dermatologists sometimes use baking soda to neutralize a chemical peel, it is too basic for an overall wash, especially if used frequently.
Healthy skin is slightly acidic. This acid mantle is a protective barrier, which washing it with baking soda removes the skin’s protective oil barrier, alters its pH, and disrupts the natural bacteria on the surface that help to prevent infection and acne. This can leave you with stripped skin that is prone to infection and breakouts.
While it is not harmful, it can irritate the skin. It is famous for causing armpit rashes, redness, and burning for some people when used in homemade or natural deodorants. If you do react to baking soda, avoid baking soda products.
- Overly exfoliating:
Much like a salt or sugar scrub, it acts as a physical exfoliator when made into a paste or not fully dissolved in water. Exfoliating can be useful, but exfoliating day and night, like you would if you washed with it , is not recommended.
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About the Author: Dr. Donika Vata is a medical doctor from Ferizaj, Kosovo. She studied general medicine from University of Hasan Prishtina.
Dr. Vata has been writing about medical and skincare related issue in journals, social media websites, and books. She was working for some well reputed clinics such as Telehealth Pro- Online consultations, German Cancer Center, and AppLMD. Dr. Donika was also volunteering in the Covid-19 pandemic.
Currently, she is working as a medical doctor and researcher in a dermatology clinic.