I Smeared Baking Soda On My Face Every Night For A Week. Here’s How My Skin Looked 7 Days Later

Written by on March 11, 2020

Baking soda is an incredible ingredient.

We all have it sitting in our cabinets for when we want to clean or cook with it, but baking soda actually has a ton of other uses as well, including as an odor eliminator, a teeth whitener, and a drain unclogger.

But there’s another use for this product that beauty bloggers all over the world can’t stop talking about: baking soda as a face cleanser!

When I first learned that people were using baking soda on their faces, I immediately thought it sounded kind of crazy. However, I then looked into it a little more and was surprised to find that there are actually a lot of benefits to using a baking soda face wash.

Even better, baking soda is a much more affordable option than many fancy store-bought cleansers, and beauty gurus claim it works just as well.

Since I already had baking soda in my spice cabinet, I figured I might as well give it a shot. So, I carried my trusty orange box into the bathroom to see if the rumors were true!

Baking Soda Face Wash Benefits

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Baking soda has a lot of beauty uses, including as a dry shampoo, a hair volumizer, and a nail cleaner.

The biggest trend among beauty enthusiasts right now, though, is using it as a way to clean and exfoliate your skin.

According to Dr. Oz, baking soda can be used to clear acne and can help exfoliate your skin, making it softer and more vibrant.

Healthy And Natural World explains that baking soda can be used as a daily cleanser, a face mask, and an exfoliator. In addition, it can unclog your pores, remove dirt and oils from your skin, and even prevent acne.

With all these potential benefits, I couldn’t wait to try using my own DIY baking soda face wash…

Baking Soda Face Wash Controversy

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However, I eventually read about the potential negative effects.

It wasn’t until after I’d been using baking soda on my face for a few days that I found out how baking soda could negatively impact my skin.

I read multiple studies from Dermatology, the International Journal of Cosmetic Science, and Acta Dermato-venereologicaabout the ways in which baking soda can affect your skin.

It was a lot of information, but what it all boils down to is that everyone’s skin has an “acid mantle” — or an acidic layer — that acts as a barrier to viruses, bacteria, and other harmful contaminants.

Essential Day Spa put it simply when they explained that baking soda (which is alkaline, or naturally basic) can disrupt the skin’s acid mantle. This can cause skin irritation, hyperpigmentation, moisture loss, skin aging, and sun sensitivity.

That being said, many manufactured facial products are also alkaline. The difference with these cleansers and with baking soda is that baking soda is also a physical exfoliant, according to Future Derm.

The longer you use alkaline cleansers, the more damage they can do to your skin.

According to Skin and Tonics, the acid mantle can repair itself after being compromised, but it can take up to 20 hours for the pH to return to normal. In that time, the skin is more susceptible to damage.

Note: Some people react negatively to baking soda, so do a patch test on your arm before trying it on your face.

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