In the past few years, baking soda has gained a reputation of being “do-it-all” home remedy. You can use it for almost everything.
You need something to clean stains off your clothes and carpets?
Baking soda helps. Do you need a remedy for your skin?
Try baking soda. Do you need to get rid of dandruff in your hair? Use baking soda.
The list goes on. Today, we will talk about the effectiveness of a baking soda for the face.
We will talk about both sides of the story. The baking soda controversy is real, and while there are many supporters of the baking soda face wash, there are also people who believe it will do more harm than good.
Why use baking soda face wash?
Let’s start with the benefits of baking soda brings to your face. Bear in mind, there is little scientific proof. But isn’t that the case with almost every home remedy?
You either believe in natural and home remedies and their effectiveness, or you do not.
Here are some reasons why washing your face with baking soda can help.
Removes acne scars
In its essence, baking soda is an exfoliating agent. That means it helps with all the dead skin cells, bacteria, oil, and debris clogging up your pores.
When your pores are clogged, acne appears. And if you do not deal with acne properly, there are scars and marks left behind.
Baking soda can help with removal of these scars. All you have to do is make a paste of baking soda and water. The paste needs to be thick enough to apply on your skin.
The exfoliation will remove the scarred skin and reveal a fresh and new layer beneath.
Soothes skin rashes
The second most important benefit of baking soda is its anti-inflammatory properties. Baking soda helps soothe your skin from irritation.
For this remedy, however, you will have to mix a drop or two of coconut oil and apply to your face.
Repeat the process two times per day to get the desired soothing effect.
Treats yeast infection
Baking soda also provides some antibacterial and antifungal properties. Because of that, you can use the remedy for infections appearing on your face.
We are talking about yeast infection primarily, which can appear on the mouth.
For yeast infection in the intestines or internal organs, you need to consume baking soda. But for infections on your mouth, a paste with baking soda and water is all you need.
Apply to your mouth for 2 to 4 minutes, and then rinse it off.
Helps with sunburn
Baking soda has a cooling and soothing effect, and that helps with sunburn. After a long exposure in the sun, your skin will be damaged and irritated. Not to mention, probably inflamed.
Reach out for baking soda and cold water, and apply to the affected area. Wash off after a couple of minutes for a soothing effect.
Remove skin tan
Speaking of sun-related issues, baking soda can also help you remove skin tan. Thanks to its exfoliating properties, all you need some baking soda and vinegar to make a paste.
Add some water to dilute the vinegar, and apply the paste on your skin for 10 minutes.
Repeat two times per week, depending on how severe your tan is.
Baking soda is an alkaline product. This means it can help soften the sebum and debris on your face and clear your pores.
When applied to the face, baking soda absorbs any excess oil which can clog your pores.
We mentioned previously that baking soda has antibacterial and antifungal properties. These come in handy when treating infections that cause blackheads.
Applying baking soda can help loosen the skin around the blackheads, and enable easy extraction.
Washing your face with baking soda can help whiten your skin. All you need is water and baking soda.
Scrub it gently on your face in circular motions for two minutes. Just wash your face afterward.
Three ways to use baking soda
There are a number of ways you can use baking soda for your facial skin issues. You can even combine baking soda with other natural remedies like olive oil, coconut oil, lemon, vinegar, and so on.
But in terms of baking soda on its own, here are the three main ways of using the remedy.
- Face mask – just mix 1-2 teaspoons of baking soda and a small amount of warm water. Massage into the affected area. Leave it on the skin for 10 minutes, and then wash off with warm water
- Exfoliating agent – prepare the same mixture as a face mask, but wash it off right after application. You can also add baking soda to any facial scrub to boost its pore-cleaning properties
- Face wash – this is the treatment we suggested at the beginning. Just add two teaspoons of baking soda to any facial wash. Apply to your face, and then wash off with warm water
Side effects and precautions
There are many supporters of the baking soda face wash. But there are also people on the other side, who think that the treatment will do more harm than good. Why it is that? Well, let’s refer to the alkaline aspect of baking soda.
Baking soda has a pH level of 9, which can affect the pH level of your skin. Some side effects of practicing the treatment can include:
- Very dry skin
- Early onset on wrinkles
- Irritation and inflammation of the skin
- Sensitivity to the sun
- Acne breakouts worsening
One of the main reasons why some people are against baking soda is because the remedy is too basic. While it can help neutralize a chemical peel, it is too basic for an overall wash, especially if used on a regular basis.
Washing your skin with baking soda can remove the skin’s protective barrier formed by the slightly acidic nature of the skin.
While it is not harmful, sometimes, baking soda can irritate the skin. You might not even know it, but you might be sensitive to baking soda.
Last, but not least, baking soda can cause overly exfoliating process on your skin. Exfoliating is good, but too much of it, is harmful. Same as sugar or salt scrub, baking soda is both chemical and physical exfoliator.
With that in mind, it is up to you to choose whether you want to use it.
But the fact of the matter is we all have different skin. For some people, baking soda might help. For others, it might not. That is why you should try and do a patch test before applying baking soda to your entire face.
With that in mind, you also have to remember that many manufactured facial products are also alkaline. The biggest knock on baking soda is that the alkaline properties will harm your skin.
Well, what about the facial products that are also alkaline?
The difference between manufactured products and baking soda is that baking soda is also a physical exfoliating agent. Try, and see if it works for you.