Baking soda (sodium bicarbonate) is a powdered salt commonly used in cooking and baking.
Because of its alkaline and anti-bacterial properties, some people swear by baking soda as an anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial ingredient on the skin.
DIY baking soda face masks have become more and more popular in recent years, especially for those looking for an acne-free and anti-redness treatment.
It’s true that baking soda has anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties, but it’s not a good idea to use it on your skin.
Baking soda disrupts the skin’s natural pH balance. An imbalanced pH can worsen inflammation, dry out the skin, and leave your skin feeling raw and sensitive.
Baking soda masks are not recommended for use on your skin, but you may need more information to make a decision. Read on to find out what the research says about this treatment.
Baking soda masks are popular for several reasons.
Exfoliator: First, the consistency of baking soda makes it a simple, easy-to-apply paste. The paste exfoliates the dead skin cells and makes the skin smooth after washing. Exfoliating your skin regularly can theoretically unclog and unclog pores. When your pores are free of dirt and dead skin, blackheads can worsen.
Antibacterial: Baking soda helps neutralize certain bacteria that cause inflammation. Some people find that applying baking soda to acne-prone skin can help clear up previous inflammation and treat existing tissue.
Anti-inflammatory: Baking soda is also anti-inflammatory. People with inflammatory skin conditions such as rosacea, acne, and psoriasis may find temporary relief after applying a baking soda mask.
There is no research to support using baking soda masks on your skin.
Whether it’s treating inflammation, removing blackheads, exfoliating, or evening out skin tone, there’s little in the medical literature to suggest that baking soda does more good than harm.
While it’s true that baking soda exfoliates your skin and kills bacteria, using baking soda can disrupt your skin’s natural pH balance.
This means that even though your skin will look smoother and cleaner and healthier after using a baking soda mask, it can have negative effects on your skin over time.
Baking soda masks can exfoliate your skin too much, especially if you use it too often, meaning it can rub your skin raw even if you don’t immediately notice it. This can cause irritation and roughness of the skin over time.
This happens even more when your skin’s pH is out of whack.
Baking soda kills bacteria, so many people with acne love baking soda masks. Baking soda masks, on the other hand, kill both acne-causing bacteria and helpful bacteria, which can lead to more acne.
A small study of people who recently tried baking soda to treat psoriatic lesions concluded that the treatment was ineffective. The study found that baking soda did nothing to improve skin hydration or reduce redness.
Here are some of the side effects you may experience after using baking soda face masks. Some of these symptoms may not appear if you do not use the baking soda mask regularly for a month or more.
extremely dry skin
dull looking skin
Acne takes longer to clear and occurs more frequently
The good news is that there are plenty of other DIY masks that don’t have the side effects of baking soda.
In fact, you probably already have many of the ingredients you need to make these masks.