2. Baking soda helps dry out pimples and reduce inflammation; however, it can also alter the natural pH of the skin and make it more sensitive. It also has antiseptic properties that helps exfoliate the skin, remove excess oil, and unclog pores [R] [R].
3. Baking soda can affect the natural pH of your skin because it is an alkaline chemical with a pH of 9 and your skin has a pH of 5.0 to 5.5. Your skin’s acidity protects it from bacteria and external pathogen. So, if you have a normal skin pH, introducing something alkaline like baking soda can make it susceptible to bacteria and make your acne worse [R]. It might be worth your time to try aloe vera or honey instead [R] [R].
4. The skin type that can benefit most from baking soda are those that are more acidic than normal. This excess acidity can cause excess sebum production, making the skin oily and leading to clogged pores. Using baking soda can help break down excess sebum on the skin and normalize the skin’s pH [R].
5. If you’re using salicylic acid or glycolic acid acne treatments, you can also benefit from using baking soda to reduce redness and stinging, and prevent excess acidity from these types of acne medications [R].
6. Another benefit of using baking soda is its anti-inflammatory properties. One study found that drinking baking soda daily can reduce prevent inflammation in the spleen and ultimately prevent autoimmune diseases [R].
7. It also has mild antiseptic and antimicrobial properties and can help kill acne-causing bacteria such as Propionibacterium acnes [R].
8. How to make a baking soda face mask? If you want to make things simple, you can simply mix 2 tablespoons of baking soda and 1 to 2 tablespoons of lukewarm water depending on the consistency you want. The best consistency is a thin paste that stays on your face without dripping. Just leave it on your face for 15 minutes and rinse. Gently pat your face with a towel. Avoid rubbing as this irritates the skin.
9. Everything should always be used in moderation. With baking soda, it is best to use it only twice a week. You should also remember not to keep it on your face for too long to avoid damage.
Moisturizing after baking soda use is prudent to prevent your skin from drying out. You can even mix honey with baking soda since honey is a humectant and can help retain moisture on your skin [R].
Last but not least, the alkalinity of baking soda makes your skin more sensitive to natural elements like the sun, so you should always wear sunscreen prior to sun exposure.