Hair and Skin Problems – When and How Safe is Baking Soda?

What can it be used for and when is it not recommended?

Baking soda has become a popular method for treating hair and skin problems these days. However, dermatologists say it can also have serious side effects.

There are few households where soda bicarbonate or sodium bicarbonate is not found. A household ingredient, found in almost every kitchen cabinet, it is considered an excellent cure for a wide range of health problems, from heartburn to appetite suppression and tooth whitening.

Baking soda has antibacterial, antifungal, antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties. It is a very cheap and versatile product, but it is becoming more and more popular nowadays for treating various hair and skin problems. However, dermatologists caution: it can cause serious side effects.

How can it be used?

1.Helps against sunburn: many proponents of baking soda point out that this ingredient is alkaline in nature, helps soothe burnt skin, relieves itching and burning sensation. Thanks to its antiseptic and drying properties, it also quickly dries out blisters caused by the sun.

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2.Improves complexion: many proponents of natural remedies promote the use of baking soda as an inexpensive solution to uneven skin tone, saying it helps remove dead skin cells and balance the pH level of the skin, which can improve complexion.

3. It is also good as a footbrush: baking soda is often used as a natural exfoliator, which can help eliminate dry feet. Many soak their feet in warm water mixed with baking soda to soften the skin and then scrape off any remaining dirt and dead pieces of skin with pumice stone.

4. Baking soda helps to neutralize the smell of oily hair: a common problem for people with oily hair is that their hair smells unpleasant. Proponents of baking soda say this household ingredient can reduce oiliness, neutralize bad odors, and help balance the pH of the scalp, making it clean and healthy.

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However, they also warn that excessive use of baking soda can damage skin and hair. It is strongly recommended to perform an patch test on the arm before applying it to the scalp to find out if our skin is sensitive to it.

What do dermatologists say about all this?

According to experts, baking soda can also act as a natural exfoliator and help remove dead skin cells – resulting in clean skin, but it can also cause serious side effects. Therefore, the use of baking soda is not recommended for any skin treatment.

There are several reasons for this.

  • Baking soda can affect the pH of the skin.
  • By removing natural protective oils, we can make the skin more prone to bacterial infections and skin damage.
  • It can cause skin irritation and inflammation, which can aggravate acne and increase skin pigmentation and scarring.
  • The use of baking soda can contribute to more severe dehydration of the skin, which can lead to overproduction of oils, more acne and scarring of the skin.
  • Baking soda may not be suitable for our skin type and may cause irritation or redness.

Dermatologists generally recommend that the use of baking soda be restricted to meals rather than as a cure for any skin problem. They emphasize the importance of getting to know our skin type before trying any product or home remedy. Therefore, always perform a patch test.


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