Home treatments with baking soda are very popular, but experts in dermatology do not recommend resorting to them since they carry more risks than benefits.
Have you ever wondered if recipes with baking soda really contribute to the beauty of the face? In that case, keep reading, because below we are going to reveal some important information about this substance and its different applications.
For starters, remember that sodium bicarbonate is a white substance that dissolves very easily in water.
Although it is usually used in household cleaning, since it helps to remove dirt and stains and also to deodorize, it is also used in confectionery, for the production of breads, since it helps the doughs to rise, gain flavor and volume.
Recipes with baking soda and beauty
On the other hand, there are those who have used this substance to elaborate homemade beauty treatments, with different purposes: to reduce blemishes, eliminate dark spots and dark circles, regulate the production of fat or shine, etc.
All this because it has been considered that this substance could remove dead skin cells, ‘sweep’ accumulated dirt and possible infectious agents that have become lodged in the skin.
As if that were not enough, recipes with baking soda could decongest the pores and, in a nutshell, restore health and good appearance to the skin, especially when it presents with acne.
Generally, people consider that by using these recipes as part of their care routine (especially facial), they obtain cleaner skin, without impurities or oil, and with a smoother texture. However, what you want is one thing and reality is another.
More than a benefit, they pose a skin hazard
However, the use of baking soda recipes for the skin is not as good as one might think in the first place. In fact, it carries several important risks.
Considering that it is an abrasive enough product to remove dirt accumulated in floors and bathrooms (or other areas and surfaces) and even bleach them, perhaps we should rethink its use as a cosmetic product.
Although it has become popularly recommended to use it as a face and body scrub or as an ingredient to make homemade toothpastes, health experts recommend refraining from doing so.
Sodium bicarbonate, even when believed to be used in minimal doses and occasionally, does not contribute to skin health.
Not only can it ‘sweep’ with dirt, it can also remove its natural defenses, drying it out, irritating it, and further exposing it to various problems, ranging from contact dermatitis to infections.
It also won’t help decongest pores or protect skin from comedone formations or other blemishes in the future. Much less is it going to balance the pH or control fat production, on the contrary, it can promote alterations that end up increasing fat production even more.
When using this type of products, there may be more counterproductive reactions than benefits, both in the short and long term.
Mixes to avoid
Not only should you avoid using the bicarbonate paste that is prepared with water. It is also advisable to avoid home treatments that include other products, such as food or plants.
- Honey + bicarbonate.
- Vinegar + baking soda.
- Aloe vera + bicarbonate.
- Vegetable oils + bicarbonate.
- Lemon juice + baking soda.
- Dairy products + bicarbonate.
- Spices (cinnamon or others) + bicarbonate.
It is believed that mixing bicarbonate with food, aloe vera and spices, it is possible to ‘reduce’ its impact and, in turn, hydrate the skin. However, this is not an effective method.
Chemistry experts, such as Professor Benjamín Ruiz Loyola from the National Autonomous University of Mexico, point out that sodium bicarbonate is not a suitable substance for skincare since it has an alkaline pH, while the skin has a pH acid. Therefore, when applying bicarbonate on the skin, it becomes dry, irritated and can even crack and peel.
What can be used instead of recipes with bicarbonate?
There are various home treatments with natural ingredients (such as oats, for example) that can be used within the skincare routine, with prior permission from the dermatologist.
Although many home remedies are not considered a recommended option, since their ingredients can harm the skin even in low doses, there are some that could authorize, on a timely basis.
For this, the recommendations regarding skin type (and their respective needs), quantity of product to be used, frequency of application, additional care are taken into account.
In case of suffering from acne, dermatitis or other skin conditions, it is best to follow the treatment prescribed by the dermatologist and avoid the use of home remedies, with or without baking soda.