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Popular Beauty Hacks Using Baking Soda: Are These Home Remedies Safe?

Baking soda can provide immediate relief from occasional acid reflux or heartburn.

Baking soda is popularly used to treat various hair and skin problems. But dermatologists say it can lead to severe side effects.

Baking soda or sodium bicarbonate is one ingredient that can be found in every kitchen cupboard. But this household staple is regarded as an excellent remedy for a range of health issues, ranging from treating heartburn to soothing canker sores and whitening your teeth. Baking soda is known to have antibacterial, antifungal, antiseptic, and anti-inflammatory properties. This inexpensive, multipurpose item is also popularly used as a home remedy for many common hair and skin issues. Below are some popular beauty hacks of baking soda for skin.

Relieves Sunburn

Proponents claim as baking soda is alkaline in nature, it helps soothe sunburned skin and relieve the itching and burning sensations. Due to its antiseptic and drying properties, it also helps dry out sunburn blisters quickly.

Enhances Complexion

Baking soda is also promoted as an inexpensive solution to uneven skin tone by many advocates of natural remedies. They say it helps remove dead cells and balances the pH level of the skin, which can help improve your complexion.

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Use as Foot Exfoliator

Baking soda is commonly used as a natural exfoliating agent to get rid of dry skin on your feet. The beauty hack involves soaking the feet in the tub of warm water mixed with baking soda to soften the skin and scrubbing off the residual dirt and dead skin using a pumice stone.

Fights Smelly and Oily Hair

Smelly hair is a common problem for people with oily hair. Proponents say baking soda can reduce oiliness, neutralize foul odors as well as helps balance the pH level of the scalp, leaving it clean and healthy.

The proponents, however, caution that excessive use of baking soda can damage your skin and hair. They suggest a patch test on the arm first before using it on your skin to check if your skin is sensitive to it.

What dermatologists have to say about these beauty hacks

According to dermatologists, baking soda can act as a natural scrub and help remove dead skin cells, giving you a clear skin look, but there can be severe side effects. They do not advise using baking soda for any skin treatments. Skin experts say

  • Baking soda can interfere with the skin pH.
  • It can make skin more prone to bacterial infections and skin damage by removing the natural protective oils.
  • It may cause skin irritation and inflammation, and thus worsen acne and increase pigmentation and scarring of the skin.
  • Use of baking soda may increase skin dryness which could lead to overproduction of oils, more acne breakouts and scarring of the skin.
  • Baking soda may not be suitable for your skin type and could cause irritation or redness.

Dermatologists advise limiting the use of baking soda to eating only and as a home remedy for any skin issues. They also suggest that one should understand their skin type before trying any product or home remedy, and always do a patch test.

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