Is baking soda bad for your face?

I used to use baking soda mixed with water to exfoliate my face, but then i heard from random people that this is not good for your skin? Is this true? I hope not, because it was working really well while i was using it. (I use ACV as an acid to balance out the base.)
I think if you use it with a mild cleanser such a cetaphil it works as a wonderful scrub (as per paula of paulas choice) just don't scrub to hard..
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it is GREAT for your face!!!

this is so much better for you than using any "scrub" that contains crushed shells!!!

keep using it.
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I have to say, I recently tried it as a scrub - mixed with water. I am still dealing with the reprecussions. The breakout was horrible. You may want to try a test spot?
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I used to use baking soda mixed with water to exfoliate my face, but then i heard from random people that this is not good for your skin? Is this true? I hope not, because it was working really well while i was using it. (I use ACV as an acid to balance out the base.)
Originally Posted by curlsrock1105
I remember you posting your new routine & it got shot down. I wondered how it worked out for you.

I love baking soda scrubs-- with water or with Cetaphil (I don't want to hear how this is bad for skin & going to ruin the acid mantle please.) I've used it a few times a week for the past few years & my skin is great. It's gentle as long as I don't scrub too hard.

Everyone's skin is different-- if it worked great, there's no reason not to use it.
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I love baking soda scrubs-- with water or with Cetaphil (I don't want to hear how this is bad for skin & going to ruin the acid mantle please.) I've used it a few times a week for the past few years & my skin is great. It's gentle as long as I don't scrub too hard.

Everyone's skin is different-- if it worked great, there's no reason not to use it.
Originally Posted by tinabcurly
I absolutely agree with you tinabcurly. i had heard from many people/doctors that this was OK for your skin, but then i was hearing from random people who weren't educated about the topic that it was bad for my skin. i am just going to continue using it, because it was working really great until i started secondguessing myself.

about that new routine i tried--so far it is working great! i can understand that it would not work for some people, though, and i'm sorry that it didn't, but i absolutely love it.

thanks for posting your advice!
I use it all the time for breakouts and stuff. I use it more as a mask though, I heard you shouldn't scrub it onto your face.... I didn't believe it and ended up with an angry mess haha. My advice is mixing it with a little water and using it as a mask (even if it's for a few minutes. I usually keep it on for no less than 10 minutes; for no reason other than it starts to crumble and fall off me haha )

while i wouldn't use it as a masque, i think it's fine to use it as a gentle exfoliant.
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if it works for your skin, use it. everyone's skin is different. ex: some folks love black soap, broke me out horribly. i wouldnt tell someone its not good for them, i'll just tell them my experiences, if i had any. i have had no problems exfoliateing with baking soda a couple times a week.
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i think baking soda is a safe, effective skin exfoliant. i don't use it on my face; i use it as a body scrub from my neck down to the soles of my feet. i use it no more than twice a week and space the treatments a few days a part to give my skin a chance to adjust.

after rinsing, my skin feels smoother, which makes my body oil more effective.

for my face, while i'm still in the shower, i simply use my hands or a bath cloth to gently rub away loosened-up dead facial skin from the shower steam. and i apply jojoba oil afterward to seal in the moisture.

i'm all about keeping it simple and as wholesome as possible. i haven't had any adverse reactions.

as a homemade deodorant, however, baking soda ate my armpit skin up, no matter how little i used in the recipe. it caused tenderness, itchiness, and discoloration that took some time to fade. never again!
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Baking soda is a base, with a pH of 8 or 9. High pH can break down the natural skin barrier and allow acne-causing bacteria to enter the skin and cause pimples. It's not the worst thing you can use, but I wouldn't call it "good" for your skin either.

I don't use baking soda on my face, but I do like it as a teeth whitener. I brush daily with baking soda mixed with peroxide.
I used to love it as a face scrub...until I started developing seborrhea around my mouth. Twenty years later, I still have it. I blamed baking soda for years, even after I stopped using it. I still dont know if theres a connection. I doubt it but I wont use it on my face anymore.
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I used to love it as a face scrub...until I started developing seborrhea around my mouth. Twenty years later, I still have it. I blamed baking soda for years, even after I stopped using it. I still dont know if theres a connection. I doubt it but I wont use it on my face anymore.
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Woah... seborrhea is possibly a skin barrier deficiency disease... Proponents that say baking soda is bad for you say that because they claim that baking soda weakens the natural acid barrier of the skin. Your claim here in addition to everything else is a bit disconcerting I think and warrants further investigation. If I were you I'd try some good quality apple cider vinegar at least on the trouble spots and see if that helps any. Personally, I think the problem with baking soda is that it works so good that too much can cause unbalances and since there aren't any good official studies on it no one knows what the limits are. That's just my personal belief at the moment since I'm having extremely good results with it myself but I've just started using it too. Anyhow, good luck!
The only concern I would have is that it works like a microdermabrasion. Be sure to put sunscreen on your face if you go out into the sun afterward.
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