Skincare 101: why using baking soda on your skin is a terrible idea


For the love of all that is holy and beautiful, or just for the love of your own skin, please stop using baking soda on your skin. If you already know this, good for you! If not, read on to see why.  If you’re on Pinterest, you’ve probably seen posts touting the skincare benefits of baking soda or how to DIY masks/scrubs with baking soda. And every time I see these, I just want to pull out my hair. But instead of doing that, I’m writing this post to shed light on the truth. Baking soda, pH levels, and the acid …

Author: Jenny Wu
Jenny Wu

Mark Burnett

Saturday 23rd of January 2021

Thanks for letting us know, loving your blog.

Katie

Tuesday 1st of March 2016

Thanks for sharing this! I also really enjoyed having the further reading at the bottom of the post, made me believe you ;) I'm glad I've never tried any of this, it's honestly because I'm too lazy... because I have so many baking soda diys on my Pinterest :S

Jenny Wu

Wednesday 2nd of March 2016

Hehe, I figured having some scientific journals to back me up wouldn't hurt ;) I have a couple skincare DIYs on my Pinterest too (nothing with baking soda though), and hopefully one day I'll finally get around to trying them out!

Sarah Payne

Tuesday 1st of March 2016

What about Ajax? Or Comet? ;)

Jenny Wu

Wednesday 2nd of March 2016

Haha, I'd definitely recommend those for your toilet ;)

Gretch

Tuesday 1st of March 2016

I must admit, I'm guilty of being interested in all those baking soda stuffs. Good thing I am too lazy to actual d-i-y my own baking soda masks and etc.

I guess I should really research more before believing something from the internet next time. Ahhh. Pinterest just have that vibe wherein it makes you interested in doing all those d-i-y thingies, you know?

Jenny Wu

Tuesday 1st of March 2016

It's ok Gretch, I was the same before I found out how bad baking soda was for our skin D: Pinterest is definitely an enabler when it comes to DIY - seeing all these pins makes me think that I can DIY anything!

Liz

Tuesday 1st of March 2016

I've looked into baking soda-based recipes for deodorant, because I've found many deodorants to have coconut oil, or some other nut, and I'm allergic to nuts and tree nuts, which includes coconut. I'm glad I read this post, because it's helped me mark that route off my ideas list. XD

Jenny Wu

Tuesday 1st of March 2016

I think baking soda deodorants aren't as bad because the skin on your face is usually more delicate than the skin on the rest of your body. Plus I'm assuming the baking soda will only be a small part of the deodorant, which makes it better than these masks/scrubs where baking soda is the main ingredient.