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Baking soda is absolutely horrible for your skin. Yes, it will exfoliate -- but it is strongly alkaline and will mess up the surface pH of your skin, making it less resistant to bacteria.

Want a home remedy for exfoliation? Use sugar. Or salt. But don't use baking soda.

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Baking soda is absolutely horrible for your skin. Yes, it will exfoliate -- but it is strongly alkaline and will mess up the surface pH of your skin, making it less resistant to bacteria.

Want a home remedy for exfoliation? Use sugar. Or salt. But don't use baking soda.

Don't use salt or baking soda. Just use sugar. It doesn't burn and it taste good if it gets in your mouth. But then again, you will have thousands of ants wanting to shower with you if you forget to take the sugar out :) I would know...

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Anyone seriously considering using baking soda on their face should really read up on skin barrier function, trans-epidermal water loss (TEWL) and the acid mantle.

There are lots of other good exfoliants out there. For those who insist on using baking soda, it's important to use an acidic toner immediately afterward to maintain skin pH.

Personally, my preference is to use silica beads for manual exfoliation. They are perfectly round, nonabrasive, and non-chemical. A soft facial brush works well also.

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Don't ever use baking soda on your face. The only acceptable time would be to neutralize an acid peel. Otherwise, like others suggested, just use sugar.

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Anyone seriously considering using baking soda on their face should really read up on skin barrier function, trans-epidermal water loss (TEWL) and the acid mantle.

There are lots of other good exfoliants out there. For those who insist on using baking soda, it's important to use an acidic toner immediately afterward to maintain skin pH.

Personally, my preference is to use silica beads for manual exfoliation. They are perfectly round, nonabrasive, and non-chemical. A soft facial brush works well also.

After reading about the PH level of baking soda messing with my skin, I'm a little scared now... I'm going to stop using it. My skin looks and feels better, but maybe its just the initial reaction.? I'm scared that sugar may break me out... Has anyone tried sugar?

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My skin looked and felt better when I was using baking soda and cetaphil..I dont really know why I stopped thinking about it now..

I remember when I started doing it..I did it right before I picked up my gf and she just looked at me and was like "Woah your skin looks so radiant" lol I laughed

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No one is saying that baking soda doesn't work -- in the short term -- as a physical exfoliant. If it made your skin look better, that is simply because your skin needed exfoliation.

Hopefully, what people are learning from this thread is that in the long run, baking soda is horrible for your skin health. There are many, many other options for manual exfoliation. So why not use something that doesn't damage your skin?

That is all.

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