Do NOT use baking soda to exfoliate your skin! Here’s why.

20 May 2015

Yesterday, when I wrote about my favorite skincare product to exfoliate my face, a reader suggested using baking soda as a more affordable option. When I read her message, I wanted to scream. No girl, please do not use baking soda on your face! In fact, do not use baking soda at all for beauty purposes, at least not in homemade recipes!

It sounds like a good idea, right? It’s cheap, natural and it probably works. So why spend your money om something else? Well, I will tell you why! Because baking soda can actually do a lot of damage to your skin. The reason why is kinda complicated (it has to do with ph, the acid mantle and lots of other science), but here’s in short why you should NOT use baking soda to exfoliate skin:

baking soda exfoliate skin skincare

A 1997 study found that alkaline cleansers irritate “the physiological protective ‘acid mantle’”, change “the composition of the cutaneous bacterial flora and the activity of enzymes in the upper epidermis” and dissolve fats from the skin surface which may lead “to a dry and squamous skin.”
Baking soda has a ph of 8, high enough to disrupt the acid mantle. This damage is cumulative. The longer and more often you use it, the more damage it’ll inflict to your skin.

Source: here, here & here.

Of course I love a good home remedy and I prefer a natural product over something manufactured any day, but exfoliating with baking soda is just asking for trouble!
Hope this was usefull to someone. 🙂



  1. Annette Says: May 21, 2015 at 4:48 pm

    Even I wouldn’t do this and you know how much I love my exfoliation. I’ve actually been cutting back on my habit and use Alpha H Liquid Gold 2 – 3 times a week as a treatment. I’ve also discovered Oskia exfoliating balm which super gorgeous too!

  2. I do know, Annette! You’re the queen of scrubs and exfoliation in my eyes. 🙂 Would love the hear more about the new products you’ve been using!

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