My Experience with Baking Soda March 04 2017, 0 Comments

By: Kaala Wood

Red, Red-Everywhere!

A few months ago I began using Spironolactone, Birth Control, and .05 Tretinoin cream to seriously attack my acne. A lot of dry skin flakes, sunburn-like redness, and intense sensitivity to every product under the sun later-I saw improvements. Yay! My acne flare ups were way down, nothing on my face really hurt or felt like a new zit…but wait, there were spots all over my face (What. the. heck. Nobody told me about this part). Here I am, my acne is finally going away, but I have other, equally as ugly spots still lingering around. Great. What is this?

A quick Google search later I discovered that while I had expected to come out of my acne battle with colorless indentations in my skin, I had not been made aware that there would also be hyperpigmentation. Let me fill you in: Post Inflammatory Hyperpigmentation: the discoloration of the skin that follows an inflammatory wound.

Associated Health Risks: 0
Associated Confidence Risks: Infinite

What to do, what to do?

I began researching home remedies that would hopefully help fade the discoloration so prominently settling down on my cheeks and chin. Many things were said to be helpful in fading discoloration, but a lot of them included ingredients I knew usually clogged my pores/made me hormonally breakout. One of the most commonly mentioned remedies in my searches was Baking Soda, the only thing I came across that I wasn’t scared would induce more pimples. Everything I read instructed gentle, one or twice-weekly use of 1 part Baking Soda and 1 part Water as an exfoliant. I added this into my skincare routine for about a month, and I actually saw changes! I saw significant improvements in the evening of my skin color, and for a while was very excited. However, after about a month, I started noticing my skin was stinging pretty severely when I used the Baking Soda mixture. My skin started getting painfully dry, and as a person who naturally has dry skin and also uses a night cream that is very drying, I concluded Baking Soda was just too harsh on my sensitive skin. I am currently putting my hopes of fading into the hands of passing time until I find something both gentle and effective.

However, after about a month, I started noticing my skin was stinging pretty severely when I used the Baking Soda mixture. My skin started getting painfully dry, and as a person who naturally has dry skin and also uses a night cream that is very drying, I concluded Baking Soda was just too harsh on my sensitive skin. I am currently putting my hopes of fading into the hands of passing time until I find something both gentle and effective.

Everything I read instructed gentle, one or twice-weekly use of 1 part Baking Soda and 1 part water as an exfoliant. I added this into my skincare routine for about a month, and I actually saw changes! I saw significant improvements in the evening of my skin color, and for a while was very excited. However, after about a month, I started noticing my skin was stinging pretty severely when I used the Baking Soda mixture. My skin started getting painfully dry, and as a person who naturally has dry skin and also uses a night cream that is very drying, I concluded Baking Soda was just too harsh on my sensitive skin. I am currently putting my hopes of fading into the hands of passing time until I find something both gentle and effective.

Take Away: Baking Soda made significant improvements in my skin, it simply wasn’t suited for my skin type and condition. If you have normal-oily skin, I highly recommend giving Baking Soda a try!