Baking Soda

Baking Soda (Sodium bicarbonate, NaHCO3) is a common chemical compound that has a wide range of uses. It is commonly used in culinary, cleaning and medical applications.

Baking Soda and Acne

Baking Soda is occasionally used as a Naturopathic treatment for acne. It is generally used as a facewash, although it can also be used in face masks, or as a soak. There are claims from some individuals that treatment with Baking Soda helped improve their acne symptoms. But there is no scientific evidence that Baking Soda is an effective acne treatment.

Soaking in Baking Soda solutions may help temporarily reduce inflammation in the skin. Baking Soda is non-toxic and has minimal potential for irritation, when used in a reasonable fashion. Additional evidence is required to determine if Baking Soda can be a useful addition to an acne treatment regimen.

References

Perspectives on acne: what Twitter can teach health care providers. Shive, et al. 2013.
Psoriasis and Acne Vulgaris. Reilly 1936.