Is Baking soda safe to use on face? Differing opinions
I always used to use baking soda as an exfoliant for my face. I used it about twice a week. There are differing opinions as to whether it is OK to use baking soda as an exfoliant. Many people advocate baking soda as an exfoliant because they say it is "natural" and not very abrasive compared to other exfoliants. You have also recommended baking soda as an exfoliant as well. My concern is, is there any truth to the concern that baking soda is too harsh to use on the face, since the pH is highly basic, and it can supposedly disrupt the skin mantle? For instance, Futurederm is strongly against using baking soda, and she gives a pretty reasonable explanation: http://www.futurederm.com/2013/10/24/baking-soda-exfoliator-absolutely-not
What do you think Beautybrains? I respect everyone's opinions, but I'd especially like your insights on this, and whether it is truly OK for my skin if I use this as an exfoliator. Should I stop using baking soda as an exfoliant? Am I doing permanent damage to my skin by continuing to use baking soda?