Reducing Skin Inflammation With Baking Soda And Citric Acid
Skin inflammation can be painful and embarrassing whether it’s from acne, a sunburn, eczema, microbial infection, or an autoimmune disease.
When your skin is inflamed, it becomes red, itchy, and painful. Scratching the inflamed area only makes it worse, though, as do many chemicals and artificial ingredients contained in many common store bought body soaps. If you have pustules or blisters, then the discomfort is dialed up even more.
Soothing Bath Bombs
When all or large swaths of your skin is inflamed, it’s hard to put medicine on it or find relief. That’s why the best way to tame skin inflammation that is widespread is warm water bathing. The anti-inflammatory benefits of bathing have been known for centuries and is one of the healthiest self-care habits to add to your routine.
Furthermore, there is a large amount of scientific evidence that suggests bath additives such as baking soda, citric acid, and even oatmeal can have soothing properties for inflamed skin. At Spa-Da all of our bath bomb are made up of at least 90% baking soda and citric acid. - This formula creates a soothing bath experience, but it also creates the fizziest bath bombs in the world. - If bathing isn’t your thing don’t worry, we’ve pioneered a proprietary method for creating shower bomb bars that are half soap bar and half bath bomb. - Fight skin inflammation with baking soda and citric acid.
What Is Baking Soda?
Baking soda, also known by its scientific name sodium bicarbonate, is one of the safest and most beneficial compounds in the world. It comes in a white powder that you can find at just about any grocery store.
Sodium bicarbonate has a lot of different uses, which is why it’s considered a household staple. For example, you can dissolve a small amount of it in a cup of water and drink it to help soothe heartburn and indigestion. Baking soda is considered an alkaline substance, meaning it can neutralize acid, which is why it can help with stomach ailments caused by too much acid in the stomach. Consuming baking soda has also been linked to improve athletic performance and reduced muscle fatigue
Since baking soda has antifungal and antibacterial properties, you can also use it as a cleaning agent around the house and for your own personal hygiene. Recently, baking soda has become one of the hottest at home remedies for a wide variety of skin inflammation.
What Are The Baking Soda Skin Benefits?
Baking soda has a long history of being used to help soothe skin conditions. Below are some of the known skin issues where taking a bath in baking soda water can bring relief.
Ichthyosis is a condition where portions of the skin become dry, thick, and scaly. Texts from as far back as 100 years ago recommend bathing in a combination of water and baking soda as a treatment for removing scaly skin.
Taking a warm bath with baking soda is also well known to help soothe eczema. Eczema is a skin condition where patches of skin become inflamed, dry, and extremely itchy. The itchiness often prompts scratching, which causes the skin to break open and can lead to infection.
Psoriasis is a chronic disease that causes patches of scaly, itchy skin. Some psoriasis patients have reported finding relief from their skin irritation by taking a bath in oatmeal and baking soda. A 2005 baking soda bathing study reported that all patients that bathed in alkaline baking soda water reported “reduced itchiness and irritation”.
Children and adults who suffer from chickenpox may find bathing in baking soda is an effective, temporary treatment. Chickenpox is caused by a viral infection and appears as blistery rashes that itch and scab over.
5. Fungal Infections And Yeast Infections
As we mentioned earlier, baking soda has antifungal properties. A scientific research study published in 2013 demonstrated that baking soda is an effective treatment for fungal infections on the surface of the skin, including yeast infections.
6. Poisonous Plants And Bug Bites
Baking soda can soothe inflammation from rashes that are caused by exposure to poisonous plants, such as poison ivy and poison oak. It can also reduce redness and swelling from mosquito bites.
What Are The Side Effects Of Baking Soda?
Baking soda is not for everyone. Depending on when and what conditions you use it for, it could create some uncomfortable side effects.
Since baking soda is alkaline, it could negatively affect your skin’s natural pH levels in high concentrations. When your skin’s pH levels are raised, it can become irritated and dry. However, consumers are not exposed to these high levels of baking soda in bath bombs or shower bomb bars due to the dilution that occurs in water. Furthermore, baking soda's high pH levels is balanced by citric acid's low pH.
Overall, you should use baking soda in moderation and Spa-Da personal care products have been scientifically formulated to minimize adverse skin reactions.
What Is Citric Acid?
Baking soda may be a little controversial in the dermatology and skin care circles, but citric acid is a skin care ingredient that is fully embraced.
Citric acid is an alpha-hydroxy acid (AHA) found primarily in citrus fruits. You’ll also find it in many different types of products because of its variety of uses. AHAs are widely accepted in the beauty industry and are some of the best anti-aging (increases collagen density) and antimicrobial ingredients ever studied.
For example, citric acid is present in some processed foods because it is an excellent preservative. It also performs the same function in household cleaning agents. Finally, it appears most often in skincare products, with the FDA reporting on over 10,000 cosmetic uses.
What Are The Citric Acid Skin Benefits?
Citric acid provides several benefits for your skin.
Citric acid functions as an antifungal. If you have an ongoing fungal infection, bathing with citric acid may help relieve your symptoms.
2. Strengthens Skin Against UV Damage And Pollution
A study published in 1997 showed that citric acid thickens sun-damaged skin. Another study from 2018 expanded on this point by demonstrating that low concentrations of citric acid strengthen the skin against UV damage, bacteria, and other external contaminants.
3. Clears Away Excess Oil
Citric acid acts as a natural astringent. This means if you have oily skin, you can use citric acid to remove the excess sebum. This will, in turn, decrease inflammatory acne because it gets rid of the oil that is responsible for clogging and infecting your pores.
The Spa-Da Shower Bomb Bar is ideal for oily skin types due to presents of both baking soda and citric acid.
4. Exfoliates Skin
If you have dry, flaky skin, citric acid can help you peel away the dead skin cells by providing exfoliation. This way, your pores stay clear and your acne, if you have any, gets better.
5. Balances Skin pH Levels
Baking soda and citric acid are interconnected opposite forces like yin and yang. Many dermatologists have voiced concerns about baking soda due to its high 8-9 pH, but citric acid compliments baking soda with a lower 4-6 pH. On average, our skin’s pH hovers around 5. Keeping the pH levels of your skin well balanced is key to maintaining that protective barrier which dispels bacteria and other foreign invaders from your skin. Citric acid can help in this regard. To read more about skin pH check out our deep dive - Understanding Your Skin's pH Level.
What Are The Side Effects Of Citric Acid?
Citric acid comes with few side effects just like baking soda. However, it can cause irritation in individuals with sensitive skin and it may cause a burning sensation in open blisters or cuts.
With bath bombs, customer’s don’t have to worry about negative side effects of citric acid due to the dilution in the bath water. However, consumers who have sensitive skin and are looking to try the Spa-Da Shower Bomb Bar should start with a small area of their skin prior to bathing their entire body.
Conclusion: The Hero Ingredients in Bath Bombs and Shower Bomb Bars Have a Unique Ability to Soothe Skin Inflammation.
Bathing with baking soda and citric acid can help inflamed skin, as long as they are used in moderation. Start with small amounts, as in a small bath bomb or soap bar, and see how your skin reacts. This article is for educational purposes only and is not intended to diagnose, treat, or manage skin diseases. If chronic inflammation is a concern, please seek medical advice.
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