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Does Baking Soda Get Rid of Acne?

Learn if baking soda can get rid of acne from dermatologist Cybele Fishman, MD in this Howcast skin care video.

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So lot of people like to use baking soda in many ways. Some people use it like an exfoliant and some people use it as a spot treatment for acne. So now if you are using it and it's working well for you, I have no problem with your continuing to use it. However, I have a couple of issues with baking soda. First of all it irritates lot of people's skin and when you irritate the skin you damage the skin and that can actually lead to more inflammation and more acne. Secondly our skin is meant to be at an acidic PH and baking soda is sodium bicarbonate which is alkaline, so when you put baking soda on your face you are actually changing the PH of your skin and I don't think that's the best thing to do.

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