How To Treat Baking Soda Burn
Baking Soda Burn has become an unexpected and painful reality for a heck of a lot of people who are simply trying to live a greener life.
Misinformation about commonly used deodorant ingredients continues to flourish, causing many to seek alternative solutions.
Unfortunately, a great number of these 'greener deodorant solutions' involve applying a chemical compound more commonly known as baking soda to the delicate skin of the armpits, causing a wide range of unfortunate reactions.
In Theory, it Sounds Like a Good Idea to Use Baking Soda as a DeodorantThe logic of reaching for baking soda is understandable: it is easily obtainable at any supermarket and great for for many household uses: cleaning, spot removal, etc.
How could it possibly be harmful?
What folks are overseeing in their otherwise admirable quest to go green: baking soda (or sodium bicarbonate) is a chemical compound that is not made for prolonged skin contact.
What Happens With Prolonged Skin Contact to Baking SodaReactions from using baking soda deodorant can be
- discoloration (reddish, brownish or general darkening) of the skin
- thickening, leathery skin
- slight rash
- heavy, itchy rash
- rash with painful pustules
Damage done. Now what?
Because so many of you have asked, I've put together a few tips for dealing with the discomfort of baking soda burn to help get your pits back on track as quickly as possible.
What To Do About Baking Soda BurnFirst: Contrary to what you might have read, heard, or have been told, you are not detoxing. Your body is reacting to exposure to a chemical your skin doesn't agree with, so put the baking soda deodorant away and don't even think about using it until your pits are happy again.
Depending on how bad your reaction is, consider seeing your doctor. This may sound like overkill, but some folks have written me with very serious reactions that needed immediate medical attention.
If you are in even the slightest doubt – please see your doctor.
If your skin has become thick and leathery and/or discolored, but is otherwise pain-free, you can probably self treat with one or more of these methods
- Apply cool compress
- Apply pure aloe vera to the affected area
- Mist aloe vera juice on the affected area
- Wash the area gently with a colloidal oat solution
- Apply pure coconut oil to the affected area
- While your pits are healing, apply an acidic ingredient such as fresh lemon or apple cider vinegar (only to unbroken skin!)
I wish you a speedy recovery and happy pits.
Do you have an additional tip to share on healing baking soda burn? Please share in a comment below.
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