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, and it's 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.
How to Treat Baking Soda BurnContrary to what you might have read or heard, you are not detoxing.
Your uncomfortable skin reaction is due to exposure to a chemical that isn't made for prolonged skin contact.
First thing to do is put the baking soda deodorant away. When your pits are happy and healed you can consider whether or not you want to continue using it.
Depending on how bad your reaction is, consider seeing a doctor. This may sound like overkill, but some folks have had very serious reactions that needed immediate medical attention.
If you are in even the teensiest bit of doubt – get your doctor to look at your pits.
If your skin has become thick, 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!
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