Those who read health magazines may periodically find articles about the wonders of baking soda – known for its multifaceted uses and variety of benefits. Indeed, baking soda claims are rather eye-opening where proponents assert that it can cleanse the body, get rid of toxic substances, restore health, and heal problematic skin conditions. But should angular chelitis be on the list of skin maladies successfully eradicated by baking soda?
In order to make that determination, once again, we have to look at the origins of the cheilitis. Bacteria are typically the main culprits although fungi can wreak their share of havoc as well. And although baking soda may be used as an ingredient of a more natural household cleaner, it is rather ineffective against most bacteria, rendering it rather ineffective against bacteria-caused angular cheilitis.
There is also no firm consensus about sodium bicarbonite’s potential antifungal activity. Some assert that it is a potent antifungal agent, used by some women for douching and eradicating vaginal infection, for example. Others aver that baking soda’s antifungal ability is negligible and can’t impart any benefits on skin-deep fungi. If anything, baking soda is a poor man’s antifungal substance, and there are much better antifungal products to use.
Furthermore, baking soda cannot kill nearly 100% of germs and should thus not be considered a ‘disinfectant.’ Of interest, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) categorizes baking soda as a ‘biopesticide’ an agent that can manage and control pests. So baking soda is versatile, but is not a disinfectant, even when combined with vinegar.
All in all, baking soda will not heal or cure angular cheilitis. This white crystalline compound has some anti-inflammatory effects, however, and may reduce some residual pain and discomfort. Still other folks report that banking soda burned the corners of their perleche-laden lips, perhaps due to baking soda’s abrasiveness. The friction and burning seem much more likely to occur if folks rub baking soda on the angular cheilitis.
If you’re inclined to use baking soda for your perleche, just make a paste of it after the area is completely clean and dry. It may be worthwhile to mix with castor oil in the attempt to remove the pain and soreness.
Of course, any baking soda intervention should be done with delicate care. But again, it’s a treatment that tends to produce disappointing returns when it comes to the elimination of angular cheilitis.