DIY Acne Scars Treatment
Do you have a bit of acne scarring you’ve been trying to get rid of for ages? Or fancy an expensive treatment to deal with the scarring but you’re low on funds? Then you might want to give this simple DIY microdermabrasion treatment a try. I started using this method a few years ago after spending thousands at a popular clinic, which shall remain nameless, without any visible results.
In case you didn’t know, microdermabrasion involves wearing away the upper layers of the skin with tiny abrasive components. The procedure is usually carried out on the face and neck but can include other areas of the body as well.
It can cost as little as $50 for a home microdermabrasion kit or up to $500 for a professional treatment at a spa. With this simple procedure, you’re set back less than $5. By the way, this is also great for your skin even if you don’t have acne scarring.
The awesome ingredient I’m referring to is baking soda. It’s effective for cleansing and removing dead skin cells, and is gentler than the drugstore facial scrubs.
Recipe for Microdermabrasion Treatment at Home
You will need 1 teaspoon of baking soda and some bottled or distilled water. You can add a few drops of tea tree oil or lavender essential oil as well.
- Make a paste with the baking soda and water.
- Add in the essential oil if using then spread the paste evenly over your clean face with your fingertips.
- Apply pressure in gentle circular movements all over your face for up to 5 minutes.
- Rinse with warm water, then apply a toner to balance the pH level of your skin.
- A suitable toner would be homemade ACV toner (recipe below). After the toner dries, apply your usual moisturiser.
Recipe for Homemade pH Balancing ACV Toner
- Mix ¼ cup organic apple cider vinegar (you can find this at Organic Foods & Café) and ¾ cup distilled water in a glass bottle.
- Shake and apply to your face after the microdermabrasion treatment with a cotton ball.
- Store in a cool place and use within a few weeks.
- You can add a few drops of lavender essential oil to the toner as well.
- More pressure will not make it work faster and might cause skin irritation.
- Do not use more than once or twice per week unless you want your skin to feel like a brillo pad. Reduce to once a week once skin starts to clear.
- You can also add 1 – 2 drops of lavender, tea tree or eucalyptus essential oil to the mix before applying. Play around with each one to see which works best with your skin.
- You must dilute the ACV. Undiluted ACV can burn your skin.
- You can adjust the ACV to water ratio once you see how your skin reacts to it.
I have heard that you can use oatmeal and brown sugar for this as well but I’ve never tried it so can’t recommend it. You can read more about microdermabrasion at Microdermabrasion Overview. You can find out where to buy distilled water in this earlier article – 4 Ways to Deal with Hair Loss from Water in Dubai.