This Easy Baking Soda Treatment Will Make Your Skin Look Amazing
A while ago, I was working on some sort of project that required a lot of sticky adhesives, and of course it got ALL over my hands.
I went to the kitchen sink to wash them and noticed my bowl of “Miracle Cleaner” sitting there from my latest kitchen cleaning session. I decided to scoop up a bit of the baking soda and peroxide mixture and see if it would help get the glue off my fingers.
To my delight, it took the glue right off, and after I had rinsed my hands, the felt softer and smoother as well!
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Admiring the exfoliating effect of the baking soda mixture, I started to wonder if I could use it as a facial exfoliant. A “homemade” microdermabrasion treatment, if you will. (I’ve always felt that baking soda had more of a polishing effect than a scouring effect when cleaning, and I figured the same would probably be true for skin too.)
I did a little research and from what I’ve gathered, there IS something to the idea of using baking soda as a facial skin exfoliant. I read several posts and comments from estheticians who said they use baking soda in their upscale salons because it’s all-natural and gentler than most manufactured scrubs. I’ve also read some good things about using a baking soda scrub to help clear up acne.
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While researching baking soda facial treatments, I came across an intriguing idea from Betty at CrunchyBetty.com.
She uses a simple paste of baking soda and water once a week to exfoliate dead skin and make her skin softer and more radiant. She calls it her “favorite homemade beauty secret ever.
” I used her idea as the inspiration for my very own homemade microdermabrasion treatment! Here’s how to make it.
Homemade Microdermabrasion Scrub
*Note: Baking soda is fine for most skin types, but if you have especially sensitive skin, I would recommend using blended oats instead of baking soda. Just grind the oats into a fine powder using your blender or a coffee grinder!
Start with a clean face. This is important, because you don’t want to rub any dirt back into your skin!
Add the baking soda and a small amount of your carrier oil of choice to a small bowl. We used avocado oil because it’s hydrating and a great source of vitamins and fatty acids!
Then stir the baking soda and oil together to form a “soup-y” paste. (If yours is too thick, add a little bit off oil at a time until you achieve the desired texture.) Add a couple drops of lavender essential oil, if you .
Scoop up some of the mixture with your fingers, then rub it gently onto your face using small circular motions. Continue this process for about five minutes, taking care to avoid your eyes.
Rinse very well, then bask in the glow of your clean, soft skin!
So there you have it, yet another amazing use for the humble box of baking soda in your kitchen cupboard. Oh baking soda, is there anything you can’t do? 😉
Microdermabrasion vs. Microneedling: Cost, Results & Methods
Microdermabrasion and microneedling are two skin care procedures that are used to help treat cosmetic and medical skin conditions.
They usually take a few minutes up to an hour for one session. You may need little or no downtime to heal after a treatment, but you may need multiple sessions.
This article compares the differences between these skin care procedures, such as:
- what they’re used for
- how they work
- what to expect
Microdermabrasion, an offshoot of dermabrasion and skin resurfacing, can be done on the face and body to exfoliate (remove) dead or damaged cells at the top layer of skin.
The American College of Dermatology recommends microdermabrasion for:
- acne scars
- uneven skin tone (hyperpigmentation)
- sunspots (melasma)
- age spots
- dull complexion
How it works
Microdermabrasion is very gently “sandpapering” your skin. A special machine with a rough tip removes the top layer of skin.
The machine may have a diamond tip or shoot out tiny crystal or rough particles to “polish” your skin. Some microdermabrasion machines have a built-in vacuum to suck up the debris that’s removed from your skin.
You may see results right away after a microdermabrasion treatment. Your skin may feel smoother. It may look brighter and more even-toned.
At-home microdermabrasion machines are less powerful than the professional ones used in a dermatologist’s office or by a skincare expert.
Most people will need more than one microdermabrasion treatment, no matter what type of machine is used. This is because only a very thin layer of skin can be removed at a time.
Your skin also grows and changes with time. You will probably need follow-up treatments for best results.
Microdermabrasion is a noninvasive skin procedure. It’s painless. You might need no or very little healing time after a session.
You may experience common side effects :
- slight skin irritation
Less common side effects include:
Microneedling can be used on:
It’s a newer skin procedure than microdermabrasion. It’s also called:
- skin needling
- collagen induction therapy
- percutaneous collagen induction
The benefits and risks of microneedling are less well-known. More research is needed on how repeat microneedling treatments work to improve skin.
According to the American Academy of Dermatology, microneedling may help improve skin problems such as:
- fine lines and wrinkles
- large pores
- acne scars
- uneven skin texture
- stretch marks
- brown spots and hyperpigmentation
Your healthcare provider may apply a skin cream or serum after your microneedling treatment, such as:
- vitamin C
- vitamin E
- vitamin A
Some microneedling machines also have lasers that help your skin make more collagen. Your healthcare provider may also combine your microneedling sessions with chemical skin peel treatments.
Number of treatments
You may not see benefits from microneedling for several weeks to months after treatment. This is because new collagen growth takes from 3 to 6 months after the end of your treatment. You may need more than one treatment to have any results.
An animal study on rats found that one to four microneedling treatments helped to improve the skin’s thickness and elasticity better than just using a skin cream or serum.
In this study, microneedling had even better results when it was combined with vitamin A and vitamin C skin products. These are promising results but more research is needed to confirm if people can get similar results.
After-treatment care for microdermabrasion and microneedling is similar. You will ly need longer care time after microneedling.
Care tips for better healing and results include:
- avoid touching skin
- keep skin clean
- avoid hot baths or soaking the skin
- avoid exercise and sweating a lot
- avoid direct sunlight
- avoid strong cleansers
- avoid acne medication
- avoid perfumed moisturizers
- avoid makeup
- avoid chemical peels or creams
- avoid retinoid creams
- use a cold compress if needed
- use gentle cleansers recommended by your healthcare provider
- use medicated creams as directed by your healthcare provider
- take any prescribed medication as directed by your healthcare provider
The American Academy of Dermatology advises that at-home microneedling rollers can be harmful.
This is because they usually have duller and shorter needles. Using a low-quality microneedling tool or doing the procedure incorrectly can damage your skin.
This may lead to:
Microdermabrasion is a simpler procedure, but it’s still important to have an experienced healthcare provider and follow the right pre- and post-care guidelines.
Complications may include:
Some health conditions can cause complications such as spreading infection.
Avoid microdermabrasion and microneedling if you have:
Lasers on dark skin
Microdermabrasion and microneedling are safe for people of all skin colors.
Microneedling combined with lasers may not be good for darker skin. This is because the lasers can burn pigmented skin.
Microdermabrasion and microneedling treatments are not recommended if you’re pregnant or breastfeeding. This is because hormonal changes can affect your skin.
Skin changes such as acne, melasma and hyperpigmentation may go away on their own. Additionally, pregnancy may make the skin more sensitive.
Look for a dermatologist or board certified plastic surgeon with experience in microdermabrasion and microneedling. Ask your family healthcare provider to recommend a medical professional trained in these procedures.
Your healthcare provider may recommend one or both treatments for you. It depends on the condition and needs of your skin.
Costs vary depending on things :
- the area treated
- number of treatments
- provider’s fees
- combination treatments
According to user reviews aggregated on RealSelf.com, a single microneedling treatment costs about $100-$200. It’s usually more expensive than microdermabrasion.
According to the 2018 statistic report from the American Society for Plastic Surgeons, microdermabrasion costs an average of $131 per treatment. RealSelf user reviews averaged $175 per treatment.
Microdermabrasion and microneedling are usually not covered by health insurance. You’ll ly have to pay for the procedure.
In some cases of medical treatment, skin resurfacing procedures dermabrasion might be partially covered by insurance. Check with your provider’s office and insurance company.
Microdermabrasion and microneedling are used to treat cosmetic skin issues and medical conditions. These include skin diseases.
Researchers in India found that microneedling combined with chemical skin peels may help improve the look of pitted acne or pimple scars.
This may happen because the needles help to stimulate collagen growth in the skin underneath the scars.
Microneedling may also help treat skin conditions such as:
Microneedling is used in drug delivery. Poking many tiny holes in the skin makes it easier for the body to absorb some medications through the skin.
For example, microneedling can be used on the scalp. This may help hair loss drugs reach hair roots better.
Microdermabrasion may also help the body better absorb some types of medications through the skin.
A medical study showed that microdermabrasion used with the drug 5‐fluorouracil may help treat a skin condition called vitiligo. This disease causes patches of color loss on the skin.
Microdermabrasion and microneedling are common skin care treatments for similar skin conditions. They work with different methods to change skin.
Microdermabrasion is generally a safer procedure because it works at the top layer of your skin. Microneedling acts just below the skin.
Both procedures should be done by trained medical professionals. At-home microdermabrasion and microneedling procedures are not recommended.
Dermabrasion and Microdermabrasion
With dermabrasion, a dermatologist or plastic surgeon “sands” your skin with a special instrument. The procedure makes way for a new, smoother layer of skin to replace the skin that's been treated.
Microdermabrasion uses tiny exfoliating crystals that are sprayed on the skin. It works best on problems such as dull skin, brown spots, and age spots.
Dermabrasion was developed to improve acne scars, pox marks, and scars from accidents or disease. It's not effective in treating congenital skin defects, most moles, pigmented birthmarks, or scars caused by burns.
Dermabrasion is generally only safe for people with fair skin. For people with darker skin, dermabrasion can result in scarring or discoloration.
Microdermabrasion works on all skin types and colors. It makes subtle changes, causing no skin color change or scarring. It is not effective for deeper problems such as scars, stretch marks, wrinkles, or deep acne scars.
With microdermabrasion, there is less down time than with dermabrasion. Skin is temporarily pink but fully recovers within 24 hours. It doesn't require surgery or anesthetics. That may help people who cannot take “down time” for healing.
You'll consult with the professional who's doing the procedure.
In a dermabrasion consultation, you'll discuss your goals, the procedure's risks and benefits, and the type of anesthesia that will be used. You'll also get instructions to follow before and after dermabrasion and perhaps have “before” photos taken to compare with your results later.
With microdermabrasion, the consultation is similar but with less talk about anesthetics and risks because it is a simpler procedure.
Dermabrasion is done in the doctor's office. You may get medication to relax you before the procedure starts. Your skin will be thoroughly cleansed, and you'll get shots of numbing medicine to anesthetize the area to be treated.
The doctor will use a high-speed instrument with an abrasive wheel or brush to remove the outer layers of your skin and improve any irregularities in your skin's surface.
In microdermabrasion, tiny crystals are sprayed onto the skin to gently remove the outer layer of your skin. This technique is less aggressive than dermabrasion, so you don't need numbing medicine. It is basically an exfoliation and skin rejuvenation procedure that leaves skin looking softer and brighter.
After a dermabrasion procedure, your skin will feel as though it has been severely “brush-burned” for a few days. Your doctor can prescribe or recommend medications to ease any discomfort you may feel. Healing usually happens within seven to 10 days.
Your new skin, which is pink at first, gradually develops a normal color. In most cases, the pinkness largely fades by six to eight weeks. You can use makeup as soon as the skin is healed.
Generally, most people can resume their normal activities in seven to 14 days after dermabrasion. You should avoid sunlight for a few weeks after the pink color has gone away. When outdoors, use a broad spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or more, and wear a wide-brimmed hat.
After microdermabrasion, your skin will be pink and feel dry and tight ( sunburn or windburn) for about 24 hours. Use moisturizer. Some types of makeup should not be applied for at least 24 hours after the procedure.
Dermabrasion side effects include:
- Uneven changes in skin color (temporary or permanent)
- Formation of a scar
- Darkening of the skin (usually temporary but may be permanent); this is caused by sun exposure in the days and months following the procedure.
Microdermabrasion side effects include:
- Irritation from crystals getting into unprotected eyes
Dermabrasion: You will have a follow-up appointment soon after your dermabrasion. Do not drink alcohol for 48 hours after the procedure. Do not take aspirin or any products that contain aspirin or ibuprofen for one week afterwards. Don't smoke.. Avoid sun exposure as best you can for three to six months.
Microdermabrasion: Use moisturizers and sunscreens. Avoid sun exposure for a few days immediately after the procedure.
American Academy of Dermatology.
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