At Home Microdermabrasion for Acne

by Leslie Martin ; Updated September 28, 2017

Lemon juice and baking soda make effective homemade microdermabrasives for acne.

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Acne comes in many different forms, none of them fun. Whether you have teenage acne or pimples caused by hormones, it's important to take exceptional care of your skin to keep the breakouts to a minimum. There are a few very effective things you can do that don't involve buying chemical-laden facial products from the store. In fact, you probably already have everything you need to make your own at home microdermabrasion for acne.

Things You'll Need

1 tsp. fresh (preferably organic) lemon juice 2 tbsp. baking soda Distilled water or filtered water 2 small bowls Hand towel

Preparing the Acne Microdermabrasion

Step 1: Slice the lemon in half and squeeze the juice into a bowl. Measure out 1 tsp. and transfer this amount to the second bowl.

Step 2: Add baking soda to the 1 tsp. lemon juice and stir slightly.

Step 3: Begin dribbling water in slowly while stirring the baking soda until you've added enough water to make a thin paste. It should be thin enough to spread easily across your index finger, but not so thin that it drips through your fingers.

Applying the Baking Soda Microdermabrasion

Step 1: Wash your face with your usual facial cleanser and rinse well. There is no need to dry your face after rinsing, as the added moisture will aid in the microdermabrasion application.

Step 2: Begin applying your baking soda and lemon juice microdermabrasion paste on your chin, rubbing very lightly in small circles.

Step 3: Moving upwards and in small circles, massage the entirety of your face, avoiding the eye area. Continue scrubbing with the baking soda mixture for five to ten minutes, focusing on problem areas.

Step 4: Rinse well with water and pat dry with a towel.

Step 5: Moisturize your skin with your usual moisturizer.

Homemade Microdermabrasion Tips

Always massage very lightly when applying the baking soda microdermabrasion. It may not always feel like you're really scrubbing your skin, but the fineness of the baking soda is doing its job. If you rub hard, you could tear your skin.

Take care to stroke upward as much as possible. When you rub your skin downward, you encourage wrinkles and sags.

For a little extra antibiotic oomph, add a single drop of lavender essential oil to the mixture before applying it to your skin.

Precautions

Skin may become photosensitive--or sensitive to the sun--after lemon juice application. To be safe, apply sunscreen if you go outside after using the microdermabrasion.

Excessive use of this microdermabrasion could cause skin irritation. It can be used safely up to three times a week.

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About the Author

From the quirky town of Manitou Springs, Colo., Leslie Martin writes for Demand Studios and others. After copywriting in-house for Unity and freelance for many spiritual and alternative medicine companies, Martin now concentrates her 15 years of writing experience and knowledge into sharing the benefits of complementary medicine.