Baking soda is a treatment that is said to be a helpful way to remove acne scars. It's one of those things that (most!) people will have in their cupboards somewhere, but if not then it can be purchased very cheaply. The baking soda is quite a good abrasive which can help to remove the 'problem' skin and leave it looking much shiner and new. It can be applied quickly so if you're keen to remove some acne scars with it (or at the very least, diminish the appearance) then baking soda can be a good addition to a well rounded scarring reduction program.
Please note that I said above that you should have some in your cupboards - that said I do suggest getting a separate jar for your scars. This is because you don't want to run out of it - don't think of it as a baking ingredient, rather a medication of sorts. In the beginning however you are welcome to use the kitchen supply, at least until you see some results. It's not very expensive - a few dollars max.
The most effective way to apply the baking soda is to make a paste of it. This paste is made of a couple of teaspoons of the baking soda and then mixing it together in a small bowl (you can use a flat surface like an ice cream lid too) with a tiny amount of water. You don't need much baking soda or water - and if you only have a little scarring that you want to clear then you'll find that you won't need as much. Simply mix the solution and add water until you have created a nice paste. The mixture should still feel rough when you rub it between your fingers and not a runny liquid.
Using a finger or two, massage the baking soda mixture onto your face until there is a fine layer of it on the skin. You may find that water runs off - this is okay. You may also find that it is easier and more comfortable to lie down to prevent the mixture from running and falling off. Leave the solution on for five to ten minutes then wash it off with some nice warm water. You can use a natural soap if you like.
This pattern of making the paste, applying the paste and rinsing it off should be done once or twice a day. I suggest that you take some photographs of the scarring to make sure that the baking soda is indeed working. Believe it or not it's actually quite tricky to remember what the scarring looked like even when you've had it for years - trust me, this 'forgetfulness' has happened to me before!
As with all natural acne scar treatments you will have a varied success with this program. You need a good selection of treatments to make a big difference. Different skin types and different people respond to different things so you may need to try a few different treatments to get the results that you want.
And remember that consistency is key! Don't even bother starting the baking soda treatment if you cannot continue it for at least two weeks! It may take a few months in fact for the results that you want and need. So please, keep at it and don't miss a day!
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