Millions of acne sufferers use lemon juice daily hoping to help heal their acne. It’s certainly an inexpensive alternative to costly creams and medications. It can be applied directly to the skin, topically on acne scars, and drunk as a juice diluted with water with no sugar.
Although it may sting a bit, or make you cringe, it’s a fantastic way to rejuvenate the skin naturally, brighten skin tone and promote new skin growth.
What Lemon Juice Does on Your Skin
Lemon juice, as we all know, is acidic. Sometimes the whole problem in acne care is that the skin is not acidic enough for all the other treatments we do to work.
Although you may have heard about the importance of alkalizing the interior of your body for health, the surface of the skin is actually healthier when it is acidic, with a pH between 4 and 5. Lemon juice has a pH of around 2.3 Lowering the pH of the skin makes it a lot less comfortable for bacteria. It makes the pores a lot less hospitable to the bacteria, without causing them to send out the chemicals that trigger an immune reaction that result in inflammation and redness on the skin.
Lemon juice benefits include:
** Lemon juice used on the skin can fight inflammation.
** Lemon juice helps lessen the appearance of blemishes, blackheads and acne scars.
** The acidic makeup of lemon juice makes it a perfect exfoliator.
** Lemon juice smooths skin texture.
** Lemon juice works by killing acne bacteria. When applied topically on the skin, the acid in lemon juice breaks down the main acne-causing bacteria, p. acnes.
** The citric acid, known as L-absorbic acid, also cleanses clogged pores and makes them appear smaller.
** The effects of lemon juice are sometimes nearly immediate, especially when the basic problem is oily, clogged pores.
Using Lemon Juice to Cure or Reduce Acne and Appearance of Acne Scars
** Use fresh lemon juice because the bottled form is made from concentrate and is not as fresh.
** After cleansing your face, smear a small slice of lemon on the face (avoid eye area) – or – squeeze a lemon into a clean bowl, dip a cotton ball into the lemon juice and blot fresh lemon juice all over my face.
** You may feel a slight burning sensation, but don’t be alarmed. Normally, anything that causes stinging of the skin is not a good thing. Lemon juice, however, causes a stinging that slows down inflammatory processes, so that the net effect on the skin is positive. Undiluted lemon juice can be especially irritating to sensitive skin. If your skin is very sensitive, try diluting the juice with water.
** Rinse off after 15-20 minutes and moisturize.
** Apply lemon juice topically on acne scar undiluted. Do this twice a day and you will see an improvement on the acne scar. It’s especially effective with new scars.
** Lemon juice can also be used as a toner. For toning, use diluted lemon juice on your face and rinse after about 15 mins.
Drinking Lemon Juice
Drinking juice of half a lemon in a glass of warm water first thing in the morning is a great way to start your day.
For many people, drinking lemon juice daily helps reduce acne, increase energy, and improve digestion.
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Cautions and Side effects
** Lemon juice is a natural remedy and completely safe. There’ll be no adverse effects from harsh chemicals sometimes found in different acne treatment kits. However, some people with sensitive skin may experience redness and irritation in the skin. If this occurs, it is recommended to stop the treatment for a few days. Try applying diluted juice to make it less potent. If redness and irritation continues, it’s best to discontinue treatment indefinitely.
** The effects of lemon juice are intensified by exposure to the UV-A rays of the sun. It’s recommended that you limit or just avoid sun exposure throughout your lemon juice treatment.
** People who have dark brown or black skin should use lemon juice with caution.
** If you have an open wound, do not apply lemon juice to it.
** Lemon juice can damage your tooth enamel if drunk regularly. If you drink it often, use a straw and wash it down with water afterward. Lemon juice has a pH of 2. Human saliva has a pH of 7. In terms of your teeth, a pH of 5.5 and above will cause little or no harm. At 5.5 and below, a liquid will work to strip the protective enamel from your teeth. Although my guess is that a very small amount (for example, 1/4 of a teaspoon) in a full 8-ounce glass of water might not have enough acidity to pose a significant risk.
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