Lemon juice is a great natural way to treat acne. It’s cheap, plentiful, and you can use it to make lemonade once your acne clears up!
It helps fight acne as an antibacterial, an astringent, a skin lightening agent, its full of vitamin C (a strong antioxidant), and it even smells nice (unlike many other acne treatments).
So, plant a lemon tree and let’s get down to business!
Why Use Lemon Juice For Acne?
There are several reasons to use lemon juice for acne. Lemon juice is full of citric acid, which is what makes lemons and other foods sour. We add it to drinks, candy, and lot’s of other foods.
Citric acid is a natural antimicrobial, which means it naturally kills or inhibits the growth of microorganisms like bacteria, protozoans, and fungi. In the case of acne, it helps because it kills the P. acnes bacteria that causes acne.
Citric acid is also a chemical exfoliant, meaning it will help to chemically remove dead skin cells. An overabundance of dead skin cells is one cause of acne. They can clog your pores leading to infection and irritation. It’s like a natural chemical peel!
Lemon juice is full of citric acid… It’s like a natural chemical peel!
Lemon juice is also a natural astringent which means it causes the skin to shrink and constrict. This means the pores shrink as well, which helps push the excess oil and dirt out of the pores.
Another reason to use lemon juice for acne is because it has a mild bleaching affect which can be useful for reducing the redness associated with acne. This can be especially helpful with acne scars that are a darker and more noticeable color than the surrounding skin.
Lemons also contain a lot of vitamin C, which is a valuable antioxidant that has many benefits for the skin.
How To Use Lemon Juice For Acne
To get the benefits of lemon juice for acne you will need to apply it directly to the problem area. Keep in mind that people react differently to lemon juice, and you will want to be careful at first not to overdo it, especially if you have sensitive skin.
Prepare The Lemon Juice Acne Treatment
- A Fresh Lemon
- Apple Cider Vinegar
- Aloe Vera
- Green Tea
- Lavender Oil
- Olive Oil
- Other Essential Oils
- Other Ingredients
- Plain Water
- Tea Tree Oil
Take a fresh lemon and squeeze out the juice into a container.
Add other ingredients as desired, or just use plain lemon juice. (I recommend diluting the pure lemon juice the first time you try this to see how your skin reacts)
Using a cotton ball or cloth apply the mixture to the affected areas of your face. You can choose to leave it on as long as you like, but I would let it sit for at least 10 minutes. You can leave it on overnight if you want.
Rinse it off when you are ready.
This is a great way to inexpensively and naturally treat your acne, and you can experiment with a variety of other ingredients to find a combination that works really well for your skin type.
Supplement Your Lemon Juice Treatment With Other Natural Acne Treatments
It’s often beneficial to combine two or more natural remedies when treating your acne. Unlike creams, pills, and other traditional medicines (which can have adverse side effects when combined) you can combine multiple natural treatments without any problems. You might even find that they work a lot better together.
You may also want to take a close look at your diet, lifestyle, and other factors to see if they might be contributing to your acne problems. If these things are not in balance, you may unintentionally be creating an “acne environment” inside your body.
If that’s the case, you could try treating your outward symptoms (like red inflamed and broken-out skin) all day long, but if you don’t fix these imbalances in your diet and lifestyle you may never become completely acne free.
If you want to try healing your acne from the inside out by eliminating this “acne environment”, then take a look at Acne No More. It’s a step-by-step guide that teaches you how to use diet, detoxification, cleansing, stress management, exercise, and other holistic treatments.
I like it because it eliminates the cause of acne instead of just managing the symptoms, not to mention most people report a modest improvement in overall health from the diet and lifestyle changes…
Just be careful to dilute the lemon juice at first to see how your skin reacts. Also I wouldn’t recommend putting the lemon juice directly on pimples that are currently open as it can be incredibly painful and irritating, and may even result in scarring. Just be smart. Some people think the more it burns, the better, because that means it’s working, but I encourage you to stop if it becomes too painful!
So, I hope you learned something useful about lemon juice for acne. If you have any experience using lemon juice as an acne treatment please tell us about it down below! As always, good luck with that troublesome acne.