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Is It Safe to Try the Lemon Juice Acne Treatment?
The first thought that many people have about the lemon juice acne treatment is that since it uses a natural ingredient, it’s not possible for it to harm your skin. While I would wholeheartedly agree that it is of the utmost importance to avoid chemical ingredients in your acne products, I would also like to point out that even ingredients found at home have the potential to harm your skin.
Your skin is a delicate and vulnerable organ that serves the purpose of protecting your body from outside damage; it works to regulate temperature, release toxins, and keep your body protected from injury.
However, what so many acne sufferers have already come to realize is that it is so easy to disrupt the delicate protective barrier of your skin to leave you at risk for long-term skin conditions, like acne, discolorations, and even disorders like rosacea and eczema.
Should You Use the Lemon Juice Acne Treatment?
When an acne sufferer has tried every possible product out there, they often turn to natural home remedies as a last resort, with lemon juice acne treatments being one of the most popular. The reason behind this is because lemon juice is an easy ingredient to come by at home, and based upon many of the beauty blogs that I have read, it is believed to immediately clear up your skin and even reduce acne scars.
Lemon juice contains citric acid, which provides the benefit of exfoliating the skin to possibly reduce acne.  This ingredient works as a natural astringent, which will dry many of the surface oils on the skin to potentially clear up acne breakouts. Lemon juice also has the ability to bleach and lighten the skin, so many people believe that it can reduce surface redness and inflammation.
However, I must caution you from my firsthand experience as an aesthetician that it is very probable for this “gentle” home remedy to go wrong.
Firstly, it is not a good idea under any circumstance to apply pure lemon juice directly to your skin. As I already established, your skin is a delicate and sensitive organ, and when you apply a harsh and drying ingredient like lemon juice directly to your skin, it could cause irritation, an abrasion, and even more redness.
Even more importantly, do not under any circumstance ever apply lemon juice to an open acne wound! Not only will that be incredibly painful, but it will cause serious irritation and potential scarring in the future.
Yes, lemon juice has the potential to exfoliate the skin, but since it is used in such a strong concentration, the odds are that your skin will become red and irritated immediately. Instead, I would recommend a natural and gentle enzyme fruit scrub that may contain diluted lemon juice to gently remove dead skin cells and reduce your risk for acne breakouts.
The truth is that if you are not a skin care professional, using such an aggressive ingredient as lemon juice at home in a lemon juice acne treatment may do more harm than good.
Here’s what a few acne sufferers from the acne.org forums had to say about using lemon juice to treat their skin:
I read all about this so I decided to give it a try. Used it for 2 weeks straight and saw no change in my acne. Waste of time & money.
I used fresh squeezed lemon on my face for seven days. After two days I already saw a difference in the size of the flat pink scars. I’m a naturally really pale but the lemons seemed to give my face a darker glow which I loved! The skin that was unaffected by scars or acne ended up very smooth and my pores looked nonexistent. However my current blemishes took WAY longer to go away when I put lemon on them. It seemed to prolong the healing process. My forehead also mildly broke out in tiny red bumps, not pimples, just some irritation.
Using Lemon juice was working great, giving me quick results, but then after things were going good, I broke out again, and things just suddenly got bad. Maybe it was something I ate?
To take it a step further, you can dramatically improve your skin by attacking acne at its root and making healthy dietary changes. Yes, it is incredibly important to care for your skin on the outside through exfoliation and moisturizing to prevent acne, yet you will be fighting a losing battle if you don’t first improve your diet by cutting out harmful preservatives and unhealthy fats that trigger acne in the first place.
Once you make these essential changes to your diet, you can manage and maintain the health of your skin through using natural acne products, but not the other way around.
- Stratford, SJ. “Lemon Juice Help Pimples – LoveToKnow Skincare.“ Skincare Tips | Skin Health | Skin Care Products and More… Web. 17 Jan. 2011. <http://skincare.lovetoknow.com/Lemon_Juice_Help_Pimples>.
About the Author: Bethany Ramos is an aesthetician and makeup artist with a special interest in using nutrition to heal and alleviate a number of conditions in the skin. You can find out more skin care and makeup tips by visiting her blog at FacebyBethany.
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