How to use lemon juice for skin: Know from Dermatologist

20 December 2017

"Doctor, how to use lemon on the face? Is it good or bad? What are the side effects?"

These are the questions, that I come across dermatological consultations, regarding the use of lemon on the face. I have seen both excellent results and worst rashes with the use of lemon on the skin, especially face. As a dermatologist, I DO NOT recommend to rub lemon on your face or keep it overnight. Instead, try the home remedies listed in this article by combining lemon juice with other natural ingredients for reducing pimples, skin whitening and degreasing oily skin.

1. Lemon for pimples:

Lemon works on the acne-prone by reducing both, oil secretions and pimple-causing bacteria. However, never make a mistake of rubbing lemon directly on your pimples because it might lead to a bad reaction. The chances of skin reactions are more if you expose your skin to the sun or apply a strong anti-acne product on the same day.

Therefore, it is recommended to combine lemon with other natural anti-acne ingredients that cure red or pus-filled pimples in just 3-7 days. For the detailed recipe, click Effective home remedy for pimple: Dermatologist recommended. Well, as a dermatologist and an author of book on acne, I would like to emphasise that a holistic approach is essential to cure your acne, as listed in this article, Acne or pimples: Dermatologist advice for treatment, tips and products

2. Lemon for pigmentation:

Lemon reduces pigmentation in the form of dark patches/spots, tanning or melasma with the help of its two integral components, Vitamin C and citric acid. You can make the following natural face packs (based on your skin type) using lemon along with other potent skin whitening ingredients like papaya, aloe vera, cucumber and licorice:
- Skin lightening face pack for oily skin
- Skin lightening face pack for combination skin
- Skin lightening face pack for dry skin

3. Lemon for oily skin:

Lemon has a unique ability to remove excess oils from your skin. It can be used for making the following face wash in just 5 minutes, that too at fraction of a cost:
- Homemade face wash for oily skin
- Homemade face wash for combination skin

I have used the above mentioned chemical-free face wash for almost 3 years, with excellent results. They have an oil absorbing base of fuller's earth and chickpea flour along with anti-acne ingredients like neem, lemon and tea-tree oil.

4. Lemon for dandruff:

Are you fed up of changing anti-dandruff shampoos? Try these steps to get rid of your dandruff naturally. Put 5-10 drops fresh lemon juice in 5 tablespoons of coconut oil and massage it into your scalp. Leave it overnight and wash your hair next morning thoroughly to remove all the traces of oil. If needed, you can combine this remedy with these effective anti-dandruff products.

5. Lemon for freckles:

Lemon juice can be used to fade freckles, the tiny dark spots, commonly seen on the face of people with fair skin. The method is as follows:
- Put fresh lemon juice exactly on the freckle with the help of toothpick at night.
- Watch how your skin reacts over next 48 hours.
- Wash immediately, if you notice intolerable burning, redness, or rash, and do not repeat.
- However, if you tolerate it well, repeat the above procedure once or twice a week until your freckles fade.

6. Lemon for dark elbow and knees:

Have you ever seen your grandma rubbing lemon on their hand and feet? Yes, contrary to the delicate skin of your face, you can directly rub the lemon on elbows, knee, hands or feet. Rinse off after 5-10 minutes and pat dry. Repeat once or twice a week. However, make sure that you do not expose the skin after applying lemon to the bright sun, otherwise, it might cause a phototoxic reaction.

7. Lemon for ageing skin:

The anti-aging action of applying lemon juice on the skin is attributed to the antioxidant action of vitamin C and exfoliating action of the citric acid. Vitamin C is a potent anti-aging ingredient and my research revealed that L-ascorbic acid, the form of vitamin C present in the lemon is most potent form. Studies show that ascorbic acid present in these Vitamin C serums can reduce the signs of skin ageing in 3 months.

On the other hand, oral intake of lemon provides vitamin C that strengthens the walls of vessels and prevents senile purpura. It also reduces the risk of heart diseases and degenerative bone diseases by providing flavonoids. You can make a super anti-ageing drink by adding few drops of lemon juice and a half teaspoon of honey to a cup of green tea. It will keep both your skin and heart young!

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