Lemon Juice for Acne
Acne caused due to dirt getting clogged in open pores in the skin. Often this builds up bacteria and causes inflammation on the skin. When this pore opens and reacts with oxygen in the air, it becomes black and called blackhead. Lemon is considered as an excellent ingredient which not only helps fight acne causing bacteria but also reduces the blemishes caused by acne and removes scars thus giving a brighter and whiter skin.
Lemon has antibacterial properties which reduce the further growth of bacteria. It gently exfoliates the skin thus cleaning pores from extra oil and dirt. The astringent property of lemon reduces the pores where clogging of dirt happens, and bacteria grows. It also helps regain the pH balance of your skin thus reducing the redness and inflammation caused by acne.
Lemon can be used or combined with other ingredients to treat different types of acne like whiteheads, blackheads, pustules, cysts and nodules.
Squeeze a lemon and dab its juice on affected area with a cotton swab. Leave it overnight and take a bath with lukewarm water in the morning. Remember to apply some good moisturizer on affected area to avoid rashes as lemon leaves the skin dry.
Next, you can mix lemon with some yogurt to treat acne. The antibacterial property of both lemon and yogurt helps treat acne causing bacteria. It is an excellent treatment especially when you are suffering from both dandruff and acne. The cause and symptoms of both are very similar and are seen occurring together. It seems like dandruff from your head has also grown over your forehead following your face. This remedy should be used daily at night and left to be washed in the morning with lukewarm water. You can also add a teaspoon of vinegar to your bathing water to treat acne more effectively.
It’s imperative to clean your face before applying any treatment. Also, you can take steam before you use any of the masks as it helps open pores and unclogs skin to make treatment more efficient.
To cut down the drying effect of lemon you can use it with a grated cucumber as a mask which will keep your skin hydrated while lemon treats your skin from acne.
The best way to use lemon is as a spray. Mix a few drops of lemon with some rose water and use it to wipe off your face regularly during the day to keep your skin clean and oil free. Remember not to make this spray in large quantities as lemon may become sour after some time after reacting with the oxygen in the air. Make only as much you can use in a day and store it in a spray bottle.
When applying any face masks, you can add a few drops of lemon juice to it to help it cure acne more effectively. You can mix some lemon juice with sandalwood to apply as a mask over affected area.
How does Lemon work to Treat Acne?
Lemon generally due to its acidic properties acts as a disinfectant that destroys acne-causing bacteria. It is even effective to cure P bacteria which are most common cause of acne as they occur naturally on the skin and reacts with the oil and dirt to cause acne.
It exfoliates skin naturally to get rid of extra oil and dead skin cells mostly in case of blackheads. It also makes skin lighter and brighter and flawless thus making it easier to get rid of any scars caused by the previous acne.
Also, you can use lemon juice as part of your morning drink to cleanse your body internally while treating the acne from outside. Squeeze one full lemon into a glass of warm water and add a teaspoon of honey and drink this every morning. You can continue this as a habit all through your life to keep your body toxin free, and your skin is glowing.
Lemon being acidic in nature should never be used if the whitehead or a pustule have burst out as it can cause irritation reacting with inner layers of the skin.
Lemon can cause dryness to your skin and so should always be followed by application of a good moisturizer after completing the treatment.
Always start your treatment with cleaning your face or affected area thoroughly or else lemon can react with existing dirt and can cause irritation on your skin.
It’s also recommended that people with naturally dark skin should not use lemon to cure acnes. Because of melanin present in the lemon can cause their skin grow darker. This may cause dark spots especially on the area where there is acne. Sometimes it may seem that lemon based treatment may not be very effective for certain section of people, in that case, you must seek a skin specialist before applying any home remedies.