Monday, July 27, 2009

Lemon Juice - a DIY Remedy for Blemishes

If you have regular blemishes, you know how frustrating it is to try to figure out what is causing these nasty little spots. Lately, with my skin, its not regular pimples that have been appearing...its these tiny little whitehead types that are making the surface of my skin less than ideal. And because these are not regular pimples, my usual zit zapper medicine is not as effective on these bumps. Luckily, I figured out a great skin solution and best of all, its costs practically nothing!! What is it?

Lemon juice. That's it, just a few drops of lemon juice, nothing else.

I had read in passing that the citric acid of lemon juice, applied topically, has properties that to clear up stubborn blemishes. I imagine that citric acid of lemon juice is somewhat like alpha hydroxy acids in sloughing off dead skin cells. I applied the lemon juice with my fingers (or alternatively you can do it with a cotton ball) and let sit for a few minutes. Then I applied my regular night cream on top. When I woke up the next morning, the bumps had cleared up and my skin was noticeably softer.

A few things you should know about applying lemon juice -
  • It does have a slightly tingly and itchy feeling, so I let it sit for only a few minutes and then apply cream on top to soothe the skin.

  • Don't apply it everyday - like an AHA, too much is not a good thing. I apply it once every 2 or 3 days.

  • Don't apply it during the day as the citric acid will leave your skin very sensitive to the sunlight. Be sure to apply sunscreen the next day.

  • Don't apply it next to open wounds or cuts - the acid will cause severe stinging! The same goes for really severe acne - the acid will just exacerbate the redness.

  • It is best used on oily, blemish prone skin since the lemon juice tends to dry out the skin.


  1. Hey girl !

    That white stuff for me means something I am using is not going well with my skin. Mostly when my pores are blocked I get it. Even if a certain cream felt light I've gotten it. And it has always disappeared when i stopped using that product. Have you been doing anything new ?
    And yeah, my mom swears by lemon for skin care. After using up the lemon juice she always rubs the left over pulp on her face !

  2. Nope...this has been going on with my skin since February of this year when I was using the same products so I know its definitely not new products. I think its hormones, unfortunately!! I'm glad this lemony thing is working for me!!

  3. I have the same issue. I have a question.

    After you apply the lemon juice, do you rinse the area/face with water before applying your night cream? I was wondering wouldn't lemon react with the night cream and the cream wouldn't be as effective.


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