No one enjoys having an acne breakout, and the acne scars it leaves can be damaging to the self-esteem. These scars take time to disappear. And while there are plenty of treatments available from the drugstore, with stubborn scars are hard to eliminate, buying creams and other products for this can become a burden.
Fortunately, there are also plenty of cheaper and safer home-remedy alternatives, with lemon juice as one of the more popular choices. Lemon is full of vitamin C, which makes it great to use as an anti-inflammatory treatment. It can help reduce the redness and swelling of the acne and over time, it can help with lightening blemish and acne scars.
The Lowdown on Lemon Juice
Some people call the lemon juice “the wonder juice” because of its curing properties. But before you head to the kitchen and cover your face with fruit extracts, you need to understand how lemon works on the skin to downplay all the expectations.
You can find lemon juice in beauty products like astringents or toners, as it does help clear out the blemishes. Lemon, however, will not completely help scars disappear, especially when they are so deep. For that, you would probably need to go through a mild procedure at the dermatologist’s clinic.
What lemon does is to lighten the acne scars to a point where they almost seem non-existent. Achieving this effect varies with every person, and with each skin type. Some people can see the difference in as little as a week, while for others, using lemon, as with any type of acne scars treatment, may take weeks for the results to appear.
Perhaps the key is in your diligence to get rid of the acne scars. Do this lemon treatment everyday, and you should be guaranteed some great results.
How to use Lemon Juice for Acne Scars
The simplest way is to slice a fruit of lemon and squeeze the juice out into a bowl, then dab cotton or sponge on this juice to slowly rub on your face. You will instantly feel your skin getting tighter, indicating that the citrus acid in lemon is working their way into your skin tissues. The result can be drying, which is why it’s never advisable to leave lemon juice on your face for hours or overnight. If you do, you will have redness and irritation of the skin the next morning. Lemon, after all, is acid. It must be rinsed off with cold water after, maybe, 10 minutes of application.
For variation, you can add other kitchen ingredients to your organic lemon cleanser.
- Sugar with lemon helps remove dead skin cells effectively. Sugar is most common in beauty products like body scrubs, and its effective in making the skin smoother and cleaner.
- Aloe Vera with lemon juice results in a peeling treatment that allows your skin to grow and regenerate new, healthy layers.
- Honey with lemon juice makes a wonderful facemask that helps soften skin. Since lemon itself has the tendency to dry the skin, this combination would keep it moisturized.