Many people suffer from acne. Sometimes acne affects teenagers who are battling hormones and maybe poor eating habits. Sometimes acne can last well into adulthood, causing people to spend lots of money in the pursuit of clear skin. If you want to try a solution that is both natural and inexpensive, lemon juice may be for you.
Acne is painful on the skin and damaging to self-esteem. Whether you have scars from chronic acne or just suffered a bad breakout, lemon juice can help calm the inflamation and lighten the read and brown scars.
Known for its antioxidant and antibiotic properties, fresh lemon juice may help you lighten the discoloration of acne marks. It may also have the added benefits of improving your complexion and reducing the appearance of large pores.
How to Apply Lemon Juice to Acne Scars
This regimine is good to do as part of your nightly skin regimen. Wash, dry and apply a lightweight mousturizer to your skin.
Cut and squeeze a lemon into a shallow bowl or flat dish. Dip a Q-tip into the undiluted lemon juice and dab the juice over the acne scars on your skin. Allow it to dry on your skin without rinsing it off – if your skin feels excessively sticky, you may have applied too much juice. In this case, you can use a damp, soft cloth to remove the excess juice by dabbing lightly. If it burns too much, rinse it off.
Keep lemon juice away from eyes, mouth and cracked skin.
Allow the acne scar treatment to remain on your skin overnight. For severe acne scars, you may wish to apply lemon juice during the day as well.
Follow this routine as long as the lemon juice is lightening the dark scars. Do not use if irritation occurs.
Applying fresh lemon juice to acne scars may temporarily increase the redness in your skin and lead to slight burning and itching. Any broken skin or existing pimples in the area may sting if the lemon juice seeps into the open skin. Applying lemon juice to treat acne scars may also lead to excess burning if you’ve just exfoliated your skin and sloughed off the top layer.
If the home treatment for acne scars begins to dry out your skin, apply an additional moisturizer that suits your skin tone and sensitivity. For those with sensitive, dry skin, consider leaving the lemon juice on for one to two hours and rinse it off before applying moisturizer rather than allowing the juice to remain on your skin overnight or throughout the day.
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