How Lemons work to clear up acne and fade acne scars
When applied directly on the skin, the acid in lemon juice breaks down the main acne bacteria, p. acnes. L-absorbic acid (lemon juice). Lemon juice also works by drying up excess oils on and in the skin, plus sloughing off old dead surface skin cells. Lemon juice has one of the primary forms of Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHA’s) which is citrus acid. Because of this lemon juice acts as a far less potent form of a mild chemical peel. Plus there is Vitamin C in lemon, vitamin C is found in fresh fruits (especially citrus fruits) ;oranges, lemons, limes, tangerines and grapefruit. Vitamin C is one of the most powerful antioxidants in skin care. It helps slow down the aging process by preventing free radical damage. Long-term topical use has been clinically shown to regenerate collagen and improve the appearance of wrinkles. Vitamin C also lightens pigmentation and brightens over all skin tone. Therefore, it is used in a lot of anti-aging and whitening products (especially in Asia), as well as fade creams. Topically, vitamin C also provides a small amount of UV protection
More benefits of Lemon Juice include the Skin’s PH balance.
The skin’s PH balance is one of the most major contributing factors of acne bacteria growth. P. acnes is a normal bacteria found in every humans skin and is fine in small amounts, but when the skin’s ph balance is to neutral your more susceptible to excess bacteria to thrive and cause you skin problems.
The greater the skin’s continued shift towards the alkaline the greater your chances of your skin breaking out. Ordinary soap is one of the greatest offenders of changing the skin’s PH levels to alkaline which is why is it also recommended you use a different soap for your face as opposed to your body.
Her experiences using lemon juice:
If your worried about your skin getting to acidic to you could always apply a toner like witch hazel to bring your skin’s ph levels back to normal after an application.
How to Apply Lemon Juice
To use lemon juice to treat acne and reduce oily skin there are two ways to go about it.
1. Buy actual whole lemons and rub cut up lemon halves on the surface of the skin. I don’t however recommend using it this way, its far easier to squeeze the juice into a bowl to use it.
2. Buying the bottles of pre-squeezed lemon juice
The use of straight lemon juice to be highly irritating on the skin, I would recommend diluting the juice with water, a carrier oil, or using the great mask combinations shown in the videos below.
Start with 75 percent water to 25 percent lemon juice. If no improvement is shown you can increase the percentages to 50:50. If any irritation is shown please discontinue usage.
Simply rub over the acne prone or acne scarred areas with a cotton round, leave on 20 minutes then wash off! Simple as that.
What more bang for your buck?
Make a Lemon Scrub
4 Tbsp coarse sugar
10-15 drops carrier oil (I prefer grapeseed oil)
1 Tbsp lemon juice (about half a lemon, or you can use bottled lemon juice)
Instead of the scrub this could also make a DIY acne serum if you simply leave out the sugar from the scrub again.
Lemon Juice Face Mask Options
Cons of using lemon juice.
It stings upon application and for a few minutes after. People with sensitive skin can get red patches and irritation, if this happens the juice needs to be diluted down some with water.
As with all acne treatments your skin is more sensitive to the sun, as always wear sunscreen everyday of at least 15%. If you don’t apply sunscreen you run therisk of sunburns and brown sun spots!!
As with all home remedies this one will not work for everyone! If your skin gets worse of has a bad reaction please discontinue usage and move to on to the next home remedy!
What do you think? Would you be willing to give it a try? Still not a 100 percent convinced go check out the reviews on acne.org. http://www.acne.org/lemon-juice-applied-topically-reviews/73/page1.html
Source: Does Lemon Juice Clear up Acne? | eHow.com http://www.ehow.com/how-does_4587603_lemon-juice-clear-up-acne.html#ixzz1phxqs8SP, wordnetweb.princeton.edu/perl/webwn and http://www.skinacea.com/faq/treatments/t01-vitamin-c.html#.UVVT5Vfm18U
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