As a vital source of vitamin C and citric acid, lemons have detoxifying effects, mainly when you add freshly cut wedges to your drinking water.

Because of the health benefits of chewing lemons, there’s an increasing demand for using lemons as a regular treatment for skin conditions like age spots and acne.

However, using lemons on your face can create more damage to your skin than good. Here, we consider the perils and perks of lemon juice on your skin.

 Acne treatment

Applying lemon juice on acne can help lessen inflammation. Research found that a high concentration of lemon juice (20 percent to 100 percent) could repress the growth of Propionibacterium acnes and Staphylococcus aureus.

Do a patch test on an area of skin distant from the face, such as the centre of your elbow. Wait for one to two days to guarantee that no side effects occur before continuing with using lemon on your face.

Skin brightening

Lemon infusion is used in skin brightening lotions, such as Meladerm. Skin Bright, and Lucederm. This is because lemon has skin bleaching qualities and can inhibit pigment generation. If one has dark spots and marks on one’s skin, lemon juice can help improve their condition and level their skin tone.

Anti-ageing benefits

Lemon juice has higher levels of citric acid (1.44 g/oz) compared to lime juice (1.38 g/oz). Citris is a Beta Hydroxy Acid that is generally used in topical creams and solutions for its anti-ageing properties. It is also a strong antioxidant that keeps your skin healthy.

One may think that this is against natural skin, but anti-ageing simply means keeping their skin pores clean and tightening their skin.

Moreover, vitamin C is extensively used in toners and serums for its antioxidant and astringent benefits. It is ideal for oily skin types, especially those who have significant skin pores. The astringent quality of vitamin C helps to shrink the skin pores and lessen sebum and excessive oil.

Lemon packs with other ingredients

Honey has a moisturising effect on your skin. When combined with lemon juice, it keeps your skin soft and bright. While turmeric has anti-inflammatory properties, it can also help prevent photo-ageing, acne, and several other skin conditions. This face pack will have a therapeutic impact on your skin. Aloe Vera helps to regenerate skin hydration levels and also increases collagen and elastin production. This limits wrinkles and keeps your skin healthy. This face pack is fit for you if you are looking for anti-ageing properties

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Nevertheless, before applying lemon juice on your face, you should also be informed of its side effects. Here’s what you should know:

Skin inflammation

Skin inflammation is the most common side effect of using fruit acids. Lemon is highly acidic, which can aggravate one’s skin conditions.

You might encounter excessive dryness, redness, and peeling of your skin. These effects can be more severe if one has sensitive skin. As a rule of thumb, individuals with sensitive skin must be wary of topical lemon applications.

Sunburn

Citrus fruits applied topically can also increase the chances of sunburn. Never apply lemon before going outdoors in direct sunlight, and don’t apply it for many days before any planned outdoor exercises.

Research found that a high concentration of lemon juice (20 percent to 100 percent) could repress the growth of Propionibacterium acnes and Staphylococcus aureus.

How to apply lemon juice on the face cautiously:

When using lemon straight to your face, you’ll require handling the fruit like you would any new skincare product. Due to its power and possible side effects, lemon must be used as spot therapy only.

  • Do a patch test on an area of skin distant from the face, such as the centre of your elbow. Wait for one to two days to guarantee that no side effects occur before continuing with using lemon on your face.
  • Press a small quantity of juice from a fresh lemon onto a cotton ball. Gently apply to the coveted area of skin using mild pressure and don’t rub.
  • Once the lemon juice dries, you can proceed with the rest of your skincare routine.
  • Start with one daily application, maybe working your way up to twice a day.
  • Stop use if you have side effects.

Also Read: 10 Reasons to include Lemon in your diet

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Saumya Rastogi is an intern with SheThePeople.TV

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