25 Sep 2010
A simple acne treatment that works is lemon juice. You usually have lemons in your fruit bowl or fridge at home so it an easy acne home treatment to implement. The lemon contains citric acid which helps kill the P acne bacteria in your skin.
The lemon juice can be used two ways, internally and externally.
At night time after you have washed your face as normal, cut a fresh lemon in half. Store one half in the fridge. Squeeze a little of the juice out of the other half of the lemon into a small container. Put this half in the fridge too. You just need enough lemon juice to dip cotton wool or a cotton pad in.
Dab you face where the acne and blackheads are. Use a fresh piece of cotton wool or pad each time you dip, don’t double dip. The lemon may burn a little when applied or a lot, especially if you have cuts or have freshly popped acne spots or pimples. If it burns too much you can dilute it with a little lukewarm water. Dilute it by 50% max. Leave the juice on whatever amount of time you want, anything from 15 minutes, to an hour or even overnight. You can rinse it off with water later on or in the morning. Be careful not to get the lemon juice (or water when rinsing) into your eyes as it will sting. It is not dangerous just unpleasant.
The citric acid in the lemon juice has three benefits. It both exfoliates your skin and kills the acne causing bacteria in your skin. It can also lighten scars.
It should reduce your acne and spots in a week to three weeks. It can also lighten the colour of scars so it is also an acne scar home treatment. Your skin will also feel much softer. It is not necessary to put lemon juice on your face again in the morning. Or if it is working very well at treating acne then you can miss a night or two as well. If your skin gets too dry use a moisturiser to help the dryness. Dry skin can cause acne outbreaks too.
Lemons are not really that effective when put in a bath as it is too diluted to have any real effect on your acne. Adding enough lemons to bath water to make it effective as a full body acne treatment would take a lot of lemons. And it might sting, well put it this way, I personally would not get in that bath.
The other method you can use lemons, is internally, or to drink it first thing in the morning. Use the partially squeezed half you put in the fridge and squeeze the rest into a large glass. Fill the glass with cold water and add a little hot boiled water to make a lukewarm drink. Drink the juice and water and wait 20 to 30 minutes before eating your breakfast. This will help detoxify you. It can help your digestion and weight loss too. But it will also help cure your acne from the inside.
If you are buying lemons a bag of lemons is much better value than loose lemons. The cost of a bag of four or five lemons can be the same as the cost of two single bought lemons. Plus you are not running to the shop everyday for a lemon.
Try using lemons as a home treatment for acne to see how it works for you. It is non-medicated and natural which means you are taking less drugs or medicine which is always a good thing.
Next post we will look at back acne treatment.