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Does Lemon Juice Help Acne Go Away and Fade Acne Scars?

by Christine GlasgowNovember 22, 2016

To those who have never really had to deal with it – and believe us those people are a very lucky few – acne i something they think of as no big deal. A few pimples, a smattering of blackheads. Just deal with it, buy some cover up and get on with life.

For those who do have to live with acne however it’s a very different story. From a few pimples that crop up at ‘that time of the month’ to the kind of acne that can plague your teen years to the kind of adult onset acne that is so puzzling – you get through your teens with clear skin only to be hit with pimples and zits as an adult!?! – there are many different kinds of acne problem. But they all have one thing in common. Acne is embarrassing, disfiguring and can get really expensive.


Acne Can be an Expensive Problem 

Why is acne expensive? Because most sufferers spend a small fortune on all kinds of different OTC acne treatments in an attempt to solve the problem. Because every case of acne is different some work, some don’t. But experimenting until you find one that does – and many people never do – does get rather expensive.

For this reason, among others, an increasing number of people with acne problems are becoming less skeptical about natural acne treatments. After all, if that pricey $20 potion isn’t working to get rid of your acne fast what do you really have to lose by trying out some ‘home remedies’ that will cost you, at the most, a couple of dollars each?


The Acne Fighting Power of Lemons: Lemon Juice for Acne

Lemons; inexpensive little fruits that you’ll find in almost any grocery store. Prepared lemon juice; an equally inexpensive product that can be found in even more stores than fresh lemons. Everyday stuff that you may be used to adding to your drinks (both the alcoholic and non alcoholic kind) or using in your cooking. But did you know that lemons and lemon juice can be powerful acne fighters too?


How Does Lemon Actually Help Treat Acne? 

OK, we know what you are probably thinking. How can one, very common little citrus fruit actually help get rid of acne? There are in fact a number of ways:

  • The ascorbic acid, flavonoids (also sometimes known as Vitamin P) and phytoncides found naturally in lemons and lemon juice slow the growth of bacteria that can lead to pimples.
  • The Vitamin C in lemon juice is a powerful antioxidant that helps protect the skin from free radical damage that can weaken its natural ability to ward off pimple causing bacteria.
  • Lemon’s astringent properties also help deep clean pores, removing the dirt, bacteria and other ‘debris’ that causes pimples.


Using Lemon and Lemon Juice to Get Rid of Acne – 3 Easy, Powerful Remedies

OK, so we’ve established that lemons and lemon juice have the potential to help you deal with your unique acne problem, however major – or minor – it might be. But there is more to using lemon to get rid of acne than just heading off to the store and buying yourself a pound of fresh lemons or a big bottle of lemon juice. So, without further ado, here are some of the most effective ways that you can use lemon in your war on acne and acne scars:


1. Basic Topical Application

Used alone, as a once daily treatment lemon juice applied overnight can do its acne fighting work while you sleep:

  • Wash or cleanse face as usual
  • Using a clean cotton ball apply lemon juice to affected areas.
  • Leave in place overnight
  • Rinse of with lukewarm water
  • Wash face as usual again.

2. Lemon Juice and Raw Honey to get Rid of Acne 

Honey – the raw kind that you get from farmer’s markets is best – is another natural acne treatment. Its potent antibacterial properties are great at keeping acne bacteria away and it is a very effective natural moisturizer as well. Adding it to lemon juice creates a very effective anti acne mask that can be used two-three times a week.

What You’ll Need

  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • Small mixing bowl
  • Cotton balls

How It’s Done

  • In a small mixing bowl combine honey and lemon
  • Stir/mix until you have a thin paste
  • Apply mixture to whole face
  • Leave in place for 15-20 minutes
  • Rinse off with lukewarm water

3. Lemon and Rosewater Toner

A toner is designed to help deep cleanse the skin and shrink pores. This homemade version harnesses all of the acne fighting power of lemon juice while also adding the soothing powers of rosewater.

What You’ll Need 

  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 3 tablespoons rose water
  • Small mixing bowl
  • Small, lidded plastic bottle
  • Cotton balls

How It’s Done 

  • In a small bowl combine lemon juice and rose water
  • Pouring carefully, using a funnel if possible add to plastic bottle
  • To use, apply to skin using cotton balls and sweeping motion
  • Repeat with fresh cotton balls until they come away clean
  • Store the unused mixture in the fridge for daily use for up to a week

4. Lemon and Sea Salt Exfoliating Scrub 

Exfoliation of the skin is very important for acne sufferers as it efficiently removes dead skin cells. This scrub is quite potent though, so if you have very sensitive skin use with care.

What You’ll Need 

  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • Small mixing bowl

How It’s Done 

  • In a mixing bowl combine lemon juice and sea salt
  • Stir well until you are left with a thick-ish paste
  • Using a cotton ball or VERY CLEAN fingertips apply mixture to affected areas
  • Leave in place for five minutes
  • Before rinsing away massage scrub into skin gently for 30 seconds
  • Rinse off with lukewarm water.

If you prefer – or have no sea salt in the house – you can substitute sugar for salt in the same quantities.

5. Lemon Juice and Aspirin Spot Treatment

This is a great way to spot treat stubborn, inflamed cystic acne pimples to help dry them up faster. The aspirin not only has inflammation calming properties but also contains salicylic acid, a substance used in many OTC acne products. You do need to use aspirin not ibuprofen for the best effect.

What You’ll Need

  • 6 uncoated aspirin
  • Lemon juice
  • Small mixing bowl
  • Teaspoon

How It’s Done

  • Add aspirin to bowl and crush using the back of a teaspoon or other crushing tool
  • Dropper in lemon juice, stirring all the time, until you are left with a thick, but smooth, paste
  • Apply to pimples using a cotton ball
  • Leave in place overnight or for a minimum of 2-3 hours.

6. Lemon Juice, Tomato and Oatmeal Mask 

This mask, which can be used twice a week, helps to deep clean pores, reduce inflammation and, thanks to the Lycopene in tomatoes, which is one of the most powerful of the natural antioxidants, protect your skin from free radical damage.

What You’ll Need 

  • 1 medium sized tomato
  • 2 tablespoons of plain oatmeal
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • Small mixing bowl
  • Fork 

How It’s Done

  • Top and tail tomato and cut into four sections
  • Add tomato to bowl and mash
  • Add oatmeal to tomato and stir until well combined
  • Drizzle in lemon juice
  • Stir until a lumpy paste is formed
  • Apply paste, mask like, to entire face
  • Leave in place for 15-20 minutes
  • Rinse off with lukewarm water

7. Lemon Water 

What you put into your body affects your skin s much as what you put on it. You probably already know you should be drinking at least eight glasses of water daily for your general good health. The addition of lemon juice provides extra Vitamin C and antibacterial protections.

What You’ll Need

  • One glass fresh, filtered water
  • One teaspoon of lemon juice
  • One stevia based sweetener

How It’s Done

  • Add lemon juice to cold water
  • Stir
  • Add a stevia based sweetener to ‘cut’ acid taste
  • Drink, repeat several times a day.


Does Lemon and Lemon Juice Get Rid of Acne? Final Note

Whenever possible, make use of freshly squeezed lemon juice as it is slightly more potent than the bottled stuff.

Lemon juice does have strong astringent properties so those with very sensitive skin should use it with care to avoid over-drying the skin.

Lemon juice can make your skin a little more sensitive to the sun, so always apply a moisturizer containing sunscreen after making use of any of these treatments.

When applying any of these treatment to the face try to avoid using you fingers as much as possible. Hundreds of different bacteria can live on the hands at all times and so unless you are sure your fingertips (including the nail beds) are very clean use a cotton ball or cotton buds instead.

Now it’s over to you. Try a few of these lemon based acne treatments and then come on back and let us know how they worked out for you. We’d love to hear about your ‘real world’ experiences.



Christine Glasgow
Canadian girl addicted to beauty and fashion. I'm a Blogger, Entrepreneur and web influencer 👑 I mostly talk about anything related to skin care and beauty. I created this site to share science-based information on skin conditions, treatments and skin care.
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