Can Lemon Juice Cure Acne? | Proactiv Australia

Can Lemon Juice Cure Acne?

If you haven’t had any success with skincare products to treat your acne, or if you’re looking for a way to save money on skincare products, then you’ll find lots of recommendations for different home remedies you could try to clear up your spots. Some might help, while others aren’t so effective. One of the home remedies often talked about is lemon juice. Let’s look at how you can use lemon juice to treat your acne and whether or not it works.


Does lemon juice get rid of pimples?

How to get rid of acne scars with lemon juice

Is lemon juice bad for skin?

What are the alternatives?

Does lemon juice get rid of pimples?

Let’s first think about the theory behind why lemon juice could be good for reducing pimples and preventing acne. Here are some properties of lemon that could help with acne:

  • Anti-aging: The vitamin C in lemons is an important component of our diet but can also help our skin look fresher and younger. It boosts collagen levels and helps to fight free radicals that contribute to the aging process.
  • Antibacterial:Citric acid acts as an antiseptic, helping to kill the acne-causing bacteria on our skin by providing an environment in which the bacteria struggle to live.
  • Astringent: Citric acid also has astringent properties. This means it dries out the skin by constricting our tissues, reducing the levels of sebum that contribute to pimples forming. This can also help to reduce the redness and swelling around pimples.

Some people who have tried applying lemon juice to their acne have reported positive results, although there is minimal scientific evidence to prove that it is an effective treatment.

How to get rid of acne scars with lemon juice

Similarly, some acne patients claim that lemon juice was a miracle cure for their acne scars, but there are currently no real scientific results to back this up. It could be the collagen-boosting properties that are thought to help acne scars heal. Collagen is the key ingredient in our skin that helps our wounds heal, but an overproduction of collagen around a wound can lead to thickened or raised scars, also known as keloid or hypertrophic scars.

Another reason people might see positive results from applying lemon juice to acne scars is that it can lighten your skin. Severe acne scars sometimes appear darker than the healthy skin surrounding them. Lemon juice applied to these areas might lighten the skin, making the scars less noticeable.

Is lemon juice bad for skin?

Like many home remedies, there’s no clear conclusion on whether lemon juice is an effective treatment for acne. But what about potential side effects? Here are a few things to be aware of if you want to try this treatment yourself.

  • Dries out your skin: We’ve mentioned that the astringent qualities of citric acid dry out the skin around your spots. This can be counterproductive when treating acne because dry skin prompts increased sebum production, which makes breakouts more likely to reoccur.
  • Can change skin tone: We also mentioned that lemon juice can lighten your skin. This home remedy recommends only applying lemon juice to your pimples and not on healthy skin. This could lead to uneven skin tone with lighter patches where the lemon juice was applied. For people with darker skin, lemon juice causes the skin to darken, again leading to uneven, patchy skin.
  • Makes your skin sensitive to the sun: Those lighter or darker patches of skin where you applied lemon juice will be extremely sensitive to the sun compared to your healthy skin, making it more likely to burn. Try to avoid direct sunlight on your face or wear plenty of sunscreen to protect your skin after applying lemon juice.
  • May cause pain: Lemon juice is acidic, so it may cause a painful stinging sensation when applied to your skin, especially on pimples, which are essentially wounds. Imagine putting lemon juice on a paper cut. Ouch! Can cause inflammation: Although lemon juice can help to reduce inflammation around pimples, it can also have the opposite effect if it irritates your skin. Be careful of this especially if you have sensitive skin.

What are the alternatives?

There are plenty of skincare products that contain ingredients like vitamin C and collagen to provide the same benefits that lemon juice may or may not give you. These will be more effective as they are formulated and combined with other ingredients in a way that produces the best effects for your skin. And they also won’t sting!

Products like our Pore Targeting Solution and Daily Oil Control help to reduce the build-up of oil around your pimples with clinically proven ingredients like benzoyl peroxide. If you’re still looking for a DIY route, then even drinking lemon juice could help you get that extra vitamin C you need to give your skin a boost.

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