I've had acne for as long as I remembered and the result is having dark spots on my face, legs, and even on my back from it. It's hard to look myself in the mirror sometimes and I need a cure.
I've heard about the whole lemon juice on the face thing, but I had a few questions on how it works. I mean, can I leave it on while I sleep or would that make it worse? Does it matter if I use the real lemons or the one in the can? Does any one know how long it takes to work? I know I'm asking a lot of questions, but I need help. Please help. Any comments will be helpful.
By Gina from Corpus Christi, TX
Yeah doesn't matter what type of lemon. You can also use a lime. It get rids of acne and the scars and marks left behind...but I use a different tech. I'm 16 year old and had bad acne since the 3rd grade. Now I decided for change. In high school it ain't cute. It wasn't before either.
Also you can leave the lime/lemon (canned, fresh, or juice bottle) on your face overnight or if you have sensitive skin leave it on for 10min and wash off with cold water.
Does lemon juice really cure acne scars?
Ashley from Dallas, TX
Also, I have heard that the horrendously expensive dermabrasion is not really a 100% fix for deep acne scars. Plus, I believe that dermabrasion is used most successfully on fair skinned people only.
You might want to try the honey, it can't get any cheaper than that! I don't know how long it will take though, but you can't really lose. (08/27/2007)
Remember to never wash your face until it feels so clean, as this strips your natural oils that protect the skin and no amount of chemicals can replace your own proper ph balance. Foaming cleansers and scrubs that are found in supermarkets may feel like they have done something, but long term they cause your skin to sag, be more susceptible to scarring and microscopically bruise your skin. Go to a cosmetic surgeon as they have non surgical creams etc. that work miracles. Trust me. I'm a dermatologist. (06/19/2008)
First, apply a honey mask then after 20 to 30 minutes wash your face then apply lemon juice and wash it when you wake up in the morning. Do this for a month or less you'll see a big difference. It's the safest, cheapest, yet effective way to remove scars. And one more tip, do the apple fast every once in a while. Try eating just 5 or more apples once or twice a week (just apples in a day) and lots of water to cleanse your system and dispose toxic on your body. Maybe in just two weeks you've already gotten rid of acne scars, and last tip avoid sweets. Why? You'll know why by searching about Candida Yeast and what does it do to your body. (06/30/2008)
This will not get rid of scarring, but it will help slough off dead and old skin to reveal newer brighter skin, thus if you have scars that are slightly discolored this can help the scar to be less visible over time. It is the color that is changing, not the actual removal of the scar.
I have found that, as many others have mentioned, rubbing a piece of lemon on your face is the easiest way to go. I also like to do this homemade mask that I made up a few years ago:
Place everything into a food processor and add a little bit of water at a time till you get a thick, but spreadable paste. I put this on for about 15 minutes once a week and it keeps my skin glowing and it's cheap! (09/04/2008)
I soak some lemon juice up with a cotton ball and rub it all over my face every night before bed. I wait 10 minutes, and then rinse it off. It's even stopped me drastically from having new breakouts. It took a week for me to start seeing the results and after a month, my skin was better than ever. I don't even back up like a cowardly dog when people stand close to me anymore. I like lemons. I like lemons a lot. (02/20/2009)
Unfortunately, in July 2008, I had a major acne breakout due to hormonal change or maybe stress. Lemons did not work for me anymore, nor do any of my previous all-natural aloe vera masks which were perfect solutions before. This points out when hormone balance changes, skin changes, too. So the facial care regime needs to change as well.
For serious acne, I recommend visiting a dermatologist. Or if you could get an antibiotic solution such as erythromycin, and combine it with adapalene 0.1%. It clears the acne much more effectively than over the counter products. My dermatologist prescribed it to me, and now my acne is gone. However, my stubborn picking (absolute no-no) has left a micropits on my left and right cheeks.
So what now? My solution is applying vitamin A/ Retinol cream into the pit to stimulate hyaluronic acid + collagen production. (I am just lucky to be in Thailand where it is easy for me to get vitamin A from the pharmacy for under $10)
True, lemon juice cannot replace the missing skin there. However, I am using lemon juice again to restore the glow and eliminate dead skin from the pit. I'm giving my skin 4 weeks to react to the vitamin A. Buzz me if you'd like to know the results. If all fails, have a cooling lemon juice this summer! (05/29/2009)