Please, answer my question as
soon as possible. Can you use fresh lemon juice on face and body skin or should you dilute it
From the research I've done, lemon is a good astringent and cleaner. Make sure after cleaning
that you rinse your skin with water. If the lemon juice feels too strong you can dilute it
half and half with water.
Whatever you do, make certain you don't go out in the sun with any lemon juice on your skin.
I've seen even a drop or two of lemon juice cause such severe burns the people had to be
treated either in the emergency room or a doctor's office.
I've been using undiluted lemon juice on my face once in the mornings for about three weeks
now. I leave it on for ten minutes or so and rinse it off. I have to tell you, for me the
results have been dramatic. I usually have very oily skin, large pores, and am prone to break
out. I've been getting compliments on my skin for literally the first time since I hit
puberty. Amazing. (07/22/2004)
I'm not sure this works for everyone. I have combination skin and decided to try some lemon
juice on my chin. I woke up to a horrible breakout and it's taken me three weeks to get it
under control. I have easily angered skin, so if you still want to do this I'd try diluting it
for sure. At least until you know whether or not your skin will stage a revolt. (10/18/2004)
By Suzanne S.
I've used fresh squeezed lemon juice and rubbed a lemon slice on my face before going to sleep
and during the day, and always experienced evenness in my skin tone and this amazing glow in my
skin. I've also gone out into the sun with lemon juice on my face, and it's had great effects.
Lemon juice in the sun seems to have the same effect on skin as it is supposed to for hair,
lightening it and giving it a glow. I've never experienced any adverse effects of lemon juice.
Don't know exactly, but my mother used lemon juice frequently on her face, all along her life,
without any kind of problems. She also mixed it with rosewater. She used it inside our home,
not outside, and for just about 10 to 15 minutes. If I remember well, she applied that
solution with a bit of cotton wool on her face. (02/13/2005)
I've used lemon juice and witch hazel mixed half and half in a bottle and apply with a cotton
ball as an astringent. (03/18/2005)
Ok, it is alright to go out in the sun with lemon on your skin as long as you're lathered in
sun block. Preferably diluted, but not mandatory. This is especially important to people like
me with fair/freckly skin. If you have dark spots, freckles, and/or uneven skin tone try
using a hydroquinone based cream like Palmer's Skin Success Fade Cream, or Nadinola Fade
If you go out in the sun with hydroquinone on your face, be sure to use sun block because
it makes skin even more sensitive to the harmful rays of the sun even if you're naturally dark
skinned. In fact, everyone no matter what color skin should always have sun block on if you're
in the sun for more than 5 minutes. Fade cream or not.
Lemon really does give a great glow to the skin, clears blackheads, evens skin tone etc,
but it can irritate if you rub for too long and too hard. Believe me, I am a natural redhead
and have very fair, freckly skin and once got almost 3rd degree burns from the sun when I was
11. Since then I've been pretty committed to combat with the sun and skin problems. Hope this
has been some help. (04/01/2005)
Lemon juice will work on highlighting hair. It works best if you put some in where you want
the streaks, then sit in the sun for a while, until the lemon juice is dried. When I was
young, kids did this all the time to activate the sun bleaching their hair. It seemed to work.
I imagine it would work without using the sun also. It is much milder and slower than using
a hair dressers peroxide.
Susan from ThriftyFun (04/16/2005)
There is no one correct answer to the lemon juice question. It depends upon your skin. I would
try it on a small area first.
For example, I love the Aveeno soy facial products and find them to be very gentle on my
sensitive skin. My friend tried soy products and her face swelled up.
What works for one person may not be right for another. (07/19/2005)
I have been using it for almost 2 weeks and I do see a difference in my dark spots left from
acne. I am Afro Am. and recommend it to sistas with normal to sensitive skin. Sensitive skin
may need to dilute it with water. I am using fresh lemon juice and one website said it lasts
for 4-5 days. (03/11/2006)
First of all, to prevent freckles you need to wear sunscreen everyday, no matter what the
weather is like. It will help stop new freckles from appearing. Do not go out in the sun if
you have lemon juice on your skin. You'll just end up with more freckles and possibly damage
your skin. If you're worried about what lemon juice will do to your skin, dilute it first.
I think lemon juice is wonderful. I have been lucky. I have only a few gray hairs, a thick
head of curly hair, though my hair is getting darker instead of grayer. (I now have very dark
brown hair instead of medium brown.) I found that all I have to do is pour a small (about a
nickel size) palmful of lemon juice, rub my hands together, and apply it all over my hair with
non specific areas for it to be high lighted. And it has made my hair shinier, with beautiful
golden highlights. As I do this, I rub a little on my fingernails and hands since it makes my
hands soft and whitens my nails.
As for skin, yes, it closes up pores, lightens it, and has made my skin glow, that I use
only minimal foundation.
I did this little ritual for four years about once to twice a week, not every day.
How do you know it's working if your not sure? Well people will start to compliment you,
I'm 44, and my friends still accuse me of dying my hair, getting skin peels, and having false
Gee, now only if lemon juice could help me lose about 20 pounds, they could accuse me of
having liposuction. (06/15/2006)
Mix some lemon juice with egg white and apply it over your face overnight. Wash off in the
morning. This is a typically way to use lemon as a facial mask. Maybe it might even reduce
some of the stinging for people with sensitive skin. (06/17/2006)
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