Lemon Juice on Skin and Hair

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Lemon juice has long been used to lighten skin and hair, to cleanse skin and reduce dark spots, and to treat dandruff.
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January 20, 2013

I what to know if lemon juice in the bottle is the same as a lemon fruit? I have been using it and I just want to know does it work? My face does feel soft and with a glow, but I can't quite tell on my face. I just started about a week ago.

By Monique C.


January 22, 20130 found this helpful
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Bottled lemon juice is not quite the same. It contains a preservative that to me has a taste. I squeeze fresh lemons and freeze the juice to be thawed when I need it. It might not make any difference if putting it on your face. A preservative..... who knows? Might be a good thing.

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April 15, 2003

Please, please, answer my question as soon as possible. Can you use fresh lemon juice on face and body skin or should you dilute it with rosewater?


July 3, 20120 found this helpful

Lemon juice is acidic. If your skin is dry or fragile, it may be too harsh. I suggest starting with a mix of half lemon juice and half water and see how your skin reacts.


What are you expecting the lemon juice to do for your skin?

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August 29, 20150 found this helpful

hi,please help?? I rubbed a raw lemon into my skin, on my face under my mouth, as I thought I could rid my facial brown freckle. I woke up an in the area where affected, my skin was red and bleeding at times. Later on it formed into a scab and now looks like its turning into a red/dark ingrained scar.Fairly large size :( My facial skin is oily type.

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April 27, 2013

Lemon juice is often recommended as a safe way to help lighten your hair color. This page offers advice about how to use lemon juice to lighten your hair.

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October 1, 2009

Please, answer my question as

soon as possible. Can you use fresh lemon juice on face and body skin or should you dilute it

with rosewater?



Lemon Juice on Skin

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.

By ThriftyFun

Lemon Juice on Skin

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.

By Kathleen Bennett

Lemon Juice on Skin

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)

By JuiceFan

Lemon Juice on Skin

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 Spencer

Lemon Juice on Skin

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.


By Sehr

Lemon Juice on Skin

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)

By Cesar

Lemon Juice on Skin

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)

By scarlett mathis

Lemon Juice on Skin

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)

By T

Lemon Juice on Skin

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)

By ThriftyFun

Lemon Juice on Skin and Hair

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)

By SusannL

Lemon Juice on Skin and Hair

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)

By virgo212600

Lemon Juice on Skin and Hair

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.


By lalala

Lemon Juice on Skin and Hair

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,

that's how.
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)

By Elaine

Lemon Juice on Skin and Hair

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)

By Formy

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