The benefits of lemons are not limited to nutrition. Lemons can be pretty good for your beauty regime – thanks to their substantial antioxidant properties and high vitamin C, the ubiquitous ingredients in skincare products.

In this article, you will learn how to use lemon on your face, its benefits, and its side effects on the skin.

Lemon is used in many DIY skincare recipes to cure acne, sunspots, whiteheads, etc. It contains alpha hydroxy acid, which is excellent for the skin. Lemon also has inherent antibacterial properties, making it an excellent choice for acne treatment.

Besides the above goodness, lemons are a rich source of vitamin C, magnesium, and potassium. These minerals and antioxidants improve the appearance and feel of your skin, hair, and nails. Unfortunately, though lemon benefits your skin, it has some negative consequences also. Let’s examine both of them.

Benefits Of Using Lemon On Skin

Acne Treatment

Because of its acidic composition, lemon juice contains astringent properties. However, lemon juice has a low pH and can help reduce inflammation and oil, both of which can otherwise lead to acne formation. Moreover, lemon contains citric acid, an AHA that helps break down dead skin cells that can otherwise contribute to acne production.

Lightening Dark Spots

Blemishes on the face spoil your look. Lemon juice has citric acid, which can gradually help reduce blemishes and level out skin tone.

Note: If you have any open scrapes or scratches on your face, avoid using lemon juice because it can get into them and it will sting, so be careful!

Increased Collagen Production

Citrus fruit is also believed to be a natural way to boost collagen in the skin. Collagen is a protein that tends to reduce naturally with age leading to fine lines and wrinkles. As an antioxidant, vitamin C may help prevent free radical damage to collagen and smoothen the skin.

Preventing Oily Skin

Oily skin is a common skin issue. Applying diluted lemon juice on your face can help eliminate excess oil effectively and quickly. Try this method to minimize the shine on your forehead, nose, and chin before going to bed. And then wash your face first thing in the morning. This method will help prevent your skin from becoming too greasy.

How To Use Lemon On Your Face?

Here are three ways to use lemon on your face to get the maximum benefits of lemon, depending on your skin type and skin needs.

Lemon & Honey Face Mask

A DIY lemon and honey face mask effectively tightens pores, eliminates excess sebum, and adds antioxidants to your skin.

You will need the following:

Honey: 1 teaspoon of honey

Lemon: 1/2


Mix one teaspoon of honey and juice of ½ lemon in a bowl. Apply the mixture evenly to your face.

Leave it on the skin for about 15 minutes or until it feels dry.

Gently rinse with water and wipe it off with a towel.

Follow up with a moisturizer to keep your skin well-nourished.

You can also add yogurt and a bit of turmeric to this DIY lemon face mask to help fight hyperpigmentation and pimples.

Lemon Face Scrub

You can make this facial scrub with lemon juice, sugar, and/or sea salt. Both sugar and salt work as natural abrasives and also help treat acne. When combined with lemon juice, these abrasives will not only exfoliate but make your skin look glowing also. First, create a paste with lemon juice and sugar or sea salt. Then, apply the paste to your face and neck, and exfoliate the skin with your fingers in circular motions. Leave the paste on your skin for about ten minutes before washing it off with lukewarm water. Finish by rinsing with cool water.

Lemon, Rose Water, and Cucumber Juice Toner

While leaving your skin refreshed and bright, this DIY toner helps remove acne scars. Mix equal parts of lemon juice, rose water, and cucumber juice in a small glass bowl. Apply the mixture to your face, paying particular attention to acne scars. Allow the mixture to stay on your skin for 10 to 15 minutes. Wash it off with cold water, and blot it dry with a soft, clean towel. Apply this procedure regularly to help minimize the appearance of acne scars. Rosewater keeps your skin hydrated and gives a healthy glow to the skin. Cucumber juice soothes and lightens your skin, including acne scars.

Side Effects Of Lemon On The Skin

Though lemon has a lot of benefits for the skin, on the flip side, it can also have some adverse effects on the skin. Applying lemon juice may aggravate the negative effects if you have sensitive skin or expose your skin to the sun.


  • Lemon is a strong astringent. Therefore, it should not be used every day on the skin, especially if you have sensitive skin.
  • Lemon is quite acidic, which can irritate the skin. It can cause excessive dryness, redness, and peeling of the skin may occur. People with sensitive skin should avoid using lemon. It’s better to use it in minimal quantities and dilute it before applying on the skin.

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