I'm amazed. I actually use lime not lemon, but I guess it's all the same. I really helps to lighten my skin. I just sorta squeeze the juice into my palm and rub all over my face trying to avoid the sensitive area around my eyes. Wait for around ten minutes and rinse. I do it twice a day when I'm not doing the aspirin mask and once on the day that I am. I gave it a four because it does sting a lot for me. If someone is battling with acne scars like I am... definitely give this a chance. Will probably update once I win the war against the scars. =)
After getting bored with my masks, I began using lemon juice as an additive. I have Queen Helene mint julep and vaious clay masks. Just add a teaspon or so of lemon juice, a squirt of jojoba oil with as much of the mask I ususally use. Hang out for a while while the mask dries and hop in the shower, or just wash off. 3x week.
I've found the lemon has been helpful in putting my crazy newly sensitive skin in check on several levels like acne treatment, holdin the oilies back as well as lightening scars from old acne outbreaks.
With bp and s/a not working on me, it's nice having a natural, inexpensive alternative that peaked my interest in playing with my masks again - and it works!
I use concentrated lemon juice off the grocery shelf. Works fine and less messy than the real thing.
I have tried both the lemon juice that comes in a bottle and actual lemons. I believe the stuff in the bottle should be used on an already wet cotton ball to dilute it because it seems a bit too strong by itself. It works well when you don't have any fresh lemons about, are in a rush, and it smells like lemonade. But I would recommend using a real lemon over your face instead. It's got a rough texture, so it probably provides some exfoliation in addition to the cleansing. The real lemons seem to work better on my face. I normally slice a lemon into 4 quarters and use just one at night over my face after I've used my cleanser. I then take a slightly damp face cloth over my face to remove all the little lemon pieces left behind and put on my night time moisturizer. It cleans my pores without excessive drying, it's natural so I don't worry about what's sinking into my skin, and I believe it's helped cut down my acne.
I use this to fade my acne scars and it has worked immensely well. I will squeeze a piece of lemon onto a cotton swab and rub the juice over my face that way. I then go to bed and wake up with skin that is significantly lighter. I also feel like it help my pimples heal faster, but the jury is still out on that one.
This is amazing! I have VERY oily (partly-Mediterranean), acne prone skin that is starting to age (at 30). No other astringent of any sort makes my skin feel like all the oil is sopped up, without overdrying - I used to use salicylic acid astringent all the time, and it made my skin peel and did dry up the acne but the acne problem continued. Now I use a mixture of plain lemon juice with water (used to do 50-50 but now it's more like 95% lemon juice with 5% water) and use it like an astringent. I do use Clearasil at night for acne but no other acne treatments other than lemon juice and my skin is amazingly clear (in spite of my being under a lot of stress right now and keeping an unpredictable schedule of when I sleep - usually those factors make me break out). I also use Aveeno's skin brightening daily scrub (it has soy for moisturizing, no oil, and soft exfoliant beads) as a soap for my face and Neutrogena's oil free moisturizer to deal with any dryness from the Clearasil (since I've heard - and learned through experience - that the worst thing you can do for oily/acne-prone skin is to dry it out too much, or else it only produces more oil & acne). I've heard that lemon juice works as a regenerating agent for the skin, and I do like how my skin looks while using this... it really does seem to improve the look of my skin (no redness or irritation but a nicer texture to my skin)......and my skin is not overly sensitive to products like this, so I can leave the lemon juice on there and not rinse it off. I think if I used fresh lemon (like others who wrote reviews) I might need to wash it off lest it be irritating to my skin. I would recommend it to all of you gals who are my age and still dealing with acne/oily skin, since it does double-duty as an acid to promote cell regeneration and a gentle astringent (not too overdrying but effective). I read in a book by a dermatologist who uses both traditional and herbal medicine that she recommends lemon juice (topically applied) for acne sufferers as well...so it's not just my idea. And it's so cheap! It is much less expensive than all these other glycolic and hydroxy acid treatments out there...the citric acid has that kind of effect without all the expense. So I definitely recommend this!!!
If you go online you can find several uses for lemon juice. So far I've only tried rubbing it on my feet after soaking them in hot water, and now my feet are baby smooth. Am using them on zits too, but it hasn't been on my face long enough to see any results. I've also heard that lemon juice can create natural highlights in your hair for a sunkissed look, but haven't tried it yet because i dont want to ruin my hair. Overall a great product, it does a lot considering it cost me only US$.50 for five lemons. Have to stock up soon.
I have only been using this for a week, and i must say i like the results. After using honey i have started to use other natural products. I find this does brighten my skin, and does work better than Vit C serums, as it dosnt sting as much. the only problem is buying fresh lemons and keeping them in my bathroom cabinet. I think I may start to use lemon juice (Jif) in a jar as opposed to fresh to see if that works as well. (Other natural products i keep in my bathroom cabinet are Honey as a face mask, add sugar if you want a scrub, olive oil as a face cream or hair oil).
I use this at least twice a week to fade acne scars and lighten skin tone. The citric acid in lemon juice helps to remove dead skin cells, increase skin elasticity, and help new cell growth. What I do is take half a lemon, squeeze the juice, dilute it with some aloe vera gel, and apply it with a cotton pad all over my face. I wash it off after ten minutes, and my skin is left glowing and clear.
Three nights a week I apply pure lemon juice to my face before moisturising. I have tried various vitamin c serums and glycolic acid peels in the past, but nothing has brightened my skin like plain lemon juice. After washing your face, just squeeze some lemon juice into the palm of your hand and rub it onto the face, neck and back of hands, then follow up with moisturiser. Do this three nights in a row and leave for the rest of the week. More can be too irritating.
I am in my early 40's with slightly oily skin, a few broken capillaries, but fairly normal skin. If you have dry or sensitive skin, this may not be for you. Alternatively you could try mixing the lemon juice with aloe vera gel, glycerin or rosewater to make it more gentle. Test patch first.
I use this right up to my eyes, and yes it does sting slightly, so avoid using on broken skin. This has evened my complexion, lightened a couple of age spots that nothing else had, and made my pores look smaller. I have not found that it makes my skin dry, however I have only been using it for three months, and it is winter here, may be a different story in summer.