Average Rating 4.3/5
Review by annelisakova
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!!!