Lemon Juice Experiment - Reduce Sunspots, Acne Scars, Fine Lines and More!
Sunday, October 3, 2010
I've been meaning to post this for the longest, but as usual, life and school kinda gets in the way of blogging sometimes. Anyway, I've read numerous times online that lemon juice does wonders for improving skintone and reducing hyperpigmentation. Plus all that Vitamin C doesn't hurt either!
Because of its acidic properties, lemon juice is supposedly very good for reducing things like acne scars, sunspots, and used regularly, may lighten skintone. Others have also said they noticed a reduction in acne and blackheads, and pore size. The abundance of Vitamin C in lemon juice has also been scientifically proven to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines.
My Skin Facts:
I have been fortunate that I only experience an occasional pimple every now and then, but my biggest skin concern is the abundance of sunspots on my cheeks. Even though I have religiously applied sunscreen every day of the year (even in winter!) for the past 4 years, I still manage to get more and more each summer. An initial count of my sunspots at the beginning of this experiment revealed that I had approximately 70+ (!!!) sprinkled across both cheeks! T_T
For 2 weeks, I squeezed a bit of lemon juice onto a cotton pad and applied topically to my face, concentrating on the cheek area. (If you want an exfoliating effect, you can also sprinkle some fine, granulated sugar onto the cotton pad and apply in circular motions.)
Sometimes I wasn't consistent, but for the most part, I tried to do this every 2-3 days. After application, I would leave the lemon juice on for about 5-10 minutes, then rinse off and apply a moisturizing face cream. (If your skin is not as sensitive, you may leave it on longer. I have read that some people even leave it on overnight.)
IMPORTANT: I would recommend doing this at NIGHT or before bed! Vitamin C, when exposed to sunlight can react negatively and may cause your skin to actually darken. Just to err on the side of safety, I would also recommend applying sunscreen before going outside (you should be wearing sunscreen everyday anyways!) :P
I haven't used lemon juice long enough to say whether there are any negative side affects, but as of yet I have not experienced any major side affects or allergic reactions. However, I did experience a slight tingly, burning sensation due to the acidity (which is why I rinse it off so soon). The lemon juice also leaves my cheek area a little red, but it goes away soon afterwards. After rinsing off, my skin feels tight and dry, but this is easily solved by applying a good moisturizer.
While I was conducting this little experiment, I didn't think the lemon juice was actually doing anything. But when I compared the pictures from my first and last day, I was surprised to see that there was actually a bit of improvement in the health of my skin. Nothing dramatic, but something is better than nothing at all!
I tried very hard to take these pics in similar lighting situations and from the same distance so the pictures are comparable. Sorry if some of them are not as clear as others!
Beware: Unedited pics of my horrendous sunspots below! Not for the faint of heart >.<
And some side-by-side comparisons so you can see the changes more easily. Note the areas indicated by the red arrows.
I didn't individually count the number of sunspots on my last day, but as you can see from the pictures, there has been a slight reduction in the number, as well as the darkness, of existing spots. My skin also looked a lot more radiant and my skintone was more even. I don't have any wrinkles yet (thank goodness!), but I did have this one "smile" line near my mouth area (I guess that must mean I am a very happy person haha). Since then, the line has almost disappeared, and is barely discernible now.
I stopped doing this regimen after the 2 weeks (mostly because I ran out of lemons lol), but after seeing the difference in the photos, I am going to start up again right away.
Of course, I urge those of you who are thinking of trying this, to be careful and most importantly, cautious! I cannot guarantee that you will achieve the same results, since everyone's skin is different.
So on a final note, proceed at your own risk as I cannot be held responsible for any (possibly) disfiguring side effects you may experience! >.<
Good luck to those of you who decide to give this a try; I hope you will be as happy with the results as I am! Please feel free to share your results :)