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Lemon Juice As Natural Skin Care

Lemon Juice As Natural Skin Care

Lemon Juice As Natural Skin CareIf you look on YouTube, if you look on Google, you'll see hundreds, if not thousands of videos and DIY tips. What we are against that? No. However, in the context of lemon juice, you may want to actually read this post prior to using lemon juice.

Now, in the world of dermatology, we are very slow to actually, I guess, acknowledge and incorporate healthy skincare or basically botanicals in regards to our skincare uses.

So naturopathic skincare. Yes, American dermatologists are I guess, very slow compared to other specialties and other avenues in regards to skin. However, in the past ten to 15 years would be more accepting of using things like, for example, olive oil, argan oil, licorice, bear Berry extract, green tea, and all these are basically effective, but they're also safe in regards to dermatological uses. Lemon juice, on the other hand, is not.

Why Lemon?

And I'll tell you why. Because lemon, first of all, let's talk about why. What's the logic behind using lemon juice on the skin? I understand the logic is because when you actually have lemon juice and squeeze lemon juice out, you can actually use the juice to form part of a skincare regime where it's rich. Well, it's not really rich in vitamin C.

Vitamin C is there? So ascorbic acid is there. However, if you use proper skincare, you're getting at least 100 fold more ascorbic acid than a lemon. Yeah. So the first thing is that I know skincare experts out there, experts use lemon juice for ascorbic acid.

The second reason is they use lemon juice for citric acid. Citric acid can form part of your Alpha hydroxy acid, which is a form of glycolic acid. Yeah. Now in that context where we're using citric acid as an AHA, it can actually exfoliate your skin and can reduce pigmentation. The concentration, however, is extremely low compared to a pharmaceutical-grade Alpha hydroxy acid. So realistically, you probably need about 200 lemons in order to get that concentration.  

Thirdly, lemons also contain vitamin B, three a nice name ride. And the reason why I guess You work in the context of skin pigmentation is that it's anti-inflammatory and it's a free radical scavenger, which means it reduces the number of free radicals from the sun. Now, all three reasons, I guess, sue that science because it does provide an explanation. However, once again, you're not getting the concentration as you would have in a cosmetical Gray skincare regime.

The problem with lemon juice is that it contains substances called sorrowns. And sorrowns are also found in different types of vegetables and fruits, for example, celery, lime, begot, and various others. Yeah. And the problem with that is that it reacts with UV light to actually cause what's known as a phototoxic reaction. 

The phototoxic reaction means that in the areas which are exposed to light often your face because that's where you're using the lemon juice you get these big, big blisters like huge blisters, and the blisters may last anywhere up to two weeks.

The problem with that is that not only does it leave blisters it can actually leave scarring but almost 100% of the time it can leave what's known as PIH of post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation. In other words darkening of the skin which in some cases well, in most cases takes anywhere between one to two years before it resolves and in some cases, especially if you actually have dark skin here. 

So if your ethnic skin type three and above now it can be long-lasting in other words for life. So that's a very valid reason as to why you should be careful in the concept of lemon juice. 

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