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Lemons are good for your skin; do you want to know why and how to use them, read more about the most well known citrus fruit in the world.

While the very first encounter with a lemon may not always run smoothly, there are enough reasons to love this citrus. The juice is not only refreshing in cuisine and cocktails; it also does wonders for your skin.

Lemons are rich in nutrients and can be used for numerous skincare treatments. Lemons act as cleansers and detoxifiers for the body systems. They contain many substances such as citric acid, calcium, magnesium, potassium, vitamin C and flavonoids. This makes lemons not only good for the skin but also for your entire health.

Vitamin C in lemons

The most notable substance that lemons behold is Vitamin C. Vitamin C is an antioxidant, which is vital to removing free radicals that can damage healthy cells throughout the body. Free radicals are the biggest threat to our skin because they damage the cell and its membrane. Vitamin C is the only antioxidant that that can also increase collagen synthesis. Collagen is responsible for skin strength and elasticity, and as we age collagen production decreases and causes wrinkles. Additionally vitamin C found in lemon juice has been known to kill specific strains of bacteria that can cause acne.

A healthy way to get more lemon juice into your system is by adding some lemon juice into a glass of water each day. It’s not only good for your skin but can be nice for a change.

You can also use lemons on your skin to treat:

Acne and blackheads

The antibacterial and antifungal activity of lemons you can use as a natural alternative to acne and blackheads.
Chop just a lemon in half and rub the juice on your face. You can always smear a thin layer of honey on top, before you tackle those black dots. Let everything soak for 3- 5 to minutes and wash your face thoroughly with cold water.

Spots and blemishes

Scars from acne, dark spots and imperfections are pretty tough fight. The acid in lemon juice will gradually settle your skin. Watch out for small wounds. Contact lemon can prick properly.

Oily skin

If you suffer from an oily skin lemon juice can help you too.
Squeeze the lemon juice into a bowl and add 50% water into the bowl. Then use just enough to dampen a cotton ball. Apply to affected areas 3 or 4 times a week before you go to sleep. When you wake up, rinse your face with warm water. Wait at least 10 minutes and apply moisturizer as usual.

 Important note:

Never use lemon (juice) if you go out in the sun and always test patch on sensitive skin.
– Lemons or lemon juice may not be longer on your skin than a couple of minutes because the low pH-Value.
– Lemon juice can lighten skin temporarily.

 

 

Mud mask against acne

Do you try to beat acne bumps for years, but still don’t know how?

Well for starters, you’re not the only one. Hormone-related skin problems aren’t just for teens. If you want to fight acne, you have to know what acne is and why you have it, before fighting it.

What is acne?

Acne, medically known as Acne Vulgaris, is a skin disease that involves the oil glands at the base of hair follicles. Skin cells, sebum and hair can clump together into a plug. This plug gets infected with bacteria, resulting in a swelling. The acne starts to develop when the plug begins to break down.

Types of acne

There are many different types of acne like Whiteheads (very small), Blackheads (clearly visible), Papules (small pink bumps), Pustules (red and have pus), Nobules (large, solid pimples, can be very painful), Cysts (painful, filled with pus). The last one – Cysts – are the most dangerous one, they can easily cause scars.

What causes acne?

Main causes of acne are:

– What you eat

– Stress

– Hormones (before your period)

– Genetics

How to get rid of acne

Here are 4 simple tricks that will definitely improve your skin and minimize your acne.

1) Start a healthy balanced diet with plenty of vegetables and fruit. Foods that are rich in antioxidants such as vitamin C, vitamin E and selenium help a lot.

2) Start exercising and sweating. Sweating keeps your skin clean.

3) Minimize the spread of dirt and bacteria by washing your face with water, 2 times a day.

4) Stop using make-up for one week, and look if you see improvements.

Don’t do this:

– Scrubbing your face vigorously all the time

– Touching your face

– Touching your pimples

– Don’t use too many treatments at the same time.

Still didn’t work for you?

Consider visiting a dermatologist if your acne is more severe. A dermatologist will prescribe a treatment. Prescription medications for acne are presented in many forms, such as creams, lotions, etcetera. Your dermatologist will decide what is best for you.

You may be prescribed an oral or topical antibiotic. Antibiotics can combat the growth of bacteria and reduce inflammation. Most commonly are Erythromycin and Tetracycline for the treatment of acne.