Why You Should Stop Using Lemon Juice on Your Face
If you’ve ever scrolled through the DIY skincare section of Pinterest or Instagram, you have likely seen several people recommend using lemon juice on your skin as a cheap alternative to exfoliation. In theory, having a natural ingredient in your home that takes the place of an expensive skincare product sounds amazing! However, did you know that using lemon juice on your face can actually be causing your skin damage? Here are some reasons why you should avoid putting lemon juice on your face:
Bar soaps can make your skin’s ph level too acidic
This is one of the biggest issues with lemon juice. The skin’s natural ph balance is somewhere between 4.5 – 5.5, and the skin does not respond well to products that are significantly outside of this range. Did you know that lemon juice has a ph balance of just 2? This is considered extremely acidic and is well outside of the ideal ph balance range. Using lemon juice consistently on the skin can cause an imbalance to your skin’s natural pH level, damaging the acid mantle that protects the skin.
Lemon juice can disrupt the skin’s acid mantle
Putting pure lemon juice on the skin with disrupt the skin’s acid mantle given it’s ph balance is considered extremely acidic. The can in turn destroy the skin’s ability to fight off environmental toxins, leaving it susceptible to premature aging causing free radicals.
Lemon juice can cause skin pigmentation
Another negative side effect of consistent lemon juice exposure to the skin is the increased likelihood of skin pigmentation. Using such a harsh ingredient on the skin can cause the skin to leave lasting hyperpigmentation. Hyperpigmentation can sometimes be very costly to fix, and may require a series of deep chemical peels or IPL treatments to treat.
Lemon juice may cause blisters
Give that lemon juice is known to disrupt the skin’s acid mantle, it leaves the skin very sensitive to sunlight. Excessive sun exposure without adequate protection from the sun’s harmful UV rays can cause the skin to burn or even blister.
What to use instead of lemon juice
The good news is that there are a variety of options that can help exfoliate the skin without the dangers of using lemon juice. We personally love these exfoliators that are clinically proven to help safely shed layers of dead skin cells.
If you’d like for us to take a look and see which product may work best for your skin, we offer complimentary consultations! You can schedule your complimentary consultation online today, and we look forward to joining you on your skin care journey!
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