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Benefits and Side Effects of Using Lemon for Beauty

Jakarta – Lemon is known for its detoxifying effect as it is a rich source of vitamin C and citric acid. Especially if you add a few slices to your drinking water.

Due to its health benefits, the use of lemon as a natural treatment for skin conditions such as age spots and acne is gaining popularity.

Quoting information from the page HealthlineLemon is not only a great source of benefits, but using lemon on the face can cause more damage to the skin than good. So consider using lemon juice on the skin.

Following Hashtags summarize some of the benefits of lemon for beauty and skin health:

LemonLemon. (Photo: Pixabay / Couleur)

1. Acne Treatment

An ingredient with a high pH level such as lemon can help reduce inflammation and the oils that cause acne formation.

In addition, citric acid, a type of alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) can also help break down dead skin cells that cause non-inflammatory acne such as blackheads.

2. Antimicrobial Effects

Lemon also has an antimicrobial effect that can help tame the Propionibacterium acnes bacteria that causes inflammatory acne.

Apart from that, lemon also has an antifungal effect which can help treat Candida rashes as well as scalp fungus.

3. Skin lightening

Citrus ingredients like lemon can also work well to lighten age spots or acne scars.

4. Psoriasis and Dandruff Treatment

Because it removes dead skin cells, lemon juice can also reduce skin patches caused by psoriasis and dandruff.

5. Increased Collagen

Some people say that citrus fruits are a natural method to increase collagen in the face. Collagen itself is a protein that breaks down naturally with age, which can then result in fine lines and wrinkles.

As an antioxidant, vitamin C can help prevent free radicals that can damage collagen, leaving your skin smoother.

Lemon and BeautyIllustration of using Lemon for skin beauty. (Photo: Freepik)

Despite having several important benefits, lemons tend to have more side effects. This makes it a risky DIY (do it yourself) option for home skin care.

The risk can also be greater if you have sensitive skin or your face is exposed to the sun after applying lemon.

Following Hashtags summarize some of the side effects of lemon when used for beauty and skin health:

1. Irritation

Skin irritation is the most common side effect of using fruit acids because lemons are very acidic. This irritating effect is in the form of dryness, redness, and excessive peeling of the skin. So, for those with sensitive skin, it is not recommended to use lemon topically because the effect can be even worse.

2. Phytophotodermatitis

Phytophotodermatitis is a type of skin reaction to citrus fruits, parsley, celery, and carrots. When applying citrus substances to the skin, and then being exposed to UV light, an inflammatory reaction can occur. This can cause symptoms such as redness, swelling, and blistering.

3. Leukoderma

Leukoderma is also known as vitiligo. This occurs when the skin becomes bright due to the loss of melanin, the substance responsible for creating natural skin tone.

While some people use lemon on the skin to lighten dark spots.

However, it is precisely the large, broad spots of white leukoderma that can develop instead.

4. Sunburned

Citrus fruits applied topically can also increase the risk of sunburn. So never apply lemon before going out in direct sun.

Also, don’t use it for several days prior to a planned outdoor activity. []

(Okky Pratiwi)