lemon for blackheads
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lemon for blackheadsDid you know lemon has other uses beyond cooking and baking? It also has great benefits for your skin. They can be used as for exfoliation, blackhead removal, sunburn relief, scar or dark spot prevention, and skin brightening. And did you know you can use lemon juice for blackheads?

Blackheads (or open comedones) generally occur when hair follicles become clogged with oil, dirt, dead skin cells, and other impurities. As there is not much skin to attach to, they become open to the air. The top layer becomes oxidizes and turns a dark black color. This is where the name comes from. These occur most commonly on the nose, arms, face, chin, chest, back, neck, and shoulders.

Is Lemon Good for Blackheads?

  • The alpha–hydroxy acid naturally prevents acne, blackheads, pimples, or any other skin problems from forming.
  • The citric acid and natural astringent property helps to tighten pores which removes and further prevents blackheads.
  • The acidic property and natural oils help to gently exfoliate and cleanse oily skin and prevents bacterial infections. It removes impurities, oil, and other dirt by deep penetration, thus enhancing skin tone.
  • It is packed with vitamin C, calcium, and potassium which are very effective for skin and hair care.
  • It reduces oiliness and nourishes and brightens the skin complexion to not only remove blackheads but also clear acne, acne scars, blemishes, freckles, and dark spots.

How to Use Lemon Juice For Blackheads:

Using lemon for blackheads is becoming increasingly popular, but it also helps many other skin problems. Unfortunately, these methods may cause dryness, itching, and irritation if applied directly on dry or sensitive skin. If repeated regularly, lemon is an excellent remedy giving wonderful results for skin problems.

1. Lemon Juice Blackhead Solution

Ingredients:

  • Juice of a lemon
  • Cotton ball
  • Water

Process:

  • Collect freshly-extracted juice in a small bowl.
  • Dilute with a small amount of water.
  • Apply directly to affected skin with the cotton ball.
  • Allow it to dry naturally.
  • Wash off by gently scrubbing it.
  • Repeat 2 – 3 times a day for best results.
  • Note: Applying lemon juice directly without dilution on the skin causes irritation, itching, and redness, especially with sensitive skin.

2. Lemon with Honey, Yogurt and Salt

Ingredients:

  • 1 Lemon
  • Honey
  • Yogurt
  • Salt

Process:

  • Squeeze a fresh lemon to extract its juice into a bowl.
  • Add small amounts of honey, yogurt, and salt.
  • Mix well to make a fine mixture.
  • Apply to your face, focusing on the affected areas.
  • Gently scrub for 3-5 minutes.
  • Let it sit for one minute.
  • Rinse with water.
  • Repeat daily.
  • Note: You can substitute yogurt for fresh milk.

3. Lemon with Rose Water

These contain toning, anti-microbial properties which are suitable for treating blackheads.

Ingredients:

  • 1 Lemon
  • Rose water
  • Cool water

Process:

  • Cut a lemon in half and squeeze the juice into a bowl.
  • Add equal quantity of rose water.
  • Stir well.
  • Apply directly to the affected areas.
  • Let it sit for about 15 – 20 minutes or until it dries completely.
  • Rinse with cool water, gently scrubbing.
  • Repeat daily for 2 weeks.
  • Note: You can substitute rosewater for regular water.

4. Lemon and Honey

Honey has natural anti-oxidant, anti-bacterial, and anti-septic properties that help remove blackheads. Honey also hydrates and tightens the skin pores and works with lemon to remove blackheads. Lemon has vitamin C and bleaching property that helps to clear the blackheads effectively on skin.

Ingredients:

  • ½ Lemon
  • 1 cup Raw Honey

Process:

  • Warm honey for a few minutes.
  • Dip half a lemon in the warm honey.
  • Gently scrub the affected areas with the honey-covered lemon for a few minutes.
  • Wash with cold water.
  • Repeat every other day for best results.
  • Note: You can substitute raw honey for normal honey (without heating it).

5. Lemon

  • Cut 1 lemon into small slices.
  • Gently rub the slices on the affected areas.
  • Repeat 2 – 3 times.

6. Lemon with Honey and Oats

In this process, lemon kills the bacteria as the oats exfoliate the skin absorbing the excess oil and honey adds essential moisture to the skin.

Ingredients:

  • ¼ cup Lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon Honey
  • ½ cup Rolled oats
  • ¼ cup Water
  • Warm water
  • Clean towel

Process:

  • Combine freshly extracted juice, rolled oats, honey, and water in a bowl.
  • Stir well into a fine scrub.
  • Gently scrub in circular motions to affected areas with your fingertips for at least 40 seconds.
  • Rinse with warm water.
  • Pat dry with a clean towel.
  • Repeat daily for best results.

7. Lemon And Baking Soda Blackhead Scrub

Baking soda exfoliates and removes dead skin cells and blackheads leaving the skin soft and smooth.

Ingredients:

  • ¼ cup Lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons Baking soda
  • 2 tablespoons Brown sugar (granulated)
  • Lukewarm water

Process:

  • Combine baking soda and granulated brown sugar in a bowl.
  • Add fresh-squeezed juice.
  • Stir until properly blended.
  • Apply to damp skin, gently scrubbing and massaging with your fingers while concentrating on dry patches and affected areas.
  • Let it sit for 10 – 15 minutes.
  • Rinse with lukewarm water.
  • Repeat regularly for best results.

8. Lemon – Oatmeal Mask for Blackheads

Ingredients:

  • 1-2 teaspoons Lemon juice
  • 1 cup Oatmeal
  • 1 tablespoon Yogurt
  • Warm water

Process:

  • Blend oatmeal, juice, and yogurt into a fine paste.
  • Apply to your entire face while avoiding the eye area.
  • Let it sit for about 15 – 20 minutes to dry completely.
  • Rinse with warm water.
  • Repeat regularly for best results.

9. Lemon Juice with Milk

Ingredients:

  • 3-5 drops Lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon Fresh milk
  • Water
  • Towel

Process:

  • Mix fresh milk and fresh-squeezed lemon juice.
  • Apply to your entire face while avoiding the eye area.
  • Let it sit for 5 – 10 minutes allowing it to dry.
  • Rinse with plenty of water.
  • Pat dry with a clean, dry towel.
  • Repeat daily for best results.

10. Lemon Juice with Cinnamon

Cinnamon removes excess sebum on the skin’s surface to clear blackheads and lemon tightens up the skin pores to prevent its recurrence.

Ingredients:

  • ½ Lemon
  • Cinnamon powder

Process:

  • Squeeze half a lemon into a bowl with a sufficient amount of cinnamon powder.
  • Mix well into a smooth paste.
  • Apply to your entire face before bed, leaving it on overnight.
  • Rinse with water in the morning.
  • Repeat until you observe visible results.
  • Note: You can replace lemon juice for lime juice.

11. Lemon Juice with Pomegranate

Ingredients:

  • Juice of a lemon
  • Pomegranate skin
  • Water
  • Towel

Process:

  • Remove the peel from pomegranate seeds and cut it into pieces.
  • Dry roast the peel and grind it into a powdered form.
  • Mix a sufficient amount of the juice with the powder to make a paste.
  • Apply to the affected areas.
  • Let it dry for 3-5 minutes.
  • Rinse with water.
  • Pat dry with a clean towel.
  • Repeat regularly for best results.
  • Note: Apply overnight for even better results.

12. Lemon with Milk Powder and Water

Ingredients:

  • Juice of a lemon
  • 1 teaspoon Milk powder
  • Water

Process:

  • Combine freshly-squeezed juice, milk powder, and water to make a paste.
  • Gently scrub the paste on the affected areas for 5-7 minutes.
  • Rinse with cold water.
  • Repeat regularly for best results.

13. Lemon Peel with Sugar

Ingredients:

  • Lemon peel
  • Sugar

Process:

  • Add a small amount of sugar to a lemon peel.
  • Gently rub the peel on the affected areas for 2-3 minutes.
  • Leave the skin untouched for about 8-10 minutes.
  • Rinse with water.
  • Repeat regularly for best results.
  • Note: This process also helps to cure acne, acne scars, and dark spots on skin.

14. Lemon with Tomato and Oatmeal Mask

Citric acid in both lemon and tomato acts as effective blackhead fighters. Oatmeal acts as a gentle exfoliator to remove dirt, oil, and dead skin cells from pores to prevent blackheads.

Ingredients:

  • 1 overripe Tomato
  • 1 teaspoon Lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon Instant oatmeal
  • Warm water

Process:

  • Remove the skin from the overripe tomato.
  • Blend the tomato to make a puree or juice.
  • Add equal quantities of freshly-squeezed juice and instant oatmeal and stir well.
  • Wash your face thoroughly with water.
  • Apply mixture all over your face, focusing on the affected areas.
  • Let the mask sit for 15 minutes or until it dries naturally.
  • Rinse with warm water.
  • Repeat regularly for best results.

15. Children Blackhead Removal

Blackheads will occur on children’s ears when the skin is not cleansed properly.

Ingredients:

  • Juice from a lemon
  • Boiled milk

Process:

  • Stir equal quantities of fresh juice and boiled milk.
  • Apply the mixture to the blackheads in the ear and let it dry.
  • Squeeze the blackheads gently to unclog the pores or glands, making sure to avoid rubbing or scraping to decrease risk of infection.
  • Repeat until you observe visible results.
  • Note: Consult a dermatologist if problem persists or worsens.

16. Lemon with Olive Oil Toner

This acts as a natural toner effective for treating blackheads on your nose and face.

Ingredients:

  • Lemon extract
  • Olive oil
  • Cotton ball

Process:

  • Mix equal quantities of lemon extract and olive oil in a small bowl.
  • Dab a saturated cotton ball all over your face, concentrating on your nose.
  • Repeat daily until you observe visible results.

17. Lemon and Sugar for Blackheads

Sugar balances the lemon acid and lemon juice helps to lessen the roughness in sugar to avoid any harm to the skin.

Ingredients:

  • Juice of a lemon
  • Sugar (either brown or white)

Process:

  • Stir a sufficient amount of sugar and juice to make a thick mixture.
  • Gently scrub the mixture on your face, focusing on your nose.
  • Repeat as needed.

18. Lemon Juice with Warm Water Rinse

Ingredients:

  • Juice of a lemon
  • Water
  • Towel

Process:

  • Combine freshly-squeezed juice and warm water in a bowl. Stir well.
  • Splash your face with the misture.
  • Rinse with cool water.
  • Pat dry with clean towel.
  • Repeat regularly for best results.

19. Lemon and Egg White Mask

Ingredients:

  • ½ Lemon
  • 1 Egg white
  • Water
  • Cetaphil (optional)
  • Towel

Process:

  • Combine an egg white, freshly-squeezed juice in a bowl. Stir well.
  • Apply as a mask to a clean face.
  • Let it dry completely.
  • Pull the mask off your face to remove the blackheads. (Simply washing the mask off will not remove the blackheads.)
  • Rinse with cool water.
  • Pat dry with clean towel.
  • Optional: apply Cetaphil lotion.
  • Repeat twice weekly for best results.

20. Lemon with Groundnut Oil

Ingredients:

  • 1 teaspoon Lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon Groundnut oil
  • Lukewarm water

Process:

  • Mix equal quantities of juice and groundnut oil in a small bowl.
  • Apply to the affected areas.
  • Let it sit for about 20 – 30 minutes or until completely dry.
  • Rinse with lukewarm water.
  • Repeat regularly for best results.

21. Lime for Blackheads

Ingredients:

  • Lime juice
  • Almond oil
  • Glycerin

Process:

  • Mix equal quantities of lime juice, almond oil, and glycerin in a bowl to create a lotion.
  • Store in an airtight container.
  • Regularly apply the lotion every morning for blackhead relief in a week.

Simple methods:

  1. Simply rub the lemon rind on the blackheads, leave overnight, and rinse with cold water in the morning.
  2. Try using lemon-based organic products such as face washes, soaps, and creams.
  3. Drink at least an ounce of lemon juice twice daily to quickly rid blackhead scars.
  4. Pour juice and a few drops of water on a toothbrush and gently scrub the affected areas in a circular motion.

Precautions and Tips:

  1. If you have dry or sensitive skin, avoid applying lemon directly on the skin as it will increase dryness and cause irritation and itching.
  2. Do not enter direct sunlight for at least an hour after applying juice as it will make the skin more sensitive.
  3. It is best to do a test on a patch of skin before using any treatment all over your face. If you do not suffer from any side effects like irritation, excessive dryness, or burning sensations, proceed with the treatment.
  4. If you’re undergoing any skin treatment, consult your doctor attempting these methods to prevent any side effects.
  5. Apply sunscreen lotion before entering direct sunlight to avoid side effects.
  6. Apply natural or chemical-free moisturizer to prevent dryness.
  7. Everyone’s skin is different and will react differently to these methods. Consult your dermatologist if the problem worsens.

Have you tried any of these methods? Do you know any other methods to treat Blackheads? Share your experience with us!

24 comments
      1. You can try any method mentioned above in the article. Apart from that, it is better to exfoliate the blackhead areas at least 3 times in a week.

  1. Umm I tried the lemon and cinnamon and I got a huge red reaction to it..?? I kept it on for around 3 minutes until it started to burn so I immediately took it off and I was all red!! Now what??

  2. I used to be so whitish and having clear skin on face
    i am getting so many blackheads b’coz of pollution,
    my face skin is oily and having many darkened areas on chin below lips , below eyes and fore head and neck.
    Also b’coz of trying to get rid of so many pimples , i gave a way to create many pores on my face
    what can i do for face?

    Also what should i do for darkening / tanning of hands from the triceps to fingers and also elbows ?
    can u suggest , how to get my colour back ?

  3. I have a very stubborn face, it has blackheads, acne, pimples and very oily. My own face problem is first class. What can I do

    1. Try any method mentioned in the above article for removing blackheads. As lemon contains citric acid, it shrinks the open pores while its bleaching properties lighten the dark spots. So, apply the lemon juice on dark spots and open pores, leave it on to dry completely and rinse off with water. Repeat the process regularly.

    1. The astringent properties of lemon shrink the pores. The bleaching properties of lemon lighten the blackhead scars.

  4. My face and nose has pimple,
    Is it pimple? I don’t know but its size are small,very small and colour is red I think it is pimple I have also blackheads….
    Please give me some tips to solve my problem please…

  5. I am 33 years old, have very oily skin, and what worked as my blackhead toner was the Made from Earth Skin Correcting Toner. Just a few spritzes after I wash my face, I see a noticeable difference in my blemishes and blackheads (3 months now). This makes my face feel so soft and smooth. I originally purchased this to use as a setting spray, and it of course works very well for that, too, it’s just that I don’t wear full makeup that often.

  6. i have black heads and open pores on my face.how to get rid from them .n also plz suggest me dat vch face wash abd cream should i use…plz do answer

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