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Vitamin C serum?Why can't you just rub a lemon on your face?

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Wed Jun 13, 2007 4:58 pm      Reply with quote
Has anyone used real lemon slices on their face?
What were the results?

If this is bad for your skin please tell me why?

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Wed Jun 13, 2007 5:53 pm      Reply with quote
Because of concentration of acid and PH level, if you are not using the right amount, you may end up burning your face rather than doing any good. If you do want to use lemon juice, make sure you dilute it first. Use directly could lead to serious irritations.
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Wed Jun 13, 2007 6:57 pm      Reply with quote
I know that sounds rational, but many people use TCA and different acid peels that actually cause a severe peel and their skin looks great. Shock

Wouldn't a lemon just impart Vitamin C and exfoliate? Confused Which is good for the skin?

I guess I should try it. LOL
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Wed Jun 13, 2007 7:21 pm      Reply with quote
NO... lemon isn't anything similar to TCA acid peel...

I can't use 100% lemon juice on my skin at all. My skin would turn really red and itchy.
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Wed Jun 13, 2007 8:36 pm      Reply with quote
If it hurts you, then you would need lemon-aid.

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Wed Jun 13, 2007 8:42 pm      Reply with quote
HAHAHA! Laughing

I have wondered the same thing too. But I am afraid to try it.

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Wed Jun 13, 2007 9:04 pm      Reply with quote
Pippi, much of the acid from lemon is citric acid as opposed to ascorbic. Citric doesn't do the same things for the skin that ascorbic does in the same amount of acid exposure. It's partly a question of what it is you want to accomplish with the C.

One might be intersted in lemon for its toning effect, but with it one would get a bit of sticky sugar or whatever other things naturally occur in a lemon.
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Thu Jun 14, 2007 1:13 am      Reply with quote
cedar wrote:
If it hurts you, then you would need lemon-aid.

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PMSL! Laughing

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Thu Jun 14, 2007 9:47 am      Reply with quote
very funny! Smile Smile Smile

cedar wrote:
If it hurts you, then you would need lemon-aid.

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Thu Jun 14, 2007 9:59 am      Reply with quote
Maybe Lemon Yogut. I used stawberry Yogut on my face as mask before, result was not bad.
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Thu Jun 14, 2007 10:54 am      Reply with quote
I cut up a cold Lemon and rubbed it around on my face. At first it just felt cold, then a little tingling, then Holy Mother of the Hidden Grail!!!!! Bad Grin

Just joking!!!!

Seriously it did burn after a while but this was with it on there a few minutes with rubbing. I have hyperpigmentation issues and I heard lemon helps lighten these.

Okay, the next day I did have a slight "rosey" flush to my cheeks, my pores were tighter and it did slightly lighten my little pigmentation.

Oh and I had this big honking zit on my chin and it totally helped that! Shock

Would I use it everyday????
No, I think it would be too harsh.

I am going to use this about once a week for a month and see how it goes. Razz

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Thu Jun 14, 2007 10:56 am      Reply with quote
Oh yes, my skin is softer and exfoliated. I did moisturize the heck out of it after this treatment. Cool

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Thu Jun 14, 2007 5:30 pm      Reply with quote
I hope you wear sunscreens after your lemon treatment. Keep us posted your progress with this experiment (if you wish to continue, but in my heart, I would rather you stop now before any damage is done). Take care.
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Thu Jun 14, 2007 8:23 pm      Reply with quote
Pippi...interesting experiment indeed! If you can take pics to show us, it would be awesome to see your results. I never would have thought to use household items for skincare or haircare until I joined EDS and learned about them. Thanks for sharing.
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Fri Jun 15, 2007 1:58 am      Reply with quote
Hi Pippiplum,

There was a thread a couple of months ago about a fresh lemon juice sugar scrub treatment--I tried it and it really did brighten up my skin. I massaged it gently into slightly damp skin for several minutes, I would never rub the grains in. But I believe that sugar is essentially glycolic acid so with those two you are really packing a punch.

Also, I drink half a lemon in rm temp water daily, and that seems to keep my skin bright as well. The acid actually turns alkaline when in the body, so it's an excellent way to start out the day balancing your pH as well

like iaimei said, do be careful with putting too many acids on your skin! but once a week should be okay.

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Fri Jun 15, 2007 2:27 am      Reply with quote
I did try 7 years ago, at that time I have lots pimples (now still...), its very painful, after my pimples recover, the scar become a dark spot, it still with me now Sad , I cant explain why and how does it happened, but if u dont believe me, u can try...

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Fri Jun 15, 2007 2:33 am      Reply with quote
yaling111 wrote:
I did try 7 years ago, at that time I have lots pimples (now still...), its very painful, after my pimples recover, the scar become a dark spot, it still with me now Sad , I cant explain why and how does it happened, but if u dont believe me, u can try...


Yaling111,

Maybe you went out in the sun without any sunscreen afterwards? That sounds like a classic case of using acids and then getting sun exposure to me. Sorry you have to deal with that! I'm sure there are products out there that will take your dark spots away.

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Fri Jun 15, 2007 2:40 am      Reply with quote
thank u avalange, I cant remember did I put sunscreen or not, but I am sure i tried so many products to remove the sopt, but my spot still there.. Sad

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Fri Jun 15, 2007 6:51 am      Reply with quote
Pippi_Plum wrote:
Has anyone used real lemon slices on their face?
What were the results?

If this is bad for your skin please tell me why?

Pips


Pippi_Plum....I just love your forum name. Smile I have not read the whole thread to see other responses. IMO the acid of pure lemon might be much too strong. If you have thick, non-sensitive skin lemon might give you a quick brightening. Be very careful of the sun if you try this. Load yourself with sunscreen.

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Fri Jun 15, 2007 6:24 pm      Reply with quote
avalange wrote:
Hi Pippiplum,

There was a thread a couple of months ago about a fresh lemon juice sugar scrub treatment--I tried it and it really did brighten up my skin. I massaged it gently into slightly damp skin for several minutes, I would never rub the grains in. But I believe that sugar is essentially glycolic acid so with those two you are really packing a punch.



I tried this scrub and it broke me out like crazy. To be honest - just about anything breaks me out, and this wasn't an exception.

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Sat Jun 16, 2007 5:32 pm      Reply with quote
Darnit! Now I am all freaking out that by using a lemon on my face I may cause irreversible damage to my precious mug! Razz

I mean what can happen? Will my face dry up and fall off? Embarassed

I don't want to be the guinea pig if someone has tried this and they look like the Phantom of the Opera!

Pips AKA 'Ole Lemon Face! Shock
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Sat Jun 16, 2007 5:41 pm      Reply with quote
Okay, so I just opened my refrigerator and stared in longingly at the five fresh lemons I bought. Sad

It seemed to do such a fine job when I used it the first time. Confused

I think I am going into Lemon Face withdrawals Bad Grin
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Sat Jun 16, 2007 6:57 pm      Reply with quote
Hey you can always make lemonade and drink it. It still helps with your skin. Smile
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Sat Jun 16, 2007 8:52 pm      Reply with quote
When Life hands you lemons, make lemonade! Razz

Or in my case:

When 'Ole Lemon Face hands you Lemons.......................... Bad Grin

Okay, bad joke:roll: Rolling Eyes Rolling Eyes

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Sat Jun 16, 2007 10:02 pm      Reply with quote
I like Avalange's idea.
The other idea that may be helpful is a whole milk yogurt mask wth lemon juice.
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