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How to Get Rid of Acne Scars Naturally

Updated on August 8, 2009

Acne-Free Skin with Lemons

Lemon Juice - Acne Fighting Power

Lemon juice acts as a core ingredient to a number of natural remedies. It has a number of favorable properties that make it suitable for use as a treatment agent in a number of disorders, from acne to uneven skin tone to stained teeth. In comparison to traditional, OTC acne treatments, lemon juice is far more affordable and effective. Few OTC treatments can stake the claim that they help drastically reduce the appearance of acne scars. Their main objective is to clear the skin, not to treat post-acne symptoms such as hyperpigmentation and scarring. Below we will discuss how to get rid of acne scars and acne itself by using the potent properties of lemon juice.

A Power Disinfectant

Straight from the lemon, lemon juice is a powerful disinfectant. It can help kill any bacteria that poses a threat to our body. A main component of this juice is citric acid. This substance, which has a low pH (used to indicate acidity), is largely responsible for destroying bacteria cells. How can one use this disinfecting property to treat their acne-prone skin? Simple, by applying lemon juice topically to any problem areas. It should seep into the skin killing any acne bacteria that may be waiting for a pore to become clogged so that it can multiply. Whiteheads and other inflamed lesions form from due to this multiplying effect that occurs in the pores and the body's subsequent response to this bacteria invasion. You can apply lemon juice regularly to your skin using a cotton ball. If need be, you can create a diluted solution using water.

Although the disinfectant characteristic plays little role in helping treat existing acne scars, it does help prevent new ones. And you know what they say, prevention is the best medicine.

How to Get Rid of Acne Scars with Lemon Juice

Natural Exfoliant - Acne and Acne Scars are History!

Lemon juice, due to its acidic nature, is a natural exfoliant. In helping expedite the process through which the skin gets rids of dead cells, it prevents new acne lesions from forming. Lesions form when said dead cells penetrate pores, causing sebum to accumulate and allowing p. acnes bacteria to run rampant. Acne cannot form when nothing is present to cause a blockage. Even though p. acnes bacteria may be present on our skin, they remain non-problematic until they are suppled with large amounts of sebum to help them mulitply.

Acne prevention is but one of the functions which this exfoliating property serves. Those who use lemon juice on a regular basis have reported marked improvement in the appearance of their acne scars. Lemon juice brings replenished skin out, leaving behind unsightly scars. Although you will not experience a complete disappearance of your acne scarring, lemon juice should drastically soften its appearance. It works in much the same way as the skin peeling treatments offered in dermatologist's offices.

Be aware that you will have to be patient and consistent in your treatment before you notice any effect on acne scarring. Even professional-grade treatments often ask that you wait several weeks for results to finally materialize. Don't try to rush your treatment by using excessive amounts of lemon juice. This can result in irritation and will actually exacerbate your acne breakouts.

Skin Lightening

When your battle with acne is finally over, you will notice that two new battles have begun - one with acne scarring, and the other with hyperpigmentation. On one front, you have to deal with hyperpigmentation. This post-acne symptoms appears as discolored spots on the skin, where acne lesions were once present. While these spots will eventually go away on their own, some can't bear the thought of having to wait several months for an even skin tone. Although there are professional treatments available to help expedite the healing process, lemon juice is a better bet. In addition to its other wonderful properties, it is also a natural skin lightener. It will help dwindle the appearance of discolored spots and thus allow for a more even complexion.

How to Get Rid of Acne Scars Without Damaging Skin

As much as we have raved about lemon juice, there are some precautions you have to take before incorporating it into your acne treatment regimen. For one, it has been known to induce an uncomfortable drying effect. Regardless of whether or not your like this drying effect, it is not healthy for your skin. Shortly after applying lemon juice, you need to get some moisturizer on your skin. This will help prevent irritation, which can lead to subsequent breakouts. Only use a non-comedogenic moisturizer and one that is free of irritating additives such as SLS and alcohol.

The sun is not your best friend when it comes to treating acne. When your skin is in an especially fragile state, as it will be while you are treating it with lemon juice, you need to protect it from the sun's rays. That means using generous amounts of sunscreen, in addition to moisturizer. You can actually now purchase moisturizers that have some SPF, so you take care of two problems in one.

A failure to heed to these precautions can be disastrous. You may ultimately worsen your acne breakouts if you get a sunburn or otherwise irritate your skin. This is what often happens to those who use lemon juice and being misinforming others about its dangerous nature. It is not dangerous when used properly, so be cautious!

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      Luz 5 years ago

      I think like any other remedies or even OTC 's going to work in less or more everybody is different, my experience is that I try the lime juice when I was a teenager, it work wonderful never had acne, time to time I had just one zit but I applied lime juice directly several times a day and the next day it wasn't there it's just my experience, my friend used it but she had to reduce it with water because was too strong for her but worked too, can work for you give a try if doesn't work just don't use it the only thing you have to loose is a lime or lemon.

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      Sabboa 5 years ago

      This kid writing these articles is dangerous

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      Lala 5 years ago

      Cream Melt is probably the best product i used that has vitamin C. i tried just plain lemon juice but its not the same as cream or lotion. Melt works i can see the difference (i have some post acne sports etc) but if you choose to use melt, make sure to use it regularly, don't stop.

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      Kgaogeli 6 years ago

      How long it will take when using pure lemon juice for pimples

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      jhon 6 years ago

      i had a scar... and its very very look ugly... i don't know how to get rid of it.. i wish some one will give some advice to how it remove... lemon or some natural product are all interesting but i don't know how to apply it.. please give some advice...

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      Mr liar 6 years ago

      to be honest idk how to say this exactly but ummmm... ive got to say that this whole article is so bad and bullshit its actually good! :) ive got to say that lemon is a great natural fruit that contain biochzynio and citric acid. It also contain bulsssfhthbasbsjfajnjsdnf which is good for acne

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      Lera 6 years ago

      and what did you expect?! lemon juice is ascorbic acid and it will burn and stung if you apply it. One month is nothing. you need 3 - 6 months to fade scars and you should not use just lemon juice. it won't do anything, try cream Melt or other topical products with vitamin C

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      Amber 6 years ago

      This actually doesn't work that well, I have light acne and usually get hyperpigmentation after a bad pimple goes away, Ive tried this before, did it for about a month and it did nothing but dry my face out very badly to the point that it was peeling, it also stung when I applied it to my skin

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      Maddie 6 years ago

      In my case, Sun actually does help acne scars.

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      Len 6 years ago

      lemone juice has lots of vitamin C or Ascorbic acid wich is very good for us - humans. As far as skin, the lemon juice can help clear light acne (not severe acne though). For scars and post acne marks lemon juice may not work as well. We need to have vitamin C or Ascorbic acid on form of a deep penetrating cream. It needs to go deep into scar tissue to start process of regeneration.

      Read some interesting infrormation on use of topical vitamin C for post acne scars

      here -

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      Sam 6 years ago

      You're certainly right about lemon juice and acne. It works well as both a treatment for acne lesions (pimples) and the concomitant scars themselves. Another thing that really helps to prevent acne scarring is to not pick or pop pimples, it is just going to lead to further scarring, which is the total opposite of what you want.

      Check out some other natural ways of getting rid of acne scars here -

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      Treatment for Acne 6 years ago

      Exactly! Prevention is better than cure. Use of lemon for treating acne is a wonderful natural product. Thanks for sharing such wonderful information here. The stuff is useful. I enjoyed reading the blog.

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      acne scar treatment 6 years ago

      I like the idea of natural acne treatment, it’s always good to use natural acne treatment that any products that might irritate your skin. Natural remedies is easier and a lot safer than any products out of the market, acne is not easy to cure but it can always be cure and avoided, just always wash your face every day before you sleep and after you wake up.

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      Pharmacy 7 years ago

      there is no side effect na?

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      Multiman 7 years ago

      Good article

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      Lee 7 years ago

      Does lime juice work too?

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      Vee 7 years ago

      I think its best if you just use a lemon/lime.

      Not lemonade since it has sugar in it.

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      adfsaf 7 years ago

      Does it make a difference if you use lemonade?

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      kalyna Newton 7 years ago

      Got very bad acne. Tried everything. Nothing worked. Then I tried MMS. In 2 months it was all gone. Now I am trying to reduce scarring. MMS is the answer. Take it internally and spray on your face.

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      cathal o`neill 7 years ago

      if its really bad and you have tried everything you might have to try roaccutane.

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      samia 7 years ago

      hi i have really bad acne n have had it for years iv tried my best to get rid of them but it doesn't seem to work n i get really upset by looking at my face, could you help me to get rid of them please ?

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      Cialis Comparison 7 years ago

      My dermatologist recommend treat acne:many effective products are available without a prescription for people who have mild acne,look for a product that contains benzoyl proxide or slicylic acid.The type of product also is important,if you have oily skin,choose an acne gel or solution,for dry skin,an acne cream or lotion is best

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      kimbles 7 years ago from The World

      Hi There love your hub. I have a few natural cures for acne too, one of them being the use of your own urine I would welcome your comments (I know it sounds gross but it does work).

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      smra 7 years ago

      that when we put lemon juice on our acne scar so we should wash our face or wash the face after few minutes??

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      acne overnight 7 years ago

      I really want to know about this lemon juice tactic. I've heard about it a lot and I think it's getting time to try it.

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      Charles 8 years ago

      Use honey, Applying honey on the acne affected skin helps to reduce acne scars.

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      james 8 years ago

      I've heard lime works as well. Which do you recommend? lemon juice or lime juice?

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      E Amundsom 8 years ago

      Lemon juice is a wonderful natural product AND it smells good! Good information here.

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      Bio Oil 8 years ago

      I would recommend Retin-A. It is an acne treatment that also removes wrinkles and improves skin appearance and condition.

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      mzoghori 8 years ago

      I like your hub.It's true that prevention is better than cure hence you should know how to prevent acne. acne may be caused in various ways;

      If you are prone to acne, some synthetic fibres like lycra and nylon may strap heat and moisture against your body causing acne.

      Moisture is also a key ingredient to acne and one should stay dry for efficient prevention.

      If you have an acne note that while using exfoliants always be gentle on your skin since scrubbing harder will not get rid of the acne.