How to Lighten Blemishes

A proper cleansing routine is the first step to lightening blemishes.
A proper cleansing routine is the first step to lightening blemishes. (Image: Liquidlibrary/liquidlibrary/Getty Images)

Blemishes such as acne, pimples and blackheads on your face can make you self-conscious about your appearance. The blemishes may appear at any time in your life but are more common during the teenage years. While you may not be able to eliminate the blemishes altogether, lighten them so that they appear less noticeable to others and give you more confidence.

Things You'll Need

  • Facial cleanser
  • Lemon juice
  • Cotton balls
  • Skin-bleaching product

Wash your face twice a day with a mild cleanser to keep your skin healthy. Remove all of your makeup each night before bed. Apply a gentle moisturizer to your face after your cleansing routine.

Dip a cotton ball into lemon juice and rub it over your skin blemishes. Leave the lemon juice on for about a minute. Rinse off with warm water. Lemon juice is a natural bleaching agent that will help to lighten your skin in problem areas.

Request a prescription for a skin-bleaching product from your dermatologist, or buy one at a drug store or pharmacy.

Commit yourself to a healthy diet of fruits, vegetables and whole grains to enhance the health and beauty of your skin. Drink plenty of water to keep your skin hydrated.

Tips & Warnings

  • Test the bleaching agent on a small section of skin and look for irritation after 24 hours. Some products will cause redness if you have sensitive skin.

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