Oily skin plagues people of all ages, genders and races. It can lead to pimples, whiteheads and blackheads if not properly treated. The citric acid in lemon is one of the best active ingredients to curb oil production in the pores. It's not necessary to purchase an expensive lemon face cleanser for oily skin; you can make your own homemade cleanser using natural ingredients.
Lemon Face Cleansers
Fresh lemon juice can do wonders for oily skin. The natural citric acid in lemon helps break down oil molecules and cleanses the top layer of skin to reveal a smooth, soft complexion. Lemon juice is an ingredient in many skin care products and cleansers because it works as an astringent, but it works just as well if you use it by directly squeezing the juice out from the lemon itself.
One of the simplest recipes is to mix equal parts lemon juice and water. Soak a cotton ball in the mixture, wring out excess and dab onto the oily areas of your skin. Rinse your face with water if it stings too much. You can use this recipe every day as a facial cleanser. Keep in mind that the lemon can dry out your skin so follow up with an oil-free moisturizer to keep skin soft.
Another simple recipe involves mixing 10 tsp. of milk with juice from half a lemon. Add lemon juice until the milk curdles. Apply this mixture to your face and massage gently with your fingertips to allow it to absorb into your skin. The lemon will break down the oil on your skin while the milk soothes and moisturizes.
If your skin is very oily, you can cut a fresh lemon in half and rub the lemon all over your skin, concentrating on the oiliest areas like the t-zone. Remember not to overdo as lemon can be very drying. Use undiluted lemon juice sparingly to prevent flakiness. Always avoid using lemon juice near the eye area.
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