If you have a few lemons lying around in your kitchen, make a lemonade! This citrus fruit is highly acidic and can severely damage your skin so before you rub lemon juice on your face, there is something you need to know.
In recent years, DIY masks have gained a lot of popularity through social media. While some of them are fine, others are not safe to use on your skin or hair. Food is not supposed to be put on your face, to begin with. People claim that ‘natural ingredients are better’, but that is not the case. Everything around us is made up of chemicals. The air we breathe, the water we drink, the food we eat, is all composed of chemicals. And so, lemons aren’t any different from the other things that we consume on a daily basis.
The case of the wicked lemon!
This is where the science truly begins. You see, our body is constantly making chemicals to function properly and it needs water, air and food to do its job. It also does its best to support a healthy skin function and balance the pH, which is somewhere around 5.5-6.
Lemons are highly acidic, which means they have a pH of 3. When you apply lemon juice on your face, it disrupts the pH of your skin, resulting in red, irritated skin.
Sure, lemons are a great source of vitamin C and are rich in vitamin B3 and citric acid, but these are only beneficial for the body when you eat them. It’s a different story if you try to apply a lemon to your skin, because if you are not cautious and go into sunlight, these chemicals turn into irritants and can cause; sun burn, phytophotodermatitis (an inflammation of the skin caused by a plants, resulting in redness, swelling, and blistering) and even leukoderma (loss of skin pigmentation which leads to white patches all over the skin).
So, enjoy lemonades, lemon tea or lemon cakes as much as you want, but do your skin a favor and stop putting it on your skin!