Health facts: Lemon juice can help alleviate the symptoms of acne
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This week: Acne
ACNE is caused by an excess of oil production in the skin, which allows bacteria to flourish. This leads to a build-up of blackheads, whiteheads and spots.
"Lemon juice has an antibacterial action, so it can help to eliminate the bacteria that contribute to acne," says Dr Anthony Bewley, a consultant dermatologist at Barts Health NHS Trust in London.
"It is also an astringent, so it will cleanse off the excess oils and help close the pores [which, in those with acne, are prone to block with dead skin and form blackheads]."
For mild acne, add a few drops of lemon juice to a small cup of water and apply to the skin using a cotton wool ball.
Dr Bewley says it is best to do this once a day. However, severe acne will need medical treatment.
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