How to Cleanse Skin with Lemons

by Ashley Martinez

Lemon is an astringent that detoxifies. If you've read the Master Cleanse by Stanley Burroughs, you know the power of lemon juice. Lemon can also help kill bacteria associated with acne. With a multitude of vitamins and natural citric content, add a squeeze for clean, refreshed skin.

Items you will need

  • Knife to cut lemon
  • Lemon
  • Small bowl
  • Water
  • Cetaphil or other gentle cleanser
  • Clean wash cloth
  • Towel
Step 1

Cut lemon and squeeze 1/4 cup lemon juice into a small bowl. Be sure to wash the lemon (and your hands) before squeezing.

Step 2

Cleanse skin with gentle cleanser such as Cetaphil. You can mix a few drops of lemon in with the cleanser.

Step 3

Rinse skin thoroughly and pat dry with a clean towel. Mix the remaining lemon juice with luke warm water. Splash on face and neck.

Step 4

Dampen a wash cloth with warm water and place it on your face. Lie down for 5 minutes. Allow the lemon juice and nutrients to soak in. This may sting a little.

Step 5

Rinse face and spray with a moisturizing mist or toner, such as Evian spray.


  • Be sure to wash your hands thoroughly before touching your skin. Wash the outside of the lemon before squeezing it into a bowl (The outside is probably treated with some sort of chemical). Try Eminence Lemon Cleanser.


  • Lemon should NOT be added to open skin, such as a broken blemish or irritated pores. Lemon is to treat bacteria but should not be used as spot treatment.

About the Author

Ashley Martinez works in the Chicagoland area for a health promotion and disease prevention company as a health consultant. She is also a certified yoga instructor and in the past danced with a professional modern dance company.