Can You Use Lemon Juice to Stop Zit Redness?

by Kimbry Parker ; Updated July 18, 2017

Pimples are a pain, especially when they turn bright red and dot your once flawless complexion. When you want the redness to subside – and the zit, too – look no further than the produce section of the grocery store. Lemon juice can help remedy the redness. It contains antibacterial properties to help heal the zit, and the citric acid helps to tighten the pores and shed the top layer of dead skin. Lemon juice just might be a pimple’s worst nightmare.

Dip a cotton ball in lemon juice. You can use the juice of a fresh lemon or bottled lemon juice. Dab the juice directly onto the pimples once a day until the redness is gone.

Mix three parts baking soda with one part lemon juice into a bowl. Dab it onto the zits daily. Leave the paste on for five minutes, then rinse with warm water.

Make a facial mask by mixing 2 parts of plain yogurt with 1 part of fresh lemon juice. Put the ingredients in a small bowl and mix well with a spoon. Smooth the paste onto the acne-prone areas of your face. Wait 20 to 30 minutes for the paste to dry, then rinse with lukewarm water. Finish off with a cool water rinse to close the pores.


  • If you suffer from dry skin, moisturize after using lemon juice on your face.

    If your skin is ultra-sensitive, only use lemon juice every other day until the zit heals.

    To prevent a pimple from surfacing, dab lemon juice on it when you first start to feel a bump.

    If pure lemon juice is too harsh on your skin, dilute it with a bit of water before applying it to your face.

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About the Author

Kimbry Parker has been writing since 1998 and has published content on various websites. Parker has experience writing on a variety of topics such as health, parenting, home improvement and decorating. She is a graduate of Purdue University with a Bachelor of Arts in organizational communication.