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Frequently cited as an at home treatment to rectify dark patches of skin (including [Link Removed] lemon juice has been used for centuries in many different cultures as a skin lightening agent. Is it effective?

The theory behind the efficacy of lemon juice lies in its property as an acidic ingredient. This acidity delivers exfoliating properties helping to peel away the skin's top layer, thereby removing existing pigmentation or dark spots that reside there. However, topical application of lemon juice doesn't allow for absorption deep enough to disrupt the production of melanin, so results are minimal at best. And, results will differ amongst individuals depending on what is being treated.

Lemon Juice Side Effects  

Because lemon juice is acidic, it can be problematic in individuals with sensitive skin. Pay attention to how skin reacts. Watch for stinging, burning, redness or itching and discontinue use if this occurs. Seek medical treatment if the irritation doesn't subside. The acidity in lemon juice also increases skin sensitivity so play close attention to UV exposure. When treating any condition that involves dark skin, sun protection is critical; this becomes even more important when using a sensitizing ingredient like lemon juice. Look for a broad spectrum UVA/UVB blocking sunscreen as found in [Link Removed] or the range of natural sunscreens at our store.

Effective Skin Lightening Agents  

Though at home remedies may save you money, they aren't always the best option. If you are concerned about Melasma, freckles or other skin discoloration, you may want to consider treatments that have clinical studies to back up their efficacy. Consider the following ingredients and stick to a treatment plan. Consult a qualified skin professional if you need guidance.

Skin lightening is a gradual process that can take months or even years to resolve and is most effective when treated with a combination of ingredients that complement one another:

1.UV protection from a broad spectrum sunscreen. Use daily, year round and look for a minimum of SPF 30
2.Skin lightening agents including [Link Removed] 

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