A Year of Natural Health & Beauty Tip #9: Use Lemon to Fade Skin Discolorations

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It’s no secret that I love to make my own face scrubs. They’re easy to make! They don’t contain any ingredients you don’t want (chemicals, preservatives). And they can be tossed together with ingredients you probably already have in your kitchen ~ but whose skin-beautifying benefits you might not know.

Today’s tip is a great example: lemon juice can actually fade skin discolorations! Lemon is a mild bleaching agent, which can help to reduce and even eliminate freckles and blotchy, brown discolorations (sometimes called “age spots” or “liver spots”).

Adding sugar to lemon juice speeds exfoliation, getting rid of that top layer of dead skin cells to reveal the glowing, fresh skin beneath. Be sure to use real cane sugar if you want the exfoliation ~ regular white sugar or brown sugar, but not sugar replacers like agave or stevia ~ because the cane sugar produces glycolic acids, which are natural exfoliants.

Lemon and sugar face scrub for skin discolorations
Lemon and sugar face scrub for skin discolorations

Stuff to Know:

  • If your skin is highly sensitive, dilute the lemon juice with water by a 1:1 ratio.
  • If your skin is extremely dry, add a tsp. of coconut oil to the mix.
  • Spot test any products or ingredients before using any homemade products on your face, head, or body, especially if you have sensitive skin or are prone to irritation and/or allergies.
  • It’s best to make and use this scrub right away. However, if stored in the fridge, it can be used within 3 days.
  • Hyperpigmentation can be the result of underlying health issues or reactions to certain medications or birth control. If you have concerns about your skin discoloration, please see a dermatologist.
  • For a container, I used a small plastic jar from my craft box. A used jam jar, plastic yogurt cup, or something similar would work just as well!


Lemon & Sugar Face Scrub for Skin Discolorations


  • 1 tsp. sugar (use white or brown cane sugar or coconut/palm sugar)
  • fresh juice from 1/2 a lemon
  • 1 tsp. raw coconut oil (optional)

Steps to Make:

  1. In a small bowl, mix together all ingredients.
  2. To increase the amount you’re making, simply keep the ratios the same.
  3. Transfer to your container.

To Use:

  1. Remove all makeup first.
  2. Remove a small amount, about the size of a quarter, and spread between your hands.
  3. Apply in small, circular movements to your forehead, nose, cheeks, and chin for one minute. Avoid the delicate eye area.
  4. Rinse well with temperate water.
  5. Pat your face dry. Do not rub.

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Questions for readers:

Do you use lemons in your beauty routine?

What’s your most-wished-for beauty aid?

39 thoughts on “A Year of Natural Health & Beauty Tip #9: Use Lemon to Fade Skin Discolorations

      1. I finally got around to making this and I LOVE it! I used quite a bit more sugar because I had an extraordinarily juicy lemon and I chose to add the coconut oil. It is an excellent exfoliator, my skin really feels like it is ‘breathing’ after I use it. It leaves my skin very soft and I’ve been using it on face hands and décolletage. No lightening yet but I’ve only been at it a couple of days. Great tip!

  1. I don’t use lemons in my skincare routine but I do add them to my diet every day. I start the morning with hot water, the juice of half a lemon and sliced fresh ginger. It’s a great detox and it keeps my skin glowing from the inside out!

  2. I’m going to have to try this. I never tan in the summer, I just get so many freckles my face looks dirty. It would be nice to get rid of some of them {if it works, hopefully some will be left}.

  3. Yes this is great, I drink it in warm water every morning and night for a glowing skin and it works, iv healthy looking skin

  4. hi. I made the scrub and used it for like 3 or 4 days and its been 1 week since i made it. Now the container, I kept the scrub in, is expanded and there are these gas bubbles in the oil. Why is that?

    1. You just wash your face with it and rinse it off. Don’t leave it on like a masque. I’d say once a day, but if you have sensitive skin, only a couple of times a week.

  5. Ok i wil also start ..at in how many days i can get my skin white..if usd rice water or milk flour mixtur..Nice tips on keeping skin healthy. These tips are really helpful in keeping the skin healthy forever and glowing too.Beauty Tips for Girls LookI am going to try it out today I like this info that you gave me!

  6. Hi I am a 40 yr old woman and i had acne all my life …. will this really work for me I tried everything plus the dermatologist & nothing works …. HELPPPPP LOL

  7. Tamisha – I’m 26 and have had acne since I was 11. I still struggle to find products/methods that consistently work to heal my skin. Since nothing was working for me either, I started a lifestyle change about 10 months ago. I think it might be working….

    Now, since I’m not an expert, take advice as always with a grain of salt.

    I simply started eating clean and reducing use of commercial cleaning/beauty products in my life. I don’t have specific instructions for what I did or even forwhat you should do, but I can give you examples.

    I add good healthy fats to my day starting with a smoothie.
    Not only do I use juice with healthy bacteria (“probiotic” juice) and fresh fruit, but I ADD one or more of the following: flax seeds, chia seeds, almonds, hemp seed oil, or red palm oil. Hemp oil is rated one of the best for skin too because it’s only 5% saturated fat and it’s a drier oil so it feels less oily on the skin. CAUTION: It must be kept in the fridge, it perishes faster than other oils, it CANNOT be heated on the stove for cooking above 120 degrees fahrenheit, it stinks, tastes super earthy/nutty/plant-like, and it’s straight green.

    I eat a lot of fiber, a lot of veggies, and I don’t drink soda.

    I use pink hymalayian salt, drink filtered water, and use LEGIT essential oils and I make a lot of my own beauty products…eye makeup remover and pads, oatmeal bath scrub/shaving cream, activated charcoal scrub for black heads…I use witch hazel, aloe vera from the plant, vitamin e (lightly), face powder (arrowroot and cinnamon), I make honey face scrub and hair rinse (PLEASE DO RESEARCH ON HONEY! Don’t use the little bear of honey that has BIG STORE’s HUGE ass logo on it. Go for raw UNFILTERED honey)….I make mascara, I boil a pot of hot water and steam my face with it a few times a week (there are specific instructions for this, please don’t burn your face or bod)….I could go on.

    I also don’t use a lot of chemicals around me. I use VINEGAR, PEROXIDE, AND BAKING SODA FOR FUCKING EVERYTHING (not necessarily always together…que 8th grade volcano project)! Laundry, scrubbing pots/pans, cleaning countertops, windows, mirrors, bathroom, tub, and even as a fabric refresher. I also try very hard to stay away from ANTIBOITIC SOAPS —- please research the google to find out why.
    Water+White Vinegar+Water+Essential Oil= Fabric refresher. The vinegar smell always evaporates and you are left with the smell of the essential oil

    Basically I’ve reduced my carbon footprint and separated my skin and body from chemicals. When I do use the occasional face wash, I use Olay Acne Hater. As most girls, I obviously wear makeup, but I use the more expensive makeups from brands I trust (like Mary Kay or Benefit….everyone has preferences of course). Since I have combination skin, I stay away from heavy oils or moisturizers on the skin because they seem to cause problems for me. I personally use Cetaphil or aloe from my bathroom plant mixed with a
    TINY bit of Vit E.

    My acne has drastically improved. This is the only thing I can account to the change.

    I also read up a lot about how pimples happen. For instance, It’s important to know that drying your face out too much will make you later produce more natural oils to compensate for how much you’ve dried your skin out. Basically you’re fucking with your own sebum production (just like when we wash our hair with shampoo we strip the natural oils and begin a perpetuous cycle).

    There are a lot of things to know about pimples. Make sure you’re reading credible stuff…unlike this post I’m writing. I am not a doctor or scientist, and I don’t have anyone to vouch for me, but you can still take some of my advice and see if it fits for you.

    Hope some of this helps someone!

    Take care you all.

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