How to Use Lemon Juice to Lighten Dark Inner Thighs

How to Use Lemon Juice to Lighten Dark Inner Thighs
How to Use Lemon Juice to Lighten Dark Inner Thighs

Did you know that you can use Lemon juice can be used to lighten dark inner thighs temporarily. 

This is because it is super rich in vitamins and contains acids that inhibit melanin production making it great for mild to even moderate darkening of the skin.

However, it will not bleach your skin permanently and it will not be suitable for long-term treatment or more severe hyperpigmentation. 

But how does this treatment work? And how do you use it? 

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How Lemon Juice Works For Dark Inner Thighs

Lemon juice is very rich in Vitamin C and Citric Acid, both of which help to lighten and brighten the skin. 

Vitamin C temporarily reduces melanin production in the skin by inhibiting the action of tyrosinase (an enzyme directly involved in skin pigment production). 

Citric acid is an alpha hydroxy acid that gently exfoliates the top layer of the skin, cleans the pores and tightens the skin. The exfoliation removes old, melanated skin cells which are eventually replaced with newer, healthier, and less pigmented cells. 

The combined action of these two nutrients in lemon juice, along with its hydrating effects, make the skin lighter, healthier, and tighter over time (when used suitably).

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How long will lemon juice take to work?

This will depend on how your skin reacts and how severe your hyperpigmentation is. The worse it is, the longer it will take. 

However, lemon juice will usually take a few weeks to deliver visible results.

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Can you leave lemon juice on your skin all day or overnight?

I do not recommend leaving lemon juice on your skin for more than 15-20 minutes (or just long enough to absorb it into the skin). 

Leaving it on too long can cause irritation.

How to Use Lemon Juice for Dark Inner Thighs

Lemon juice can be applied on the skin by itself or mixed with other ingredients. 

To avoid irritation, I recommend diluting lemon juice with water or with oils. 

It can be used daily (1-2 times) depending on how your skin reacts. 

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DIY Recipes With Lemon Juice For Dark Inner Thighs

Here are a few great lemon juice recipes for lightning your inner thighs:

1- Lemon Juice + Coconut Oil

  • Mix 1 teaspoon of lemon juice with 2-3 teaspoons of coconut oil. 
  • Make sure it is well combined. 
  • Then massage the mixture into your skin and let it sit for 10-15 minutes. 
  • Wash it off and moisturize your skin again with more coconut oil (plain) or a moisturizer of your choice. 
  • Repeat 1-2 times daily.

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2- Lemon Juice + Baking Soda Scrub

  • Mix 1 tablespoon of lemon juice with 1 tablespoon of baking soda
  • Adjust the quantities (add more baking soda or lemon juice) as needed until the mixture is a paste.
  • Apply the paste over clean skin and massage gently in circular motions for about 5 minutes. 
  • Let it sit for 15-20 minutes and then wash it off. 
  • Dry your skin and apply a moisturizer of your choice. 
  • Repeat 2-3 times per week.

3- Lemon Juice + Turmeric Paste

  • Mix 1 tablespoon of lemon juice with enough turmeric powder to make a paste.
  • Apply the paste onto your clean skin like a mask and let it sit for 15-20 minutes.
  • Wash the paste off and dry your skin.
  • Apply a good moisturizer.
  • Repeat 1-2 times daily. 

4- Lemon Juice + Yogurt

  • Mix a tablespoon of lemon juice with two tablespoons of yogurt.
  • Ensure it is well combined then apply it like a paste to your cleaned skin. 
  • Let it sit for 20-30 minutes, then rinse with water.
  • After washing, dry your skin and apply your favorite moisturizer. 
  • Repeat daily.

5- Lemon Juice + Aloe Vera

  • Mix 4 tablespoons of aloe vera gel (freshly scooped from the plant or store-bought) and a few drops of lemon juice.
  • Apply the mixture to the area of skin that is affected (in this case, your inner thighs).
  • Let it rest for 10 minutes before rinsing it off.
  • Towel dry and apply your best moisturizer.
  • Repeat 1-2 times daily.

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Side Effects Of Using Lemon Juice For Dark Inner Thighs

Even though lemon juice is natural and seems great, it can have side effects, especially on sensitive skin. 

Your inner thighs are usually more sensitive than other places so using lemon juice in this area should be done with caution. 

Look out for signs of irritation which can include stinging, burning, itching, bumps and even redness and swelling.

Also, you should not use lemon juice if you are allergic to lemons. If you are unsure, you should always do a patch test before applying lemon juice over large areas of skin. 

Patch tests can also help to anticipate irritation. 

Disclaimer

These remedies are DIY recipes that were put together and tried by various people. They are backed mostly by anecdotal evidence. The science is based on research on the individual ingredients and their benefits for the skin. Therefore, results may vary for every person. 

Please ensure that you do patch tests before trying any of these remedies. Also, make sure that you are not allergic to any of the listed ingredients. 

Sources

Lemons 101: Nutrition Facts and Health Benefits 

How To Use Lemon Juice For Dark Spots On Face – 10 Natural Ways 

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