Thanks to social media and YouTube, we’re closer to celebs than ever, which means we know everything about their beauty and skincare routines. And the latest famous face to let us in (and open herself up to criticism)? Bella Thorne.
It was exactly a week ago that she talked Harper’s Bazaar through her nightly routine, leaving viewers nothing short of horrified – to this day. “I struggled with acne for a very, very long time,” Thorne explains in the YouTube video, below. She tried medication like Accutane and other treatments, but “nothing really worked for me”, she says. That is, until the actress started an all-natural skincare routine, a very simple one that she demonstrates on camera, saying that it made “a huge difference in an insane short amount of time”.
The main product she uses daily is a homemade facial scrub containing lemon, sugar, and olive oil. As for the kicker? Thorne casually revealed that someone named Jennifer – the woman behind this concoction – is “designing my skincare line”. She went on to wrap up her routine, which included scrubbing the delicate skin beneath her eyes, by applying a homemade mask comprised of coconut oil, honey, and cherries. “I don’t use moisturizer or anything crazy,” were just some of her parting words that fans can’t get over.
Even if something is natural, not everyone is convinced it’s good for your skin, with many taking to the comments section to sarcastically point out that arsenic and snake venom are also natural. And almost immediately, a Reddit thread popped up on the cult thread Skincare Addiction, with a post entitled: ‘[PSA] Bella Thorne used lemon juice on her face for her scars in her nightime skincare routine – do not do this, please!!!’
Comments on the thread criticizing Thorne’s use of lemon juice range from “Everything she did made my skin crawl, rubbing lemon and sugar in then coconut oil! I would break out so bad and people will actually be following everything she does!” to “I used to put lemon on face when I was a teen and it ruined my skin. My young and naive days”.
If I see ONE MORE PERSON SUGGEST LEMON JUICE AS A SKIN SOLUTION ILL SCREAM.
Wait. Already screaming.
— Glow Goddess (@SkinTarot) July 17, 2019
Dr. Preema Vig, Medical Director of the Dr Preema London Clinic, agrees with Thorne that there is some good in using lemon juice on your skin. “Lemon juice has antibacterial and antifungal properties, which can help to reduce excessive oil on the skin that, in turn, can help fight acne and blackheads, and it will also gradually lighten the skin to help reduce the appearance of acne scarring and dark patches,” she explains.
However, people on social media aren’t wrong about the drawbacks, and Vig adds: “Lemon juice is highly acidic at a pH of 2 and can change the natural pH of your skin, which can cause irritation, hyperpigmentation, and sensitivity – especially when exposed to sunlight and UV.” Aesthetic and reconstructive oculoplastic surgeon Dr. Sabrina Shah-Desai agrees with Vig’s analysis, saying she is “not keen on promoting lemons being rubbed directly on the skin as a cure for acne as they can cause excessive exfoliation, which increases the risk of sun damage, hyperpigmentation, inflammation, and increased skin sensitivity and rashes”.
Bottom line: just because something is ‘natural’ doesn’t necessarily mean it’s safe to use on your skin.