A Lagos-based private dermatologist yesterday, in Lagos, said lemon juice, tomato jusaid and potatoes can help remove blemishes and rejuvenate dark skin.
Mrs Eniola Taiwo, director of a skin clinic, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that application of the fruits would get rid off and cure burn marks.
She said lemon has acidic properties that naturally lighten scars and tomato juice is a natural bleaching agent. “Potatoes are also natural brightener and so, applying potato juice or potatoes directly on the affected area can banish dark areas.’’
However, she gave natural tips on how to use them. “You will need two wash cloths, one for lemon juice and the other for fresh tomato juice. “The blemishes should first be rinsed thoroughly under cold water, then place a moistened wash cloth on the burn mark for a few hours. Mean- while, keep some fresh lemon juice ready.
“Then, moisten the other wash cloth with fresh lemon juice and dab the burn mark gently; after the area is dry, you apply some fresh tomato juice on the burn mark.”
On how to apply potatoes to brighten the skin, she said: “Potatoes are also natural skin lighten- ing agent. Apply a mask of grated raw potato on your face and rinse off with water after 30 minutes.
“Using this on a regular basis will make your skin smooth, clean and bright, and remove any skin blemishes.’’ The dermatologist ad- vised that natural lightening agents should be used rather than lightening chemicals.
“It is better to use natural agents to lighten dark skin area instead of patronising bleaching chemical which poses danger to the skin. When you do this regularly, the marks will disappear,’’ she said.