Lemon essential oil is commonly used for various skin conditions. The antibacterial effects treat cuts and wounds on the skin so they can heal. Lemon essential oil soothes itchiness caused by bug bites. It relieves eczema and similar skin conditions and improves signs of aging on the skin, such as age spots. Lemon oil is also good for acne, due to its antibacterial and astringent qualities. Since it is astringent, it can improve oily skin. For general skin care, add lemon to carrier oils such as grapeseed or jojoba oil and massage. For eczema and itchiness of the skin, add a few drops of lemon oil to a bath or a sponge bath. To use this essential oil for age spots, put two to three drops of lemon oil mixed with a carrier oil on your face twice a day. Add a few drops of lemon oil to water or witch hazel, and apply to your face for acne or oily skin.
Although lemon essential oil can help your skin, it can also aggravate your skin. Lemon and other citrus oils can also make your skin more sensitive to sunlight. As with most essential oils, dilute lemon essential oil in water or a base oil such as grapeseed. Test lemon oil on a small spot of skin to see if you have a reaction before applying it to large areas. Consult a certified aromatherapist for the proper way to use essential oils.