Lemon for Beards: Benefits & Risks

Is Lemon Good for Beard Growth

Have you heard that using lemon on your hair especially the lighter colored hair [blonde and lighter brown] can make it lighter? Out of curiosity, I did some digging to find out the effects of applying lemon to my beard.

Does lemon help in beard growth? Lemon can help with beard growth, when consumed with other beard growth-promoting fruits as lemons boost the level of beard growth-stimulating hormone testosterone. However, applying lemon to your beard may end up breaching your beard especially when exposed to the sunlight.

Most men have the same levels of testosterone unless clinically proven to have low testosterone. Boosting testosterone using lemon will not make a change in beard growth. But you can use or apply lemon to help deal with common beard problems.

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Lemon for beards

Boost production of beard growth hormones

Lemons are among a group of citrus fruits that helps in promoting the production of testosterone.

Citrus fruits contain vitamin A that helps in lowering the cortisol hormone. Based on this case studyOpens in a new tab. cortisol hormone lowers the levels of testosterone in the body.

Therefore, by controlling the levels of cortisol hormone in the body lemon helps promote the production of testosterone.

Testosterone primes facial hair follicles while dihydrotestosterone synthesized from testosterone promotes linear growth of beard.

Vitamin C contained in lemons helps in the production of collagen which one of the proteins used in hair growth. Having lots of collagenOpens in a new tab. means stronger beard hair.

Fight dandruff

The citric acid in lemons helps in treating and preventing dandruff which can be a nuisance when you are growing your beard.

Lemon will also absorb excess oil in the skin beneath your beard, this will further help control dandruff and unclog your hair follicles.

Lemon can also be used to treat acne that may come are common to people who have oily skins.

Shinier beard

If you are looking to achieve a shinier beard, then using lemon juice once a week will help you achieve just that.

Shinier beard looks healthy and attractive, I mean who hates having a beard that turns heads.

Control beard loss

A weak beard comes out easily especially when you are combing, continued use of lemon will help the hair follicles making your beard strong. This quality is attributed to the acidic nature of lemon.

Stimulate dormant hair follicles

Lemon juice helps in improving blood circulation in the skin because of flavonoids and antioxidants present in it which helps the blood nourish your hair follicles.

Read more: How to stimulate beard growth

With increased collagen and healthy hair follicles, your dormant hair follicles will start growing again.  

Will lemon not remove your beard?

During my research, I came across several recipes for hair removal that involved using honey and lemon.

So it got me wondering how lemon will help me grow a beard yet it is used to remove facial hair.

The reason lemon is used in the removal of facial hair is not because of the removal process itself.

But rather because of the bleaching properties of lemon. Once the facial hair is bleached it becomes weak and makes it easy to remove.

The bleaching properties of lemon make it a good candidate for this task, so it might not work for you if you are not also looking to breach your beard.

How to use lemon juice for your beard

  • Squeeze a fresh lemon fruit into a cup
  • Filter it to make sure there are no seeds or chunks of lemon
  • Add three drops or more of jojoba, argan oil, castor oilOpens in a new tab., olive oilOpens in a new tab., coconut oil, Opens in a new tab.or any other oil that you use in your beard care routine
  • Wash your beard with warm water and a good premium beard shampooOpens in a new tab.
  • Then apply your mixture of lemon juice
  • Let it sit for an hour before rinsing it off with warm water and beard shampoo
  • Apply a good premium beard oil

Can lemon lighten your beard?

Unfortunately, if you do not want to lighten your beard, you should keep off the lemon juice. Lemon juice will lighten your beard because it is a natural bleaching agent.

Frequently Asked Questions

Are lemons good for the beard? Unfortunately, lemons are not good for the beard unless you want to bleach your beard. However, when consumed with other beards promoting fruit lemons can be good for beard growth by boosting beard growth hormone testosterone.

Does lemon remove men’s facial hair? Yes, when topically applied lemon does help remove men’s facial hair through bleaching and weakening the facial hair follicles which remove the beard through the shedding process.

Does lemon citric acid clog or kill facial hair follicles? Lemon juice does not clog hair follicles on the contrary lemon helps unclog hair follicles. Does it kill hair follicles? Well, the bleaching properties of lemon citric acid lighten the hair, some people believe that by lightening hair follicles. The hair follicles will be destroyed in the process.

I did not find research that proves that theory since once your beard hair is bleached doesn’t mean that it will stop them from growing. If you wish to remove hair permanently, electrolysis is a better option.

Can I leave lemon on my hair overnight? You should not leave lemon juice on your hair overnight, it will bleach your beard hair.

You should wash the lemon juice off your hair after 30 minutes of application. It helps tighten hair follicles and prevent hair loss.

Does lemon increase facial hair? No, the growth and density of your facial hair are solely dependant on your genes and how sensitive they are to testosterone.

Therefore, lemon will not increase your beards. It may help with the production of testosterone but if your androgen receptors are not sensitive to testosterone you will not be able to increase your facial hair.

What is the effect of lemon on the beard? Lemon has a bleaching effect when used on both hair and beard especially if you are exposed to sunlight. Sunlight accelerates the bleaching effect.


If you are not looking to bleach or lighten your beard I would advise you to keep off applying lemon on your facial hair. Especially if you spend a lot of time in the sun. However, if you have been diagnosed with low levels of testosterone one of the hormones that promote beard growth, adding lemon to your diet of testosterone boosting foods may help you grow a beard.


My name is Ben, when growing my beard I had a lot of questions. Now that I have been able to grow a beard, I started this blog to share answers to the research I did to the many questions I had. I also share tips on how to maintain and grow dreadlocks and general tips to looking guide. I am all about looking good.

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