Three Ingredient Brightening Honey Lemon Sugar Scrub

Though I have been lucky and have avoided any serious acne outbreaks over the years, we all have our moments when, no matter how strong our skincare game is, we’re still plagued by an unstoppable breakout. Whenever I would have this issue in high school, my acne almost always turned up in the same spot…right after the last pimple had cleared up. Not only was this recurring problem area totally frustrating, but I actually wound up with quite a bit of scarring.

These acne scars turned into a huge insecurity for me, and I couldn’t nix them no matter how hard I tried. I worked with a dermatologist and tried loads of different creams and serums, but nothing seemed to work. They’ve begun to fade over time (yay!), but I recently whipped up a new brightening scrub packed with lemon juice and honey to help move the process along a little quicker. If you also struggle with acne scarring, it’s an absolute must-try. It’s only three ingredients (which you probably already have in your pantry), smells delicious, and is completely natural. Here’s the sitch:


♥ 1/3 cup sugar

♥ 1/8 cup honey

♥ 1/2 small lemon


♥ Mix the sugar, honey, and juice of 1/2 of a small lemon in a bowl.

♥ Enjoy!

♥ Store excess in the fridge for up to two days.


If you’ve been following along on TBC for awhile, you guys know that I’m NOT a fan of long, complicated recipes. As the saying goes, ain’t nobody got time for that — right? That’s why I’m so obsessed with this little concoction lately; I always have all of the ingredients in my house without even trying, and it takes literally no more than five minutes to make. It’s my version of perfection.

Also, just an FYI — this recipe doesn’t yield a huge quantity of scrub like the French Vanilla Coffee Body Scrub I shared. Fresh lemon juice only lasts for a few days in the fridge, so the measurements above are only designed to get you through that length of time. That being said, the portion is still quite generous, especially if you’re only using it on your face and not your shoulders, arms, and back (which I do recommend).

Enjoy, and let me know if you what you think of this DIY beauty recipe in the comments!



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  • Stephanie

    Definitely need to try this scrub! I used to just rub lemon on my skin in high school, and I’ve done honey and sugar scrubs before, but never thought to combine them all! Can’t wait to pamper myself with this!

    Stephanie |

    • Holly Habeck

      Yes, it’s amazing! Also, I use honey in almost all of my DIY beauty products, but I’ve heard that you literally wash your face with it too — so that will be the next thing I try! Thanks for reading 🙂 xx

  • milanlexi

    I absolutely love all natural beauty products like this! I never realized the power of natural ingredients until I started using oils on my face as a moisturizer! I will definitely try this out since I had an unusual amount of breakouts this summer and I can’t seem to shake the evidence that it was once there!

    • Holly Habeck

      Yes, natural beauty products are everything! I didn’t realize the power of natural ingredients either until recently, but am really looking forward to testing out more and also bringing more to the blog! Also, I will definitley have to look into using oils too! Thanks for reading 🙂 xx

      • milanlexi

        Yes, you should! Oils are wonderful, I recommend using coconut and Vitamin E for the skin! How long did you use this scrub before you noticed a difference in the acne scarring?

        • Holly Habeck

          I started to notice a difference in the scarring after just a few uses! I’m sure everyone’s skin is different, and it depends on the severity of the scars, but that was my experience 🙂