You must be wondering why anyone would want to smear Apple, Cider & Vinegar all over their face, when there are hundreds of clinically produced facial care products which are widely available (and they smell nice). Well, we will let you in on a little secret…
Apple Cider Vinegar otherwise known as ACV has a lot of important health benefits, especially for the treatment of Acne as well as various other skin related problems. But before we get in to the nitty gritty of how to use Apple Cider Vinegar for treating Acne, let’s first understand how it’s created & why it helps with the treatment of Acne.
How is Apple Cider Vinegar created?
Real Apple Cider Vinegar is produced by fermenting pressed apple juice until the sugar from within the Apple turns into vinegar. For the best results it should be used raw, unfiltered and unpasteurized. The ACV has been in use for over 5,000 years, as unbelievable as it may sound – the Babylonians, the ancient Egyptians and the ancient Greeks used it. It was considered to be a sort of magical cure for all, and in some locations is still deemed magical today.
The good news doesn’t stop there…
It’s claimed to be effective in anything from resolving digestive problems to curing cancer. It has anti-bacterial and anti-viral properties and it helps to reduce blood sugar levels. It can also be used as a detoxification, too. Finally, it’s been used as a highly effective natural treatment for Acne. I hope now, you understand why people smear Apple Cider Vinegar all over their face.
Does Apple Cider Vinegar help treat Acne?
Well, according to scientific literature – it can. First, using ACV can lower triglycerides, cholesterol and glycated hemoglobin. These are some initial signs of improved insulin sensitivity and glucose tolerance, which is important for the treatment of acne. To understand why this happens, scientists have performed a variety of studies, however finding one clear answer is proving quite difficult – is it the acetic acid slowing down the release of sugar into the bloodstream or is it some other property in ACV that has yet to be identified?
Also, if ACV is consumed unpasteurized, it can provide you with some good bacteria which may help you to rebalance your intestinal flora leading to general reduction of inflammation as well as reduction in the swelling of acne. It also improves nutrient absorption which means that if you have acne because you lack certain vitamins and minerals, ACV can help. So, why not let mother nature take over and work her magic on your skin?
Celebrities endorse ACV
Many celebrities including Hilary Duff and Scarlett Johansson have used ACV to keep their skin clean and to help remove any acne or pimples. Whilst the expensive, heavily marketed clinically proven skin treatments are available at a drop of a hat, these celebrities are still choosing to use a 5,000 year old natural remedy. Why?
Well, there are a few reasons for that:
ACV contains substances such as malic acid, which give it antibacterial, antiviral and anti-fungal properties which can help in acne and skin infection prevention.
ACV doesn’t just remove excess oil from your skin; it also balances pH levels and the production of sebum which can help prevent your skin from becoming too dry or too oily.
ACV can also unblock your pores and allow your skin to breathe properly, making it very effective in treating pimples and acne.
By now you should be prepared to begin seeing whether ACV can help to treat your acne, if so then continue reading to find out how to use Apple Cider Vinegar for Acne treatment.
6 Steps to using apple cider vinegar to cleanse your skin
ACV is very strong, so you need to dilute it with water before applying it to your face. You really shouldn’t use undiluted ACV since it’s very acidic and can damage your skin. To make your ACV toner, mix equal amounts of ACV and water (please see our ingredients list below). You can also try adding Aloe Vera, green tea or witch hazel. After several uses, your skin will begin to get used to ACV. At this point you can gradually increase the percentage of the ACV in your toner, it all depends of your skin tolerance. Lastly, remember to shake it really well before use, so that ACV and water are thoroughly mixed.
Before applying ACV to your entire face, try it on a small part of your skin first. This is to ensure that the mixture is not too strong, if you feel a reaction to the ACV mix then immediately clean with water and then add more water to the mixture.
To apply it to your skin, use a simple cotton bud and gently rub over your skin. Be extra careful around the eyes. You don’t want ACV to get in your eyes! Also, if you are suffering from a breakout, then you may feel a slight irritation around the breakout area. But don’t worry, this is perfectly normal.
After the first use of ACV, you should rinse it off with warm water. This is just to make sure that your skin isn’t over exposed to ACV. If you don’t get any reaction after the first use, then the next time you use it, don’t wash it off. This will help you to build your skin’s tolerance.
ACV isn’t just good for your face. If you have acne on your back, you can treat this with ACV too. If you don’t know how to apply it, you can simply use a spray bottle.
After several weeks of ACV treatment, you can begin using coconut or jojoba oil to moisturize your new acne free skin.
Will this ACV toner work for everyone and every kind of acne?
Unfortunately, not. If you have tried all of those acne creams, cleansers, skin regiments & prescription pills and still haven’t successfully found a treatment, then why not try apple cider vinegar. Let this powerful purifying agent become your ally. It kills acne bacteria on your face. It helps clean out the pores from clogged up sebum. It can make your skin more acne resistant. Apple cider vinegar can even help you remove acne scars. Remember, ACV is a natural remedy, the scientific studies suggest that this treatment helps improve insulin levels as well as detoxing the body, the acidic ingredients also helps clean the skin of impurities and allows the pores to breathe, however this does not mean that ACV is a miracle treatment, as we mentioned be sure to mix the ACV & water 50/50 – test on a small area of skin first and take your time.
The most important thing to remember is not to apply ACV for longer periods of time (more than a few hours). Apple cider vinegar can cause burns. After all, it’s an acid. However, using it for shorter periods of time (up to 5 minutes) should not cause any damage. So, if you don’t mind the smell and want to naturally cleanse your face, try making some apple cider vinegar toner today.
Apple Cider Vinegar Ingredients
- 250ml water
- 250ml unfiltered and unpasteurized ACV
- 1 plastic bottle to mix & store the ACV toner.