Apple cider vinegar works well as a home remedy for acne because it exfoliates the skin removing dead skin cells, oils, unclog pores, and flushes away any dirt, make-up, or leftovers from skin care products.
Apple cider vinegar has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. It helps with dry and scaly skin by breaking down fatty acids helping to hydrate the skin and making it feel soft and smooth. The anti-inflammatory properties treat acne while fading dark spots. Another benefit to using apple cider vinegar for acne is that it will balance the pH levels of the skin making it alkaline. Having skin that is alkaline (has a balanced pH) is beneficial because acne causing bacteria will not form on the skin as much. Because the apple cider vinegar is acidic this remedy makes the skin susceptible to the sun’s UV rays. Apply a moisturizer that won’t clog your pores and contains SPF 30 or higher after applying apple cider vinegar before going out into the sun.
Apple cider vinegar smells pretty bad so apply it at night to keep the smell from bothering anyone around you during the daytime. Applying apple cider vinegar at night will alleviate the need to use SPF, but still apply a moisturizer to keep it from drying out your skin.
Make your own apple cider vinegar acne toner.
When used topically apple cider vinegar needs to be diluted due to its acidity. Since apple cider vinegar is such a powerful remedy you only need to use a one to sixteen apple cider vinegar to water ratio. Add a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar to a bowl with a cup of water. Gently rinse your face with the toner remedy. Avoid sensitive areas keeping a quarter inch away from the eyebrows, eye area, and mouth. Afterwards, rinse your face with water and dab dry with a soft clean towel. Make an apple cider vinegar toner and save it for later. Mix half a cup of water and half a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar into a small container with a lid. Shake well and apply by dabbing some onto a cotton cleansing pad then gently rubbing it onto your face.
Home remedies for adding to an apple cider vinegar acne toner.
Boost the potential of an apple cider vinegar (ACV) toner by adding other acne remedies to it.
- Salt – Use a warm cup of water and add a quarter cup of salt to exfoliate and soothe the skin.
- Aspirin – Add one crushed uncoated aspirin or half a packet of BC powdered aspirin to the water and ACV toner. Salicylic acid in the aspirin will exfoliate the skin removing more dead skin cells and oil.
- Green tea – add a tablespoon of ACV to a cup of green tea instead of water to get the benefits of both remedies. Use a cup with a lid to store the green tea and ACV toner in a fridge it will keep for two weeks.
Tips for applying apple cider vinegar for acne.
You may have some regular vinegar or distilled apple cider vinegar now, but wait until you get organic before using apple cider vinegar topically or internally to treat acne. Regular vinegar or distilled apple cider vinegar will be much too harsh and dry out the skin. Do not use an apple cider vinegar toner daily because this remedy is highly acidic. Daily use will cause your skin to dry out and become irritated. Use apple cider vinegar for acne at most twice a week if you have average or oily skin, and once a week if you have dry or sensitive skin. Use apple cider vinegar less often during cold weather. The apple cider vinegar by itself has an indefinite shelf life, its acidic properties keep bacteria from forming keeping it fresh. When mixing apple cider vinegar with water use a container with a lid to store the remedy in a refrigerator for two weeks.