Rather than spending hundreds or thousands of dollars every year trying to get rid of acne, you can use a simple homemade treatment that costs only pennies a day! Apple cider vinegar, also called ACV, is one of the best natural products around. I use raw apple cider vinegar for everything from making my own cleaning products and as a morning detox cocktail to salad dressing and as a hair conditioner. It’s also great for getting rid of pimples.
Why Is ACV Good For Skin?
Raw apple cider vinegar, the kind that hasn’t been pasteurized and has the “mother” in it, is a natural antibiotic and anti-bacterial which will help to clear up acne, even adult acne, over time.
It also contains alpha-hydroxy acid which is extracted from the apples. This acid helps to gently dissolve the oil on your skin, cleans pores, and will eventually unclog them and gets rid of blackheads as well. It can also help to even out your skin tone since alpha-hydroxy acid encourages skin renewal. There are many products on the mark with this acid, but they’re often harsh on the skin and expensive.
The skin on your face is naturally acidic and ACV will help to balance the pH level so it’s the right balance; neither too dry nor too oily. It can also help to reduce the redness associated with acne.
How To Use Apple Cider Vinegar For Acne
1. Buy a bottle of raw ACV, such as Bragg’s or another brand you find at your local store. Remember, it should be unpasteurized and contain the mother. This is not the typical vinegar you find that looks clear. Raw ACV has a cloudy look to it.
2. Using a 2oz or 4oz clean, empty bottle, fill it 1/3 full with the apple cider vinegar and fill the rest of the bottle with purified water. Put the lid on and shake well. You can store this in the refrigerator which makes it even more soothing for your skin or you can keep it in the bathroom. It keeps for several weeks. In fact, I’ve never had a bottle of this natural astringent go bad.
3. Wash your face as you usually do and pat dry with a clean towel. Take a cotton ball or cotton pad and saturate it with the ACV toner you made. Wipe this all over your face and anywhere else you have acne, avoiding the eye area. Repeat with another cotton ball soaked with the astringent if your face is very oily. Do this up to three times a day, especially before you go to bed and when you wake up.
At first the vinegar smell is quite strong, but it goes away after a few minutes. You may feel a tingling sensation but this should also go away quickly. If you find that the ACV toner is too harsh, you can rinse it off with warm water then gently pat dry your face each time you use it.
I’ve been using this homemade skin toner for years and so do all of my daughters and we rarely get pimples anymore. Apple cider vinegar makes an excellent astringent that isn’t harsh on the skin and helps to reduce acne breakouts over time.