Apple cider vinegar is an apple juice fermented with yeast and other useful bacteria. It is a unicorn in the natural beauty world because of its antibacterial, anti-fungal and antiviral properties loaded with probiotics, vitamins, and minerals.
ACV contains organic acids, like lactic, citric, malic acids and acetic acid that may help kill the bacteria that causes acne.
The main benefit of apple cider vinegar (ACV) for acne is its ability to fight the bacterium (Propionibacterium acnes) that causes acne and its ability to also remove excess dirt, oil and dissolves dead skin cells.
Just because apple cider vinegar is not a scientifically proven treatment for acne, that doesn’t mean it won’t work for treating acne. One of the things that make apple cider vinegar so great is that it restores the skin’s pH balance.
WHAT’S THE BEST WAY TO USE APPLE CIDER VINEGAR FOR SKIN?
Before you try using ACV on your face for the first time, try out a test spot to make sure it won’t have an adverse reaction to your skin.
If your skin reacts to it, you can try mixing one part vinegar with four parts of water. For people with sensitive skin, you might want to dilute it even more with water, but if it doesn’t affect your skin badly, you can try a stronger concentration.
When applying the mixture to your skin, make use of a cotton ball, and then leave it on for about 5 to 15 minutes before rinsing it off
THREE WAYS TO USE APPLE CIDER VINEGAR FOR ACNE
- FACE WASH
Washing your face with ACV can help remove oil, dirt, and gunk from pores. Use a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar to your regular face wash. Apply on your skin, then rinse.
- SPOT TREATMENT
Using ACV in Spot treatments can help stop pimples in their tracks before they’d had a chance to grow. Pour a little quantity of vinegar onto a Q-tip and apply directly on blemishes. Repeat daily until the spot goes away.
- ACV ACNE FACE MASK
Combine a tablespoon each of activated charcoal and bentonite clay (A natural clay with a fine, soft texture which has been proven to help remove impurities on the skin, such as oils, and toxins from the body).
Use apple cider vinegar to make a paste. With clean fingers spread over the face and let sit for 15 minutes. Rinse with cool water and apply moisturizer.
The bottom line, ACV might work for your acne, but you need to also take note of the risk of it’s been too harsh on your skin. It might be best to stick to other tried-and-true acne-fighting methods.