Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) is generally used in salad dressings, marinades, vinaigrettes, food preservatives, etc. It is made by crushing apples and squeezing out the liquid, to which bacteria and yeast are added to start the alcoholic fermentation process. In this process, the sugars are turned into alcohol. In a second fermentation process, the alcohol is converted into vinegar by acetic acid-forming bacteria (acetobacter).
Organic non-distilled apple cider vinegar (the cloudy type with the cobweb “Mother”) retains essential minerals, vitamins, prebiotic compounds, and phenolic acids, as compared to synthetic refined versions that look better but are not as beneficial.
In this article, you’ll learn and discover at-home-remedies for acne using Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV).
Why Apple Cider Vinegar Works Against Acne?
Acne typically starts when skin pores get clogged with dirt or sebum creating an environment for bacteria to proliferate and infect the region. ACV’s properties naturally act against the above causes.
- Because of its acidic nature, ACV removes excess oil from your skin, normalizes the secretion of sebum and clears the pores.
- ACV has significant antibacterial and anti-fungal properties that prevent the proliferation of bacteria, viruses, and yeast that create perfect soil for infections.
- ACV balances the pH level of your skin. Everyone has a protective acid mantle, which is a thin layer of oil, on the outer surface of the skin. Which means, the skin is naturally acidic and functions best when it’s at a pH of around 5.5. But each time you wash your face or apply a product, you disrupt this natural acid protector and your skin becomes vulnerable to infections and other irritations. This is where the ACV toner comes handy as it has a pH of 3 and when diluted, the acidity from the toner helps bring your skin’s pH back to its normal levels.
- Using Apple Cider Vinegar for Treating Acne
Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) and water
According to Healthline, The simplest recipe is to dilute the apple cider vinegar with water before applying it to your scars.
Follow these steps:
- clean your face with mild face wash and pat dry
- mix 1 part ACV with 2 to 3 parts water
- gently apply the mixture to the scar using a cotton ball
- let sit for 5 to 20 seconds, or longer if it doesn’t irritate your skin
- rinse with water and pat dry
You can repeat this process once or twice per day and continue using it until you see results. For some people, this could take a month or more.
Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) and Honey
Try diluting the vinegar with more water before applying it. You may also find that your skin becomes very dry after use. If this is the case, apply a moisturizer to your skin after it dries.
The addition of natural anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, and antiseptic properties of honey to apple cider vinegar can help cure acne.
Here is the Honey and ACV Rinse
This method is particularly effective for acne. We’re essentially utilizing the astringent properties of apple cider vinegar to get rid of the excess of oil after we’ve used natural anti-bacterial properties of raw honey to fight acne-causing bacteria on your skin.
- Rinse your face with lukewarm water.
- Cleanse your face gently with your regular cleanser. Massage it in a circular motion to boost blood circulation, and clear your skin pores of unwanted dirt and bacteria.
- Now, it’s time to steam your face to open up your skin pores. Pour boiled water into a bowl. Drape a towel around your head and place your face over the bowl to take steam for 2-3 minutes. Make sure to keep a tolerable distance, or you’ll burn your skin.
- Once you’ve done that, take two tablespoons of honey and apply it all over your face.
- Gently rub honey on your skin. Leave it for 20 minutes before rinsing off with lukewarm water.
- Now, pat dries your face. Do not rub.
- Take organic apple cider vinegar diluted with equal parts of water. Soak a cotton swab in it and apple to your acne spots directly. Leave it for at least 15 minutes.
- Wash off your face afterward and apply a good moisturizer to avoid excessive dryness.
And you’re done!
Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) as a Facial Toner
You can use one part of ACV with two or three parts of water to dilute it.
- First, make sure that you clean your face with a natural cleanser.
- Now, apply ACV using a cotton pad.
Do not rinse it once it is dry. You can apply regular moisturizer or any other product you are using. You may also apply the same ACV as a spot treatment directly on top of your pimple using a Q-tip, in case of a breakout.
Note: As said earlier, do not use harsh products like soap and strong face wash after applying the toner.
Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) as a Face Mask
Mix one part of ACV with three parts of Rooibos tea or water. If you don’t have the Rooibos tea, you can replace it with either tea tree or oregano oil. Use this mixture to treat blemishes. But if you have an acne-prone or oily skin, you should prefer Rooibos tea instead of water.
You can also use a mix of 2 tablespoons of ACV and 2-3 tablespoons baking soda to treat acne. Nothing much is required here. You may use your fingers to apply the mixture as a mask. Apply and leave it for 10-20 minutes or until skin becomes dry and tight. Now rinse with cool water and apply moisturizer. You can make it a weekly affair.