Not gonna lie, I had my suspicions. I had been drinking ACV (Apple Cider Vinegar) for quite some time now, and had started to use it on my hair, when I became fed up with the fact that my skin had not gotten better for some time. And man, am I glad I switched to using ACV as my toner.
EDIT 3/19/2014: I do not use ACV for my face anymore – consistently drinking it grew to be a bit too annoying for me – and have since switched over to a new skin care routine, based off of a Korean skin care routine. My skin has been consistently blemish free, softer, brighter, healthier, and my acne scares are going away as a result. If you are interested, do some research. And remember to use ACV at your own risk! Be mindful about your health and skin. I am not a doctor nor am I an expert, I’m just a girl on the internet. You are responsible for your own decisions. I am not liable for any problems that may occur.
Back story, I am a girl with unusually clear skin… usually. But recently my skin had decided to FREAK OUT, probably from stress and travelling, and it was breaking out hardcore. Pimples all over my forehead and the sides of my face, some on my cheeks, a few on my skin, blackheads on my nose. (Wow, this is really gross to talk about. And admit.) I had been using Green Tea as a facial toner but failing to refrigerate it or replace it once it had gone bad (too tired, too lazy). Furthermore I had stopped using soap on my face to see if it made a difference. (It did– a good one at first.) I was stubborn enough not to go back to washing it because my face had stayed moisturized and soft beyond belief, but the acne was piling up– I had just broken out with three bright red pimples, two on the right side and one on the left side of my face– one of them was puss-filled (yum)!
So finally I decided to look up ACV for the face. I had heard that people had had good results with it, but I thought it would burn my face so didn’t try it. This time, however, I did.
You mix it together, 1/2 water and 1/2 ACV, into any container that it will fit. Then you put this mixture on your face. (Most people use cotton balls, but I just use my hands.) Avoid your eyes like the plague. (I know most people say to do this and there are no ill effects if you don’t, but no. Really do avoid. It will burn.)
Let me tell you what to expect: Your face should not burn, unless you reapply consistently for the day. Your nose will semi-hurt, like when you smell vinegar, but it will go away. It is not a pretty smell. Allow it to set into your skin. If your face is prone to dryness, use a moisturizer. (I have each time I used it just in case, but it hasn’t really been a problem.) If you will be heading out into the sun, wash the ACV off, as I’ve heard leaving it on and going outside leads to darkening of the skin. It’s possible your acne will get better, worsen a bit, and get better, as ACV will cause the hidden toxins currently in your face to come to the surface so they can be destroyed, too. The bottom line is, you will see results within the first day or two, and by three weeks (general consensus) your acne will be gone.
When can you use it? As many times a day as is necessary, but if you have dry skin, probably two times, morning and night, at max. But let me say this: Go easy on your skin, because it WILL work. I put it on my skin at 5pm, and by the time it was 7pm, the huge puss-filled pimple I was telling you about had shrunk. Like, shrunk to the point where there was no more puss. Go figure. I put it on a final time before going to bed at 1am, and when I got up, surprise surprise: they had shrunken down to the point where I could hardly feel them.
Bonus: My face feels just as soft and moisturized as ever.
The theory behind why this works is that general medicines use chemical acids to zap the face, but your skin adapts to them after a while. ACV is a much stronger but also more natural and gentle acid, so your skin accepts it easier. It was an old cure way back-in-the-day for many things like arthritis joint pain, period pains and symptoms, and energy loss.
I would suggest buying ACV organically, because it has more nutrients and vitamins in there that are healthier for you and your skin. The ACV that isn’t in the organic section of your local store has been strained so that all of the benefits are lost. I especially recommend this if you’re drinking it or using it on your hair. (It tastes better, is healthier, and for some reason makes your hair a lot more shiny.) There are also people who suggest drinking it to cleanse your body at the same time that it treats it topically. I can vouch for this, as during the time I was drinking it every day my acne lessened greatly. To drink it, have a cup of water and put a teaspoon in it. Drink that 2-3 times a day. It doesn’t taste good, but you will get used to it. If you don’t, add honey to it to taste. Also try adding it with ramen, because it only ups the flavor. (ALWAYS DILUTE IT WITH WATER. It’s dangerous to drink it straight, as it will burn your throat and damage your teeth.)
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