Apple cider vinegar is excellent for your digestive system. But do you know that it works like magic when it comes to making acne vanish? Yes! ACV is one of Nature’s most effective weapons to heal most skin-related woes (especially acne).
If you are still wondering how and why apple cider vinegar is good for acne, let’s take a closer look.
Well, there hasn’t been enough research to prove that ACV helps in treating acne. But, the good news is, we have gathered some evidence that shows it might be useful in combating the bacteria that causes acne.
Vinegar is extremely effective in killing many strains of bacteria. Although there aren’t many studies to show that apple cider vinegar can kill the strain of bacteria that causes acne, the organic compounds found in the vinegar can do that. Let’s take a look:
Two separate studies published in Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology and International Journal of Cosmetic Science claim that acetic acid, lactic acid, citric and succinic acids can kill Propionibacterium acnes or P. acnes, the bacteria that cause acne (1), (2). And apple cider vinegar contains all these acids.
Another study published in the Indian Journal of Dermatology, Venereology, and Leprology found that people who applied a lotion containing lactic acid on their face experienced a reduction in their acne (3). Apple cider vinegar also contains lactic acid.
Apple cider vinegar might help in reducing the scars left behind once the acne is healed. There are many organic compounds that help in this process. When you apply acid directly on your face, the process is called chemical peeling. When done with succinic acid, chemical peeling suppresses inflammation caused by acne. This helps in preventing scarring (4).
Now, let’s take a detailed look at the ways you can use apple cider vinegar on your face for treating acne.
You can use ACV in two ways:
(i) Apply it topically (mix it in your face pack or apply the diluted form directly on your skin).
(ii) Add a teaspoon of it to your morning drink.
Mentioned below are all the possible ways you can include apple cider vinegar in your day-to-day- beauty and health routine for reducing acne.
Spray the toner all over your face and neck generously.
Aloe vera gel soothes your skin and has anti-inflammatory properties. The astringent properties of apple cider vinegar kill the acne-causing bacteria and reduce inflammation. You can use this toner for back acne as well. It suits all skin types.
When spraying, close your eyes so that the toner doesn’t get into them. Also, do not apply it to dry and broken skin.
In a small bowl, mix the baking soda with apple cider vinegar.
Along with apple cider vinegar, baking soda also has anti-inflammatory properties that help reduce skin inflammation. It exfoliates the skin, unclogs the pores, removes all dirt and dead cells, and maintains the pH balance of your skin.
Baking soda doesn’t suit all skin types. If you have sensitive skin, do a patch test. Stop using it in case you experience itching and skin inflammation.
Green tea contains antioxidants and helps reduce inflammation while honey soothes the skin. The sugar granules gently exfoliate the skin, remove the dirt, and clean the clogged pores, thus promoting new cell growth.
Before applying apple cider vinegar on your face, do a patch test.
Mix the vinegar in water and store in a jar or spray bottle.
The acids in apple cider vinegar dry the pimple out and kill the bacteria causing it. It also helps in restoring the pH balance of your skin.
Dilute the apple cider vinegar before application. Otherwise, it may cause skin irritation.
Place your face over the bowl and cover your head with a towel.
The steam helps open up the pores and clears them of excess oil and dirt. This helps the apple cider vinegar and the essential oil penetrate your skin and cleanse it thoroughly. This remedy is very effective for those with oily skin.
Keep your eyes closed while steaming your face. Do not bring your face too close to the bowl/water.
These were the different ways of using ACV topically for getting rid of acne. Now, let’s look at the ways you can consume ACV to solve your skin woes.
Blend all the ingredients. Serve chilled.
These are the tips and tricks to use apple cider vinegar for treating acne. But how do you know if the ACV you have is the right one? Scroll down to find out.
However, before using apple cider vinegar on your skin, you need to take care of a few things:
Apple cider vinegar is a wonder liquid in the true sense. Try these treatments and let us know your experience. Stay tuned for more skin care tips!
What exactly is the “mother”?
The mother is the sediment that you see floating or settled in the bottom of the bottle of the apple cider vinegar. It contains healthy bacteria that detoxify your system and make your skin glow.
Does ACV have an expiry date?
Yes, it has. You can see it mentioned in the bottle. After that date, the quality of the vinegar deteriorates, and it may not be as powerful as it was earlier.
Can ACV burn the skin?
ACV is highly acidic, and so, it can burn your skin and cause irritation if you apply it directly. Always dilute it before using. And also, never consume raw apple cider vinegar.
Is apple cider vinegar good for the skin?
As the pH level of apple cider vinegar is very similar to that of the skin, it helps restore your skin’s pH balance.