As you may have noticed, I am a huge fan of natural treatments for acne (like Apple cider Vinegar) and that is due to several reasons: First and foremost, let’s be honest, natural home remedies are our cheapest option. These natural
treatments are either growing in our backyard or are already in our refrigerators. Secondly, and just as important, natural skin care ideas offer more reliable effects in the long run and they promise minimal side effects.
Apple cider vinegar is one of those natural home remedies for acne that has gained popularity over the years. Apple cider vinegar is an excellent detox agent. This type of vinegar is rich in alpha-hydroxy acids, which help dissolve fat deposits on your skin. As we all know, acne is caused by excess oil (a.k.a. fat) production on the skin. Thus, it is actually logical to say that apple cider vinegar can really cure acne; not just its symptoms, it can actually cure acne.
However, while many people claim that it only took two days for them to start seeing positive changes from using apple cider vinegar for acne, there are some who swear that it actually made their condition worse; which brings us to the discussion of possible sensitivity to this treatment.
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Alright, let’s face it; apple cider vinegar is a strong solution. It may not be as strong as all other synthetic products in the market but it is relatively strong. That is why it’s no shocker that some people are allergic to it. How to remedy this? You can either take anti-histamine for the entire duration of treatment just to make sure you do not develop an allergic reaction (which is not a good idea if you’re driving because it can cause excess sleepiness) or you go the easier route and just test it on a small portion of your skin first before trying it on your face. I think we can all agree that the latter is the smartest idea.
So, how to use apple cider vinegar for acne? After you determine whether not you are allergic to the vinegar, you can either drink it or apply it on your skin. If you choose to drink it (which can also help if you have cough or colds) and you can tolerate the taste and stench of it, take one tablespoon of the vinegar and drink it once daily. If you cannot tolerate the taste you can always mix it with lemon juice or any drink that goes well with vinegar.
If you choose to apply the vinegar topically, do not use pure vinegar on your face. Neutralize the solution with water. As a rule of thumb, always remember to mix one part vinegar to 8 parts of water. Place the solution in a closed-lid bottle and mix a grounded tablet of aspirin. The salicylic acid in the drug can help dry-up your acne. Use the solution like you would your toner – wash your face like you normally do and apply the solution afterwards. Since apple cider vinegar has a really strong stench, it is best to use it at night before going to bed.
Apple cider vinegar for acne – wouldn’t you know it? Life really is, full of surprises!
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