You’ve tried dozens of products to diminish your acne, but nothing seems to work. This is when you start thinking to give natural remedies a chance — we all do that at some point. Either out of pure curiosity or as an attempt to save some cash, people resort to all kinds of natural treatments for acne, and apple cider vinegar is one of the best-in-class options. But does it really work? And how safe is it? This article will help dispel some misconceptions about using apple cider vinegar for acne.
What is apple cider vinegar?
In terms of chemical composition, apple cider vinegar is a natural bacteria-fighting agent due to its high content of calcium, potassium, magnesium, sodium, iron, and sulfur. However, apple vinegar’s main ingredient is acetic acid, known to help exfoliate dead skin cells gently, kill Propionibacterium acnes bacteria, and neutralize sebum, the oily substance acne feeds and thrives. Thus, it’s the antibacterial properties that make apple cider vinegar an excellent topical home remedy for acne.
How is apple cider vinegar made?
Briefly, apple vinegar is obtained by fermenting apple must that’s made from crushed organic apples. These organic apples have bacteria and yeast in their peel. Afterward, it’s left to ripen for a while until the natural sugars ferment and form ethanol. Bacteria then convert this alcohol into acetic acid, which has antibacterial and antifungal properties.
Why is vinegar good for acne?
First of all, due to its antiseptic and antibacterial properties. Thanks to these, it can deeply cleanse the skin of all kinds of impurities and the excess oil produced by the sebaceous glands.
Reduces excess oil
Apple cider vinegar reduces to a great extent the amount of grease in the skin since it improves the functioning of the sebaceous glands, which are responsible for sebum production. Less oil on the skin means fewer chances to develop pimples, slightly improving breakout-prone skin.
By reducing oil production in the skin, acne will have a hard time reproducing itself as it appears when the pores are clogged by oil and dead cells. This is exactly how apple vinegar works for treating acne.
Exfoliates the skin, unclogging pores
Apple vinegar contains acids, two of which are alpha-hydroxy acids (citric and malic acids). These acids help dissolve oil and sebum that clog pores and eventually cause pimples to appear on the skin.
Reduces inflammation caused by pimples
Pimples, blackheads, and acne, in general, go through a period where the spots are inflamed and even cause pain. Apple cider vinegar helps to reduce inflammation due to its anti-inflammatory properties, while it also serves as a pain-relief agent.
How to use apple vinegar for acne?
Dilute it with water and apply it with a cotton ball over the blemishes. First, pour three tablespoons of apple vinegar into a glass of water and mix well. Then, apply it to your face with a cotton ball as an astringent.
Use three different cotton balls — one for the forehead, one for the cheeks and nose, and one for the chin.
If you have a very oily nose, use another one for that. This is to avoid spreading bacteria from one place to another, which would eventually cause more breakouts. Leave it on for 10-15 minutes and rinse it thoroughly with warm water. Then, use a soft, clean towel to dry the skin. Repeat every day to reap the best of its benefits.
- Never apply undiluted apple vinegar to the face, as it can damage the skin.
- Always use apple vinegar “with the mother”: raw, unfiltered, and unpasteurized.
- You can also drink a few spoonfuls in a glass of water as a tonic every morning. This helps prevent acne breakouts, reduces, and dries out inflammation.
- If you are allergic to apples, apple vinegar is not for you.
- It’s best to start using apple vinegar with the weakest combinations of one per four parts of water. When you feel comfortable, you can try stronger mixtures by reducing the amount of water.
- Tingling sensations are typical when using apple vinegar, but if you begin to experience burning, rinse immediately with cold water.