Apple Cider Vinegar contains natural acids that exfoliate and renew skin. It's supposed to be good for controlling excess oil, gradually reducing the appearance of post-acne red marks, drying out pimples and evening your skin tone in general. I know that many people in the Red Marks forum on Acne.org sweeeaaar by this stuff, so I gave it a shot.
You're supposed to dilute it in water, the ratios vary but the most popular ones are 1:3 parts ACV to water and 1:1 parts ACV to water. I know some people worked their way up to pure ACV, but I think that would be way too drying to my skin... plus, the old sock smell would be unbearably more disgusting than the diluted version. Here's my recipe:
What You Need:
4oz Apple Cider Vinegar
4 bags of Green Tea
1 bag of Chamomile Tea
10-15 drops of Tea Tree oil
10-15 drops of Jojoba oil
10 plain aspirin pills
- Pour the Apple Cider Vinger into the container of your choice.
- Heat the water to a boil, set aside and steep the tea bags in it for at least 30 minutes. When cool, remove tea bags and be sure to squeeze them (your own washed fingers work best) to get the trapped bit of tea liquid out. Add to the ACV.
- Add the Tea Tree oil and Jojoba oil. The 10-15 drops is just a basic amount... add more or less to your liking.
- Crush the aspirin pills into a fine powder and mix well into toner. Strain the toner through a strainer or mesh coffee filter to filter out the left-over aspirin bits.
- Shake your container good to mix it all up.
You should try to get 100% green tea and chamomile.. if it says all natural on the box, you're good to go. Stay away from stuff with additives like flavorings.
Green Tea is high in antioxidants and Chamomile tea is known for its calming nature.
Tea Tree oil is a disinfectant, anti-fungal and good for treating acne. Jojoba oil is easy to absorb, is non-comedogenic and is remarkably similar to the sebum your skin naturally creates. You can try different oils if you're feeling creative. Another alternative is Grapeseed oil--it's light, easy to absorb, has astringent properties and is good for oily/acne prone skin. Emu oil is another option; it's reported to be good for acne, irritation and healing/fading scars and marks. A simple google search on essential oils or carrier oils profiles will bring up good resources for looking up what type of oils do what.
The green tea, chamomile tea and tea tree oil really help mask that horrendous odor (which does go away after several minutes). Be conscious when you first apply this stuff! I did not prepare myself for it and the first time I used it I did way too much sniffing and the smell made me dizzy!--lmao
Also, if this is irritating to your skin, try using less ACV and more the tea water.