Hi! I started using diluted ACV as a toner because I read about balancing the skin's pH levels to help naturally ward off bacteria, heal, etc. I don't know the exact ratio but I pour a little bit of ACV at a time into filtered water until my pH strip reads about 4. I use this every time after washing with neutrogena ultra gentle daily cleanser to balance out the skin. (The neutrogena has a pH of 7)
I am also using Skin Biology (Diana Yvonne) SA 2% @3.2ph (also called exfol serum) 1-2x a day.
I'm wondering if this is an alright combination? The ACV is supposed to be an exfoliant, but I am uncertain on how strong it is? Will the both of these be too much of an exfoliating effect? Or will they enhance each other?
I ask because I have used the SA since Jan 22 and the vinegar toner since Feb 5. Today I have 3 almost cyst type bumps. Not quite cysts--not the huge, deep extremely painful types, but more inflamed than just a regular surface pimple. They have no heads.
So, I am wondering if the combination is drying my skin out too much (though I am still oily), or is it perhaps becoming too exfoliated and therefore sensitive because of the SA and vinegar. Or is this a purging thing? It's been 10 weeks on the SA and 8 weeks on the vinegar. Should it be past any purging now? or just starting? I am still getting some seeds (pore plugs) coming out in areas.
Any thoughts? Safe to use together and just moisturize more? Cut back on the toner or dilute it more..or cut it out altogether? lol Or treat spots, keep pushing through and it will normalize? My skin/pores are looking clearer and my skin has a bit more glow to it.
Thanks! I always appreciate everyone who takes the time to reply.