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I used Apple Cider Vinegar as a topical for MONTHS. At first I was just using it full strength by putting some on a cotton ball & dabbing it on my face every morning and night after washing with a cleanser. After a time I used it mixed with water. It did absolutely nothing to improve my acne.
Once when I felt a developing pimple, I used some full strength on a cotton ball & held it on the pimple for several minutes. The next morning I had what looked like a small scab on my face! I admit that may have been my fault because of its acidity.
I may even have used ACV for nearly a year before I had to admit to myself that it was not helping my acne at all. I used organic & non-organic-neither helped. I'm really disappointed it didn't work for me-I seem to have some sort of mutant incurable acne. I am running out of things to try. :(
But I do recommend it to others because I have read so many reviews on this site & others saying that it worked. So definitely try it but mix it with water.
This is one of the best products in my regimen. I've been using it for a good 3 or so years. I mix a solution of 1/2 AVC and 1/2 water in a little bottle and keep it on my bathroom counter.
I do NOT use Bragg's AVC. The one time I decided to switch to that brand after reading the rave reviews, I broke out like nobody's business. I had tried to continue using it thinking it was purging or whatever, but it certainly was not. The brand I use and have continued to use is Spectrum Organic Unfiltered ( w/ the Mother ) AVC. Easily found at any health store, and very cheap for a big glass jug of it.
After washing my face I'll just grab a cotton swap or fold over 2 toilet paper squares, squirt my AVC on it and tone my face. It makes you feel that little extra freshness after washing your face. Your skin may turn a bit red after application, but normally goes away in a couple of minutes. New users need to use a more diluted solution and work up to 1/2 and 1/2 because it may burn at first when using a more concentrated mixture.
All 'n all this product along with my Cetaphil Cleanser and Aloe Vera moisturizer has kept me clear for over 2 years. Definitely recommended to anyone with blemish problems!
I've been using the apple cider vinegar as a topical every night for the last couple of weeks and I have seen dramatic improvement in my skin. I use it straight out of the bottle on a cotton ball every night after washing my face and leave it on overnight. I have oily skin, so this does not dry out my skin too much or cause redness like others have posted. The results were also not immediate like others have posted, but over a couple of weeks of using consistently, my skin is clearer, smoother, and less oily.
I have also been mixing a few teaspoons with juice in the morning, but less consistently so not sure if this helps as well. It's not the best taste but you get used to it, and I find I actually enjoy it a little. I drink it through a straw, as I have read on other posts that it can damage the enamel on teeth.
This is worth a try for anyone struggling with acne. I am so excited to find something natural that works!!!
i think everyone should give this method a try because it is natural, and will not harm your skin. Even if it doesnt work for you, IT IS STILL WORTH THE TRY!. * This will not completely "cure" your acne, but it sure helps alot~
I've been using this in combination with Ponds cold cream for about a week now. In that time my skin has improved a lot. My skin tone has evened out, I haven't had a major break out like I was having for a while, and my skin is soft feeling. I wash with Ponds once in the morning and once at night, followed by a topical application of raw cider vinegar with a little water to water it down. It does sting a little, especially on open or healing blemishes, but it goes away pretty quickly. I was trying to use all natural ingredients on my face and body to clear my acne before trying Ponds (I used coconut oil for a few weeks, it didn't work for me unfortunately). Anyhow, I am attracted to this method because it is all natural and unprocessed. Vinegar is also great for the hair with some baking soda. I do not mind the smell, either. I would definitely recommend this.
For real, use it.
I'm 30 years old and have suffered with really annoying, sometimes painful cystic acne on my forehead and chin area since I was about 16 or 17 years old. I have tried just about everything under the sun to try to get rid of it, including expensive prescriptions from my doctor, Proactiv, and just about every single over-the-counter product that exists and NOTHING has ever worked. After a really painful breakout on my forehead last week, I did some research on the internet in hopes of finding something that I hadn't tried yet that would help get rid of my acne. I came across several articles on ACV and how well it treats acne. I went out and purchased some Bragg's organic ACV at a local health food store and started applying it to my entire face with cotton balls twice a day after showering and washing my face, and I also started drinking 2 tablespoons in 8 ounces of water 2-3 times a day in hopes of speeding up the recovery process. I have been doing this regimen for about a week now and I'm already starting to see a difference! My zits have started to harden up and dry out and now they are finally starting to fade a bit! Another huge bonus is that I haven't gotten any new breakouts since starting the ACV. I'm SO excited and I can't wait to see how much more progress I have in the coming weeks. I read that it can take a full month or so to really start seeing significant results, but I'm very optimistic with the results I've had so far. I wish I had known about this years ago! Just as a warning, it will sting quite a bit when you apply it to your face, but that just means that it's soaking into your pores and is working. If it stings too much, you can dilute the vinegar with water, but I don't need to do that since I can handle the stinging. It goes away within a few minutes anyway. It also doesn't taste that great when you drink it, but I've actually gotten used to the taste. Plus, the bad taste is totally worth the results you will get.
I encourage everyone who suffers from acne (whether it be cystic, hormonal etc.) to please give ACV a try!
Basically I've suffered from acne for years - I get cysts around my jawline along with minor pimples during that time of the month.
I started using ACV as a toner about 5 days ago and I am not exaggerating, I have seen a complete change in my skin! My scarring is visibily reduced. The cysts somehow are being minimized and other pimples drying out.
My Routine: I dilute the ACV and put it on at night as a toner. Then in the morning I use it as a toner again again but this time I wash it off with Aveeno's face bar.
Once my skin completely clears up I am going to just use it as a toner every other night.
Please this goes out to everyone acne sufferer, try this! You know that feeling you had when your skin used to be clear, but yet now you have somehow forgotten what it feels like? I had that great clear skin feeling today! For the first time in years! Please do try, you won't regret it!
It works! I'm the mother of a cystic acne sufferer. Since February she has been on antibiotics (suffered esophogitis due to doxycycline), Epoduo and duac with really no relief. I did research 3 days ago for home remedies on cystic acne relief and getting rid of acne scars. I read posts from actual people (I like forums, the truth is easy to filter out from spammers) saying it worked. I just wanted to pass along how amazed I am after only 3 days of using the apple cider vinegar I've had in my cabinet this whole time, has shrunk cysts overnight and has lightened red scars on her face chest and back! I just can't fathom why someone isn't screaming from the rooftops for acne sufferers everywhere how well ACV works. She also takes Airborne tablets, about 3 a day, supposedly the zinc and other vitamins/minerals in the tablets help as well. As you may know the pharmaceutical cost is astronomical compared to some ACV and Airborne tablets, I'm guessing that's why ACV isn't out there like it should be. My daughter applies the ACV undiluted with a cottonball and takes the Airborne tablets 3x's a day, the change in only 3 days is miraculous and noticeable! Please try it and I hope it works. She tried ingesting a 2 tbsp which was also recommended but she couldn't stomach it. I've read of the ACV in tablet form and we will begin that as well. I'm so happy, she was starting to feel very hopeless. For a whole month of Airborne and a bottle of ACV that should last at least 3months, it's under $20.00!
This stuff is kind of amazing. I'm really surprised that more people don't know about it. My acne typically isn't all that terrible, but I AM terrible about picking at them and will often make even small blemishes into scabby atrocities. Sometimes I have gotten those big painful cyst-type zits.
I've been using apple cider vinegar for about 1.5 months and it had kept my face really clear, even during my menstrual cycle. I dilute it with about 25% water, and apply it to problem areas in the evening with a Q-tip. I wash my face in the morning to get rid of the stink. I've been using a natural emu oil, tea tree oil, and eucalyptus oil soap; and jojoba as a moisturizer. It's all going great and my skin looks better than it has in a long time. If I notice one forming, I make sure to put the vinegar on that spot and it never really progresses and just fades away. Great alternative to chemical laden treatments like Proactive (which worked for me, but I found the BP was having ill effects on my skin quality).