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Vinegar Cured my Bacne

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Hi all,

I just had a quick question, if someone could help me with it that would be great. My face is clear and free of acne thanks to pro-active and possibly birth control. I still have a terrible case of bacne, however, and it is very frustrating/embarrassing. I mixed up a small bottle of mostly vinegar with a bit of tea tree oil and began the treatment yesterday, I'm hoping in two weeks I'll see the results most of you have! In the past I have been using pro-active's body wash and body lotion, both used for the treatment of body acne. I have had little to no results from those, so my question is whether I should continue to use the wash and/or the lotion while using the vinegar and tea tree oil...?

Do you think they might hinder the vinegar's results? Or the combination might provide better results? They might even be worsening the bacne, I just dont know. Any input would be greatly appreciated!

Thanks guys

Yea, that's a complicated one. Since we don't know about the possible side affects of mixing vinegar with benzol peroxide, the active ingredient in Proactive, the side affects could spell disaster.

BUT, if you stop using Proactiv on your bacne, be prepared for some flare ups since your back is used to being controlled by this anti-bacterial. Benzol peroxide is also an irritant, so your skin might be sensitive to the vinegar at first. I don't have personal experience from this, so i don't know.

I would vote for cutting out the Proactiv completely since it's not working for you, waiting a bit to let you skin calm down, and then using vinegar. Also, you might want to consider the temperature of your shower water - is it really hot? That can sometimes give people bacne (as well as other skin conditions).

Do you exercise and then not shower right after? I used to have chest and bacne when I was a dancer, because I would get all sweaty and then have to go to my next college class, so no time for showering. Now I don't have it anymore. You can also consider shampoo allergies, and other things.

Hope this helps! Anybody else have experience with this?

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Ok so for the past four years I have suffered from back acne. I'm now 18, almost 19 and I think I finally FINALLY found what's clearing my back acne. I've tried benzoyl peroxide (works ok, but takes a long time to see results), gold bond, AHA, BHA, sea salt, baking soda, and plenty of prescription meds. So here it is...

APPLE CIDER VINEGAR!

I'm not joking people. I've been using it three days and already the zits on my back are drying out and going away and all the nasty red spots are quickly fading. I'm going to post again in a few weeks to show my results but so far I can say this is the best thing ever.

The first few times I used it hurt like HELL, but now it's pretty straight. So take my advice and try it. $3 for a month's supply of acne medication is definitely fine with me.

Cheers guys, hope this helps.

Oh and to the original poster on this thread...THANK YOU!

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My experience with Vinegar and TTO

All I had was white distill vinegar, acidity 5%. So I used what I had. After a few days, I started clearing up but my back became really irritated.

So I added some water to my SPRAY BOTTLE which I recommend because it makes applying easier. I kept this up for a week or so see pretty good improvement, but nothing substantial.

A week later I was in a all natural store, and saw this cheap Tea Tree Oil anesthetic cream 5%.

I purchased it and then used it liberally after the vinegar dried or after I washed the vinegar off in the shower.

A week later I am no almost clear with some fading marks still visible. I would now be comfortable going to a swim party or the beach.

Thank god i read the original post.

Ps. do you think its better to use 100% TTO??

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My experience with Vinegar and TTO

All I had was white distill vinegar, acidity 5%. So I used what I had. After a few days, I started clearing up but my back became really irritated.

So I added some water to my SPRAY BOTTLE which I recommend because it makes applying easier. I kept this up for a week or so see pretty good improvement, but nothing substantial.

A week later I was in a all natural store, and saw this cheap Tea Tree Oil anesthetic cream 5%.

I purchased it and then used it liberally after the vinegar dried or after I washed the vinegar off in the shower.

A week later I am no almost clear with some fading marks still visible. I would now be comfortable going to a swim party or the beach.

Thank god i read the original post.

Ps. do you think its better to use 100% TTO??

I've used 100% Tea Tree Oil in my face as a spot treatment, and it works at first to decrease inflammation because it acts as an anti-bacterial. But after a while, my skin in the treated areas started to get tough (almost numb) and scaly...didn't feel healthy. So now I only use it diluted, and less frequently.

Your back is more resilient than your face, but I'd say if the vinegar dilution with TTO is working, I would stick with that. My philosophy is it's best go with with the gentlest thing that actually works, rather than going strong and irritating your skin. Your skin can only handle so much, and what we're trying to do is build up to where your skin normalizes and starts to heal itself, and then we don't need acne treatments. At least that's what I'm rooting for, and it's progressively working. =)

Ok so for the past four years I have suffered from back acne. I'm now 18, almost 19 and I think I finally FINALLY found what's clearing my back acne. I've tried benzoyl peroxide (works ok, but takes a long time to see results), gold bond, AHA, BHA, sea salt, baking soda, and plenty of prescription meds. So here it is...

APPLE CIDER VINEGAR!

I'm not joking people. I've been using it three days and already the zits on my back are drying out and going away and all the nasty red spots are quickly fading. I'm going to post again in a few weeks to show my results but so far I can say this is the best thing ever.

The first few times I used it hurt like HELL, but now it's pretty straight. So take my advice and try it. $3 for a month's supply of acne medication is definitely fine with me.

Cheers guys, hope this helps.

Oh and to the original poster on this thread...THANK YOU!

That's awesome!!

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Has anyone used ACV on their face and got positive results? I know its working well on my back, but I don't want it to be too much for my face. Anything helps, thanks!

I also have stopped using BP on my back since i started ACV. If I would have stopped using BP a week ago without the ACV my back would look like a pizza, no shit. This stuff is a miracle...I just wish the smell didn't make me wanna throw up. It's worth it!

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Ok, well I just have a few questions. When you use the vinegar is your acne supposed to get worse before it gets better on your back? Also, does it work with face pimples too?

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Alas, I suppose we can't expect everyone to read through 10 pages of a thread...

Yes, a few people (me included) have used vinegar on their face. However, I use rice vinegar (just my preference, ACV dried me out too much), and I dilute it 70/30 so it's mostly water. My skin is pretty sensitive and I don't have many pimples anymore. Now that I only have a few here and there, I'm thinking of trying it as a spot treatment. I also haven't been using it every day, so it really just depends on how sensitive your face is and how much acne you have. When I had moderate to severe acne, I was using it everyday, sometimes twice a day. I wouldn't do that now because it would probably just irritate my healthier skin.

I don't know if it's supposed to get worse - mine didn't, but I also had a good baseline because it had been 6+ months since using any medicated treatments. If you're skin is use to benzol peroxide, you might break out after stopping and switching to vinegar. But I don't know from personal experience.

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Dude! I read through all the posts here before I decided to go for this. I guess I was just so excited to hear how successful this treatment seems to be, I missed the part where people explained how GOD AWFUL the smell of the Tea Tree Oil is!

I just started today, and will definitely post with my progress. The Rice Vinegar is not so bad, then I opened the tiny bottle of TTO and almost passed out. I guess if it works, I (and my poor wife) will have to live with it.

I poured a little of the TTO into a small bottle with the vinegar at full strength; and the oil/vinegar don't mix, obviously. I am tempted to start over with just the vinegar and see if that works. I'm curious, though, if this does work, why none of the other manufacturers (Neutrogena, Oxy, Noxema, etc) don't sell products with these elements in them. Are they afriad it works too well?

Wish me luck!

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hi everyone, congratulations to all those people who the vinegar worked for... :D

im 19 and i have suffered from acne since junior high...i dont really get it that much but i have a vast amount of cane scars on my face and body...everyonce in a while i do get one cysts but other than that the bumps are really tiny and few in number...ive decided to try this vinegar treatment and hopefully it will work for me!!!... :pray:

i was just wondering...i use empson salt regularly, will that effect the vinegar

do i have to use the TTO oils ((wat it its purpose?))

i use a fading cream right now for my face...is using a lightning cream safe??..

thank you guys for your help, im very self conscious about my skin...im gonna be going off for my second year in college and i want to fell comfortable... :comfort: ..i want to wear camiz and go to the beach...[[REALLY HOPE THIS WORKS]]

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So... I haven't been on this site in a while and I came across this post and thought it looked interesting. I've tried the sea salt regimen but it was too time consuming and didn't make much of a difference so I quit that. I've been applying the rice vinegar on my back for three-four days and I can already feel/see a difference. There's only a few small active spots instead of twenty and my skin feels much softer. It's fantastic! The leftover dark spots seem to be lightening slowly as well. I was an early developer, and sadly, acne came with that package so I've been trying to deal with this problem for almost 12 years. Facial acne wasn't as bad as my back and wearing tank tops/anything backless was just out of the question. Maybe this'll FINALLY be the answer and I won't feel so self-conscious wearing my bikini. Here's hoping! :pray::D

Anyway, it's definitely worth a shot. I use undiluted rice vinegar on my back and just apply it with a cottonball. On my face I use a 50-50 vinegar/water ratio again applied with a cottonball. I also use Gold Bond medicated powder right after I shower.

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Dude! I read through all the posts here before I decided to go for this. I guess I was just so excited to hear how successful this treatment seems to be, I missed the part where people explained how GOD AWFUL the smell of the Tea Tree Oil is!

I just started today, and will definitely post with my progress. The Rice Vinegar is not so bad, then I opened the tiny bottle of TTO and almost passed out. I guess if it works, I (and my poor wife) will have to live with it.

I poured a little of the TTO into a small bottle with the vinegar at full strength; and the oil/vinegar don't mix, obviously. I am tempted to start over with just the vinegar and see if that works. I'm curious, though, if this does work, why none of the other manufacturers (Neutrogena, Oxy, Noxema, etc) don't sell products with these elements in them. Are they afriad it works too well?

Wish me luck!

Sorry, folks, but this solution is just not working for me. I started using this vinegar/oil mixture on my back everyday after my morning shower for about 2 weeks now and have not really seen an improvement. I guess I will just add this my list of topical treatments that have failed.

I don't mean to be a downer, as it seems this actually worked for some people on this board, but I wanted people to know that is does not work for everyone.

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Dude! I read through all the posts here before I decided to go for this. I guess I was just so excited to hear how successful this treatment seems to be, I missed the part where people explained how GOD AWFUL the smell of the Tea Tree Oil is!

I just started today, and will definitely post with my progress. The Rice Vinegar is not so bad, then I opened the tiny bottle of TTO and almost passed out. I guess if it works, I (and my poor wife) will have to live with it.

I poured a little of the TTO into a small bottle with the vinegar at full strength; and the oil/vinegar don't mix, obviously. I am tempted to start over with just the vinegar and see if that works. I'm curious, though, if this does work, why none of the other manufacturers (Neutrogena, Oxy, Noxema, etc) don't sell products with these elements in them. Are they afriad it works too well?

Wish me luck!

Sorry, folks, but this solution is just not working for me. I started using this vinegar/oil mixture on my back everyday after my morning shower for about 2 weeks now and have not really seen an improvement. I guess I will just add this my list of topical treatments that have failed.

I don't mean to be a downer, as it seems this actually worked for some people on this board, but I wanted people to know that is does not work for everyone.

I'm sorry it isn't working for you, perhaps there are other things really irritating your skin that you need to get rid of?

I wanted to post on this topic because I've also found ACV to be awesome for really clearing up acne, and keeping it gone, AND reducing the red spots -- even red spots that lasted FOREVER before this.

The only bummer is the smell. But it isn't too terrible, all things considered.

ACV and Manuka Honey are the absolute best all-natural skin products ever. You feel like a salad, but the stuff works.

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I also wanted to add that along with using the vinegar topically, ingesting it regularly is very good -- but I'd recommend using only non-processed vinegar. That makes a big difference because it has a lot of nutrients and enzymes that get killed off in the processing.

Braggs sells a great unprocessed vinegar and you can buy it by the gallon! It's usually in the health food stores.

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It's not working guys. I am using Braggs Unfiltered Apple Cider Vinegar and Tea Tree Oil for about a week and a half. I apply it using my bare hands once a day. More zits are forming and the red spots on my back are hideous. I'm pretty hopeless. Nothing ever seems to work. At first the Dan Kern products seemed to work then it came right back.

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It's not working guys. I am using Braggs Unfiltered Apple Cider Vinegar and Tea Tree Oil for about a week and a half. I apply it using my bare hands once a day. More zits are forming and the red spots on my back are hideous. I'm pretty hopeless. Nothing ever seems to work. At first the Dan Kern products seemed to work then it came right back.

feel ya, seems like nothing ever works and we ar stuck with this shit forever. only time will tell if we were wrong or right.

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It's not working guys. I am using Braggs Unfiltered Apple Cider Vinegar and Tea Tree Oil for about a week and a half. I apply it using my bare hands once a day. More zits are forming and the red spots on my back are hideous. I'm pretty hopeless. Nothing ever seems to work. At first the Dan Kern products seemed to work then it came right back.

That's too bad. I still use rice vinegar to help control facial acne, but since I don't have a lot of spots anymore I only use it once a week or so directly on the pimples/cysts. ACV aggravated my face so I used rice vinegar instead.

I wouldn't say it "cures" acne, since you have to get down to the root cause, but for me it definitely helped as a topical to "control" acne by bringing them to a head, then dissolving the white stuff, and exfoliating to help clear red spots.

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It's not working guys. I am using Braggs Unfiltered Apple Cider Vinegar and Tea Tree Oil for about a week and a half. I apply it using my bare hands once a day. More zits are forming and the red spots on my back are hideous. I'm pretty hopeless. Nothing ever seems to work. At first the Dan Kern products seemed to work then it came right back.

feel ya, seems like nothing ever works and we ar stuck with this shit forever. only time will tell if we were wrong or right.

I know! What bothers me even more is that it's possible that my kids, when I have them, will suffer from the same thing. :( I don't wanna pass this bad skin disorder to them. It really messes up ones self esteem huh? shoot man!

It's not working guys. I am using Braggs Unfiltered Apple Cider Vinegar and Tea Tree Oil for about a week and a half. I apply it using my bare hands once a day. More zits are forming and the red spots on my back are hideous. I'm pretty hopeless. Nothing ever seems to work. At first the Dan Kern products seemed to work then it came right back.

That's too bad. I still use rice vinegar to help control facial acne, but since I don't have a lot of spots anymore I only use it once a week or so directly on the pimples/cysts. ACV aggravated my face so I used rice vinegar instead.

I wouldn't say it "cures" acne, since you have to get down to the root cause, but for me it definitely helped as a topical to "control" acne by bringing them to a head, then dissolving the white stuff, and exfoliating to help clear red spots.

fbm, I also take acnrepril. Dude!! What the heck is this crap!?!?!? This vitamin Acnepril is supposed to handle it from the inside out...yeah not. I drink the vinegar and put it on skin...s.o.l.

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Hi, i'm gonna try this out, and i'm wondering, how should i start with the Tea-Tree Oil and Apple Cider Vinegar??

i was thinking of applying the tea-tree oil first, drying it, then applying the apple cider vinegar.

also, should i dilute the ACV first with water? if so, how much? thanks for the concern!

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Hi, I have a few questions about this as i have back acne aswell.

Ill start out with that im only 15 years of age but i have delt with this back ance for 2 years or so and some on my face. I have started scrubbing my face before bed with soap and rinse it off which is helping my face out but it isnt working for my back and my shoulders. Im going to try this vinegar but I have a few qusetions for someone that used vinegar and it helped them.

- Should i start off with a 50-50 solution of water and vinegar first for a week and see if I need to play with the solution a bit?

- Will the smell go away when i take a shower at night? ( since i go to school early in the morning I'd rather not walk up to my friends and have them asking why I smell like vinegar)

If someone could answer my questions really soon they would be such a big help. I live in Florida and lots of people ask me to go to the beach and hangout but I usually dont because of my back acne. Its just embarrasing when you see people out with such clear skin and then you look at your own. Hopefully this thread can come back alive since its been awhile for post but any help is greatly appreciated.

Thanks, Dustin

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Hi, i'm gonna try this out, and i'm wondering, how should i start with the Tea-Tree Oil and Apple Cider Vinegar??

i was thinking of applying the tea-tree oil first, drying it, then applying the apple cider vinegar.

also, should i dilute the ACV first with water? if so, how much? thanks for the concern!

I haven't mixed TTO and ACV myself, but other people on this forum seem to mix it together. You could do it either way I think.

Yes, I would dilute ACV w/ water. Start w/ 50/50 to make sure it doesn't irritate your skin. That's the safest way of doing it b/c it will probably be effective without causing sensitivity/irritation down the line.

i.e. if you use it full strength, you might not notice any irritation at first, but you're probably ruining your skin slowly b/c it's not meant to be in contact with something so acidic on a daily basis. Tap water is more on the basic (high Ph) side, so it balances out the vinegar a bit.

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Hi, I have a few questions about this as i have back acne aswell.

Ill start out with that im only 15 years of age but i have delt with this back ance for 2 years or so and some on my face. I have started scrubbing my face before bed with soap and rinse it off which is helping my face out but it isnt working for my back and my shoulders. Im going to try this vinegar but I have a few qusetions for someone that used vinegar and it helped them.

- Should i start off with a 50-50 solution of water and vinegar first for a week and see if I need to play with the solution a bit?

- Will the smell go away when i take a shower at night? ( since i go to school early in the morning I'd rather not walk up to my friends and have them asking why I smell like vinegar)

If someone could answer my questions really soon they would be such a big help. I live in Florida and lots of people ask me to go to the beach and hangout but I usually dont because of my back acne. Its just embarrasing when you see people out with such clear skin and then you look at your own. Hopefully this thread can come back alive since its been awhile for post but any help is greatly appreciated.

Thanks, Dustin

Yes, it makes sense to start with 50-50 on the back. On my face, I used 70-30 (30% vinegar, 70% water). But the back is more resilient than the face.

The smell will go away when you shower, but so will some of the benefits of the vinegar. The idea is that you apply it at night so it can soak in and do it's job, and then shower in the morning. If you put it on when you get home from school, and then wash it off in a night shower, it might be a little less effective since it's not staying on for as many hours. But you could try it and then let us know how it's going!

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Hi, I have a few questions about this as i have back acne aswell.

Ill start out with that im only 15 years of age but i have delt with this back ance for 2 years or so and some on my face. I have started scrubbing my face before bed with soap and rinse it off which is helping my face out but it isnt working for my back and my shoulders. Im going to try this vinegar but I have a few qusetions for someone that used vinegar and it helped them.

- Should i start off with a 50-50 solution of water and vinegar first for a week and see if I need to play with the solution a bit?

- Will the smell go away when i take a shower at night? ( since i go to school early in the morning I'd rather not walk up to my friends and have them asking why I smell like vinegar)

If someone could answer my questions really soon they would be such a big help. I live in Florida and lots of people ask me to go to the beach and hangout but I usually dont because of my back acne. Its just embarrasing when you see people out with such clear skin and then you look at your own. Hopefully this thread can come back alive since its been awhile for post but any help is greatly appreciated.

Thanks, Dustin

Yes, it makes sense to start with 50-50 on the back. On my face, I used 70-30 (30% vinegar, 70% water). But the back is more resilient than the face.

The smell will go away when you shower, but so will some of the benefits of the vinegar. The idea is that you apply it at night so it can soak in and do it's job, and then shower in the morning. If you put it on when you get home from school, and then wash it off in a night shower, it might be a little less effective since it's not staying on for as many hours. But you could try it and then let us know how it's going!

I put it on my back at full strength just because i got anxious. it didnt burn at all and the smell only lasted while it was wet. When i woke up in the morning I noticed some results already as my back was not really red at all. Im going to keep using this for a week and seee if i want to continue. Maybe 2 weeks. But as for my face is starting to breakout now and how should i apply it to my face? i tried putting just a little on last night but i didnt expect to much over one night. But should i just get a bowl and make up a 50-50 solution and dip my hands in and put it on?

Thanks for all the help. Maybe i can finally get rid of this persisting acne.

Dustin

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