The Cheap and Effective Way I Cured My Acne

My acne on a "good day" before I found my cure.
My acne on a "good day" before I found my cure.

A Decade of Anguish

In high school I was relatively lucky; I only had a few zits every now and then, and most of them were whiteheads.

I remember thinking how lucky I was, because my older brother had pretty bad acne in high school, and had to take Retin-A for a long while to get rid of it. Then my luck changed when I was about 19.

I started getting lots more pimples, and also had the hard knots that sit beneath the surface. I used to think mountain ranges were erupting on my face! It was very embarrassing for me - I thought that only teenagers got really bad acne.

I tried lots of products to get rid of my acne: special soaps, pimple ointments, Proactiv, and facial masks...everything but Retin-A. As I got older I've steered away from harsh chemicals and perscription pills. I even stopped wearing makeup of any kind, and that didn't even help.

I also didn't smoke or drink or eat unhealthy foods, so I couldn't figure out what could be causing it other than stress. In fact I was only really stressed about having acne all over my face, so it was a lose-lose situation. I tried to forget that I had zits, but that would only work until I caught a glimpse of my reflection.

So this went on for over 10 years! There were times when my acne would lessen and I thought that I was finally growing out of it, but alas it always came back. Finally I came across a website (EarthClinic) that talked about natural remedies for acne. After reading everyone's comments, I thought I should give it a shot. The best part is that it is so cheap to buy and it has like 1000 uses!


Hair doesn't really cover up the red spots!
Hair doesn't really cover up the red spots!


Happy Times!
Happy Times!

My Miracle Cure

The way I finally cured my acne was by using apple cider vinegar. I read that it was good to drink, so I started drinking 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar with a pint of water twice daily - oh yeah and a bit of honey to help the taste. I did this in conjunction with using apple cider vinegar as a toner.

I used a 50/50 concentration of apple cider vinegar and water as my toner, and applied it after my showers daily (luckily the smell of the vinegar goes away after a couple of minutes). Within days I could see a dramatic difference in my skin. It works so well that for over a year I've had smooth, clear, radiant skin.

Occasionally I will get a pimple during certain times of the month, but all I do is hold the cotton ball with the apple cider vinegar on that spot a bit longer and do it twice a day. It is a great feeling to have a zit shrink in the matter of hours. By the end of the day it is almost completely gone, and all the way gone by the next morning. I've never encountered a product that works so well, is good for you and has no side effects.

I have to say that I was not a fan of the way apple cider vinegar smells or tastes, but now I can't imagine my life without it! I no longer use honey when I drink it - I just splash a bit in my water and drink it throughout the day. I started out using the apple cider vinegar from the regular grocery store. This kind is very cheap, filtered and not organic. I still use this kind for my face, but now I buy Bragg's Raw Unfiltered Organic Apple Cider Vinegar to drink. As you would expect it costs a bit more for the organic apple cider vinegar, but it doesn't brake the bank, and I can't put a price on my health.

I hope my story helps someone else out there suffering from chronic acne. Since we all have different skin types I would suggest reading the comments on the EarthClinic site to see what others with your skin type did. I have oily skin, and could probably use full strength apple cider vinegar toner with out it drying my skin out, but I haven't needed it since the 50/50 concentration was plenty strong to battle my acne.

NOTE: If you suffer from PMS then Apple Cider Vinegar is another great remedy for that as well!


The information given in this hub is not a substitute for professional medical prevention, diagnosis, or treatment. Please consult with your physician, pharmacist, or health care provider before taking any home remedies or supplements. Only your health care provider, personal physician, or pharmacist can provide you with advice on what is safe and effective for your unique needs or diagnose your particular medical history.

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PaulaHenry1 6 years ago from America

wow- the results are incredible! Such an inexpensive way to help yourself too! Good Hub!

Debbie 6 years ago

Cool, i'm so gonna try this right now! luckily i have some vinegar in the kitchen already. =)

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HELLA 6 years ago from Boston

This is a good one!

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Brian 4 years ago

Thanks for sharing, great results! I've actually been on the ACV drink and toner for about 6 or 7 weeks now and my face has made great progress however I'm still experiencing small problems on my chin and around my jawline. How long did it take before your skin stayed consistently clear? Thanks!

Shawna 4 years ago

I always had great sink until the past year, or so. (I am 29). I started breaking out and bad. I have always felt that we pay money for products that don't work and are bad for our skin. I came across the Apple Cider Vinegar remedy on YouTube and deiced to give it a go.

YAY! It works for me!!! I am so happy. I drink a little each day and also use ti full strength as a toner and as in as little as a week, almost all my pimples are gone and my skin is almost back to normal. I spent years spending so much money on worthless products and why? It is time for us all to look back to nature and more gentle things for our skin.

So glad to hear that it worked for you too!

Rob 4 years ago

I find it a bit difficult to believe that your skin is unmarked after the treatment considering your skin looked to be severely marked with small crater-like indentations.

Well I hope you are not trying to deceive anyone and that the treatment did actually work as you say it did. Have you had anyone commenting that they have had the same results??

thia 4 years ago

wow, thank you for your share!!!

I have same story like you. I never had any problem with acne since I was teenager. But, now I'm 25 and acne start appear and decorate my face!

I would like to try this, and I will report the result if I'm not forget :D

I trust your story coz I ever read the same method. But, it's not using apple cider vinegar. it's called papaya vinegar that makes from apple vinegar. It's also pretty good for your face.

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Violet Flores 4 years ago from Kentucky Author

It took me about 4 weeks to be completely clear all the time. I do have to add that I stopped eating so much refined sugar, as I feel this contributed to my acne.

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Violet Flores 4 years ago from Kentucky Author

Thank you for sharing, and I am happy it works for you too. :)

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Violet Flores 4 years ago from Kentucky Author

I don't see the point in trying to deceive anyone with this is very affordable and I'm not making any money from others trying it. Skin is constantly sloughing off and regenerating. If you take care of your skin it will only be a matter of time before it heals itself.

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Violet Flores 4 years ago from Kentucky Author

Thanks for sharing. :)

The1 4 years ago

I've been battling acne for the past 8 months, and have gotten rid of it 95% so far by cutting out all dairy, sugar, and recently bread. I eat a lot more animal meat (esp. liver for the Vit. A), fish, flax seed for the Omega-3 etc. I'll try your treatment as a "icing on the cake" to see if it helps me get rid of the left-over red marks faster. ACV, who would have thought...

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