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Using ACV to Naturally Treat and Cure Acne

Updated on January 19, 2015


Having acne can be horrible especially through your teen years. It lowers your self esteem and raises your self consciousness of how people look at you. It is a torment to your everyday life, from the small pimples to those huge ones that show up on your chin and forehead right before prom. Who wants too deal with that? Nobody. Which is why I hope this article can give you an alternative treatment that is easy natural and cheap.

How to Treat Acne

There are hundreds if not thousands of treatments in the market today. From over the counter washes and creams, too prescribed medications. All of which will work for some and not for others. Now that's what makes acne a never ending battle.

If you're looking for a new treatment plan that has worked for me and thousands of others. Then I would recommend the Apple Cider Vinegar diet. Apple cider vinegar (ACV) has been know as natures cure for more ailments than you can think of. Warts, acid reflux, eczema, sinus infections, asthma, fatigue, and of course acne. It can be had as a beverage and also makes for a great astringent to clean your skin and kill acne causing bacteria. Organic vinegar is a natural antiseptic, it's loaded with potassium and has many great health benefits.

  I would recommend sticking to this diet for a least a month just like Pro-Active or any other treatment if you want to see any benefits. While using ACV directly on your face, you will see a quick improvement in your skin, but keep in mind it takes two weeks for your skin to repair itself and become healthy, even if it is looking good. After about a month you'll notice your skin will look cleaner, healthier, and you will have a nice smooth skin tone. And who knows you might even cure your allergies and lose a little weight during the month!

2 Tablespoons of ACV
2 Tablespoons of ACV
1/4 teaspoon of baking soda
1/4 teaspoon of baking soda
About a half cup of water and chug it down!
About a half cup of water and chug it down!

Recipe and Application

The best part about using apple cider vinegar to cure your acne is that it is cheap and easy. It's a quick drink in the morning and one at dinner. You will want to use organic apple cider vinegar with the "mother" (it is like pulp in orange juice) in it. A good and well recommended brand is "Braggs" which you should be able to find at any organic grocer across the United states and the UK. For about five dollars you can get a decent size bottle that should last about a month. This is important, only buy the organic unprocessed ACV. Other vinegars will not have the health benefits of organic apple cider vinegar. Also Do Not Drink the "White vinegars". Ok lets move on with the recipe.

  • 2 Tablespoons of ACV
  • 1/4th teaspoon of baking soda
  • 1/2 cup of water or tea (whatever you prefer to get it down)

Pour your two tablespoons of ACV in to a glass and add your baking soda, swish it around and then just let it sit for a few minutes until it is done foaming. Pour in about a half cup of water and chug it down. It will taste nasty at first but after a few glasses the taste won't bother you anymore. Some people add honey (which is also great for your skin) or mix it with tea. I prefer just a little water because I want to get it down quick! You don't need to add baking soda, but I strongly recommend it. The baking soda neutralizes the acid in the vinegar and brings it up to the ph of the human body. It will also keep the vinegar from eating away at your tooth enamel.
To use it as a toner either mix some vinegar with water and apply it to your face with a cotton ball/washcloth or apply it straight from the bottle without diluting it. If you have open wounds from your acne it will burn and turn your face bright red if you use it undiluted. So use it at night after you wash/exfoliate your face. After a few days when your skin starts to heal it won't burn or turn red anymore. For cleaning your face in the morning and evening I recommend Johnson and Johnson Exfoliating face wash. That will help clean out clogged pores and let that vinegar toner kill the bacteria growing inside them.

Sleep, Stress, Diet.

Always keep in mind that your sleeping schedule, diet and stress will influence your skins behavior. So instead of soda try flavored water, Sleep early and exercise to relieve stress and built up anxiety. If you have any comments or questions please send me a message or leave them below. I'd really like to hear about other people that the ACV diet has helped.


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    • Writen4u profile imageAUTHOR


      4 years ago

      It sure does. Thanks for the comment Dr. Pamela Pitts.

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      Dr.Pamela Pitts 

      4 years ago

      This actually works

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      7 years ago

      Apple cider also helps with burning fat and lowering cholesterol levels. Many refer to it as old wise tale, but I'm telling you all from my and my mothers' experience it does work. ACV does wonders and cheap too. :)

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      8 years ago

      Photos taken during and after application would be interesting.

    • Writen4u profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago

      If you drink it use the recipe above. You can also wash your face with it to help kill bacteria. I would recommend diluting it with some water as it will sting if you have open wounds on your face. The best time to wash with it is at night so you don't have to leave the house with a bright red face!

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      8 years ago

      do you literally put it on your face? or do you drink it? or both?

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      8 years ago from U.S.A

      I am definitely pleased to have come across this hub. Very interesting and helpful. I've experienced using ACV in my diet, but for some reason I stopped. I never knew I could use it directly on my face. Thanks for the info.


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