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The Cheap and Effective Way I Cured My Acne
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!
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.