I’m not going to sugarcoat it. Having bad skin sucks. It just fricken sucks. It can be painful, you feel insecure, you might not want to leave the house, and no amount of makeup can take away those feelings. Trust me, I’ve been there. I’ve had it all – acne, rosacea, dermatitis, eczema, blemishes, blackheads and whiteheads. I’ve also tried it all – oil cleanses, different moisturisers, ProActive, facemasks, and the most expensive products on the shelf. Some of these products may have worked for you, and that’s fantastic (and I’m super jealous). But I never found a product or regiment that actually worked for me and agreed with my skin. I don’t know about you, but I don’t have time to cleanse my face seven times a day and use a $150 moisturiser that contains extracts of a fruit I’ve never heard of that can only be found in the mythical land of Narnia. But then I started researching more natural methods for blemish-free skin and discovered the wonder of apple cider vinegar (ACV).
ACV is made by fermenting pressed apple juice until the natural sugar turns into vinegar. The main ingredient of this wondrous product (that is probably sitting in the back of your pantry right now) is acetic acid, but also contains lactic, citric and malic acid, as well as vitamins, mineral salts, and amino acids.
The acids in ACV assist in the exfoliation of your skin by actually “digesting” the dead skin cells that are on the surface of your skin. The new layer of skin, once revealed, is more vibrant, tight, even, and healthy. ACV is also a natural antiseptic and antibacterial, so it will kill the germs of existing blemishes and help stop the spread of bacteria.
And in case this doesn’t sound amazing enough, ACV has a very similar pH to human skin. Everyone has a protective acid mantle on their skin, which is basically a very thin layer of oil that helps protect your skin from the elements, like the sun and wind. However, every time we wash our face or apply a product, we are disturbing the natural acid mantle and throwing off the natural pH balance of our skin. This can cause our skin to freak out and try to automatically fix the imbalance it self, leading to the over or under production of oil (helloooo oily or dry skin). This can then lead to pore blockages, resulting in those pesky pimples. Enter ACV wearing a big red cape. ACV naturally has a very similar pH level to that of our own skin, so when applied it gives your skin a helping hand to balance all these elements and restore a healthy protective acid mantle, resulting in less breakouts.
To make an ACV toner, mix equal parts ACV with water into a sterilized glass jar. I usually use about 20-30ml of each, which will last me one-two weeks. However, because everyone’s skin is unique, it may take a little while to find the right ACV-water ratio. If you have more sensitive skin, I suggest starting with a more diluted ratio by adding more water than ACV. Eventually you will find a ratio that works for you and your skin. And don’t be afraid to get creative! Add a drop of tea tree oil, or green tea and see how that goes. I usually use this toner once a day after cleansing. Simply apply the toner to a cotton pad and wipe over your face. Allow to dry and follow with your usual moisturiser.
Give It A Try:
Apple cider vinegar has literally changed my life. It might have a bit of a funky smell, but I owe this bottle of goodness my renewed sense of confidence and happiness. Skin is unique to every person, so remember to have fun experimenting and creating your own blend that works best for you.
Tips For Use:
- ACV can be purchased at almost all supermarkets and ranges from $6-$15.
- When purchasing, buy the most pure ACV possible. Look for organic, unfiltered, raw, and unpasteurised ACV that contains the “Mother” of vinegar. This is the gross, cloudy looking stuff that sinks to the bottom of the bottle. But this stuff is gold and contains all the amazing acids and minerals that makes ACV so brilliant for skin.
- Test your toner on a small patch on your neck before applying to your whole face. Then gradually work up to regular application.
- Be careful when applying to open or raw blemishes as it may sting a bit. This is completely normal and should subside a few seconds after application.
- Be patient. This is not going to transform your skin over night. It took me about 3 weeks to start noticing an improvement. I’ve been using ACV for almost a year now.
- ACV doesn’t just help blemishes, it can help reduce the appearance of uneven skin tone, sun spots, and scars.
- ACV can also be taken orally to help with digestion.