If you tell most people that Apple Cider Vinegar could be used for beauty treatment, they would say its impossible. In fact, Apple Cider Vinegar is one of the most powerful and essential natural remedies out there. It’s been known to help with a sinus infection, weight loss, allergies, arthritis, and acne. It’s generally taken in water as a drink, but can also be used topically, which is what I’m going to describe here.
When I was younger, I suffered from acne and tried everything like washes, creams, pills; you name it. Back then, I was naïve, and I didn’t realize that the most obvious skin problems were due to internal problems. I started to notice the things that I eat and the stress that I put myself under. I tested different foods by removing them from my diets, such as eggs, bread, milk, and rice. Not all of these made a difference, but some of them did, with highly noticeable differences (all positive) when I removed milk. After being tested, it was indeed confirmed that I was Lactose intolerant. After doing some internet research into lactose intolerance, I discovered that milk contains a lot of hormones that can make acne sufferers have worsened breakouts.
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It’s safe to say that over the next few months, I noticed improvements, and eventually, over the years, I started to grow out of acne. The thing is, I am now left with scars, as well as having the occasional breakout.
My beautician from beauty salons Fredericton suggested using Apple Cider Vinegar because, as she said it, “It restores the acid mantle of your skin, so it heals quicker.”
The acid mantle is the skin’s first defense mechanism against invading bacteria. This defense layer develops at puberty, around the time that many teenagers will probably start noticing the symptoms of acne. Using creams face washes, as I did, can often damage and prevent this layer from developing as it should. This all happens as we start to produce hair on our bodies, and sebaceous glands cause changes in the skin’s pH. The pH of human skin settles typically somewhere between 4 and 6. But this varies with age.
In our late teens and early twenties, our Acid Mantle should be at its best. It should adequately protect against harmful external factors, heal exceptionally quickly, and generally take care of itself. The skin’s pH value an overlooked but a major contributor to acne and various other skin problems. Propionibacterium acnes are bacteria that live on the skin and are found in everyone, regardless of whether an individual suffers from acne. However, the number of acnes is significantly increased in acne sufferers. Research has shown that the growth of these bacteria is very much dependent on the pH value of the sufferer’s skin, and its growth is minimized with a skin pH of 5.5. Even a slight shift towards the alkaline pH would create an environment in which it can thrive.
According to spas Fredericton, nearly all soaps are Alkaline, and even the ones that are advertised as ‘best for your skin,’ usually have a neutral pH of 7+. When using soaps, we think we wash them off quite quickly, but there is almost always residue left behind. Over time, soaps start to change the pH of our skin away from its natural acidity, to a very unnatural alkaline state. It means that our skin will become dependent on these products as it is incapable of self-defense – indeed, not a good state of affairs.
Apple Cider Vinegar works to return your skin to its natural acidity, healing, and reversing the effects of cosmetic soap. It works great if you stop using soap altogether, which may seem like a brash decision to make, but it’s perfectly natural to wash with just clean water. Dirt plays no part in acne whatsoever and is a marketing skill used by many companies to make sufferers feel self-conscience and want to purchase their products, I could talk about this for a long time, but I won’t. For now, all I’ll say is that if they’re products actually worked, you would not need to buy them anymore, it is not in their interest to actually solve the problem.
The way to use Apple Cider Vinegar is to apply it to the skin. You can either apply it all over as a toner or directly to the affected area as a “spot treatment.” In fact, as well as rebuilding the Acid Mantle, Apple Cider Vinegar reduces the visible redness and inflammation. It’s important to note that some redness is normal and may last for about 15 minutes, with a little burning or tingling sensation. If this feels too much, wash your face immediately, as you don’t want to rush your skin into anything.
I would also suggest that you do not use it un-diluted, especially when you start using it. Many people find that they can, but it is usually something they have worked up to. I would suggest starting with a mixture of one part Apple Cider Vinegar, four parts water, slowly working your way to a 50/50 blend. Here is a list of a few more steps you should consider when using Apple Cider Vinegar:
- Start with a mixture of four parts water, one part Apple Cider Vinegar, eventually working your way to a 50/50 mix.
- Always buy Apple Cider Vinegar, which is organic. This is very important because it is the organic part of Apple Cider Vinegar that is most beneficial. If you buy standard culinary Apple Cider Vinegar, it has often been filtered and pasteurized, meaning most of the useful elements have been removed. The cloudier, the better.
- Avoid Apple Cider Vinegar that contains sulfites, and these can be harmful to the skin.
- Uses cotton pads or cotton balls to apply. For best results, a spray bottle works best. Apply to face when dry.
Apple Cider Vinegar doesn’t need to be something that is just for acne suffers too; it is also topically beneficial for:
- Rashes and Insect bites because it reduces inflammation.
- Scar healing.
- Ingrown hairs.
- Razor Bumps.
You can try this at home and share your thoughts about this DIY Acne treatment.