Apple cider vinegar (ACV) is made from fermented apples and water.
It is a common ingredient that is known for its health benefits. However, it is also very good for the skin as it is rich in acetic, citric, malic and amino acids as well as containing vitamins, enzymes and mineral salts (source).
ACV also has antimicrobial and antioxidant properties which is beneficial for the skin.
You can buy ACV from most grocery stores, but you can also make your own however it is a long procedure.
You can make your own ACV by cutting up apples and placing it into a jar. Add filtered water with one tablespoon of raw honey and shake until it dissolves. Make sure to cover the top of the jar with a cloth and wrap it around the lid with an elastic band. Keep the jar in a dark place. Leave the jar there for 3 weeks and ensure to stir the mixture as it is important the apple pieces are submerged in the water at all times. Leave everything in the jar for another 3 weeks and it will be ready to use (source).
There are many ways ACV can help benefit your skin, for example;
Clears and prevents spot breakouts
ACV’s antibacterial and antifungal properties help to kill bacteria, unclog pores and remove excess oil and dead skin cells.
One of the main substances in ACV is acetic acid which is good for killing bacteria and preventing it from multiplying. It is commonly used as a disinfectant and is a known preventor of bacteria, fungus and infections.
How to apply:
Mix ACV with filtered water in a bowl. Use a cotton ball or pad to apply the mixture to the affected area. Leave it on for 10 minutes and rinse with warm water (source).
Apply two to three times a day for a few days continuously to see quick results.
Helps treat oily skin
ACV is acidic, which means that it can balance out the natural pH of the skin. This is good for oily skin because it will remove excess oil and dirt from the skin, and its antibacterial and antimicrobial properties will help improve the skin barrier.
It also contains astringent properties which helps increase the blood flow to the skin and minimise pores which helps balance oily skin.
How to use:
The best way to use ACV to treat oily skin is by using it as a toner.
Mix ACV with filtered water and add a few drops of essential oil. Apply the solution to your skin using a cotton ball. Leave it on for a few minutes and rinse (source).
Do this every morning and night for best results.
ACV is a good exfoliator as it contains malic acid. This is effective because malic acid is known to gently exfoliate the skin by unclogging pores and killing bacteria (source).
It also contains alpha hydroxyl acid which helps remove dead skin cells. This means that the skin will be deeply exfoliated and will leave your skin feeling soft and smooth (source).
How to use:
Mix one teaspoon of ACV, three tablespoons of raw honey and two tablespoons of granulated sugar together (source).
This will form a scrub that you can apply to your face and gently rub onto the skin in a circular motion. Leave it on for a couple of minutes and rinse off with warm water.
Adding the honey and sugar is important to make the correct texture for a face scrub. Honey also has multiple skin benefits as it contains antibacterial, antioxidant and antifungal properties.
ACV is great for anti-ageing as it helps tighten and protect the skin. When the skin tightens, this prevents wrinkles from forming as well as minimising fine lines and age spots.
It also contains alpha hydroxyl acids which will leave the skin glowing, as well as looking and feeling healthy (source).
As ACV also contains malic acid, it is also beneficial for hyperpigmentation issues such as reducing dark spots and age spots. This is because malic acid can reduce the production of melanin which gives the skin its pigmentation (source).
How to use:
Mix a small amount of ACV with filtered water. Using a cotton ball, dab it on to the affected area of the skin and leave it on for 30 minutes, then rinse off with cool water. It is recommended to do this twice a day for 6 weeks to see a difference (source).
Blackheads are clogged hair follicles in the skin, caused by a build up of bacteria and dead skin cells. ACV is a great remedy to remove blackheads due to its acetic acid which dissolves dead skin cells and removes impurities from the skin. Its antibacterial and antimicrobial properties also help kill bacteria.
ACV also balances the pH of the skin and controls sebum production which can also prevent blackheads from being formed (source).
How to use:
Using a cotton ball or pad, gently dab ACV mixed with filtered water, directly to the affected area of the skin and leave on for 20 minutes. Rinse off with warm water. For best results, do this once a day until you see results. Once you begin to notice you a difference, you can reduce this to once a week if you wish (source).
Apple cider vinegar has various skin benefits for different skin types; however, it is important to patch test it before you begin using it in your skin care routine. ACV is very strong, and if you are new to using it as part of your skin care, ensure to dilute it with water before application to prevent any harsh reactions to your skin. You can also begin to use ACV on a weekly basis if you didn’t want to use it every day.
If you wanted to slowly introduce ACV to your routine, you can even begin by including it into your diet first as it has many benefits to your health and body.
Overall, ACV is a great natural remedy for most skin issues and has many benefits.