Common skin issues include eczema, acne and age spots. Usually each of these issues, as well as others, all have their separate lotions or treatments to apply in order to get relief. But what if indeed there was a one-size-fits-all treatment that is not only effective for several skin issues, but is all natural as well? Apple cider vinegar is just that.
What is apple cider vinegar?
Most people have used ACV (Apple Cider Vinegar) as part of a recipe while cooking. But ACV actually has pH properties, natural alpha-hydroxy acids and acetic acid which can provide soothing and repairing qualities for the skin.
Why use apple cider vinegar on skin?
Apple cider vinegar has gained a reputation as an excellent source for skin management issues that range from moderately dry skin to more severe issues such as psoriasis. Women’s Health describes the vinegar as having a pH level that is very similar to human skin. Such similarity is what allows the vinegar to soothe dry and itchy skin. Additionally, the natural acids purportedly minimize pores and tighten skin, thus acting as a natural skin toner.
4 common ways to use apple cider vinegar home remedy treatments
According to New Health Advisor, some applications for apple cider vinegar include:
When you wash your face daily with apple cider vinegar you will notice a substantial difference in age spots. Dab a little on a cotton ball and apply straight to age spots. Wait about thirty minutes and rinse your face with cool water and pat dry. Do this twice a day for 6 weeks and you’ll see a difference.
Application: Just take straight up ACV and apply it directly to the age spots using a cotton ball or soft pad. Blot it on the affected area, then let it set for 30 minutes. Repeat this twice a day and continue for up to six weeks.
ACV contains malic acid and this works as a wonderful facial cleanser. It naturally soothes skin and serves as an antifungal/antibacterial cleaning agent as well!
Application: Take a small amount of ACV and use it to rinse the skin. Then rinse thoroughly with water.
ACV has some great astringent properties which can minimize pores while improving skin circulation. This makes it an ideal natural skin toner.
Application: Take a ½ cup of water and a ½ cup of ACV. Then add a few drops of lavender oil. Now you want to apply this directly to the skin using a cotton ball. Allow to set for two minutes, then rinse with fresh water. You can repeat this process twice daily max.
Sunburns can burn and itch, making for an uncomfortable and slow healing process. Apple cider vinegar is a natural astringent, meaning that it can help speed up recovery while reducing itching and burning.
Application: Mix equal parts of cool water and apple cider vinegar. Apply directly to the skin by gently rubbing on burned skin. Repeat several times per day as needed for soothing.
ACV does work very well, but like everything it’s not a magic bullet. Keep the following factors in mind:
• Skin issues will vary and some may be very severe. Thus a more serious and rigorous regimen will be needed. Antibiotics could be required if the skin condition has led to infection.
• ACV shouldn’t be used on open wounds as there are chances of an allergic reaction which will usually be rash, swelling, or having trouble breathing.
• In some instances, skin conditions could be made worse! ACV may cause a burning sensation and could inflame the skin.
Always seek advice of medical pro’s before using any treatments, even natural ones and especially if any of the above issues arise.