Skin Care Tip of the Week *Using Apple Cider Vinegar Topically*

Monday, November 21, 2011


I have talked extensively about the amazing benefits of raw apple cider vinegar when you drink it daily, however I had a huge response of people wondering about the benefits when applied topically.

The benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar when applied topically are:
  • It is rich in Alpha Hydroxy acids which help dissolve fatty deposits on the skin, which appear as little flakes or dry patches
  • Helps balance the PH of your skin
  • Because of the high amount of Alpha Hydroxy Acid it contains, apple cider vinegar can also help lighten sun and age spots
  • Wonderful spot treatment for blemishes
To use apple cider vinegar topically for acne:
  • Do a skin test first to make sure your skin is not too sensitive. Place a small amount on your neck and leave it on for 15 minutes. If you do not see any reaction then you can apply it directly to your face.
  • To start, dilute 1 part apple cider vinegar with 3 parts water. If you can handle this after a week you can decrease the water ratio. If you feel it is too strong for your skin increase the water ratio.
  • Using a clean cotton ball or q-tip dab the solution onto the affected area and leave on for about 20 minutes then rinse off. This should be repeated 2-3 times a day until the acne clears.
For more severe cases you may either leave this ratio solution on overnight and rinse off in the morning.

I only suggest using organic raw unfiltered apple cider vinegar.


If you have any questions regarding this post you can leave them in the comment section and I will be happy to answer.

57 comments:

Gail @ Sophisticated Steps said...

And yet another gem from your blog. I knew I liked you! Thanks!!! Now to find the organic stuff...

Kendra said...

who knew?! Thanks for the info!

colleen said...

I am a huge fan of acv and it's wonders. Thanks for sharing this!

Erin said...

never would have thought! thanks girl!

musingsofheatherlyb said...

I'm looking forward to trying this tonight. I've incorporated OCM and love it so far. Just starting to drink acv, and look forward to it's topical application, and really the benefits from it. Many thanks for taking the time to share your knowledge!

Heather

sherri lynn said...

ooh next time I have an ugly zit I'm trying this!

Kyla said...

I agree with everything said in this post! I swear by acv, it truly does wonders.

Lindsay said...

I totally have this in my pantry, guess it is going to get used soon! Thanks for sharing!

Hilliary@ Happily Ever Healthy said...

I had no idea you could use apple cider vinegar on your face! Thanks for the great tip! I recently bought the face cloths you blogged about a few weeks ago! I love them! I hope you have a wonderful start to your week!

Anna Elder said...

Very interesting! You have the best at-home treatments. I tend to get dry patches during the winter so I'll have to remember to try this…and I always love knowing a good spot treatment for blemishes.

Kate said...

This is awesome, I'm definitely going to try this. Thanks!

Andrea @ Strawberry Chic said...

Looking forward to trying this! Thanks for the tip~

Alexa said...

Oh wow. Never knew this...I use it to gargle when I have a sore throat, which is amazing...but am going to give this a shot too!

Lindsay R said...

I was JUST reading up on this! i really want to use it for my face. sounds like it can only do good!

Lindsay

alicia said...

I've heard so many good things about this!

Charlotte said...

I found this at my grocery a few days ago and am uncertain how to start adding it to my routine. Guess I'll have to do some post searching!

Paula said...

I would never have thought this would work but now that I see this, I might even try it!

Brynn {chartreuse and a twist} said...

absolutely genius! bragg's apple cider vinegar is a staple in our home...i just never realized that there could be topical benefits!!! xoxoxo brynn

Bella @Bellgetsreal said...

I love natural remedies. Thanks for sharing. I was wondering if it leaves a smell?

Tabitha Lynn said...

Trying this, you're the best!

Sharstin said...

You have all the best tips and info! I heard dr. Oz talking about the apple cider vinegar!

Sandy a la Mode said...

whoa! i had no idea that apple cider vinegar did wonders for the skin toO~!! cool!

Mongs said...

thanks for sharing these tips, sounds so good, we have a bottle anytime, so I'm gonna put some in a spray bottle and spray on my spots everyday...haha..

mongs
mythriftycloset.blogspot.com

Skin care Honolulu said...

I like natural skin care..This is very interesting.. I like to try this and i heard so many good thing about this..

brittany said...

i looove acv! i use it constantly! i do it on my face for sure, and lately i've started making a little acv + lemon + stevia cocktail, which i happily drink out of wine glasses. the best!

Gail @ Sophisticated Steps said...

Woohoo! Found it! The same cider and this post. Off to beautify myself...inside and out. Ha! I'll let you know what happens. Can I expect an overnight miracle? Pleeeeease? ;)

Allysa Abalos said...

Is it okay to use Heinz Apple Cider Vinegar? I have tons of acne so I really want to try this!

Lindsay @ Delighted Momma said...

Allysa- I only recommend the brand Braggs brand because it is raw, organic and unfiltered.

Emmi Lawrence said...

After an original fail (I didn't dilute it and ended up looking like a tanning bed victim), I reread this post and have been using it once or twice a day. It has made a huge difference! I didn't have any skin problems til I went off the pill, and then I could control it with benzoyl peroxide, but that was nixed when I got pregnant. I was told I'd just have to deal with it. Then I ran across your post, and thank goodness! My skin is softer and my breakouts are fading away for the first time in 4 months! Thank you for this tip, I'll definitely keep using it, and will be trying the drink soon!

ali said...

I read this post last winter and have been using acv on my face every day. I put it in a glass bottle with a nozzle and I just spray it on every night. It's the only thing that keeps me from breaking out, thank you so much!

Anonymous said...

What is wrong with regular apple cider vinegar? Yes you only use Braggs... But, is there some scientific or chemical reason regular won't work? I work about consuming non-pasteurized products. As good as companies are, it oly takes one slip up.

Anonymous said...

Have this on my face right now! Found this pinned on pintrest, this is my first time using it. I am really hoping this works for me, I never had acne until about 4 months ago, I've tryed several things and nothing has worked. The only negative so far is my husband is freaking out bc of the vinegar smell! haha thank you so much for posting this! :)

Michelle said...

Does this help on psorisis at all??

Lindsay @ Delighted Momma said...

Michelle- sorry but I am not sure.

J. Elias said...

What's wrong with "regular" apple cider vinegar? MAYBE nothing. Make sure you read the bottle; some brands, like Heinz, are simply FLAVORING regular vinegar. You want it to be actually made of apples.

Bragg's is probably the one she uses since it leaves everything in it; the mother left in the vinegar makes it even better.

rachel stith said...

I have psoriasis on my scalp. Do you think it would help if started putting acv on my scalp?? So far, the oils and shampoos from the dermatologist haven't helped!

Nichole said...

I just bought the Heinz brand, and its the unfiltered all natural, raw- unpasteurized with the mother. Is this like he Braggs???

Anonymous said...

Yes, if it contains the mother it is just as good as Braggs.

Five5x said...

My partner started using Braggs Raw Apple Cider Vinegar for his skin condition which for some reason I can't remember the name of! Anyways, he has been dealing with red, hard and sore skin for a few years now and in 5 days at least 20% of his skin back to normal. Actually it feels like brand new baby soft skin. This stuff is absolutely amazing and I suggest anyone reading this to read about raw apple cider vinegar. If it can get rid of a major skin condition just imagine all of the other things it can do.

Five5x said...

It has to be raw unfiltered apple cider vinegar. Processed vinegar gets rid of everything that makes raw vinegar work. It has to have what is called "mother" in order for it to work.

Anonymous said...

Hi. I have a question. If I have some apple cider vinegar (which had been already diluted with water) left after using, can I store it? If yes, where?In the fridge, a bottle in normal room temperature, or.....? Thank you so much!

Jenn W said...

Hi, where did you get your information that fatty deposits on the skin show up as flaky or dry patches?

Lindsay @ Delighted Momma said...

Jenn- I am a licensed esthetician and I have worked extensively with clients who have eczema.

Lindsay @ Delighted Momma said...

You can store in room temperature or in the fridge for those of you who were wondering.

Anonymous said...

i am 33 years and have been battling acne since my teenage years. i started using acv one week from today as a toner and i must say i absolutely love it. my acne has completely cleared up and my face feel so soft and dewy. i just cleanse my skin put on my acv toner, a serum and moisturizer and skin is glows,all i have on my face is a few acne scars.

Lindsey said...

I have eczema on my foot... it's a nightmare... Lindsay you mentioned you have worked with clients with eczema ... I have tried so many things.. going to give the braggs acv a shot''' ;-)

thanks, Lindsey

Daytriel Minter said...

Hi Lindsay, I'm using the apple cider vinegar from the Vitamin Shoppe, and it also contains Mother.. Is that good for my skin, or do I have to buy the Braggs brand?

Jess777 said...

What's better for de-clogging pores, ACV or tea tree oil? Suddenly, I have severe rash-like bumps and extremely clogged pores? Everyone seems to be screaming to be purged. Suggestions would be so appreciated...

Anonymous said...

I have a few pimples that have popped up on my nose , of all places... I do 50-50 solution with the Braggs acv. I alos had a couple blackheads which I squeezes out (yes I know that was a bad idea) and now my nose is red as Rudolph , have been putting the acv on it and HOPE it takes the reddness away. I take a tablspoon of acv every day with blackstrap molasses for low ferritin levels alos.

Anonymous said...

I've heard ACV also helps tighten the skin. Does anyone know about this? I decided to make the experiment on myself and have been spraying it on my abdomen. It's been only a few days so I still can't tell. I diluted Bragg's ACV in distilled water and also added a few drops or rosemary essential oil and use it as a body toner after the shower.

Jany Parra said...

I have a question, is it okay to use heinz apple cider vinegar or does it have to be braggs organic apple cider ?

Anonymous said...

Dose access!!work on old scars,if so then how doing use it to clear old scars

shibani patel said...

Does healthviva apple cider vinegar can be used for topical application to get rid of whiteheads. The bottle says its 100 % pure and natural with mother vinegar.

Anonymous said...

My daughter had severe acne and subsequent scarring for several years through her late teen and young 20 years. She tried everything before hearing about the vinegar solution. She gave it a whirl and her face cleared up COMPLETELY. Not even the scarring remains. Pretty cool stuff.

MaryLopez2 said...

I have pretty bad skin: at 30 I have to use acne medication... That aside, my skin is so sensitive that I often get huge problems with my skin starting to painfully peel off. Needless to say, I'm not very keen on face washes. I've tried some before, but they were so irritating and caused break outs.

The only thing my sensitive skin can use is the Made From Earth Grapefruit Glycolic Wash. First, micro-beads are big, so even if you scrub a lot, they won't scratch you. Second, I did not notice any break outs after using this product every other day for a month now and my skin looks much more radiant and feels really smooth.
I'm one of those people who really need to use sensitive skin products, but I' trying to move away from Clinique to more natural/organic like Made From Earth.

Jimmy Uppal said...

is there any difference between raw and natural???? is it necessary to have the one who has written raw and organic on it?

Anonymous said...

I have dark patches on my forehead and chin below i would like to try apple cider vinegar. Thanks for the information on your pageabout its use.
Sushila

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