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Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV)
You may have seen articles or heard stories about this popular vinegar and all the good it can supposedly do for you, your home, your family, your health, your cooking, etc…
You may have also passed over these claims and thought “yeah right” or “ew, gross, no way…”
The “ew, gross, no way…” was my exact thought. Until I tried it. I now use ACV for so many things. My favorite use is for natural beauty remedies.
So, what pushed me to finally try this praised item? Acne.
My Struggle with Acne
Since age 16 acne had been my most heartbreaking and never-ending enemy. I tried everything over the counter that would claim clearer skin, to doctor prescribed prescriptions (oral and topical) that would temporarily heal wounds. I bought into monthly product plans that left me with way too bottles of cleansers and toners and ointments that did nothing for the long term but bleach my bedding and bath towels.
I didn’t just have the whiteheads, blackheads, or the oily yet somehow flaky skin (but yes, I had all of that) I also had to endure the painful module acne that reside deep in your pores and are much, much larger than your “normal” acne and take much more time to clear.
By age 22 I was becoming hopeless. I had already been struggling for five years and there seemed to be no end in sight. Since no medications were working I decided to search for a more natural way to fight this relentless battle.
My Initial Thoughts
Out of pure desperation I decided to give ACV a go.
Put vinegar on my face? It smells awful… is that what I will smell like?
So what if I became smelly? I already lacked confidence. What’s one more thing to be self-conscious of? Smelly vinegar face, here I come!
Yes, it does smell. But once it dries the smell dissipates (or so my husband tells me).
So, you want to know what happened?
ACV has become a miracle for me. It gave me back my face, my self-confidence, my glow, my life.
Please make sure you are using the organic, raw, and unfiltered ACV with “the Mother”.
I cannot stress this enough. An easy to find and affordable ACV with all of this: Bragg’s.
OK, so here is what you do:
Step 1: Wash face
This is a pretty self-explanatory step. Remove the daily crud from your face and clean out your pores to allow the ACV to move on in! I have sensitive skin, so I like to use mild cleansers, but still something that is acne related. My current favorite: CeraVe Renewing SA Cleanser. I use this with my Clarisonic for an even deeper clean. I use the Acne Cleansing Head for a gentler cleaning.
Step 2: ACV toner
Mix equal parts water and ACV (I like to use a travel size container, easy to find at Target). Use a cotton ball to apply the ACV toner to your clean face. Let this dry, then continue with your moisturizer (if you use one!). My all-time favorite: Murad Oil-Control Mattifier. It has SPF, really helps control my daily shine, and doesn’t cause me any breakouts.
If you have sensitive skin and notice the ACV toner is too strong for you (meaning, it burns or stings a little) try adding more water to create a gentler toner.
Step 3: Endure the temporary smell
The smell is fine, I promise.
A temporary smell is worth a full-time glow, right?
Six years later ACV is the staple product to my beauty routine; the absolute one thing I never miss in a day.
I am not saying this will be a miracle for everyone who tries it, but I am telling you, for me, it worked. So maybe it can work for you, too.
Work is exhausting, couches are comfy.
I also have an impulse to try new beauty products (i.e. makeup, face washes, ect.)
My face doesn’t like that sometimes.
One “normal” pimple is a piece of cake after years of stubborn acne.
I now know I can handle any pimple that comes my way with confidence.
I no longer hide behind my hair, or stay home to avoid feeling embarrassed in public. I no longer think someone is staring at me and judging me for having those evil, bulging masses on my cheeks.
ACV has changed my life.
Give it a try and let me know what you think!
Any more questions about my ACV beauty routine? Please email me!