The Proper Way to Use Apple Cider Vinegar For Your Skin

The secret to a healthy complexion may just be sitting right in your pantry.

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You love it for salad vinaigrettes, and you may have even tried it to deep clean your hair—but did you know about the many benefits of apple cider vinegar for skin? If you struggle with acne or sensitive skin, it might be time to put away the cleansers full of harsh chemicals and reach for something a little more natural. Read on to find out if apple cider vinegar is the answer to your skin problems.

Is apple cider vinegar safe for the skin?

Apple cider vinegar is safe for your skin and can improve its texture and appearance, if used correctly. Ready to get scientific? Apple cider vinegar has anti-inflammatory properties and consists of acetic acid and alpha hydroxy acid. This means apple cider vinegar can exfoliate the skin, absorb excess oils and unplug blocked pores. It also has the power to restore the proper pH levels to your skin. The right pH balance keeps the outer layer of your skin, the acid mantle, nice and healthy; which is what gives your skin that bright, glowing look.

The best way to use apple cider vinegar on your skin is to make a toner. You can make your own by following the easy steps below.

How to make apple cider vinegar toner

Supplies you’ll need:

  • Organic apple cider vinegar
  • Water (distilled or filtered)

Step 1: Dilute

Pour the apple cider vinegar into a container. Use something with a lid so you can store it for daily use. How much vinegar you need depends on how much toner you want to make, but try starting with 1/4 cup. Add equal part distilled or filtered water to dilute the vinegar.

If your skin is particularly sensitive, you might need more water. Before using for the first time, test the toner on a small patch on your skin to see how it reacts. (Don’t miss 3 steps that can help get to the bottom of your skin sensitivity.)

Step 2: Apply to face

Wash your face with your regular cleanser, then use the toner. Pour a little of the mixture on a cotton ball and apply to your face.

Step 3: Moisturize

After the toner has dried, apply your regular moisturizer.

Tip: If you want to further experiment with all natural skin care, try using organic coconut oil for your moisturizer.

How long does it take for apple coder vinegar to work on acne?

If you’re using apple cider vinegar as an acne treatment, you probably won’t see results overnight. A full skin-cell turnover takes about four to six weeks; so give it at least that much time for the benefits to take place.

If the DIY beauty route is not your thing, you can always buy products that contain apple cider vinegar instead. Next, check out our go-to apple cider vinegar recipes.

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Originally Published on Taste of Home