Apple Cider Vinegar For Treating Acne
You will find lots of rumors on using apple cider vinegar for acne and it can be difficult to sort out what is trustworthy and what is not. It is always a good idea to try and research whether it has a chance at all of helping, before you try and do experiments from the internet on yourself. That is what this article is for, I will present to you the facts as I have researched them.
First of all you need to know that not all respond the same to apple cider vinegar. It has been touted as a cure for many different ailments, acne being only one of them, and therefore the results from drinking it regularly is actually a case where ample experience is present. Even though it is said in some cases that you should use it on your face directly instead of drinking it, some will still be absorbed through the skin. This makes the experiences from drinking it at least useful for getting an idea of the substance. While some report feeling great from drinking it, others will report problems like pain in the liver or a general feeling of bad health. In prolonged use it is speculated to cause lower bone density, something you really do not want as you get older.
The second thing you need to know is that apple cider vinegar is highly acidic, even to the point of causing burns!. In many places you will read that it supposedly helps balance the acid-alkaline levels in the body by making the body more alkaline – but given its highly acidic nature I would want some more evidence before believing such claims. It should be evident that putting higly acidic substances on your face would not necessarily be a good thing, so keep that in mind.
Third while apple cider vinegar shows some promise in lowering weight and regulating blood sugar, its use as a face wash is probably only for its cleaning abilities – and if you overdo it, your might get even worse acne! The basic advice for acne prevention of eating right and keeping your skin clean and moistorized is not a case where a strong acid like apple cider vinegar is needed.
So how come that some actually report good results?
As mentioned vinegar can be a harsh cleaning agent and in some cases where microbes and other environmental residue (lets just call it dirt!) is found on the skin it might help with a quick wash in diluted apple cider vinegar, provided that you make sure to moistorize and wash with clean water afterwards. I think other products exist that are better for this, but that does not mean it wont ever work. The procedure for using it as a face wash is to add half of a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar in a cup of water, mix it around. Then use a cotton wool ball that you dip into it and apply the mixture gently on your skin at the affected areas. After letting it sit for a short while you should rinse thoroughly with water.
Also if you drink it regularly you will probably get an effect, it just happens to be quite different from person to person what that effect will be. With its chromium content it will have all the benefits and risks of eating chomium supplements – something you might or might not want to do depending on your condition, consult with your doctor. Specifically this means that if you have diabetes it is highly recommended to talk to your doctor before drinking any apple cider vinegar on a regular schedule.
Another thing that can contribute to successfully treating acne through drinking apple cider vinegar is that most think it tastes quite bad and will probably drink a lot of water afterwards to get rid of the taste. It is well known that staying properly hydrated is important for your skin complexion. So you might want to just stick to drinking the water
So what should you do? I think that if you are otherwise in good health condition you could try and drink it in modest amounts for a week and see what difference it makes for you. If you get worse in any way at all you should stop it and not bother about it again. Dont believe when people say that it is a temporary thing and it will all get better – if it works for you it should show right away.
Finally let me know in comments of your personal experiences, both the good and the bad. Thanks!