Apple Cider Vinegar – Skin Care Benefits or Hoax?

Posted on June 2, 2014

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Recently, while on YouTube, our staff discovered these video bloggers raving about the skincare benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV). They apply a homemade astringent made from ACV onto their face and body to rejuvenate skin and prevent dark spots. To reinforce this theory, we also found interviews from both Scarlet Johansson and Hilary Duff stating that they use ACV both as a topical treatment and a drink, and both claim that it works wonders for their complexions! Celebrities are choosing this cheap home remedy over high end premium skin care products that cost hundreds of dollars. Naturally, we became very curious and dug further into finding out what exactly an inexpensive cooking product can do.

Just like all vinegars, apple cider vinegar is made by a process of fermenting pressed apples. The main ingredient that’s produced from fermenting apples is acetic acid which has a pH of 3. When used in skincare, this acid helps soften and exfoliate the dead layers of the skin to keep pores and hair follicles from clogging. Other acids found in ACV such as malic and tartaric have antibacterial and antiseptic properties that make it a perfect tool in preventing acne.

apple-cider-vinegar-skincare-experimentWe found a 32 oz bottle of Bragg Organic Apple Cider Vinegar with the ‘Mother’ from our local Whole Foods market for about $5.50. (Please purchase an ACV that uses organic apples since you are applying this on your face.) The ‘Mother’ refers to the “cobweb” or the brown sediments found floating at the bottom of the bottle. Sediments remain in the bottom because Bragg does not want to subject the vinegar to a high heat distilling process that would destroy all the natural enzymes and minerals. We also purchased a bottle of Heritage Store Rosewater at Whole Foods to compliment the skin toner that we are going to create.

The experiment we will conduct on our staff is to test the efficacy of apple cider vinegar on the prevention of acne. We will apply the toner every night onto our face as well as ingest ACV daily.

Follow the instructions below if you would like to conduct a trial testing of your own:

CREATING THE TONER:
1. Shake the bottle of ACV well
2. Pour a 1:1:1 ratio of ACV and Rosewater into a separate bottle. (If you hate the smell of vinegar, try a 1:1:4 ratio of ACV, Rosewater and bottled water, add more water as preferred.)
3. Shake the mixture well before every use
4. Apply mixture onto your face with a cotton pad every night

AS A DRINK:
1. One to two teaspoons of ACV into 8oz of purified water.
2. Drink once a day.

We are in the process of testing this toner and will report back with the first impressions and final results of our apple cider vinegar anti-acne and better skin experiment. Stay tuned! It will be fun!

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