Acne getting your frustration levels soaring high... higher, higher still? Yes, yes. I am all too aware of what acne can do to one. And it's not just the acne, it's also the fact that it leaves scars and marks. So even though you might have gotten out of the whole acne cycle, there is always the constant reminders of how they inhabited your face at one point of time. Fine, we suffered. But let's not get down in the dumps about it, let's get some solutions under way.
Apple cider vinegar is known as a great cure for acne and acne marks. The best deal about this solution is that it can be used in varied forms for the same problem and therefore offers a 360 degree solution. This will help because it faces a problem head on and gets a solution in one way or the other.
Plain Vinegar Remedy
Apple cider vinegar has alpha hydroxy acids that helps to balance the pH balance of the skin and leads to clear and smoother skin. With constant use it also leads to clearing of acne marks. Here's how you use it. Take a clear and unfiltered solution and dilute it with water. This vinegar contains acids and if used in the pure form can harm the skin―thus it needs to be diluted. Mix vinegar in water in the ratio of 1:8 (½ tsp in a tall glass of water approx). Dip a cotton swab in this solution and apply directly on the acne or even the scars and marks. Leave it overnight and wash off in the morning.
Herbal Tea + Vinegar Remedy
One way of using this solution for acne control is by making a base of green herbal tea. Take a herbal tea bag and put it in a cup of boiling water. Let it sit for 15 minutes. Then cool off. Now add ⅓ cup vinegar and water each to the tea and mix well. Take a cotton swab, dip in solution and use on the scars and acne. The way in which it works is that it allows for deep cleansing and toning and thereby prevents the formation of acne.
Oily skin is more prone to developing acne and that is why an application of an astringent toner solution is important to block the pores and prevent the impurities from entering the skin and causing acne. Apple cider vinegar can be used as a very effective skin toner as well. To use, make a mixture of the vinegar and water in a 1:3 ratio and store. After you've washed your face and wiped it clean, either splash the solution onto your face or use a cotton ball and spread an even layer over your face.
Face Mask Additive
Face masks are known to be very effective when it comes to tackling acne and acne scars that follow. Simply make a mixture of fuller's earth and add 2 tbs of this vinegar in it. Mix well with water until it is of a consistency that you can use. Spread a thick layer over the face and let it dry for 20-30 minutes. After it begins to crack, wash it off with cold water. Never wait for the mask to dry completely on the face. The fuller's earth and vinegar will absorb the excess heat from the body and thereby get rid of the build up of toxins in the body. This will in turn lead to getting the acne and the acne scars away from the body. Which is what you are aiming at any which way.
As a Drink
Apple cider vinegar is not merely used as an external element, it can also be used internally. Mix 2 tbsp. of vinegar and mix in a cup of water, add a little honey for taste, and consume. This works as an excellent detox drink and cleanses the entire system thoroughly. An elimination of all toxins leads to increased blood circulation and thereby to healthier and smoother skin. The acne is thereby duly tackled.
That is how you use apple cider vinegar for acne and make sure that it never, ever makes a comeback. Be consistent with this one and you'll find that positive results will follow soon enough.