If you are suffering from acne breakouts regularly and it seems like none of the commercial zit-zappers you buy are doing you any good, it may be time to take a different approach and see what your kitchen has to offer. As it happens, there are many things in your kitchen that can work wonders for zits and one of them has to be vinegar. Plain old vinegar may work but if you have some raw, organic apple cider lying around, this is actually better.
Vinegar acts as an exfoliant so it can loosen dead skin that clog the pores and cause them to get infected. It also acts as a potent antibacterial that can kill off acne-causing bacteria that call the human skin their home. Once the bacteria are killed off, chances of developing acne are lessened. Also, bacteria can cleanse the skin and yet does not cause it to dry out; most people believe that drying out the zits is the best course of action but when you dry out your skin in general, this can lead the body to produce even more oil and thus lead to more acne.
If you are interested in giving vinegar a try in the hopes that it will clear up your acne, you will find recipes for vinegar-based anti-acne solutions.
- 2 tablespoons vinegar ( apple cider, raw, organic)
- 1 teaspoon of lemon juice
- 12 oz. water
- 1 teaspoon honey (optional)
Mix all the ingredients together in a glass. You can sip this the whole day or if you find the taste to be somewhat offensive, you may chug it. When taken daily, this cocktail can help clear out acne in several days.
Apple cider vinegar toner
- ½ cup vinegar (apple cider, raw, organic)
- ½ cup water (preferably distilled but tap will do)
- Sterile glass container
The container is to be used for storing this apple cider vinegar toner. With the use of a funnel, pour the water and vinegar into the container and shake well. May be applied to the skin with the use of a cotton pad or ball. Be sure to shake before using and store in a cool, dry place so it keeps longer. With regular use, acne breakouts will be lessened and an over-all glow to the face will be evident.
- 1 tbsp. apple cider vinegar (raw, organic, unfiltered)
- 2 tablespoons honey
- 1 cup cooled down green tea (not concentrate. From tea bags)
- 7 tsp. sugar
For this mask, you mix the apple cider vinegar with about two to three tablespoons of the green tea. For people with sensitive skin, 3 tablespoons is recommended. Mix well and add your 5 teaspoons of sugar and add the honey before you add the other two teaspoons of sugar. Wash your face before you apply this mask and rub it on gently for five minutes or so. Rinse off with warm water and moisturize.
Do keep in mind that it is best to talk to your dermatologist before trying any anti-acne remedies.