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Apple Cider Vinegar as a Natural Acne Treatment

April 30, 2019

Apple Cider Vinegar as a Natural Acne Treatment

Our skin is our largest organ - and certainly deserves attention and care as much as any other organ.  It protects us from the environment, helps to regulate our body temperature, and keeps us looking good - as long as we protect and nourish it.  Do you also know that whatever you apply to your skin has a very high probability of ending up in your bloodstream? It’s true. Our skin provides a pathway to our internal organs - so be aware of what you are applying to your skin.

Acne impacts from 40 to 50 million people of all ages.  While it is often affects the 16-28 age group it can also be a problem for adults.  The impact on self esteem can be significant.

Acne can be caused by a number of factors - including hormones, stress, diet, exercise, as well as what we apply to our skin.  The onset ofacne results in clogged skin pores(hair follicles), that can enlarge, producing a bump. A pore can become clogged from a number of factors.

As it enlarges, the wall may rupture, allowing irritating substances and normal skin bacteria access into the deeper layers of the skin, ultimately leading to inflammation. Inflammation near the skin's surfaceproduces a pustule (closed comedon).

Deeper inflammation results in a papule (pimple - inflammatory acne); if the inflammation is deeper still, it can form acyst (cystic acne).

One of the critical preventive measures is to prevent the open pore from forming a clog.  That means keeping your face clean and pH balanced.

Treating acne should include a few important steps:

  1. Wash / cleanse your face to remove excess oil, dirt and other contaminants.
  2. Maintain hydration of your skin without using oils.  Non-pore-clogging moisturizer can help keep your skin stay healthy without excess oils.
  3. Stay hydrated - drink plenty of water throughout the day.
  4. Maintain a healthy diet - A study done in2000 suggest a high glycemic diet can exacerbate acne.
  5. Consider a mild acidic facial toner - dilute alpha-hydroxy acids - a component of Apple Cider Vinegar.

The mild alpha-hydroxy acids naturally contained in apple cider vinegar provide a number of benefits to your face.  The mild acid works to exfoliate or remove dead skin cells. It also balances the pH of your skin to reduce harmful bacteria and reduce inflammation.  It will provide a natural moisturizer without any pore clogging side effects.

Additional ingredients can also help repair and maintain a healthy skin.  All natural hydrosols - or flower water - from Tea Tree (anti-microbial), German Chamomile (hydration, cleansing), Witch Hazel ( anti-bacterial, pore clearing), can provide gentle but effective benefits for your skin.

The key to successfully treat and prevent acne requires a long term plan and discipline.  A properly formulated Apple Cider Vinegar as a Natural Acne Treatment is an integral part of maintaining a healthy skin.