February 01, 2019

 Apple Cider Vinegar has been used for years as a facial toner and cleanser.  It is a commonly searched home remedy for a variety of skin conditions. And while you can make up your own home remedy, I recommend starting with a more sophisticated approach and trying our specially formulated blends of a variety of botanicals for the best results.

But how does apple cider vinegar work to fight acne?  What’s the secret?

First - a little background on Apple Cider Vinegar:

What is apple cider vinegar and how does it work?

It starts with apples - more precisely, the juice from an apple.  The juice is fermented by adding yeast to the juice that converts the sugar to alcohol.  If you stop there, you have hard cider - an alcoholic beverage similar in alcohol content to beer.  But we must continue the process with the help of bacteria to convert the alcohol to vinegar. I could get very technical at this point and describe some of the chemistry of how this process works, but I’ll let you research that further on your own.  Check out this link:Chemistry of Vinegar  The active ingredient that is produced through this process is malic acid - a weakAlpha Hydroxy Acid (AHA).  There have been a lot of studies showing AHA’s benefits for skin care.  But please, do not apply undiluted vinegar to your skin. AHA is an acid (albeit a weak acid) - and must be diluted properly to prevent any adverse skin reactions.  Try it first on a small area just to make sure. You may feel a slight tingling.

How does Alpha Hydroxy Acid (AHA) work on skin?

As a mild / weak acid, the first effect of AHA in apple cider vinegar on skin is to remove dead skin cells - or exfoliate the top layer of skin.  Removing the dead skin cells is helping the natural process of skin regeneration - as the upper layer (epidermis) sheds dead skin cells, the lower layer (dermis) is generating new cells that, over time work there way to to the top or epidermis.

The AHA also is anti-bacterial, anti-fungal agent, so helps to cleanse and remove harmful bacteria and detoxify the surface of the skin.  Acne forms when the pores around the hair follicles become blocked and can no longer excrete the oils (sebum) that naturally form in your skin.  If these blockages then become infected, acne is the result. Therefore, the AHA helps to prevent these pores from blocking in the first place and allows the natural oils (sebum) to work.  

AHA provides additional benefits to your skin, such as improving moisture content, helping to balance skin tone, and acting as an astringent to tighten your pores.

What is skin toner?

A qualityskin toner works to revitalize your skin.  The effects often depend on your particular skin condition, but broadly speaking, skin toner will cleanse, detoxify, exfoliate, balance the skin pH (restoring the acid mantle), and moisturize your skin.  It also can tighten pores - Yes, that’s a lot. Which makes toning one of the most important things you can do for your skin. In the past, toners typically contained alcohol that would tend to dry the skin.  Today's natural toners can be alcohol free and oil free as well.

Why am I breaking out?

Breakouts, blackheads, pimples, can be a frustrating and complex skin condition.  There are a number of causes and I cannot cover them all adequately here, but there are a few universal conditions that are present.  First,acne starts with a clogged pore.  Clogged pores can be caused by both external factors (dirt, bacteria) and internal factors (diet, hormones).  Second, there is a microbe overgrowth in the clogged pore typically due to bacteria. Third, the natural sebum production backs up in the clogged pore.  And fourth is inflammation.

There are some things you can control more easily than others, such as cleansing routine, diet, and then there are things not so easily controlled such as hormone levels, and environmental factors.

How do I prevent the acne in the first place?

Fundamental to preventing and controlling the outbreak of acne is an effective face cleansing and toning routine.  Remove the pore clogging elements before they can cause any damage. The wash routine can include a soap cleansing followed by toning.  I will provide a more detail post on just this topic. Watch for it in the next few weeks.

What should I look for in a facial toner?

The best natural face toners are water based non-comedogenic (non-pore clogging) and contain a few essential components:  Alpha Hydroxy Acid (Natural AHA from plant sources such as Apple CIder VInegar), Tea Tree Hydrosol to fight bacteria, Rose Hydrosol for hydration, and Chamomile Hydrosol for soothing.  These are all part of theHello Cider ACV wipes, pads and toners  - but wait, there’s more.  The Hello Cider custom blends use only Organic Hydrosols produced in small batches by certified organic producers in the US and Canada.  IN addition to the ingredients mentioned above, Hello CIder also blends Geranium Hydrosol for astringent, Orange Blossom Hydrosol for hydration, and Lemongrass Hydrosol for anti-inflammatory.  All of these ingredients work together to bring the optimum balance of cleansing, toning, and moisturizing all skin types.

What ingredients should be avoided in facial toners?

This topic is very important and should be seriously considered.  The reason is that your skin can absorb ingredients directly into the bloodstream.  Transdermal drug delivery takes advantage of this process. So, at a basic level you should consider every specific ingredient you apply to your skin.  The skin acts as a barrier - but can also allow some ingredients to pass through. Because you can’t expect to know what will pass through and what will not - it is best to just avoid certain ingredients.  Here is a short list to consider avoiding when natural skin care is a priority:

  • Parabens
  • Synthetic Colors
  • Fragrance
  • Phthalates
  • Triclosan
  • SLS & SLES
  • Formaldehyde
  • Toluene
  • Propylene Glycol

  • How does Hello Cider products fit a skincare routine?

    Hello Cider offers a variety of organic toners made fromPure Hydrosol.  These are very gentle but effective for daily toning routines.  No artificial ingredients or alcohols that can dry the skin. Theseorganic toners are sourced from certified organic small farms in the US.  

    For acne treatment, Hello CiderApple Cider Vinegar (ACV) wipes are also 100% organic with no artificial ingredients.  The specially formulated blends of ACV come in convenient individually wrapped wipes or a jar of 60 pads.  The combination of the ACV and organic hydrosols are effective as a daily treatment for acne, or part of the daily toning routine.

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