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Can the Apple Cider Vinegar Acne Treatment Really Improve Your Skin?

Acne sufferers all over the world are looking for home remedies to improve their skin, and I don’t blame them. The truth is that the skin care and beauty industry today is full of harmful chemical ingredients that only coat the surface of your skin and disrupt its healthy balance. On top of that, these chemical ingredients will further penetrate your skin to reach your bloodstream and negatively affect your circulatory system; this is precisely why more and more acne sufferers are looking for natural and organic acne treatment products, and many also seek out home remedies, like the apple cider vinegar acne treatment.

As an aesthetician, I wanted to further explore the apple cider vinegar acne treatment to see what benefits it may or may not provide to your skin. What I hope to emphasize is that even though some ingredients may be praised as a “natural” or “home” remedy, that does not always mean the ingredients are suitable for your skin.

Apple Cider Vinegar Acne Treatment

Apple cider vinegar is an ingredient that naturally fights bacteria and is also full of essential minerals like phosphorus, magnesium, calcium, potassium, sodium, sulfur, iron, copper, fluorine, and silicon, which are all important to the health of your body. [1]

Apple cider vinegar is made from fresh apples that are crushed and fermented in wooden barrels, which results in a bacterial foam called “mother”. The mother is often added to other forms of vinegar to enhance the maturing process and create even more apple cider vinegar. The mother works to provide pure minerals and enzymes to natural vinegar to ensure that the end product is safe, natural, and free from processed chemicals.

Apple cider vinegar is often used for a number of health purposes, like relieving sore throats, reducing high cholesterol, preventing allergies, and boosting the immune system. [1]

So far, so good, right? This is precisely why many acne sufferers turn to apple cider vinegar acne treatments as a natural home remedy since many people believe that applying apple cider vinegar topically will reduce the bacteria on the skin that often causes acne.

Before we explore this further, let’s find out what a few acne sufferers had to say about using apple cider vinegar on the forums:

Love it! After having severe cystic acne on my back and shoulders for over 3yrs I’m almost completely clear! It turns out that it was shampoo and conditioner that was the biggest cause (probably the sulfates and coconut in the products) Now I use baking soda to wash my hair every day and diluted apple cider vinegar as a rinse about 2-3 times a week.

Organic apple cider vinegar on the other hand smells very putrid, almost a bad body odor smell. The smell lingers around even after it dries. It also didn’t leave my face looking as nice when applied (more of an oily look). I used this organic stuff for about a week (got more zits with it) and then went back to regular acv.

I use it as an astringent twice daily…and I haven’t had any problems. Granted, it’s not a cure-all, but it hasn’t made my skin any worse.

Will Apple Cider Vinegar Acne Treatments Really Improve Your Skin?

Excellent question! Based on the above feedback from the forum users, it is clear that the results are mixed when it comes to using apple cider vinegar acne treatments topically on the skin. Some users had a great experience, while others didn’t see any real improvement.

What I’d like to point out is that while there is some merit in using a topical apple cider vinegar acne treatment, it is not a long-term solution that can truly attack acne at its root. Yes, this is a natural ingredient that can remove some surface bacteria on the skin, but bacteria on the skin are not the sole cause of acne.

Acne is completely based upon poor dietary habits, such as eating processed foods that are high in unhealthy fats and excess sugar. The majority of us in the US have definitely been guilty of these poor dietary habits that lead to an excess accumulation of toxins in the body, causing hormonal imbalances and bacterial overgrowth on the skin.

Instead of turning to a natural home remedy like an apple cider vinegar acne treatment, you can actually attack acne at its source by making much-needed dietary improvements. Although there is no harm in using a natural ingredient to remove bacteria from your skin, the bacteria will continue to grow back again and again if you don’t change your diet, leaving you dependent on apple cider vinegar for the long-term to keep your skin clear.

I would love to present to you a much more logical conclusion when it comes to treating your acne. Why not clean up your diet and clear up your skin by preventing bacteria growth in the first place? In all of my years working as an aesthetician, this is the only legitimate and long-term cure for acne that I have seen through eliminating harmful processed foods in your diet that trigger chronic acne in your skin.


  1. Apple Cider Vinegar Health Benefits.“ Home Remedies Web – Free Home Remedies, Herbal Remedies, and Natural Cures for Common Illnesses! Web. 17 Jan. 2011. <>.

About the Author: Bethany Ramos is an aesthetician and makeup artist with a special interest in using nutrition to heal and alleviate a number of conditions in the skin. You can find out more skin care and makeup tips by visiting her blog at FacebyBethany.

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I don’t mind going onn a healthy diet.. but honestly I don’t even know what that means
I searched a lot but I don’t rather know what to actually eat.
Nothing seems to be ‘edible’ .. I just would really like if i can have a set of list of food that I can eat please. I’d appreciate it

Eating properly isn’t a new thing; it’s a forgotten thing. It’s been around since creation of man. God gave all fruits and vegetables for man as food. He states this in the Bible. If we follow his Word, not just only on food, we will live a happier life. I’ve always had acne problems from age 16-48, since I changed my diet, not only that my acne disappeared, but many positive changes to my health started to return.

stay away from milk products, yogurt, cheese all dairy !!

my son had pimples on his back and stopped drinking and eating cheese and it went away …

we even tried raw milk and didn’t help … no milk !

It’s all about finding your triggers, for me it’s the spicy chicken burgers down the street, to which everytime I finish eating it, my face erupts and the next morning I have a few more spots. Or, caffeine, for me coffee is really important, but I have tried to cut this down, when I drink it (even when I balance it with water intake), I still breakout.

Inshort, its about finding what triggers your acne and working around it. Obviously still doing all the requirements such as exercise, vitamins, healthy diet and lots of water… along with the skin requirements such as facewash, moisturisers and topical creams.

I’ve been using Organic ACV on my face for 7 months now. In those 7 months, I have only gotten three small pimples. Please believe when I say that I used to get three new pimples per day (some cystic, some smaller). This stuff is truly amazing. It has evened out my skin tone, to the point where I feel comfortable going out without any makeup (something I never thought would happen). I haven’t tried it as a drink, perhaps I would have not gotten those three pimples if I had.

I also gave up dairy and anything containing soy as I found a direct correlation between consumption of them and cystic flare-ups. The combo of these three things has been the best discovery for me. I have had acne since I was 7 (yes 7) and now at 29 am finally acne-free. Feels great to type that.

How I use it: I was my face with my regular cleanser and the splash organic ACV on my face (I don’t dilute it at all…watch the eyes and lips). Before it dries, I apply my moisturizer. I do not wash it off, it is on my face 24/7. Once my moisturizer soaks in, I apply my makeup. I do the same thing at night minus the makeup.

I would pay $1000 for a bottle, if needed, but thankfully I can get a giant jug of it for $22 at the health store. The first one I purchased lasted 6 months. I just bought my second one.

I want to hug the person who discovered this. My only regret is not doing this 20 years ago.

“Acne is completely based upon poor dietary habits, such as eating processed foods that are high in unhealthy fats and excess sugar.” I’m sorry, but that is a extremely misleading statement.

I am sure that in a lot of cases–probably even most–a person’s diet is the cause of their acne. But this is not always the complete story, and I’m a prime example.

I am 29 years old, 5’3 and 115lbs. I juice veggies (kale, spinach, beets, carrots, etc) and fruits regularly and consume other fruits and veggies throughout my day. I stay away from dairy, gluten, sugar and red meat. I can’t remember the last time I ate fast food! And I rarely drink caffeine. I’m also very careful about what I put on my skin — no makeup foundation, only grapeseed oil to remove eye makeup, and moisturizers with simple ingredients. And although the attention I pay to my diet and my skin overall helps keep in better condition than it might be otherwise (I know that dairy and sugar in particular effect my face), I still get pimples.

I also do 60 minutes of yoga, cardio, and/or strength training three to four times a week — the sweat from these workouts is one contribution to my continued breakouts. Another is stress, which seems to be more and more consistent in my life as I get older! So yes, there ARE other factors, other than diet, that contribute to pimples and breakouts — and for some of us, we need things like ACV to assist as part of a holistic approach to better skin (and health!).

So please do not say that all people looking into natural remedies to help clear their skin are trying to shortcut what is really wrong — and that the solution to their breakout is a diet change. I wholeheartedly agree that people need to eat better — more vegetables and fruit for all! But if it were as simple as a diet change for everyone, I wouldn’t be looking at this page on your right now.

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