THANK GOD. I've had shallow, but terribly noticeable acne scars for months and my mom suggested ACV as she takes it orally for heath reasons and read that it helped reduce acne and redness. I started diluting it 4 parts water to 1 part ACV and saw results in just two days. It absolutely saved my skin.
Wow, I wonder what people did before dermatologists?
They used natural products, and they worked! But we are so afraid to use anything natural now, because if it doesn't have a million chemicals, an advertising campaign, or an Rx form to go along with it, well - it probably won't work.
I've been on Accutane twice, and much to my dismay, at 43 years of age still have to use rx BP, Tazorac, Retin-A and bc pills as well. It sucks!
I decided to go on a drug holiday and try ACV after reading about it on the Acne.org website. I started using ACV every night and spot treating blemishes with Hydrogen Peroxide. At first, I saw no changes, in fact, I was concerned that the ACV was making some of my lovely hormonal zits worse. Then, my skin started to glow, feeling soft, supple and the acne started to slowly fade. I'm sold. My skin is no longer either parched from too many products or too oily from recovering from being too dry.
ACV smells, and it's pungent the first couple of times using it, but I've gotten used to it, and although I'd rather it smell like flowers, I've had such a good result I'm going to keep using it. It's also possible to use ACV caplets, which I imagine would have the same effect.
For people with acne prone skin, I would suggest trying this for a week just to take a break from all the caustic substances we have to use. ACV has not faded my acne scars or improved my skin's uneven color, but it has given a healthy radiance and held off the evil cysts. I can't really explain it - but it works!
I tried to use this as a facial toner, (diluted with water,) but it was a disaster! I thought it would help control oil and acne, but all it did was add dry flaky skin on top of all the oil. Not to mention how it absolutely reeks like sour, stinky feet! And the smell lingers all day! I was too embarrassed to leave the house. I was really hoping this would work, but am left disappointed.
A couple years ago, I was experiencing some pretty bad back acne where I would get a couple really big cysts at a time. After about a year of trying only lazily to get rid of it, I decided I was going to get serious about stopping it. One of the things I tried was apple cider vinegar, as I'd read great things. I swear my skin is freakish and abnormal because it seems to react poorly to things that others rave about: using this gave me a horrid breakout on my back. Where before I'd have maybe 2 or 3 cysts at a time, this gave me like 8 huge ones, and a bunch of smaller others. And the rest of my skin felt disgusting, too; if I recall correctly it was all oily and unhealthy feeling. I used it for probably about a week and then gave it up.
(If anyone is interested in knowing, not long after trying this, I switched to Head and Shoulders shampoo, tea tree oil, and Neutrogena's 3-in-1 Hydrating Acne Treatment, which improved my skin almost immediately. Within a couple months, my back was extremely smooth and basically completely clear. I also stopped drinking milk, and I am POSITIVE this has had a tremendous effect on helping my back stay clear: after not drinking milk for a couple months, I decided I would try it again, and my new, clear back began to get a couple gross cysts. I've recently given up dairy completely.)
this is a miracle for my skin. Huge bottle lasts for months. Diluted half with distilled H20 as a toner. However did not work in my hair... it smelled like dirty sweat socks for days!!! could NOT get the smell outa my hair. sooooo gross to get a whif of dirty socks in my hair every so often.
I will never buy toner from a drug store ever again!!!!!
Just didn't work for me. I tried diluting it many different ways, and it just irritated my skin no matter what. I suppose I could try taking it internally to see if that does anything. I prefer witch hazel for a toner.
I know this is going to sound like a gross exaggeration, but, I've used Bragg's as a toner for one day, and I'm amazed. I have a few bumps on my face, and after I used it as a toner at night (in a 1:1 ration with water) they were noticeably smaller in the morning. I can't believe it. Not only were the bumps noticeably smaller, my skin feels very soft and smooth. It's wonderful. I've also started taking it internally, and haven't seen any differences in that regard yet, as it's only been a day. I can't say enough about this stuff so far. At the price it's at, it can't be beat.
Like many others, I decided to start including ACV in my routine/diet for a host of reasons, beauty and health related. Here's what I can say: [also, note for hair and skin I was using regular grocery store ACV, I've now started on taking Bragg's internally and will start using it on my skin]
Hair: when I realized that my once curly hair was going limp and straight from being coated by all the silicones in my hair products, I stopped immediately. This was my first foray into going the natural route, and it's been a few months since that initial revelation. I clarified with baking soda and ACV, and now wash every couple of days with Chagrin Valley natural soap bars. After that first wash, I was amazed - actually amazed - that my hair was light, fluffy, bouncy, and above all - spiraling into ringletty curls! The ACV acts as a conditioner/normalizer for the hair's PH balance, and helps to smooth down the cuticle. I noticed that using a diluted ACV rinse results in shiny, smooth hair, every time - if overdone, sometimes to the point that it feels almost greasy. As such, I dilute my rinse 1:4 acv:water, leave it in my hair after I've cleansed it while I wash up, then rinse with cold water. It smells like feet, but I LOVE it.
Skin: a year and a half ago, my once-perfect, smooth, flawless [sigh] skin started breaking out. During this time, my hormones went completely out of whack - painful debilitating cramps, mood swings up the wazoo, thinning skin, hair loss, etc. And I was only 21 when it all started, and 22 when it was getting worse! Not to mention that I have a fairly healthy diet and don't eat/drink processed/junk foods, sodas, caffeinated drinks, etc. The sudden acne has been on and off, but a few weeks ago started flaring up more than usual again. I decided to try putting stinky feet [ACV] on my face, as I had read really good things, after I cleansed [CV soap again] and before I moisturized [natural oils]. After the first night, I woke up amazed that my new bumps had flattened at least 50%, so I continued nightly. [Note: I don't use ACV on my skin in the daytime as it's said to be an oxidizing agent and can contribute to hyperpigmentation ...stuff..errr always do your research!] The zits are almost all gone, except the one embedded deep in the skin, which is better. My skin is smoothing out, and the scars are slowly but surely fading. My skin has a healthy glow, where previously I have always felt ashy throughout my teenage years and onward, which I attribute to all the natural oils and cleansing methods. It's only been a week! Perhaps the breakouts were hormonal and would have gone down anyway, but never this fast. My face is by no means perfect, but results are worth waiting and working for. BP irritated my skin and made it break out very badly while leaving scaly dry patches; SA did nothing, neither did glycolic acid ... this is the first time I'm seeing healthy skin emerge.
Internal: I've just started taking a few spoons of Bragg's ACV with water and honey. The first night I used the grocery store stuff, and it was disgusting. Seriously, that stuff is VERY stinky-feet-y. But I thought I would try organic unfiltered, so I picked up Braggs. And I am SO surprised at the difference. At the color and cloudiness, you can almost instinctively tell how much better it is for you. And the smell - INCREDIBLY, it is so much better. It still smells like vinegar, but with a very distinct 'balsamic-y' element to it, and isn't immediately reminscent of BO for that reason. If you like that kind of flavor, it's delicious. Anyway, drinking 2tbsp or so in water mixed with some honey, while still gross, is not nearly as bad, and seems to be helping with acid reflux [which I never realized I had a minor problem of until I realized food was no longer coming back into my throat and burning, as it normally does after I eat]. Further observations about regularity, 'glowing' skin, and the host of other ailments ACV is rumored to be able to benefit remain to be seen, but I will keep you updated. Reminder: drink with a straw to protect your enamel.
PS, what's really strange is that despite how disgusting it tastes, especially after trying Bragg's, and despite the fact that it's only been 3 days of drinking, it's almost as if I'm craving it. I guess it's something my body needed?
Thanks for all the wonderful info/feedback! <3
update March 29, 2012
Still loving the ACV! Used to the smell now. MORE than worth it for the benefits. I'm really too lazy to take it internally more than once every so often [and find it much easier if I dilute it with less water so I'm not choking down a ton ... the taste/burn is only slightly more intense]. And most [not all] nights, I'm good about just pouring some ACV into my hand after cleansing and patting it onto my face. After it dries, I'll moisturize with whatever I have on hand. My skin, though it keeps up with the occasional breakout, is doing so much better. No dry scaly patches like other medications, no blemish clusters, no giant zits. The scarring is slowly fading and my skin is considerably brighter, not to mention smoother. There's still a way to go, but I definitely attribute the ACV, among other things in my routine, to keeping it all in check.
Today was the first time I used it on my hair. It left it feeling so soft. I have had an itchy scalp in the past and today it does not itch so far. I will definitely continue to use Braggs ACV on my hair. Next I am going to try it as a toner. I highly recommend ito anyone who wants soft shiny hair!
I love Braggs Apple Cider Vinegar! I use it as a toner on my face, a rinse for my hair, and I also take it internally on a daily basis. I use it full strength on my face, I know it irritates some people's faces but on mine it works just fine and helps to keep my skin clear and my pores small. I've had REALLY bad cystic acne in the past and i've really gotten it under control in the last year. I stopped eating dairy LADIES IF YOU HAVE ACNE, YOU'RE PROBABLY ALLERGIC TO DAIRY! don't listen to people who tell you what you eat doesnt affect your skin bc that's crap. i had pimples all over my jawline and cheeks...most of them were the underground pimples of death that hurt like crazy...i've tried tons of conventional drugstore cleansers, proactive, murad all that just made my face worse. chemicals are not the answer! Anyways now so I use asprin and honey to cleanse my face, then apply the ACV as a toner, then follow with Tea tree oil and jojoba oil as my moisturizer. I actually get compliments on my skin which is incredible because my face looked like a pizza not long ago. I like taking it internally because it makes me feel good. I get a nice, peaceful sense of well being after taking a shot of it and I can feel it detoxing my body. It also gives me energy. The taste is intense...but i take a couple shots of it straight bc i'm hardcore and then i'll rinse my mouth out with water...love it. Lastly i use this instead of conditioner in my hair. My hair has been dyed and it does great with this rinse.. it keeps my hair shiny and healthy....baaasically i'm obsessed with this stuff. I know people complain about the taste and smell but when I had acne i was willing to do ANYTHING to get rid of it and honestly, it's not that bad! i quite enjoy it sometimes :)