This product is crazy amazing. It is a VERY strong toner (if you're using it for that) and is tough on zits. You can burn your skin with it, so be careful.
You may want to dampen the cotton pad first with witch hazel or water.
It stinks, but it's a small price to pay. If you want a new pimple to disappear quickly and you have time and patience, try applying it every hour or so with a q-tip and see how fast that sucker shrinks!
As a toner, it reduces the number and severity of breakouts.
It also lightens old scars and red marks. If you want to kick it up a notch..
Use the AC as a toner, then apply a glycolic acid lotion (I like Alpha Hydrox)
Then when that's dry, goop on a healthy layer of aloe Vera gel (I use Fruit of the Earth). It's a complicated regime, but after trying many products and methods, this works best. I won't even get into my under eye routine.. That's a different review for a different day. But my regime gives amazing results.. And the AC vinegar is an integral part.
On a final note; sometime I 'cheap out' and buy other brands of AC vinegar and although they work, they won't work as well.
I have to say this toner has changed my life. I was getting constant hormonal breakouts on my chin and this is the only thing that has helped. It has also evened out my combo skin and dry flakes I get from using acne drying products. I do a 1:1 mix with water and use each night to take off makeup as well. I also use the mixture for a rinse once a week in my hair to clean and keep winter itch and flake away.
So far I like this as a toner. It makes my face smooth and i can feel it working and its totally worth the smell, which goes away in like 5 seconds anyways. I will edit with any updates for this product
I bought this after reading all of the fantastic reviews, and wanted to add my praises as well - this stuff works if used properly. I'm in my fifth month of using Retin A (for my extremely oily, acne prone skin) and was looking for some kind of exfoliant that would help battle the flakes without irritating my skin and also fade post-acne marks. I was originally using Dan's AHA+ (which is also worth checking out) but I found that after a while, I would wake up to a few cysts or pesky whiteheads, and I wasn't fond of the itchy, heavy lotion feeling it left on my skin. After using Bragg's for about 2 weeks, I can definitely say that it's been helping refine my skin, decreasing the flakes caused by Retin A, and taking care of stubborn clogged pores on my nose and cheeks - plus it's so easy to use! At the suggestion of another user, I swipe it on using a cotton pad diluted 50/50 with water, wait about 20 minutes, wash it off and continue on with my moisturizer (I haven't tried using it underneath Retin A yet). It also works fantastically as a mild exfoliating mask with oatmeal and honey and the results are almost immediate: pores appear reduced and skin feels smoother. DO NOT put apply it full strength - chances are you will burn your skin and your eyes will turn red. I picked mine up from my local health food store for $4.99 CAD
i hunted it down in my local health store after reading so many good reviews here on MUA. I have been battling with mild acne and monthly break outs for over ten years. The only thing that ever really worked on my is BP. I have very resistant skin that is in between combo to oily depending on the weather. I have wanted to reduce my skin care routine and switch to more natural products for a while now. After reading all the review here, i decide to give it a go.
I have been using this for almost two months now. Originally, i mixed it with water in a 1:3 ratio but found it to be too diluted. Now I am using it in a 1:1 ratio with much better result. I am very tolerant to the fruity sour smell that I actually quite like it on my face. It does not stink my face normally but will hurt a bit when i have opened pimples.
I use the toner twice a day. I also try to drink at least one tea spoon diluted in water every night. I am more energized and I think my skin tone is more evened. It is not a miracle product for me as I still get minor pimples. However, my skin condition has definitely improved. Next step is to try it as a hair rinse.
The cost is very cheap and a little goes a long way. Even if it is too strong to use on your face, anyone should at least try to take it internally. It is a product that has varsitle uses. I will definitely repurchase.
Still using and loving it. I use the 1:1 ratio without any irritations. Keeps my skin clear and I sort of like the stingy feeling it leaves.
Thanks to reviews on this product here at MakeupAlley, I bought this stuff and have been using it as a toner. The first time I applied it, I applied it straight on my face with a cotton ball - BIG mistake! It stings your eyes SO BAD if you don't dilute it. Dilute it with water and you might have minor stinging but nothing horribly painful like the first time I endured it, haha.
My skin tone looks more even, and I'm not sure if it's the toner or not but my dark circles aren't as dark and my bags aren't as puffy, too! My skin is clearer, less oily, and my face feels oh so soft after applying this stuff. It's worth it. It really is. I'm so glad I found about about this product. My skin is healthier and I am happier.
I'm here to share an old recipe for hair mask, or it can be used to subsitute hair conditioner.
1 egg yolk
2 table spoon of apple cider vinegar
Mix them well and put it on your damp shampooed hair evenly, covered with a shower cap and wait for 15-20 mins, rinse thoroughly and towel dry your hair. Then you will have very soft moisturized, silky and shiney hair. :) (If you don't mind the stink)
I really liked the results I got using this on my face and in my hair, BUT I ended up having a side effect that I did not bargain for!
It was great at reducing the size of my zits. I applied it straight by soaking a small strip of paper towel and applying that to the spots. I loved the way it toned my skin, but I used it straight. So eventually I would end up with these painful red spots that ended up being bacterial infections. It only happened with ACV. One I stopped using it, I never had that issue again.
As for my hair, it worked okay, but because of the skin issue with it, I stopped using it all together.
Beware when using this one. Make sure it's diluted or else you may disrupt your skins PH level.
it's surprising how much complexion can boost self esteem. i feel so much more confident and relaxed with better skin, and i have apple cider vinegar toner to thank. literally for the first week that i used this, i looked better and better each day. i don't consider myself to be especially vain, but having bad skin really did make me feel self-conscious. i'm not the type of person who'd typically write a review, but this toner has changed my skin and my sense of self worth so i feel like i should out of some sense of karma.
i do occasionally still get blemishes, but no where near the scale where i got them before. i typically just mix acv with regular tap water 1:1, and i use bragg's, which i found at the local supermarket for literally $3 so there really is little to lose if this doesn't work for you. the only thing has been that my partner definitely noticed the smell but for something that works this well, i consider it a minor inconvenience.
I don't have organic ACV, just the store-brand 5% version. I diluted some in a pump bottle to use as a facial exfoliator, and I've been very happy with the results.
I don't use physical exfoliants such as scrubs because my skin is pretty fair and naturally pink, so physical scrubbing can just make it look more red and blotchy. I also worry about creating a rough, uneven surface from manual abrasion that may result in acne, since I have somewhat oily skin.
I use the ACV both morning and night. In fact, I have pretty much stopped using any kind of foaming or detergent facial cleanser and rely instead on cleaning my face with cotton and ACV. I just rinse the vinegar off my face and neck once I get in the shower at the start of my day.
The results have been smooth, clarified skin and finer pores, even around my nose. Any breakouts are smaller and heal more quickly.
Of course, this stuff stinks to high heavens, but it's worth it, since my skin is looking more translucent and fine, and I'm avoiding the dry flakiness often caused by scrubs and detergent products.