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.
FOR SKIN: I have dry skin that gets scaly and patchy and no matter how much i exfoliate its still there. So i knew that physical exfoliation wasn't gonna do it so i was deciding to use a acidic exfoliator and what better to use..ACV! i just use it as a toner on a cotton ball after cleansing and the cotton buffs off the dead skin and the ACV help remove all of it and keep it away. It leaves my skin so radiant, smooth, fresh, help my pimples go away, over time it will fade acne scars and allows a supple slate for my makeup and keeps my makeup on longer and looks smoother because the scalies are gone. Now if you have really sensitive skin id suggest diluting with water.
FOR HAIR:The reason i started using the ACV was because I stopped using regular shampoo because it was too damaging on my hair. So i wanted to try a natural solution to clean my hair. I can honestly tell you that using this in place of shampoo for a good month or so has defiantly healed my hair in so many ways! It helped eliminate split ends, smoothed the hair cuticle, reduced hair breakage, less hair loss when brushing/combing, helped my hair grow a bit, soothed my scalp, made my dry dull curls so shiny, my hair felt so light a clean i mean i cant say enough good things about this! There is a down side to this though after i ran out of this i had to go back to shampooing until i was able to pick up more ACV & when i washed my hair w/ the shampoo so much dirt washed out of my hair so clearly the ACV alone didn't clean my hair completely. So now what i do is u use a organic shampoo to clean my hair, condition and then follow up w/ a ACV final rinse. And the results are beautiful!
-hair feels clean
-helps remove build up on the scalp
-adds weightless body and volume to hair
-hair feels silky
-hair feels soft
-last a long time if you buy the huge bottle (1 gallon) @ wal mart for $4.00.
-hair feels & looks clean but isn't actually 100% cleansed
-fades hair color ( so if you dye your hair a lot, dont use this)
Can't believe I haven't already written a review for this. It's my HG toner! I started off by using very modest and diluted ratio, about 4:1. Over the course of a couple of weeks, as I saw that my face was not getting irritated, I upped the ACV, and I am currently at 70% vinegar, 30% water. I find this works best at actually toning but not causing redness; this was a bit of a surprise because I have extremely sensitive and acne-prone skin. I have moderate acne and I did experience a purging period, which was not unbearable, and I came out on the other side with much less blackheads and acne. My skin is now relatively calm with pimples around that TOTM. I will never stop using this - everything about this product is amazing, the price is right, and I can live with the smell because I only use it before bed. It goes away as soon as the ACV sinks into your skin, anyway. I definitely recommend this product.
I was sick all yesterday morning, I wanted to die. I had food poisoning from eating bad Chinese Food the night before. I was throwing up and going to the bathroom every 10 min, it was gross. This went on for a few hours and googled like crazy to find something that would relieve my symptoms. I read from multiple sources that apple cider vinegar could help.
I sent the boy out to get some ("GO NOW! HURRY!") and he came back with Bragg's Apple Cider Vinegar. I specifically asked for this because in my online research, it said organic, unfiltered ACV works best (with the "mother"). I was unsure how much to take but then decided to drink a shot worth (1/4 cup) undiluted. I read different opinions on whether or not to dilute it with water but someone said it will work better undiluted and I was feeling so miserable I wanted to make sure it was as effective as possible (at this point I felt like I wanted to die). I was afraid it would make me throw up but it didn't. I felt mildly queasy at first, for the first maybe 5 minutes but I lied down and waited.
My tummy felt very very warm, not in a painful way but like after taking a shot of strong liquor type of warm. It was warm about 10 minutes after taking the shot and I pictured the acv heating up my tummy and killing the bad bacteria lol.
Then 30 minutes later I felt relief. The cramping stopped and my body became extremely relaxed. As a result I felt very very tired, I guess I was exhausted from being sick all morning and when the cramping stopped I realized how tired I was. I went to sleep almost immediately. I slept for a little less than 2 hours and woke up feeling fantastic.
I ate some granola and yogurt and although I felt a little too full after (I think I overdid it because I was hungry...should have started with something lighter) I didn't feel sick at all anymore!
Food poisoning has to be one of the worst things to go through and I'm so glad I discovered apple cider vinegar. In past experiences w/food poisoning it could have easily made me sick the entire day or even a few days...it was gone in 30 minutes, like magic.
A multi-purpose miracle product! I used this to tone last night (50/50 with water, on a cotton round) after cleansing and before my lotion. I woke up this morning to a lot of shine but a plump, dewy face with none of my regular inflamation or pimples popping up! Anyone with sensitive, combination or acne-prone skin should try ACV as a toner... I am so glad I discovered it, thank you MakeupAlley reviewers!
Bragg's apple cider has been in my kitchen for many years and I use it as a facial toner mixed with green tea. I researched over the net that it is naturally rich in alpha hydroxy acids making it a potent natural skin exfoliator. The smell stinks though. But once it dries, the odor fades too. I dilute this with equal parts of water and green tea and apply it on my face using a clean cotton ball. I swear by its smoothening and anti-aging effect! My skin feels so smooth, and my pimples dry up! I have tried a lot of toners ranging from cheap to expensive ones but I always go back to this homemade mixture..Definitely recommend this to any girl out there..won't harm your skin even if you have sensitive and oily skin! two thumbs up!!!
I didn't buy this brand but Fresh & Easy brand for $1.79 and I'm so glad I did. I bought it for my 14 y.o. daughter who has acne all over her face. We've tried many products from drugstore to proactive. Nothing has worked & its been so frustrating. But I read the reviews for ACV and decided to try it. She washed her face with Dr. Bronners lavendar face bar & used the ACV as a toner before bed. Applied it on a cotton ball all over her face it did burn a little as she put it on & turned slightly red but redness went away after a couple of minutes. In the morning when she woke up her face was almost clear. It wasn't red, dry, or irritated- but looked so healthy. WOW!!! overnight we couldn't believe it.The tone of her face was drastically different. I know her face will be cleared up in a few days. After spending so much money on different products that didn't work-we're sticking with ACV. I used it myself too, and I woke up with glowing healthy skin. It does smell horrible but it goes away as it dries.
This is just one more little cheer to add to the chorus. Whenever my breakouts get really out of hand I turn to ACV. I use it straight – eventually I may get around to making one of those concoctions with the hope that the smell can be overcome w/out losing the potency. What ACV does better than any other 'natural' solution in my medicine cabinet is pull up cystic acne w/out the drying effect of other measures. And it does it quickly. As a bonus, ACV as a toner evens out my skin tone, seems to heal the aggravated spots and softens my skin.
I do not use ACV all the time. The smell is just too overwhelming. The first time I applied it straight, my face turned bright red for an hour at least. After, say, 10x, this no longer happens but it can be a touch pink for 15-20 min.
I also use it in the areas I get seborrheic dermatitis. After a few applications the problem corrects.