I just wanted to answer the question in the post below me first, than Ill write about my experience :)
Actually after reading peoples experience about this (on acne.org), and regarding my own experience, alot of people seem to break up during the first 2 weeks of using acv as a toner. I personally broke out in 5(!!!) new pimples during the first 3 days of using it, but about 4 days later, they subsided and went down. So as of right now I've been using it for about 1 week and 1 day, and Im LOVING it! my skin looks PORELESS, I have a faint pink glow on my cheek, and my red marks are fading! OVERALL my skin skin tone looks MUCH better! and all this in just a week! But you never REALLY know how good a product is, until you've used it for 2 weeks (imo) soo I'll shall update in a week! OH YEAH, I'm using a ratio of 1(braggs):2(green tea)! =)
I've started using this a couple days ago... did anyone notice increased breakouts (a purging stage, perhaps?). I've been breaking out alot more but it also might be near that time of the month (when I usually do break out)... so I'm not sure if I should blame it on that or the ACV. I will take a break from ACV until after my period to make sure.
Just want to get everyone else's feedback regarding the possibility of a purging stage... I really want ACV to work for me! :)
I have a love/hate relationship with this stuff because while it helps fade old acne marks and seems to even out my skin tone it alaso gave me a ton of pimple. The only place I ever get them is my chin..hormonal acne I suppose but with using this stuff I got them under my nose and on my forehead. I was really hoping it would work for me.
OMG! I absolutely cannot believe my skin this morning!!!! And I have only been using ACV since Friday night! Okay a little background on my skin...I am oily and acne prone; very hormonal around the jaw line. I was able to keep my skin under control for a long while taking sprinolactone, but all of a sudden it stopped working for me and I did not want to increase the dose so I stopped taking it all together; which was fine considering I did not really like to take it in the first place (always made me a bit nervous). I starting washing my face with a benzoyl peroxide soap; which also kept my skin clear for a few months and again stopped working..ARGH! I had been experience really deep cystic breakouts around my jawline for the past eight weeks...ouch! Well once again I went on my search for the perfect and ultimate skincare procuct that would heal the situation, but instead I found myself using products that were drying me out horribly and making the situation worse! Last week I started reading about ACV and decided to see if you ladies here at MA had tried it and to my suprise many of you had with GREAT results, well that did it! I was sold and am so glad I've tried it! I cannot begin to tell you how much better my skin looks OVERALL! Not just the acne...It has healed the dry skin and the bumps I had have subsided significantly and some have already altogether healed! My skin overall is SO SMOOTH! I stopped using all of the harsh benozyl peroxide and salicylic acid cleansers and have started using a gentle cleanser followed by the ACV. I do not dilute it. I think everyone should give this remedy a try...ABSOLUTELY AMAZING!
I just wanted to thank everyone that contributes their reviews on this board. I have been having such a hard time the last few years trying to get my face back to the way it used to be. I can open my own pharmacy with the amount of products I've purchased that didn't work and are sitting 1/2 full in my bathroom. I have found such comfort here reading that others have the same issues as me and it helps keep me sane in my effort to find the right skincare routine. So my skin: Oily tzone, especially forehead, with dry cheeks and my chin area tends to get very dry with use of certain products as well. Acne , closed white comedones all over my face, blackheads and horrible hormonal cystic acne that will emerge 4-5 days before the event. Most recently on the search again for something, I kept reading about ACV, what the hell is this stuff? AHHHH.. apple cider vinegar. A while back a friend had told me that drinking it helps your digestive system and ph balance, so why not for the face? Well, i love it !!!! It is really helping !!!!! OMG !!!! I love that it is natural and actually the smell is fine for me, way better than the fake perfumy smells in other products, and the smell goes away quick. 1:1: braggs ACV w/ brewed green tea and and some aloe juice. I also learned about the aspirin mask (great!) and honey (great!) I've also been using Kiss my face break out, and washing w/ philosopy purity. these seem to be working for me, too. I woke up this morning, and I swear my stubborn comedones that have been with me now for YEARS!!! are going away.. just going away.. i'm in shock.. i had to write to thank you all !!! It's only been about 3 days, so I will update if anything changes, but thank you thank you thank you!!! **** UPDATE 01-20-07**** well, i did stop using this a while ago.. seemed to dry out my skin and it stopped working for me.. i still keep it around and use occassionally..
I'm giving this one lippie because it does NOTHING for my skin. Absolutely no change, not for the better, not for the worse. I might as well not use it. In fact, I think I am finally going to stop!
When I first read about the apple cider vinegar thing, I thought uck, how smelly, but because of the great reviews and having some in the fridge already, I decided to give it a try. Have been using it once a day for about two weeks now, and at breakfast the other morning, my boyfriend looked at me and said, "You're face is so clear now!" That did it, this stuff rocks!! For HIM to notice, it has to be a big change. Who would've thunk all this greatness in something that we usually just have sitting around to use in the rare recipe or two? If you haven't yet, you MUST try it!! THe smell is horrible, but well worth the results!
True or False? Dabbing on apple cider vinegar with a cotton ball is a good astringent for oily, acne-prone skin.
False. "Vinegar is much too drying to the skin's protective barrier. Plus it stinks!" says Wechsler. "If you want to go the do-it-yourself route, try making your own kinder, gentler toner of 1 part witch hazel to 3 parts water."
This was just on Yahoo today, a review by Dr. Wechsler, dermie. Sad news for me b/c I loved this stuff. Will stop using now b/c the last thing I need is to dry out my skin. WAH!
This toner is absolutely amazing! I do NOT use Braggs brand - I just use regular Heinz Apple Cider Vinegar from the grocery store. I mix 1/2 Apple Cider Vinegar with 1/2 purified bottled water (1:1 ratio), and my skin absolutely glows! Also just FYI ...... Apple Cider Vinegar DOES NOT need to be refrigerated. As long as you mix the vinegar with ONLY water, it does NOT have to be refrigerated because of the high acidity of the vinegar. The high acid content works as a natural preservative. The only time you would need to refrigerate the mixture is if you add a bunch of other perishable ingredients that might spoil (like tea or various oils and/or extracts). But as long as you use JUST VINEGAR & WATER (preferably pure bottled water), you DO NOT need to refrigerate it! Just sit it in a nice, room temperature place in your bathroom or on your vanity, and it will last for years! I looked up this information online to verify, and it is true. A simple mixture of vinegar and water does NOT need refrigeration. Okay ... now that that is out of the way, I just need to emphasize how much my skin GLOWS from using this! My acne has cleared up, and my oily skin has balanced out. It has also seemed to lighten my skin discolorations and age spots. My skin has really improved tremendously, and I am floored that all it took was a $3.00 bottle of apple cider vinegar. After all the expensive toners I have tried, I can't believe I found my HG in something so simple. 10 lippies! :)
I have bad adult acne and was using Proactiv to try to combat it. After a year the Proactiv stopped working and the acne came back with a nasty vengence. I read about ACV on the message board and thought I had nothing to lose, my skin wasn't really going to get any worse. Lo and behold, after 1 week of using ACV as a toner I was floored to see the results: clearer skin, acne scars fading, smaller pores, and actually less oily skin too! I was skeptical and went back to the Proactiv - and just as I suspected the acne came back too. So now my routine is to lightly scrub my face with a honey/cinnamon scrub, wash with Spectrojel for oily skin, tone with a concoction of ACV and green tea (1:1 v/v), and moisturize with a BP lotion. I don't mind the smell, which dissipates after a few minutes. But actually I couldn't care what it smelled like as long as my skin was clear!