] Boonchai Wedmakawand
App Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) is basically a miracle elixir – from weight loss to handling with diabetes, ACV may seem to do nothing.
If used properly, it can work wonders for your skin as well.
"In general, apple cider vinegar can have antibacterial, antifungal and antiviral properties," says Michael Kassardjian. Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine, board-certified dermatologist at Coast Dermatology in Torrance, Calif. "However, ACV should be used with caution on the skin, as topical application without dilution may cause severe irritation, resulting in burns or blisters," says Dr. Kassardjian.
After all, it is an acid. Although it is widely available, most concentrations may be too strong to apply to the skin without dilution. So you should not just caress it directly from the bottle.
"It really depends on what area you use it in, what you use and how sensitive your skin is," Dr. Kassardjian. "I would say (to dilute it) at least a portion of ACV to four parts of water, but if you have sensitive skin, it's better to start a portion of ACV to ten parts of water."
Here are four ways that ACV can help with various skin conditions:
It may help to treat acne:
Apple cider vinegar can be used as a toner to treat outbreaks.
"It can be used as a toner because of its anti-inflammatory properties, it consists of acetic acid and alpha-hydroxy acid," says Dr. Kassardjian. "Acetic acid has keratolytic effects that essentially help block clogged pores, and alpha hydroxy acid helps to exfoliate the skin, smoothing and improving skin texture, and helps to absorb excess skin oils."
In addition, ACV can help to balance the pH of your skin. By lowering the pH of the skin, it can help to dry out acne spots and remove dead skin cells.
It can combat foot odor:
"The acids in ACV help alter the pH of your skin, and in addition to its anti-bacterial and fungicidal properties, this change can help fend off smells," says Dr. Kassardjian.
If the odor comes from the athlete's foot, the antifungal properties of ACV can help treat the fungus to reduce the odor. If your feet stink due to excessive sweating, the antibacterial properties of ACV can help fend off odor causing bacteria.
It is a beautiful home remedy for insect bites:
"ACV is an excellent home remedy in the application of insect bites (such as mosquito bites) because of its anti-inflammatory properties, it can help to itch and soothe the skin", says Dr. Kassardjian.