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Apple Cider Vinegar for Glowing, Youthful Skin!

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Posted by Traveler (San Antonio, Tx) on 11/11/2010

I got a hickey and had to get it removed for a job interview. Well I had tried putting toothpaste on it, and while that works for bruises, which a hickey is essentially, it didn't work as fast as I liked. So I came to EC and saw that ACV worked for bruises and rubbed some of the raw unfiltered ACV on my neck and laid a rag soaked with it on it for a half hour. It seemed to make it fade a little, and faded quite a bit more by the next day. Still, it didn't make it disappear but I was happy to see some difference I could attribute to ACV.

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Posted by Carla (Kentwood, Mi) on 09/10/2010

For a year now I have applied raw organic Apple Cider Vinegar directly to my face after I shower. I do drint 2T of vinegar/water when I remember but it is the vinegar directly on my skin that makes the difference. This is a facelift in a jar! I'm not kidding. I have people comment how good my skin looks from it. I stopped using it for several months and I started to look older. This stuff literally takes 10 years off of your age. It tightens up your skin (even on your neck) and brightens. I use 2 squares of toilet tissue (cotton balls are good but soak up so much) and gently swipe over my face, neck, collarbone area and anywhere else I need a lift. I don't rinse it off just put moisturizer and makeup over when it dries. My skin looks new, dewey and fresh. No need to exfoliate so I save money on products. It restores your skin to the same PH after washing and bumps/blemishes are diminished so I use it on my body where needed. Be careful: I don't go in the sun without rinsing it off though because it is an acid and make cause burn in direct sun. Love it!!

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Posted by Pat (Athens, Al, Usa) on 05/02/2010

I've been using ACV as a toner and following up with tea tree oil. I was wondering if anyone has mixed essential oils such as tea tree oil, lavender oil, etc. right WITH the ACV or should the ACV be used separately? Does anyone have any experience with this? Thanks for any input.


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Posted by Carrie (Denver, Colorado, Usa) on 05/01/2010
5 out of 5 stars

I have been using a facial toner of 1/2 ACV and 1/2 water, put into a small spray bottle. I spray this on my face in the mornings and evenings. Every other day, I exfoliate my face with baking soda. I have seen a big difference! My skin tone is even, pores are much smaller, and skin looks great! The only drawback is that others in my household don't appreciate the smell of vinegar wafting thru the air.

Replied by Lilliana
(Duluth, Ga)

Thank you for posting your testimonial, I just found this site today and am very excited about trying some of these remedies. Your spray bottle idea seems very practical. Can you tell me if you rinse off the ACV and Water toner? Or do you let it dry and apply your moisturizer afterwards? Also, how do you use the baking soda to exfoliate? Please advise... Thanks so much!

Replied by Lita209
(Sanford, Fl, Usa)
5 out of 5 stars

Carrie I do almost the same as you, the 1/2 ACV 1/2 water spray bottle and the baking soda as an exfoliant, sometimes a add borax to the baking soda and I don't exfoliate as frequently as you do. I thought I noticed smaller pores, better complexion, but I didn't think much. Last Saturday a customer asked me if I've had a peeling or dermabrasion done. She said she could see a difference on my skin with my acne scars and complexion. So now that I know it is not my imagination I'll definitely make sure I keep doing this and exfoliate more often. Thanks EC!!!

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Posted by Kei (London, Uk) on 10/25/2009
5 out of 5 stars

Apple cider cleared my headache and my skin's become beautiful and the pore has close since I have taken ACV with BS but it was giving my stomache bloated and gasy, then I started taking ACV BS with honey, I have no more bloating or gasy. Thanks for the nature's gift and earth clinic. God you, all!

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Posted by Fd (Libertyville, IL, USA) on 09/05/2009
5 out of 5 stars


Here is a healthy tip for skin/ general health. I use ACV on a cotton ball and apply it to the face daily. It cleans and alkalinizes the body and dissolves oil. There is no need for soap and you get your intake of healthful vinegar.

Replied by Sharon
(Johannesburg, South Africa)

Hi I would liketo use the ACV as you suggest but it is very warm here and then one smells of vinegar. Will it still be effective if I rinse it off after awhile?

Replied by Leslie
(New Castle, Pa)

Use the ACV at night before bedtime.

Replied by Finally
(Charleston, Wv)

The smell tends to go away in minutes. But you can use it at night before bed and rinse in the morning. Or where it around the house for an hour or so and then rinse.

Replied by Delfina

Just want to ask if you guys are using undiluted Apple Cider Vinegar for your face and body. Thanks.

Replied by Mmsg
(Somewhere, Europe)

Delfina, always begin with DILUTED vinegar.

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Posted by Dianna (Austin, TX) on 07/25/2009
5 out of 5 stars

Being a women in her late 40's (49) I worry about wrinkles, age spots and skin tone.

Recently I started using olive oil to clean my face and for moisture and it works well; but since I have added ACV it is working even better.

What I do is mix ACV half and half with water and add a few drops of lavender essential oil. I also add a few drops of lavender EO to my extra virgin olive oil. I keep them both in separate glass bottles.

I wet my face and take a cotton ball and turn the bottle of ACV upside down on it til the pad is pretty damp. Then I do the same thing with the EVOO bottle on top of the ACV on the cotton ball.

Then I use this cotton pad to wipe my face clean. It really cleans well and has a cooling feeling from the ACV.

After I finish cleaning I rinse my face with water and then massage the remaining Extra Virgin Olive Oil into my skin.

Occasionally I will first scrub my wet face with a tiny bit of baking soda and then use this method.

Using this method has made my skin feel much smoother and an age spot that was lingering has finally disappeared. Also my crows feet are softened and my skin seems much more vibrant and alive!!!

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Posted by Susan (Dublin, Ireland) on 07/07/2009
5 out of 5 stars

About 2 months ago I started to take apple cider vinegar. I mixed it with water and sipped throughout the day. After a few days I noticed that the oil build up around my nose disappeared and that my skin definately looked better. I stopped for about three weeks and about one week into the break my skin began to get oily again. I have started taking it once more and within 6 days my skin is healthy and the oil is gone!

Replied by Patricia
(Houston, Tx)

To Amber of Greensboro, NC. She used the vinegar on her skin. The trick is to intake equal portions of acv and honey mixed with water. Take 1 tsp. of mixture in an 8 oz. glass of water 2X day. Do not use on the skin. Also, the honey helps to neutralize the acid in the vinegar so that it doesn't cause any side affects to internal organs.

I may buy an 8 oz jar of honey, pour it into another container, then fill the honey jar with acv and mix the 2 together (shake well)and the remedy is 1 tsp. of mixture in 8 oz. glass of water 2x day.

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Posted by Susan (Dublin, Ireland) on 07/07/2009
5 out of 5 stars

About 2 months ago I started to take apple cider vinegar. I mixed it with water and sipped throughout the day. After a few days I noticed that the oil build up around my nose disappeared and that my skin definately looked better. I stopped for about three weeks and about one week into the break my skin began to get oily again. I have started taking it once more and within 6 days my skin is healthy and the oil is gone!

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Posted by Alphanie (Greensboro, NC) on 03/11/2009
5 out of 5 stars

First I want to say that I ABSOLUTELY LOVE THIS SITE! I discovered it 2 years ago and I swear that everything I've tried (with a few twists of my own) has done wonders for extremely gorgeous skin, energy level and overall health. One thing that I can accredit the many compliments I receive on my skin is ACV and VCO. I religiously do is tone my face with ACV twice a week (have been doing so for 2 years now). The first two times it felt like my face was on fire and I couldn't bare it, but I figured to take away the burn by adding something soothing to it to help balance it out. I add a teaspoon of pure honey and a tablespoon of half of a mashed banana and then about 3 or 4 drops of ACV. I dab it on my face with a cotton ball then I smear it all over the face as if I'm softly rubbing it in. I can still my feel my face tingling a bit and a light sensation (kind of like a noxema sensation), but it doesn't burn anymore and the redness isn't half as bad and normally goes away shortly after washing off. My skin is to die for after I wash it off. I moisturize my face with VCO. People (even strangers) always ask what I use on my skin.

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Posted by Amber (Greensboro, NC) on 03/06/2009
0 out of 5 stars

Reaction to ACV? I stumbled upon your site earlier today while researching natural remedies for sensitive skin and came across the topic of using apple cider vinegar to cure it. I haven't actually consumed any of it just yet, but I used it after I rinsed my face with water. I put it on a cotton ball and gently rubbed my whole face, except around my eyes. I have very sensitive skin and have been struggling to find a remedy that doesn't provoke flushing/redness and burning. I think I have mild rosacea and the past two weeks for me have consisted of trying various EXPENSIVE products in hopes of finding a quality product to do the following:

-even out my skin tone because it's often blotchy/reddish in spots
-get rid of black heads (nose and chin are covered)
-brighten up my skin (it looks rather dull and lifeless)
-control the breakouts I get occasionally
-and lastly, to find a moisturizer that's not too oily but makes my skin look supple and young, as it should for a 24 year old female who drinks lots of water, doesn't tan at all, doesn't smoke and rarely drinks. (My skin looks like I'm older than I am, sadly.)

Anyhow, I digress. I applied the ACV, rinsed with cool water and for the first five minutes or so, it was fine. No problem, I though, this might just work. Well, after applying some Origins moisturizer that I haven't previously had a reaction to, my face immediately started to tingle and I could literally watch it turn red. Now it's puffy in patches and looks like I have sun burn. I'm just wondering if it's possibly a reaction to the ACV alone or if it's the combo of the moisturizer in addition to the ACV.

Any suggestions are more than welcome. I'm at my wits end with my skin. I just want it to look healthy!


Replied by Dianna
(Austin, Tx)

ACV is very strong. it is similar to a chemical peel on skin - it removes the top layer and also increases blood circulation to the skin. so redness is normal - but it should go away after about 30 minutes.

try diluting the ACV 1/2 and 1/2 with water. if you still get this symptom - you can try a miracle whip facial: spread miracle whip (contains vinegar and other ingredients) on your face in a thin layer. leave it on for 10 minutes. then rub your face with your fingertips and little balls of stuff will come off. keep rubbing til no more ball of dead skin and miracle whip come off and then use a warm damp washcloth to steam your face. wipe your face clean and use cold water to splash your skin.

also it would probably be good to do clay masks. you can get bentonite clay at the health food store and some grocery stores under the name of indian healing clay. this will clean out your pores and also take off the top layer of dead skin.

i have had the best luck with using sandalwood powder to clean my skin. you can buy sandalwood powder very cheaply at indian grocery stores - it is called chandan. what i do is wet my face and hands and apply a small amount - 2 or three damp fingers dipped into the powder - onto my wet hands and massage it onto my face and neck. then i apply a warm damp cloth and steam my skin for a minute - and then wipe it off and rinse with warm and then cool water.

afterwards i apply a tiny amount of virgin coconut oil or jojoba oil

Replied by Amber
(Greensboro , NC)

Thanks for your response! :) I'll try this when I get home.

Replied by Kula
(Waimanalo, Hawaii)

Maybe you should start with a diet that will help you with your skin. At this point, after hearing a lot of other suggestions, you must always remember that not everything tried works just for anyone because the symptoms sound relative to your skin condition. You are describing a problem very common to everyone, but now, step out of the box, and think outside the box. You are so busy looking to "put something else" to treat your problem skin, when it looks as if you're "adding" more problems to your current and lasting situation.

This sounds like it's time to change your diet first. Pay attention to your diet instead, and look at what you're eating. Your outer appearance reflects your insides. This may not be an "immediate" solution, but it is rewarding.

Try this:

Avocado is an awesome face food. It is abundant in essential oils and B-complex vitamins that will nourish your skin inside and out. Avocados contain a lot of niacin (vitamin B3) which is especially important for healthier skin. Niacin is anti-inflammatory, soothes irritated, red and blotchy skin. What you can do to intake your daily need is blend half an avocado with yogurt and frozen berries to make a creamy, nutty flavored morning smoothie.

Mangoes contain vitamin A which maintains and repairs skin cells. It is also an antioxidant that fights free radical damage that can prematurely age the skin, which I read in your bio that you have a problem with.

Almonds provide 150% of your daily need for vitamin E, which is great for your complexion.

Cottage Cheese contains selenium which is an essential mineral, and combining it with vitamin E will create a powerful free radical-fighting antioxidant duo.

Acerola cherries supplies 100% of your daily allowance for vitamin C. So, as an antioxidant, vitamin C fights skin damage and wrinkles, producing collagen, the structural protein in your skin.

Oysters fight pimples because they are rich in zinc. The mineral affects sebum production, a deficiency may contribute to acne. Zinc also helps boost elastin (the skin's protein) production with the aid of vitamin C.

Baked potatoes -- Eat one baked potato (w/skin); it is an essential mineral that works with vitamin C and zinc to produce the elastin fibers that support skin structure.

Mushroom is rich in riboflavin (vitamin B2). Riboflavin is involved in tissue maintenance and repair, and improves skin blemishes caused by rosacea.

Flaxseed oil is the best source of essential fatty acid that contains Omega 3s. 1tsp of flaxseed oil per day provides just enough Omega 3s to hydrate the skin. Keep in mind fatty acids also dilute sebum and unclog pores that otherwise leads to acne.

Wheat Germ is a good source of biotin, a B vitamin that is crucial to skin health. Just sprinkle wheat germ on yogurt for a tasty way to get more biotin in your diet.

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Posted by Donna (Yuma, AZ-USA) on 11/22/2008
5 out of 5 stars

I just can't get enough of your website. I started the ACV, drinking 2-3 tblspn in a tall container of water. I do this all day long and hooked. My skin is clearer and the tone is rosy. I also started the baking soda scrub for my face, morning and night. Now that is all I use, even for my showers. I just got a tall shaker bottle and fill it up - no more soap. Not only are my pores smaller, but skin is smoother (acts like an exfolliant). Thank you everyone for your input.

Replied by GG
(Tampa, Florida)

You said "I started the ACV, drinking 2-3 tblspn in a tall container of water. I do this all day long...." Do you mean that you drink 1 container all day or multiple containers with 2-3 tbs. of ACV?

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Posted by Vio (Laguna, Philippines) on 11/06/2008
5 out of 5 stars

I have been drinking the ACV with BS and honey for a week and feel great...less wrinkles...
Want to know what is oil pulling. More power to Earth Clinic...

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Posted by San D (Pasadena, CA) on 09/25/2008
5 out of 5 stars

Before ACV, I suffered from being over weight and acne prone skin. I discovered ACV from a good read and decided to give it a try due to its many benefits. I drink a tspn before each meal (except breakfast). The results are wonderful! My energy level went up, and I also lost weight. It wasn't an overnight success, but it worked! Just recently my husband suggested I put some on a cotton ball and use it for a couple of flare ups I had. And that was last week. Today, I can stand here and honestly say, my pores shrunk and my face is glowing. Needless to say, I've used it as a toner. I've never felt so confident.

Replied by Olivia
(Mississauga, On)
1 out of 5 stars


Could someone tell me how long I have to drink ACV to see the results? I've started drinking it 6 weeks ago and my skin got worse!! I also use it as a toner and nothing!! Should I continue drinking it? Thanks

Replied by Merryanne
(Orange City, Florida, Usa)
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Hello, this is Merryanne in FL,,,there was very little information about the way you used the ACV,,I do the following,,in the morning on an empty stomach I take 2 tablespoons of ACV in a large cup or pint size jar and add 1/4 teaspoons of baking soda, let it fizz out and fill the container with cold water, I drink it down befor I have breadfast, some like to use a quart of water and sip over a longer time, but I do not have a lot of time, and I repeat at least one or two more times before bedtime, I do this 4 or 5 days a week., it is good to do before a meal or and hour after.

Replied by Maribel
(Windham, Ct)

I am sorry to hear it did not work for you. I have developed adult acne and tried so many products--non have worked. I finally tried organic apple cider vinegar. I diluted ACV with water and with a cotton ball I cleaned my face (at night). The following morning my face was soft and the redness of my acne was cleared. I am happy! My daughter had severe sinus during the winter.....she started taking one teaspoon of ACV following one teaspoon of organic local honey and to our amazed her sinus cleared and she has not gotten it since:) This was a remedy her grandpa taught her and she is only ten years old and very commited to taking a teaspoon of ACV and honey everyday. This is the best product ever. We use the "mother" apple cider and local organic honey.

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Posted by Sara (Dubai, United Arab Emirates) on 09/24/2008
0 out of 5 stars

For about two weeks I watched my dad drink and eat all manner of things he saw on earth clinic. Soon, I saw a difference in him. His face glowed(ACV / Tomato tea), he didnt have acid reflux any more and was the most lively and fun dad I'd ever known in a long time ( compared to tired stressful, busy!).

I've got two q's.

How can I take baking soda as an exfoliator/drink?

Also, I drank ACV and I saw differences such as more energy, and I am not restless at night any more. I then found out ( on E.C.) that i can use it as an exfoliator and tried it. Sadly, on my nose I got burns which my parents describe as 'acid burns'. i also got these on my cheek. For this I used cucumber and variuos face masks.the burns on my cheek dissapeared but because I itched/scratched my nose-burn, the scar remained. It look HORRIBLE. my dad says I put too much AcV, which I now understand I did do. But I only did so because the amount was not stated. Is there anything I can do get rid do get rid of it or do I have to do the hard thing and WAIT for it to heal? It does look VERY awful! Thanx!

Replied by Kathy
(Mtn City, TN)

EVCO -Extra Virgin Coconut Oil for your facial "burns". This works great for me. Just put some on your fingertips and spread over your red spots. You can buy at the pharmacy. Perhaps you shouldn't try vinegar again on your face since you had a reaction like that. It will work from the inside out. H202 works well on the face (hydrogen peroxide, 3% that you get from the drug store or grocery), a little on a cotton ball.

To take ACV internally, 2 TBL of ACT, 1/4 tsp of Baking Soda. Let it react then I like to add Cran-Grape juice in a 6 or 8 oz glass. I take twice a day. You can drink with purified water or spring water and add some sweetener (honey) if you need. Drink lots of water too. Restricting sugar and soft drinks works SUPER on acne also. Good Luck.

Replied by Marcie
(Dallas, TX, USA)

to help with the healing you can also get a Vitamin E capsule, puncture it and squeeze out the gel and apply it to the affected areas. it is a thick gel and it does soil so you may want to use this at night and put an old shirt or towel over your pillow so it doesn't get stained. if you have any scaring you can also apply Castor Oil to reduce/remove scar tissue.

Replied by Megan
(Dayton, Ohio)
5 out of 5 stars

I have been using Apple Cider Vinegar lightly dampened on a cotton ball as astringent after a baking soda scrub for my acne prone skin and my face looks amazing. Sometimes i will replace acv with witch hazel and i get similar results. I started using the face mask consisting of honey, lemon juice, salt, acv, & cinnamon and i think its wonderful just mix and leave on for 10 minutes a couple times a week. No more spending outrageous amounts of money on acne products that only half work.

Replied by Catherine
(Wellington, New Zealand)

Have had similar problem for 3 yrs from using Apple Cider Vinegar on my face (only I left it on not realising it was too severe for my very slightly dry, sensitive skin) I have been trying all sorts of natural remedies including honey masks, VCO the list is too long.. Anyway I was recently advised to try emu oil.. It has been a miracle for me. I put a little on my fingertip and smooth it over affected area morning and night ( for first 2 weeks I applied 3 to 4 times a day) After every application there has been a small but noticable improvment. After 2 months my skin is almost back to normal, (so don't expect it to work overnight, but you will see an improvement quickly) The emu oil is very fine and is water soluble so doesn't sit on top of the skin but is quickly absorbed. I wish you all the best with it.

Replied by Francisca
(Michelbach-le-bas, Alsace, France)

I have applied ACV to my face for a while now and it seems to work well. I am a Southern European so I don't have sensitive skin and I apply it twice a day on a cotton wool pad. For my body (I do it once in a while) I found big baby pads which work better than the white cloth advised by Ted a you can throw them away after each application. So far so good..... I don't dilute it but then I don't apply a lot either!

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