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Vinegar is one of the miracle substances that everyone has somewhere in their kitchen. It can be used to clean kitchen surfaces, unclog drains and cure an upset stomach. In addition, vinegar can also work as an effective and natural acne treatment method. While apple cider is the most common type of vinegar used to treat acne, there are also ways to use regular white vinegar to clear up acne breakouts.
Using Vinegar to Treat Acne
First, the white vinegar has to be diluted before it can be used as a topical acne treatment. Mix one tablespoon of white vinegar into 1/8 cup of warm water. Using a cotton ball, apply the vinegar like an astringent, brushing gently over the surface of the skin and paying special attention to blemishes. Do not rub the cotton or use scrubbing motions as this can cause irritation. Also, do not reuse the used cotton ball once it has dried as this can allow the bacteria on the treated areas to spread to unaffected areas of the face. Instead, use a new cotton ball for each application. After five minutes or so, wash the face with a moisturizing facial cleanser, making sure to remove any excess vinegar.
The Advantages of a Vinegar Treatment
White vinegar is a safe and natural antiseptic, making it the obvious choice for treatment of bacteria and oil buildups on the skin. It works to kill the bacteria that are infecting the pores, cutting down on the likelihood of recurring breakouts. It is also a highly acidic substance; applying it topically to acne affected areas can help to neutralize particular pH balances that lead to overproduction of oils. As the vinegar evaporates from the skin, it takes the oil with it, helping to dry out the area safely and effectively. Also, because vinegar is already so readily available, it is easy and inexpensive to incorporate a vinegar acne treatment into any skin care regimen.
Side Effects and Disadvantages
White vinegar can cause moderate side effects due to its highly acidic nature, and for some, using it as an astringent can lead to irritation or redness. Individuals should always be sure to dilute the substance fully and test the vinegar on a small area before applying to the face. The smell can also be somewhat irritating, causing individual’s eyes to water. Luckily, this smell evaporates quickly. So long as individuals avoid getting the substance in the eyes or mouth, there should be no lasting harm in using white vinegar as a topical acne treatment. Avoid using it if any blemishes are open or exposed as the vinegar can sting open cuts.
Many of the claims as to the effectiveness of white vinegar have not been evaluated by the American Academy of Dermatology. However, individual users insist that by using vinegar to treat the occasional breakout and remove excess buildups of oil and bacteria on the skin, they have enjoyed clearer, smoother skin. Those interested in testing the benefits of white vinegar should be careful to use it sparingly until they can evaluate the effects for themselves.