Apple Cider Vinegar: The Natural Acne Cure

25 11 2009

 

As to the benefits of apple cider vinegar (ACV), I contented myself with the short literature on the label of Bragg Organic ACV.  A few minutes ago, however, curiosity got the better of me. “How is an apple made into cider vinegar?” I searched the web and stumbled upon a number of sites which say “Apple Cider Vinegar Acne Treatment.  Oh! That is something new to me.  Why didn’t I encounter that before?  

So here what they say… 

Vinegar is produced by fermentation of vegetables, fruits or grains. It is a natural process in which the food molecules are broken down with the help of yeast and bacteria. In the initial stage, the sugar present in the food gets converted into alcohol, and in the later stage, the fermentation of alcohol leads to formation of vinegar. 

Due to its natural processing, apple cider vinegar contains more enzymes and mineral that any other vinegar. Apple cider vinegar is rich in antioxidants like vitamin A, Vitamin C, beta carotene, three different forms of vitamin B, bioflavonoids, etc. It also contains useful minerals like calcium, magnesium, potassium, phosphorus, copper, iron, etc. All these ingredients help it in fighting bacteria and reducing inflammation.    

So ACV may be used either as a skin toner or as a tonic drink to fight acne.  As a skin toner, 2 tablespoons of ACV must be diluted with an ounce of water.  Dab a cotton into the mixture and apply on the spot or pour a half cup of ACV into a basin of warm water then splash this on the face.  This can be done twice a day to achieve the best results.  As a health tonic, the usual proportion is 2 tablespoons of ACV to a cup of water.  Honey may be added to improve the taste.  This can be taken up to three times a day – upon rising on empty stomach, mid-morning and mid-afternoon.  It should be noted, however, that the acid content of the vinegar may cause harm to the teeth enamel so it is advisable that you rinse your mouth thoroughly. 

Health experts suggest that we select a good quality ACV made of organic apples.  I personally recommend the brand Bragg which can be purchased at Healthy Options, SM Supermarket and Makati Supermarket.