This article is shared with permission from our friends at drfranklipman.com.
Apple cider vinegar (ACV) has been one of my favorite skin ingredients for some time. Consumers may tire of the same old, same old when it comes to what they use for their skin, but the benefits of ACV are so numerous and varied that your skin’s capacity for absorption of these advantages will never cease.
Fermentation is used to make the cider into vinegar. During this process, bacteria and yeast break down the sugars in the cider. First the sugars are turned into alcohol, and when the alcohol ferments further, you get vinegar. The word vinegar comes from the French, meaning, “sour wine.” The main ingredient of apple cider vinegar is acetic acid, however it also contains other acids (lactic, citric and malic), vitamins, mineral salts, and amino acids.
There are several key attributes to ACV for maintaining beautiful skin, and exfoliation is one of them. Exfoliating is a key element for keeping youthful healthy skin. There are several ways to exfoliate, and one of them is by “digesting” dead skin cells, which the acids in ACV do. This mild cell turnover is widely used as a skin treatment to improve, soften, and smooth skin texture. The new skin layer, once revealed, is more vibrant, youthful, and healthy.
With a pH similar to skin, AVC helps restore and balance your skin’s pH and acid mantle. This too is key to healthy, beautiful skin. The acid mantle is the combination of sebum (oil) and perspiration on the skin’s surface. This barrier protects the skin and makes it less vulnerable to environmental damage (smog, sun and wind), less prone to dehydration, and also inhibits the growth of foreign bacteria and fungi (enabling skin to be healthier and have fewer breakout and blemishes. Acne, allergies and other skin problems become more severe as the skin becomes more alkaline).
“Mild” soaps are often alkaline (pH 9.5-11), and remove the natural acid protection as well as extract protective lipids (fats) from the skin. Washing with soap can increase this alkaline state and make the skin even more vulnerable to irritation and infection. Most people are cleansing with products that are breaking down their acid mantle and causing increased skin issues. Balancing your pH is an imperative part of maintaining healthy skin.
When it comes to obsession with Apple cider vinegar, Dr Bragg needs to be mentioned. He has championed, pioneered and touted the health and skin benefits far longer (and louder) then I. When making my products I use his vinegar. It is the best I have found.
On the Bragg’s website they list these benefits:
- Support a healthy immune system
- Helps control weight
- Promotes digestion & pH balance
- Helps soothe dry throats
- Helps remove body sludge toxins
- Helps maintain healthy skin
- Helps promote youthful, healthy bodies
- Soothes irritated skin
- Relieves muscle pain from exercise
That is mild in comparison to all the astonishing things people claim it can do. It is no wonder that ACV is used from everything from cleaning silver to ridding skin of acne. Hippocrates, the Father of Medicine, treated his patients with natural apple cider vinegar in 400 BC, so it may seem new to you, but its virtues have been touted throughout history.
With all the fanfare that ACV gets it is hard to sort out what really works and what does not. I have used ACV with great success in both my products and at my spas. Along with some of my proven formulas using ACV (toner and mask), here are a few of my favorite AVC remedies that treat and protect the skin:
Sunburn: Add 1 and 1/2 cups of apple cider vinegar to your bath.
Acne: Mix 1 part ACV, and 3 parts Rooibos tea and apply to blemishes. You can add a drop of Tea Tree Oil or Oregano oil as well.
pH balancing toner: Mix 1 part ACV with 4 parts water for your base.
For acne/oily skin replace water with roobois tea.
For dry skin replace water with chamomile tea or cucumber-infused water (leave several slices of cucumber in the water overnight).
For aging skin replace water with green, black or white tea.
Skin perfecting mask: 1 teaspoon deep sea mud, 1 teaspoon rose water, ¼ teaspoon ACV, 1/8 teaspoon yogurt, 1/16 teaspoon nutritional yeast, 1 teaspoon kombucha. Mix all ingredients together. To balance the texture, you can add more mud or yogurt (to thicken) or kombucha or water (to thin). (If you cannot find deep sea mud or rose water locally you can either eliminate them from the mask replacing the mud with arrowroot and the rose water with plain water. If you don’t want to do the swaps I suggested you can purchase deep sea mud and rose water online at www.sumbody.com).
In addition to the above, apple cider vinegar has also been proven to be an effective remedy for warts. Check out this warts remedy from newhealthadvisor.com.
Apple Cider Vinegar Warts Remedy
Warts can appear all over the body and although they are mostly harmless, they can cause concern in terms of appearance and discomfort. If you have a wart or two, you may decide to intervene and have it removed; this can be done in numerous ways. You can either visit a dermatologist to have the wart cut, burnt, or froze off, or you could opt for a more natural method of removal. Some say that when apply apple cider vinegar, warts will disappear. But is it true? If it is true, how to do that?
Does Apple Cider Vinegar Warts Remedy Really Work?
As mentioned, the use of apple cider vinegar (ACV) will greatly assist with wart removal. The reason for this is due to the acidic content of the vinegar, which attacks the surface of the wart, causing it to drop off. The vinegar, however, has no effect on the virus that causes the wart, although a large portion of the virus (Human Papilloma Virus) can be expelled with the wart.
A benefit to using apple cider vinegar on warts is that it will rarely result in the formulation of a scar once the wart has dropped off, which may be the case if you choose for aggressive methods of wart removal.
How to Use Apple Cider Vinegar Warts Remedy
What You Need:
- Apple cider vinegar (try to use ACV that is 100% organic, as this will yield the best results)
- Cotton balls (Ensure that the cotton balls are sterile to avoid any unwanted infection)
- Band-Aids (or tape)
- Vaseline (or any other petroleum jelly)
1. Gently file down the wart with a pumice stone or something similar, ensuring not to break any healthy skin, then wash your face thoroughly with water.
2. It is important to note that ACV can be harmful to healthy skin; this is where the petroleum jelly comes in. Place it around the area of the wart to cover the healthy skin, which will protect it from the ACV.
3. Grab the cotton ball and place several drops of ACV onto it. For best results when using apple cider vinegar warts remedy, ensure that the cotton ball is soaked thoroughly. After soaking the ACV onto the cotton ball, place the cotton ball over the wart, ensuring to cover the wart in its entirety.
4. Use the Band-Aid (or tape) to secure the cotton ball in its position over the wart and leave it there overnight.
5. Repeat the process until the wart is gone. It is important to note that if you use this method, the wart will likely turn black before is proceeds to fall off, which is completely normal.
Whilst many people may experience no scaring or irritation from using apple cider vinegar warts remedy, this may not be the case for all people. If you are experiencing no adverse side effects from the treatment, then continue to do it until the wart is eradicated. If, however, your healthy skin is becoming irritated, even with the use of petroleum jelly, then it may be best to opt for gentler methods.
Things You Should Know
When using apple cider vinegar, warts may heal if you keep to it. However, it’s still important to know what to expect during the wart removal process.
1. Effect Differs for Each Individual
One key thing to remember is that the experience can differ on a person-to-person and a wart-to-wart basis, meaning that not all removal processes will be the same.
2. Side Effects May Appear
One thing you may experience is swelling and sometimes throbbing of the wart. This is caused by the consistent presence of apple cider vinegar, causing the wart to swell and throb. Not everyone will experience this, if you do not, then you will most likely have a pain free experience in terms of wart removal.
3. Do Not Pick or Pull
As mentioned, the use of apple cider vinegar warts remedy causes them to turn black, which is a precursor to them falling off. Once the use of ACV has had a potent enough effect on the wart to cause it to begin to peel off, it can be tempting to pick or pull the wart off. This is not recommended, as the wart is likely not ready, meaning if you pull the wart out, some remnants may be left behind, which will likely lead to the development of further warts, requiring further treatments.