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Does Apple Cider Vinegar Benefit Facial Skin?

by Stacey Kole ; Updated July 18, 2017

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Rarely does a pantry item hold as much beauty power as expensive department-store offerings, but apple cider vinegar is one such wonder product. Said to soothe sunburns, purify tresses and detox the body, apple cider vinegar -- particularly the raw, unfiltered variety -- has immense facial benefits, ranging from treating acne to targeting age spots.

Toning and Treating

Apple cider vinegar’s magic lies in its ability to restore skin’s pH levels. The epidermis is naturally acidic, but when the vinegar is used as a toner, it helps skin find the ideal balance between dry and oily. Create a solution of 2 parts water and 1 part vinegar. Swipe the mixture all over a cleansed face with a cotton pad. Acne sufferers not only benefit from their skin being balanced, but also from apple cider vinegar’s antiseptic and antibacterial properties.

Softening and Lightening

Raw apple cider vinegar is also said to improve the overall condition of skin, infusing softness, reducing redness and treating age spots. Grab another kitchen item -- this time, an onion from your fridge -- toss it in a blender and mix the onion’s juice with an equal amount of vinegar. Apply with a cotton swab to acne breakout areas and age spots or all over the face for a natural approach to lightening and evening your complexion.

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About the Author

Stacey Kole was managing editor of the International fashion and beauty publication Savvy where she penned stories on all things beauty and style, while writing cover stories on such celebrities as Victoria Hudgens and Julianne Hough. She continues to write for a variety of online fashion, beauty and health publications.