Uses for Apple Cider Vinegar on Skin

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Apple cider vinegar, also known as ACV or cider vinegar, is used to treat a variety of ailments. It's in just about every home's kitchen cupboards and has many properties that may aid in the healing of the skin. If results fail to appear within a few weeks, however, seek medical advice for further treatment of your skin ailment.

Treat Nail Fungus

According to the book "The Herbal Drugstore: The Best Natural Alternatives to Over-the-counter and Prescription Medicines", apple cider vinegar is a natural anti-fungal treatment. Anecdotal evidence shows a foot bath with cider vinegar every other day can help kill the bacteria and fungi at the root of a nail infection. You can also treat the fungus, by applying the vinegar to the nail with a cotton ball or clean cloth for a minimum of two minutes. Do this twice a day, until the itching subsides.

Treat Acne

Acne is the result of a bacterial infection within a clogged pore, and the deeper the infection, the more inflamed the acne. Cider vinegar has antibacterial properties, according to, that help clean out pores from both oil and bacteria. It is also a natural detoxifier for the skin when applied topically, and helps to reduce swelling and dry the skin from excess oils. Some people apply topically, starting at 10 percent mixed with water, and use as they would a toner.

Treat Bug Bites and Skin Allergies

You can use apple cider vinegar to treat insect bites and skin allergies according to Applied topically to the bite or visible allergy, ACV applies the same properties that it does for acne, reducing the inflammation and detoxifying the skin. Press a cotton ball dampened with the vinegar into the skin for 30 seconds to soothe and treat your inflamed skin.

Promote Younger, Healthier Skin

According to, drinking apple cider vinegar can give your skin a healthy glow. Cider vinegar promotes increased circulation, bringing more nutrients, water and oxygen to the skin’s surface. Many use ACV as a face wash to clear their pores and balance their skin’s pH, reducing excess oil secretion and rejuvenate skin cells.