How to Use Vinegar as a Facial Toner

by Kimberly Johnson ; Updated July 18, 2017

Sometimes natural products can be just as effective or even more effective than their commercially available counterparts. This is definitely the case when it comes to vinegar, which has a variety of healthy uses, including as a skin toner. Vinegar helps to balance the natural pH levels of your skin, remove impurities and tone skin. The key to using it as a facial toner is choosing the right type of vinegar.

Wash your face with a dime-size amount of a gentle facial cleanser. Massage the skin to dislodge dirt and oil and rinse thoroughly with cool water. Gently pat your skin with a towel to dry.

Select a bottle of organic apple cider vinegar that still contains the “mother," which looks like sediment in the bottom of the jar. Shake the bottle thoroughly before using to remix the mother back into the liquid.

Fill a small bowl with 1 teaspoon of the apple cider vinegar and 2 teaspoons of water. Mix the two together well using the teaspoon.

Insert a cotton ball into the vinegar solution, then squeeze it out to prevent dripping.

Dab your face gently with the cotton ball to apply a light layer of vinegar to all portions of the face. Avoid applying vinegar near the eye area.

Wait until the vinegar dries on the skin before applying makeup or other facial products.

Store any unused vinegar toner in the refrigerator for up to one month.


  • Although the smell of vinegar is strong at first, it dissipates as the solution dries.

    If you feel tingling on your skin, you may have sensitive skin. Dilute the solution with additional water for future applications.

    Use a spray bottle to apply the toner instead of a cotton ball. Make sure to close your eyes tightly before spraying the vinegar solution on your face.

    To combat acne, mix one crushed aspirin with 1/2 ounce of vinegar and 3 ounces of water. Apply the solution normally.

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About the Author

Kimberly Johnson is a freelance writer whose articles have appeared in various online publications including eHow, Suite101 and Examiner. She has a degree in journalism from the University of Georgia and began writing professionally in 2001.