We have previously talked about the many uses of vinegar (specifically Apple cider vinegar), including in DIY skin-care products. Used as a toner, cleanser, sunburn and blemish treatment, vinegar can be found in the bathroom cabinet of many people. It provides a host of benefit, but does it have any side effects?
The composition of vinegar can have many potential benefits for the skin. It has antibacterial and antifungal properties and can help kill bacteria and yeast on the skin related to conditions like acne, eczema, and even dandruff.
Apple Cider Vinegar, for example, contains citric acid, an alpha hydroxy acid (or AHA) used to exfoliate, brighten, and smooth your skin. Its polyphenolic antioxidants may help improve the skin’s appearance.
Vinegar side effects and safe use.
Overdoing ACV in your beauty routine can, in fact, damage your skin if used in excess, mainly due to its acidity.
How to use it safely? ALWAYS dilute with water.
As a general rule, you should mix 1 part water with 1 part ACV for those with oily skin, 2 parts water with 1 part vinegar for normal skin, and 3 parts water with 1 part vinegar for those with relatively sensitive skin. People with extremely sensitive skin may benefit from avoiding it altogether.
If you have sensitive skin or have never used vinegar before, try using it as a cleanser instead of a leave-in toner. Swipe a thin layer of the diluted apple cider vinegar over your face with a cotton round, rinse off and moisturize.
Fun fact: It is said the Cleopatra used ACV as a facial cleanser.
Remember to always use SPF.