Apple cider vinegar (ACV) has always been one of my favorite “at home remedies.” Between rinses for my hair, using it in face masks, and even taking a morning shot to give me an energetic boost, the possibilities for apple cider vinegar are truly endless. 

While the smell may be a bit of a turn off for some, I’ve actually learned to love it! Maybe it’s psychological — like I know good things are on the way when I catch a whiff — but at any rate, it makes me happy. 

It came to me as no surprise that more people are jumping on the ACV bandwagon — and that of course, includes the skincare world. 

As originally reported on Byrdie, there are many ways that apple cider vinegar can be used in your skincare routine to give you a healthy, radiant glow. 

Read on to discover the benefits of incorporating this miracle elixir into your regimen. 

1. ACV is great for fighting acne 

According to, “apple cider vinegar is well known for its ability to kill many types of bacteria and viruses.” It contains acetic, citric, lactic and succinic acids, which are specifically known to kill P. acnes, the bacteria responsible for causing breakouts.

The best way to use ACV to clear up breakouts is to use it as a spot treatment. Valeria Grandury, Founder of Odacité, spoke to Byrdie and suggests mixing ACV in with a powder mask, applying it on the blemish, and leaving it on overnight.  

  • 2. One of the best benefits of ACV on the skin is that it helps balance pH

  • Because of all the products we apply to our skin on a daily basis its pH fluctuates greatly, said skin expert Sophia Roe revealed to Byrdie.

    Use ACV as a toner, mixed with water, to correct any pH imbalances and to “restore the skin’s natural defenses.”

  • 3. ACV is a natural exfoliant

  • Why drop a ton of money on an expensive exfoliator, when you have ACV on hand for a fraction of the price? As mentioned above, apple cider vinegar contains acetic, lactic, and citric acids, which are all excellent for stripping away debris and dead skin cells that clog pores.

    For the best results, dilute ACV with water and use it on a cotton round like you would any other toner.

  • 4. Use it in a face mask

  • According to Byrdie, ACV mixes excellently with other ingredients that can be used to create a face mask, such as honey, egg whites and more. Experiment with what works best for your skin. 
  1. 5. Use it on your scalp

  2. The benefits of ACV for the skin don’t stop at the face. The antimicrobial properties of apple cider vinegar are excellent for preventing dandruff, and can be used in a spray, applied directly to the scalp a couple times a week.

So what are you waiting for, sis? Try this magical remedy on your skin and let us know how it works out. 

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