Apple cider vinegar is a home remedy that is pretty much good for everything – even clearing acne from your beautiful face!
Truth be told, I haven’t paid too much attention to using apple cider vinegar (ACV) as a tool to combat acne. I’ve only ingested it in drinks like the Braggs apple cider vinegar limade (sooo goood).
But I digress, we’re here to talk about clearing adult acne with apple cider vinegar.
Continue reading to learn about my experience making and using an ACV spray or jump ahead right into the steps to learn how to make your own ACV spray.
At the end of this article, I also talk about the two other ways I use ACV spray.
How to Clear Acne With Apple Cider Vinegar Spray
One day while browsing r/skincareaddiction on Reddit, I stumbled upon a user who almost completely eliminated their hormonal, cystic acne using apple cider vinegar.
The user stated that they were an adult (36) who has struggled with acne since they were young – like many of us unfortunate souls. They relayed the all too familiar tale of buying several acne products with little to no success. Then, one day they picked up some apple cider vinegar to use with the famous Aztec Clay Mask (click here to check current price on Amazon). After some research, they found that ACV was a good acne treatment because it restores your skins pH balance and . (Apple cider vinegar’s pH is around 2-3.)
In addition to this finding, we also know that apple cider vinegar has anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties.
After reading their post and doing a bit of ACV research myself, I decided to give their ACV and water blend a try.
Using an Acv Spray on Whiteheads
So, committed to yet again another battle of fighting adult acne, I went out to my local dollar store first to pick up a spray bottle. Then, I went to Publix (a popular grocery chain in the south east of the U.S.) to pick up some Braggs Apple Cider Vinegar. I also made sure the ACV I bought had “The Mother”in it, which is said to the the substance that is responsible for ACV’s benefits.
According to healthline.com, “The Mother” has strands of proteins, enzymes, and friendly bacteria which are responsible for ACV’s health benefits.
After I bottled up my ACV concoction, I gave it a go.
It was a little after noon when I tried this on my face. I had a sprouting white head that was ready to make a full appearance so I gave him some extra ACV attention.
Later on that evening when I went to the bathroom to start my skin care routine. I noticed that the sprouting white head went down in size pretty significantly, like 90%-95% gone. All that remained was a bit of redness. My skin overall just felt and looked cleaner, too.
Looking back, I should have taken before and after pictures for proof. Sorry, you’re just going to have to trust me on this one.
Steps to Make an ACV Spray
Thankfully, making an ACV Spray is really simple. It’s also really affordable and can be used as a household cleaning solution.
The following are the steps I took to make my own diy ACV spray.
#1 Purchase Apple Cider Vinegar With “The Mother” in It
As mentioned above, “The Mother” has strands of proteins, enzymes, and friendly bacteria which are responsible for ACV’s health benefits. If anything, buying ACV with The Mother can only increase its natural anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties.
You can get Apple Cider Vinegar at your local grocery store. It’s usually in the same aisle as the oils.
#2 Measure 1 Part Apple Cider Vinegar and 2 Parts Water
In a measuring cup, add one part of apple cider vinegar, then add 2 parts filtered water. The exact measurements will vary depending on the size of your spray bottle.
The spray bottle I used was 14 oz which allowed me to add 1/3 cup of ACV and 2/3 cup of filtered water.
Those with sensitive skin should experiment with a more diluted apple cider vinegar/water combination. Perhaps 1 part ACV and 4 parts water. Then, after a week of daily use and no irritation, you may consider switching to a more concentrated mixture.
WARNING: DO NOT USE PLAIN APPLE CIDER VINEGAR ON YOUR FACE.
Apple cider vinegar is highly acidic and may cause skin burns if applied without diluting it.
#3 Pour the ACV and Water in a Spray Bottle
If you don’t have a clean, spare spray bottle on hand, you can buy one at the dollar store or on Amazon for cheap (click to check current price of a three pack).
Spray bottles are a nifty tool for so a number of things. I ended up buying a couple 14 oz bottles at my local dollar store. One for my apple cider vinegar and water spray and another just to have on hand.
Here’s the exact one I bought from the Dollar Tree with my ACV + water mixture in it.
How to Use Apple Cider Vinegar Spray (It’s Multi-Purpose!)
I’ve only just made this spray yesterday and have already found two practical uses for it. Aside from using it as an acne treatment.
Use Case #1
It can be used as an ACV dispenser for making aztec healing clay masks. In the past, I made bentonite clay masks with just water and clay. Mostly because I was too lazy get ACV or forgot to buy it.
Before I had this spray, I’d make a mask using tap water directly from the faucet and into a bowl of clay powder. The directions say to mix half water and half clay powder to achieve a paste-like consistency.
Seems simple enough, right?
Wrong. Well, for me at least.
If you’re anything like me, this seemingly simple procedure was actually kind of a pain. I’d fill my ceramic bowl up with clay powder and then run the tap over the bowl. Often times I’d end up adding too much water and would need more powder to get the right paste consistency. Maybe I just suck at eyeballing the right amount of water into the clay, especially if I’m not stirring as I add water.
Now, since making this ACV spray, I never have to experience this first world problem again.
This nifty spray setup allows me to add small increments of liquid to the clay powder as needed to get the perfect consistency. Now, I can add clay powder to my ceramic bowl as usual and I can incrementally add my ACV solution in AND mix it together until I get the perfect clay paste consistency.
Use Case #2
I’ve used my ACV spray as a natural anti-bacterial and anti-fungal cleaning agent.
Since I keep it in my bathroom where the rest of my skincare products are, I’ve only used it on the bathroom countertop, on the faucet, and on the floor tile.
It’s been really helpful in removing natural residue that builds up over time. It’s even lighted stubborn stains on the grout.
Also, there may be a bit of a lingering apple cider vinegar smell but in my experience this will usually go away in a day or two.
The Bottom Line
Okay so I’ve went on for quite a bit about how apple cider vinegar has helped me with my acne. I’ve also mentioned two neat ways to use ACV spray.
But, is it a cure-all acne solution?
For some, like the Reddit user who successfully banished almost all of their acne, this simple ACV spray is just right for their particular situation.
That said, I suggest everyone currently struggling with acne to at least try this ACV spray solution out every day for a week straight. It’s super cheap and easy to put together on your own. If you have any bacterial or fungal acne, you’ll know because your pimples will have cleared or have lessened in size.