Apple cider vinegar, the product of pulverized fermented apples, has long been used as a treatment for acne. When applied topically, the acetic and alpha-hydroxy acids in apple cider vinegar attack bacteria and help dry out blemishes. It’s believed that apple cider vinegar helps detoxify the body when taken internally, therefore promoting clear skin. Although this has never been proven scientifically, it’s been used as an effective detoxifying remedy for thousands of years.

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Dilute 1/3 cup of apple cider vinegar with 1/3 cup water. Soak cotton ball with mixture and apply directly to blemishes.It’s best to do this each night, before bed, as apple cider vinegar doesn’t smell pleasant. Wash your face in the morning.

Make an apple cider vinegar and bentonite or green clay treatment mask. Mix 1 part green clay with 2 tbsp. apple cider vinegar. Add water until the clay becomes a thick paste. Apply the mask to your face and leave on 15 to 20 minutes, or until the mask dries on the face. Rinse off with cold water. Bentonite clay draws toxins from your pores. When mixed with apple cider vinegar, it becomes a potent acne remedy. Use the mask once a week.

Combine the toning power of green tea with the deep cleansing properties of apple cider vinegar. To make this powerful infusion, pour 1 cup boiling water over a green tea bag. Let tea steep for 15 minutes. After it cools, mix the green tea with 1/3 cup apple cider vinegar and 1/3 cup distilled water. Soak a cotton ball in the solution and apply directly to acne.

Mix 2 tbsp. apple cider vinegar with a glass of water. Drink as a daily health tonic. Add honey, stevia or agave to sweeten.


  • Use raw, unfiltered and unpasteurized apple cider vinegar. It’s best for you.

  • After using apple cider vinegar, dab tea tree oil on acne. Tea tree oil works wonders for healing skin.