Apple Cider Vinegar And Keratosis Pilaris – Is It An Effective Treatment?

Apple cider vinegar is a common condiment that can be found in many homes. It has also been known to be an efficient anti-bacterial substance for quite some time. It has many nutrients such as Calcium, Magnesium and Iron which are good for the skin and also overall health. Apple cider vinegar, in its most natural and purest form is made by crushing organic apples and storing the juices into barrels made out of wood. Natural wooden barrels are used to enhance the fermentation of the juices. This substance is not only used in food. It is also used to cure or treat many skin or hair problems such as itchy scalp, dandruff, sunburn, acne, eczema, body odor, athlete’s foot and insect bites. However, many people ask if it can also help treat a skin condition called keratosis pilaris.

Keratosis pilaris or chicken skin is a very widespread skin condition that is experienced by half of the world’s population. It usually affects children and teens. It is described as tiny bumps in some parts of the body such as the arms, torso, thighs and buttocks. And although not that likely to happen, it can also occur in the face. This skin condition is quite harmless to the affected person’s overall health. It is neither painful nor contagious. But its appearance can be quite unpleasant to touch and look at. And what’s even worse is it has no cure.

On the other hand, KP sufferers do not need to worry or be afraid. This skin condition may not be 100 percent curable but it can be treated so that its symptoms may be managed or even reduced. And sometimes even without treatment, KP often clears on its own. But if you are suffering with this condition for a long time and have been looking for ways to treat it, there are many treatment options out there to consider. Just ask your dermatologist to help you. Also, there are many cheap and easy home remedies that can be done as well.

KP can often be treated in 2 simple steps – Exfoliate and Moisturize. You can exfoliate the skin using facial scrubs made only with mild ingredients. You can also use all-natural sugar scrubs or salt and water scrub to gently smoothen out the tiny bumps on the skin. Do not scrub the affected part vigorously or try to scrape the skin. This will only do more damage than good. After cleansing and exfoliating the skin, remember to always keep the affected area moisturized. Dry skin often worsens the symptoms of KP. You can use special moisturizers containing lactic acid for mild but intensive and deep moisture. You can also opt for natural remedies such as coconut oil or olive oil. You can mix it in your bath water and you can also apply some to the affected area as well after taking a bath.

Many people also wash with apple cider vinegar to cleanse the KP affected areas instead of using lactic acid washes. It is all-natural and therefore safe to use. Chances of irritating the skin in using chemicals are greatly reduced if you use apple cider vinegar to treat keratosis pilaris. Do not use it directly on your skin though, especially on your face. Remember to mix it with water before using it as a KP facial wash.

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An Apple a Day – Fun Apple Activities

Fall is just around the corner and what better way to mark the season than with a month of apple-related activities? It’s the time of year for freshly-baked apple pies, apple festivals, and Johnny Appleseed’s birthday! Take a trip to a farmer’s market or to an orchard to pick your own apples. Have a party to celebrate Johnny Appleseed’s birthday. Serve apple pie and apple juice and plant apple seeds in his honor. These activities will also partner up well with your fall, farm, or harvest themes.

Apple Tidbits

Relate these interesting facts about apples to children to pique their interest and get them excited about apples…:

  • Apples come in all shades of reds, greens, yellows.
  • 2500 varieties of apples are grown in the United States and 7500 varieties of apples are grown throughout the world.
  • The pilgrims planted the first United States apple trees in the Massachusetts Bay Colony.
  • Apples are a member of the rose family.
  • The most nutritious part of the apple is the skin.

Make Your Own Applesauce

Applesauce is easy to make. Five pounds of apples makes about 2 quarts of applesauce. Peel, core and slice apples into quarters. Put slices in a pot and partially cover with water. Boil apples until they are soft. Let children use a potato masher to mash the apples to make applesauce. Add sugar and cinnamon to taste.

Dried Apple Rings

First, peel, core, and cut apples into chip-sized circles. Then, dip the circles in fresh lemon juice. Use a wire cutter to cut a clean, white-coated clothes hanger. Next, decorate the hanger with some apples made out of craft paper and add the apple rings. (Don’t let the apple slices touch each other.) Finally, hang the apples in a dry, airy spot and let them dry for one to two weeks. Tip: Rotate the apples every day.

Apple Tasting

Next time you go to the grocery store with your child, point out all the different kinds of apples. Tell your child their names. Buy a few different kinds, and when you get home, let your child try them. Ask your child how each one tastes, how each one is different, and which one is his or her favorite. To add to the fun, purchase or make different things that are made from apples, such as applesauce, dried apples, apple pie, apple butter, and apple cider. Let children sample the treats.

Apple Toss

Set out a laundry basket or a bushel basket and red bean bags or small red balls. Use masking tape to tape a line on the floor. Place the basket a couple of feet away from the line. Have child stand behind the line and try to toss the balls or bags (apples) into the basket.

Plant Apple Seeds

Talk or read a story about Johnny Appleseed and how he planted apple seeds. Provide children with small paper drinking cups, apple seeds, potting soil or dirt, and water. Have children first fill their cups with soil. Then, have them place finger in the soil to make a small hole. Next, have them drop in a seed. Dampen the soil with a small amount of water. Place cups in a well-lighted area and water occasionally.

Apple Relay

To play, you need one apple for each team. On the word “go,” a team member places an apple on the back or hand of the first player. The first player races to the end of the course and back without letting the apple fall off her back or hand. If the apple falls off, that player has to stop where she is and put it back on. Once the apple is back in place, she keeps going from where it fell off. When the player gets back to her team, she puts the apple on the back or hand of the next person in line. The first team to finish wins.

Apple Smile

Cut an unpeeled red apple into wedges. The wedges should look like a smile. Spread one side of an apple wedge with peanut butter. Add three or four miniature marshmallow “teeth” along the edge. Spread another apple wedge with peanut butter. Place it on top of the marshmallows for a big, toothy grin.

Visit www.KidsSoup.com to find a bushel full of other terrific apple-related ideas.

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Apple Cider Vinegar Diet – Lord Byron’s 19th Century Diet Miracle

The Apple Cider Vinegar Diet is a diet, while being called a fad diet, has existed since well into the early part of the 19th century, when Lord Byron popularized the use of the ‘diet miracle’. Even Hippocrates was known to use it as a health tonic, and American soldiers used it to beat indigestion, pneumonia and scurvy.

The concept of the diet is essentially based on the premise of ‘an apple a day keeps the doctor away’; however, rather than an apple, it is Apple Cider Vinegar, which is also called cider vinegar and acetic acid.

Apple cider vinegar is made from the vinegar that is a byproduct of the fermentation of apple cider. During the process, apple cider is broken down into alcohol and vinegar. The vinegar contains acetic acid, some lactic acid, as well as citric acid.

Apple cider vinegar is light yellow-brown in color and is usually sold without being filtered or pasteurized. Typically, it is sold online or in health food stores. While other types of vinegar are used for cooking, apple cider vinegar is only used for health.

The process of drinking the acid has many claims attached to it, including ways to ward off diabetes and cancer, however much of that has not been proven conclusively, so it is best to learn as much as you can about it before hand. Either way, it can’t hurt to have something that comes directly from nature, only doing you good.

We are talking about something here that has shown itself to be popular for thousands of years, from Hippocrates to Lord Byron, and even to the 1970s when it proved to be popular again thanks to many books that suggested it can be way to lose weight when it is used with kelp, vitamin B6 and lecithin.

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Growing Apple Trees for Firewood

Many people think of apple trees as only having one purpose, which is of course, to produce apples for out eating enjoyment but apple trees have other uses. One of those uses is as firewood. If you have a wood stove or fireplace, you know that certain kinds of wood are better for burning. The kinds of wood that are better for generating heat are dense woods that are rated high in BTUs. Firewood is rated for its Heat Content by MBTUs or Million British Thermal Units and Pounds of Weight per dry cord of wood. One of the densest woods out there is Osage Orange; it’s MBTU rate for 1 cord is ~ 30 MBTU. White Oak, another popular hardwood used for firewood, is rated at around 28 MBTUs and Pine, a light softwood, is rated around 15 or 20 MBTU. The wood of apple trees falls right around the 25 MBTU range for 1 cord of dried wood.

So by these numbers you can see that apple wood is a dense word which contains a lot of energy that can be released when burned properly in a wood stove. Another feature of apple wood is that it is very fragrant when burned. This makes it an enjoyable wood to burn because the smoke isn’t as unpleasant or acrid as it can be with some other woods. Since it is so fragrant, apple wood is also commonly used to make natural incense and to smoke meats. If you have a smoker at home, apple wood would be a great source of smoke. The burned wood also makes a dense hardwood charcoal which can also be used for smoking or outdoor BBQ. Now that you are sold are growing apple trees for both fruit and wood, I bet you are asking yourself what kind of apple trees you should be growing.

Well, you may have to grow a few different kinds of apple trees to meet all of your needs. If you prefer a particular apple variety for eating, then by all means, grow that variety. You will probably not be able or not want to harvest a lot of wood from your eating apple trees. You will of course want to prune them and can always collect sticks and branches that it will drop. These would be great for smoking or fragrance when dried but to really use an apple tree you firewood, you will have to grow a tree to maturity and harvest the entire tree. The most practical way of doing this is finding a type of apple tree that is very fast growing. Red Delicious, one of more common eating apples out there, is known to be a fairly fast growing tree. When choosing a type of tree for firewood it is important to select the semi-dwarf or standard variety of apple. You would not want to select the dwarf variety as they will produce very little wood for you. It will take years for the tree to mature to a size where it can be harvested but if you plant a crop every year after the first planting, once the first crop is ready to be harvested, you can harvest another crop each year after that. This way you will have an unlimited source of apple wood heat for your home.

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How to Stack and Season Apple Wood For Wood Stoves

Apple wood is a excellent wood burning fuel. It is considered a hardwood which means it is heavy and will burn for a longer period of time than softwoods. However, if your apple wood is not seasoned, then it will be very difficult to burn it properly.

We have had great success with seasoning apple wood because our summers are high heat and low humidity. Seasoning apple wood does not take a rocket scientist to figure out. Simply cut your wood stack it or throw it in piles and let it dry or cure for at least a year or more.

However, if you want to season your wood slower, do not be afraid to run a sprinkler over the top of it during the summer. By sprinkling the wood it will also help control bugs that can damage your wood.

Apple wood is susceptible to these little bore mites that drill small holes in the wood. Your wood will still burn well, but you need to watch your stack closely so they don’t overrun it. I would highly recommend burning this wood as soon as you have seasoned it. Apple wood can be difficult to stack because it has many different shapes and it not uniform. However, as you begin to stack your wood, you will quickly be able to fill in holes with various other smaller pieces. We use a lot of 4 foot pipe to help us keep our wood stacks from falling over.

Wood burners who live in a city or town should place their wood in an area that will not receive water from your yard sprinklers. The wood that does get wet can take 2 or more years to completely dry if you continue to water it. As for keeping your wood covered, that is a personal preference. My folks cover their wood and we do not. The benefits of covering your wood during the winter months is that you can season your wood quicker, but out west with our dry summers that is not a big problem.

If you are consistent with wood cutting and every year you cut more wood than you need, it will not take long to have a 3 year reserve of wood. That means if during one cutting season you are injured and cannot cut, you will not have to worry about cutting because you have a reserve.

Those of you who want to purchase apple wood can do so but make sure you get what you pay for. A lot of places will charge around a $100 for a cord of wood that is all limbs. These little limbs burn well, but they can never be relied upon to burn all night leaving you, fire starting coals in the morning.

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Vegan Apple Dessert Recipes

Spicy Apple Crisp

Ingredients:

6 to 8 cooking apples

5 ozor 150 g flour

12 oz or 350 g brown sugar

6 oz or 175 g vegan butter

¼ tsp ground cinnamon

¼ tsp ground nutmeg

Zest of one lemon

1 tbsp fresh lemon juice

Preparation:

Peel, quarter and core cooking apples.

Cut apple quarters into thin slices and place it in a bowl.

Blend nutmeg and cinnamon then sprinkle over apples.

Sprinkle with lemon rind.

Add lemon juice and toss to blend.

Arrange slices in a large baking dish.

Make a mixture of sugar, flour and vegan butter in a mixing bowl then put over apples, smoothing it over.

Place the dish in the oven. If dish is very full, put a pan under the dish to catch spills.

Bake at 370°F, 190°C or gas mark 5 for 60 minutes, until browned and apples are tender.

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Apple Cake

Ingredients:

2 oz or 50 g flour

3 tsp baking powder

½ tp salt

2 tbsp vegan shortening

¼ pint or 125 ml unsweetened soya milk

4 or 5 apples

4 oz or 110 g sugar

1 tsp cinnamon

Preparation:

Sift together flour, baking powder and salt.

Add shortening and rub in very lightly.

Add milk slowly to make soft dough and mix.

Place on floured board and roll out ½ inch or 1 cm thick.

Put into shallow greased pan.

Wash, pare, core and cut apples into sections; press them into dough.

Sprinkle with sugar and dust with cinnamon.

Bake at 375°F, 190°C or gas mark 5 for 30 minutes or until apples are tender and brown.

Serve with soya cream.

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Apple Charlotte

Ingredients:

2 lbs or 900 g good cooking apples

2 oz or 50 g almonds (chopped)

4 oz or 50 g currants and sultanas mixed

1 stick cinnamon (about 3 inches or 7 cm long)

Juice of ½ a lemon

Wholemeal bread (cut very thinly) spread with vegan butter

Sugar to taste.

Preparation:

Pare, core, and cut up the apples.

Stew the apples with a teacupful of water and the cinnamon, until the apples have become a pulp.

Remove the cinnamon, and add sugar, lemon juice, the almonds, and the currants and sultanas (previously picked, washed, and dried).

Mix all well and allow the mixture to cool.

Grease a pie-dish and line it with thin slices of bread and butter,

Then place on it a layer of apple mixture, repeat the layers, finishing with slices of bread and vegan butter.

Bake at 375°F, 190°C or gas mark 5 for 45 minutes.

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Apples in American Culture – Why, Apples are as Amercian as Apple Pie!

Here in the United States, though, we have many traditional fruits. Of course, perhaps the most popular and most traditional fruit that we grow is the apple. In fact, apples are such traditional fruits that they have become ingrained in our culture.

Take a look at some of the ways in which apples have moved off the tree and into our language, games, and stories:

It is a very common in our culture for someone to say, “That is like comparing apples and oranges,” Meaning that you are trying to compare two things that are incomparable.

Apples have even made it into our folklore: most kids know the story of Johnny Appleseed, the boy who traveled across the United States with an upside down pot on his head, dispersing apple seeds.

And everyone knows that “an apple a day keeps the doctor away.” Although this proverb has some merit, most still just pass it off as an old wive’s tale. An apple a day will not keep the doctor away if you do not also eat right, exercise, and refrain from excesses such as smoking and drinking a lot!

A phrase that really shows how apples have become a major part of our society is, “that is as American as apple pie!” Apples are completely ingrained in our culture, and apple pies are an American icon, reminiscent the “happy” years in the United States.

A rotten or bad apple is not just a piece of bad fruit. This idiom describes the one “bad” or “rotten” person in a group.

Other popular phrases that we often use in our culture are: “the apple of my eye” and “how do you like them apples!”

As you can see, there are many ways in which apples are fully ingrained into our culture. In fact, it is likely that no other fruit is nearly as important to our American culture as the apple is.

The apple is truly a traditional fruit in the United States, and it is a fruit that seems to have many traditions associated with it.

For instance, “bobbing for apples.” This is a game that is especially popular around the autumn months and Halloween. In this game, a large bucket or cauldron is filled with water, and apples are place in it to float. Participants must bob for the apples, trying to catch one in their teeth, without using their hands.

If, though, you take a look at another culture, a culture in another region of the world, they will likely have far different traditional fruits. And along with their different traditional fruits, they will likely have different idioms, stories, and games based on those fruits, wound into their culture.

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Chicken and Apple Pita Salad

Did you know chicken salad has been around since 1863? It’s been a mainstay recipe for 150 years. It’s a great and cost effect way to use leftover chicken, and is one of those wonderful staples.

With summer right around the corner, moist chicken with crisp, fresh fruit and vegetables is a healthy and decadent treat. Served with fresh fruit on the side and Parmesan cheese shavings, this light and creamy recipe is sure to please.

Replacing regular high in fat mayonnaise with a low-fat olive oil version turns this recipe around to a light, heart friendly meal.

If you don’t have much time to prepare a quick meal, this recipe takes no more than about 10 minutes to prepare, and can be refrigerated in an airtight container.

Most of us enjoy going out to eat lunch during the work week; it’s a great way to unwind from the hustle for a bit, but it’s expensive. On average, an individual meal can cost between $5 -$10 a day, or about $30 – $50 a week.

This recipe, using leftover chicken cost $1.43 a day or $8.78 a week, netting a weekly savings of about $21.22 – $41.22. Who doesn’t love saving money?

Below for your convenience is a shopping list of the items you will need to create this dish.

Shopping List

  • Roasted Chicken Leftovers
  • 1 Apple
  • Carrots
  • Celery
  • Olive Oil Mayo
  • Pita Bread Halves
  • Cucumber Slices
  • Baby Spinach Leaves
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Mixing Bowl

Chicken & Apple Pita Salad Recipe

Servings: 12 (1/4 cup salad, 1/2 pita)

202 Calories 7.7g Fat

Ingredients:

  • (3) pounds Roasted chicken leftovers
  • 1 Apple peeled, cored and cubed.
  • 5 Celery stalks, sliced
  • 1/2 cup Olive oil mayonnaise
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • 12 Pita halves
  • Baby spinach
  • 5 Carrots, shredded
  • 1 Cucumber, sliced

Directions:

  1. Cut your chicken leftover into cubes, place in bowl.
  2. Add chopped celery and apple. Lightly mix.
  3. Add 1/2 cup of mayonnaise in parts to your liking. Mix.
  4. Salt & pepper to taste.
  5. Chill.
  6. Place a small amount of shredded carrots in the bottom of pita.
  7. Next, gently add baby spinach leaves to one side.
  8. Add 1/4 cup of chicken salad.
  9. Place cucumber slices on the opposite side.
  10. Garnish with fresh Parmesan

For variations, add grapes, sliced walnuts or almonds, and boiled egg whites. Also, you can serve the salad on lettuce leaves or in a wrap.

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Fibroids And Apple Cider Vinegar – Will This Work To Shrink Fibroids?

There is a lot of talk about fibroids and apple cider vinegar (ACV) and how ACV can help to shrink fibroids naturally. ACV is one of the most commonly recommended natural remedies for many diseases and conditions. One of the reasons it is a common natural remedy is because it is commonly available in most kitchens, is relatively inexpensive and there are little to no side effects. Despite there being little if any scientific research to support the many health claims of using ACV, this is still a common natural remedy.

Apple Cider Vinegar

As a natural remedy, many people tout the benefits of ACV for a variety of ailments such as diabetes, weight loss, heartburn, psoriasis, dry skin, dry scalp, dry hair, constipation, high cholesterol, nail and ear fungus, arthritis, dandruff, deodorant, kidney stones, warts, jock itch, yeast infection, etc. While there is little to no scientific proof that ACV may work for many of these ailments, you can find many positive testimonials from people who have used ACV to treat any number of ailments.

One thing to remember about scientific research as it relates to many natural remedies is that there is no incentive for vast amounts of money to be spent on researching remedies such as ACV because it will not be possible to patent ACV since it is readily available.

Fibroids and Apple Cider Vinegar

The acidic nature of ACV may explain its effectiveness against many ailments and why it is considered antibacterial, antifungal and antiviral but it also contains various vitamins and minerals that our bodies need as well as enzymes and very important anti-inflammatory properties all of which can help to fight various ailments.

Many Eastern practitioners believe that sickness and disease including fibroids are caused by an acidic nature in the body and helping the body become more alkaline can help to fight off various diseases and conditions and create a healthier body.

It is very important to note that while the acidic nature of ACV is touted for the healing properties when used topically, when taken internally, ACV actually has an alkaline effect in the body by helping to raise the pH level from an acidic one to a more alkaline one which can help the body become healthier.

Toxins in the body can also increase the risk of developing various diseases and conditions including the development of fibroid tumors. Another of the benefits of ACV is that it helps to detoxify the body. Being overweight is another risk factor for fibroid development and ACV can help with weight loss which indirectly helps to fight off various weight related diseases and conditions including fibroids.

These health benefits and many more related to ACV is why many women with fibroids commonly tout its ability to shrink fibroids naturally even in the absence of scientific proof.

How to use apple cider vinegar for fibroids

There isn’t a set dosage but many women take one tablespoon or two teaspoons of ACV per day. Because consuming neat ACV (undiluted) can wear at the tooth enamel as well as cause burns to the sensitive areas of the throat and mouth, it is recommended to mix it in a liquid. Most people commonly mix ACV with about 8 ounces of water, tea or milk (soy, almond milk, etc, are better than dairy milk especially for those with fibroids).

Another precaution with ACV is to stay away from ACV supplements because some studies have shown that these supplements can permanently damage the tissue in the esophagus.

Best apple cider vinegar for fibroids

The first recommendation is to of course use ACV and not other types of vinegar (e.g. white vinegar) because ACV is made from apples which is why it contains most of the vitamins, minerals and trace minerals that our bodies need to be healthy. Other types of vinegar such as white vinegar do not contain a lot of these properties.

Another point to remember is that there are varying processes that are used to make ACV many of which can eliminate most of the beneficial properties of ACV. This is why most of those sold in grocery stores should be avoided for internal use because they are lacking in healthful properties.

The best apple cider vinegar to use as a natural remedy is that which is made from organic apples, that is raw, unfiltered and fermented using traditional methods (unpasteurized). It should also state that it includes the “mother” which is where most of the healthful properties of apple cider vinegar reside.

You can make your own ACV if you do not have easy access to good quality ACV. There are many recipes that you can find online on how to make ACV.

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How To Use Apple Cider Vinegar To Cure Your Acne

Today, many are switching to natural home remedies in a bid to save some money from buying those expensive skin solutions which claim to cure acne but never lived up to its promises. There is an increasing trend of awareness among the community to go for natural treatments and it’s definitely bad news for the commercial skin markets.

There are quite a number of natural home remedies available. Among one of them is apple cider vinegar. You probably would have read quite a number of articles about using apple cider vinegar as a cure for adult acne. Does this really work? How true is it? Hope this article can dispel some misconceptions about this natural home remedy if there is any.

What is Apple cider vinegar?

Apple Cider Vinegar otherwise known as (ACV) is an effective natural bacteria fighting agent that has many elements such as calcium, potassium, magnesium, chlorine, sodium, iron, sulfur and etc. All these elements are vital for a healthy body especially to promote healthy skin development. These anti-bacterial properties make it a good topical home remedy for acne.

The main ingredient of ACV is acetic acid. It helps to exfoliate the dead skin cells gently, kills the bacteria propionibacterium acnes which is generally known as P-acnes and neutralizes the sebum which is the oily substance P-acnes feeds and thrives on.

How is Apple Cider Vinegar made?

Apple cider vinegar is obtained by the fermentation of apple cider or apple must which is made from crushed organic apples. Just for your information, fermentation means an act of conversion. Organic apples have some kind of bacteria and yeast on their skins. So when they are crushed, you get pure apple juice with a mixture of bacteria and yeast.

After which you leave it to mature for a while. During this process, sugar in the apple cider is broken down by yeast and bacteria which turns into alcohol. It’s more like a brewing process which eventually turns into vinegar after a second fermentation.

If you don’t have all the time or resources to make one at home, you can easily purchase ACV from any departmental stores. First of all, make sure you get the organic ACV with the labels saying ‘With the Mother’ with an ideal acidity (pH) level of five to seven. This means that it is in raw and pure form characterized by dark, cloudy, web-like bacterial foam which is brownish in color.

Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar for Your Skin

ACV contains acids one of which is alpha-hydroxy acid which have been extracted directly from the apples. These acids help dissolve the oil and sebum that clogs the pores and eventually un-clogs them. This will encourage skin renewal.

It is known to cure allergies from pets, food and environmental pollution, high cholesterol, flu, chronic fatigue, sinus infections, sore throats, arthritis and gout just to name a few.

However its most popular benefit is associated with weight loss. ACV is known to break down fat and that a daily dose of apple cider vinegar in water helps to keep high blood pressure in control within just two weeks.

It also helps to regulate the pH of your skin by simply diluting it with two parts of water and spreading the concoction over your face using a cotton ball as a toner overnight and washing it off the next morning. Please be mindful that you dilute it with larger portions of water since you are going to leave it on your skin for long hours.

It also helps to lighten age spots by dabbing ACV directly on them for about twenty minutes or so daily depending on the size of them. Besides it also helps to cleanse your liver by getting rid of accumulated toxins and recharging its efficiency.

How to use Apple Cider Vinegar for acne?

The usage of this varies with the severity of your acne. Most of the time, users dilute it with water and apply it with a cotton ball over their spots as it seems to work very well. ACV is considered a good replacement for antibiotics as it helps to treat bacterial infections.

You can probably use apple cider vinegar in two ways; one as an internal tonic and as topical antibacterial solution.

Follow these steps and you might see some considerable results. First take three table spoons of ACV to a bottle of water and mix them well thoroughly. Then apply it on your face with a cotton ball as an astringent.

Try using three different cotton balls on your face. Use one for your forehead, another for your cheeks and nose and one for your chin. If you happen to have an oily nose in particular, use a separate one for that. This is to prevent spreading bacteria from one place to all over your face which eventually would cause more breakouts on other areas of your face. Though this is quite uncommon, it’s better to be safe than sorry.

Leave it for about ten to fifteen minutes and rinse it thoroughly with warm water. Then use a soft clean towel to pat your skin dry. Repeat this procedure three times a day for maximum effect. For those who have severe forms of acne infection, you can apply lower dosage of ACV diluted with three to four parts of water and leave it overnight to do its job and wash it off the next day with warm water.

Remember that you use lower strength of ACV should you want to apply and leave it on your skin for longer periods.

Another thing you can do is to drink it with water with a few table spoons as a tonic every morning. This helps to prevent acne breakouts, reduce infection and dry out inflammations. The only thing you need to be aware of is that it might not taste pleasant at all. Just try drinking it like water and you will be fine.

If you have some really bothersome prominent pimples, I would recommend mixing one part of ACV with three parts of water and dab it onto the pimple. Leave it there for about fifteen minutes and wash it off with warm water.

Some Tips and Warnings

· Never attempt to apply full-strength ACV on the face as there have been reported cases of skin damage, irritations and burns. So be cautious about using this remedy especially for those who have sensitive skin.

· Always use raw, unfiltered and unpasteurized apple cider vinegar. This will give you the best results.

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

· If you are allergic to apples, then apple cider vinegar is not for you.

· Do not use in combination with other acne medications. This will lead to complications and over-drying of the skin.

· When you are applying ACV, it is best to start out with the weakest combinations of four parts of water to it. If you are comfortable with it, then work up to stronger mixtures. That means reducing the amount of water.

· Tingling sensations are pretty normal while using ACV, but if you start experiencing some burning sensations, rinse it off immediately with cold water.

Rounding It Up and My Conclusion

Everything about apple cider vinegar has been pretty positive except for the astringency of the vinegar which you must take caution of when applying it on your face. I would recommend starting with a lower dosage of it and then moderate it to higher strength as you keep adapting to the topical solution.

It’s normal to feel any tingling sensation as it is an indication that it’s working. However if you start experiencing any burning effects then wash it off immediately and lower the strength of ACV. For better results, use a water-based skin moisturizer to apply on your skin after each ACV treatment. This is to prevent your skin from getting too dehydrated due to the astringent characteristics of ACV.

I would like to point out that even though apple cider vinegar can remove some surface bacteria on the skin, it is not a long-term solution that can truly attack acne at its root. There are just about many causes of acne and bacteria are one of them.

It’s more or less suitable for those who have mild to moderate acne and could see results in just a couple of weeks. For severe cases, it could really take a long time to heal it. Have patience and you will rule the world! The good thing is that you are doing it naturally and definitely not burning your pockets in the process.

It all makes sense to try out this inexpensive home remedy before switching to more expensive products. Even if you need to, the severity of your acne condition would have improved and you wouldn’t have to spend a long time undergoing any medical procedures laid down for you by any dermatologist.

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