DIY Blemish Fighting Toner with Apple Cider Vinegar
I've struggled with oily skin, blackheads, and pimples for as long as I can remember; and it only gets worse during the hot, humid summer months. I love to use a salicylic acid facial scrub. Benzoyl peroxide makes me break out, so I can't use products like Proactive. I also love the new charcoal products for treating blackheads. My favorite is the Freeman Facial Charcoal & Black Sugar Polish Mask. But all of the scrubbing and artificial ingredients are drying and can cause more inflammation, so I have to use them sparingly. A daily facial toner is a must! I've experimented with witch hazel, but it can be drying and doesn't work strong enough sometimes.
Last year I started using apple cider vinegar and I am sold for life! After reading several times how tea tree oil is a great natural acne treatment due to its antibacterial properties, I decided to make a little concoction and see what happened. It's definitely made a huge difference in my skin without drying it out at all. If you've been battling to get clear skin, you should give this a try! It's natural and affordable and makes such a great blemish-fighting toner.
You simply need a bottle of apple cider vinegar from the grocery store, some tea tree oil (optional but worth it if you have stubborn acne), and cotton balls.
Empty half of the apple cider vinegar into another bottle or jar and reserve for later. I do this so I can water down the acv I plan to use for the tone. (Putting undiluted acv near your eyes will cause stinging!) Fill the bottle back up the rest of the way with water, add 3-5 drops of tea tree oil, and that's it! Shake well before each use and apply with a cotton ball at least twice a day after your usual cleansing product. You can also use it as a spot treatment on pimples by applying frequently with a cotton swab. If you get those pesky summer pimples on your neck, chest, and shoulders; this toner is perfect for that too. I'd say the one downside is the smell, but hey, not everything can smell like roses. After it dries and you apply your daily moisturizer, the scent will fade.
Have you ever used any of these ingredients to fight blemishes? What was your experience with it? Let us know in the comments below.
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