Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple Cider Vinegar is produced from fermented apple juice. It is commonly used in cooking. It is also a very popular homeopathic treatment for a range of health ailments. However, there is little reliable scientific evidence that supports any of the various health claims associated with Apple Cider Vinegar.

Apple Cider Vinegar and Acne

As a Naturopathic treatment for acne, Apple Cider Vinegar is commonly used as part of a face wash. Some people may also drink small amounts. Apparently, there are many people who claim that Apple Cider Vinegar treatments dramatically improved their acne symptoms. Although this is certainly possible, most of these claims are likely to be unreliable. There is no scientific evidence that Apple Cider Vinegar improves acne symptoms.

Apple Cider Vinegar face washes may be helpful at reducing “oily” skin. These face washes are generally quite acidic, and this would be expected to have a drying effect on the skin. But this effect is unlikely to result in improved acne symptoms.

Apple Cider Vinegar Side Effects

The acidity of Apple Cider Vinegar can potentially irritate the skin, especially when used undiluted. Consuming large amounts of Apple Cider Vinegar, or consuming concentrated versions (such as tablets) may cause irritation of the mouth, throat and gastrointestinal tract. However, when used at appropriate dilutions/dosages, apple cider vinegar is generally quite safe.


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