The positive effects of apple cider vinegar and green tea will not be a surprise to many acne sufferers who have done their research. I had been using apple cider vinegar (‘ACV’) as a toner for over a year; switching back and forth between my beloved aspirin toner. Since ACV is too acidic to use undiluted on the skin, I had been diluting it with water. I got okay results, but I wanted something other than water. This is where the green tea comes in. Admittedly, I got this idea from an acne forum several months back. Since then, my skin has responded beautifully.
In the few short months I have made this tweak to my routine, I have noticed smaller pores and a more even skin tone. It does a great job at fading my hyperpigmentation, which is huge for me. Hyperpigmentation is like the ghost of zits past.
The goods on Apple Cider Vinegar
- Natural alpha-hydroxy acid.
- Helps remove excess skin oil.
- Kills bacteria that can cause acne.
- Balances the skin’s pH level.
- Rich in calcium, potassium, flavonoids, beta carotene and Vitamins A, B and C.
The goods on Green Tea
- Natural sun protection.
- Reduces inflammation.
- Slows down the skin’s aging process.
- Improves the skin’s overall appearance.
I will make a small cup of green tea and use two or three tea bags for a better concentration. I fill two travel sized 3oz bottle with a 50/50 mixture of green tea and ACV. The vinegar helps preserve the mixture for up to two weeks if left unrefrigerated, longer while in the fridge.
Try to avoid your eyebrows when using ACV as a toner. The hairs (at least mine) don’t appreciate it and fallout too quickly.
Use an organic tea and organic Apple Cider Vinegar that contains the ‘mother’. The ‘mother’ forms naturally during the fermentation process and is a strand of enzymes of connected protein molecules. Bragg is an all-time favorite brand and more readily accessible.
Green tea and ACV has a longer list of positives when consumed, which would require multiple posts. Don’t limit yourself by limiting these items in your diet.