Dangers of using Apple Cider Vinegar Topically

Dangers of using Apple Cider Vinegar Topically

Being an aesthetician since 2012 I can not tell you how many clients I have treated that ruined their own skin, with "DIY treatments" they found online, with ACV being one of the main culprits. Although there is no end to the health benefits of apple cider vinegar, it is claimed to be effective in anything from curing cancer to resolving digestive problems. I am not sure when/how the popularity grew on “heal your acne with Apple Cider Vinegar” but it’s becoming more of a problem than I thought. 

There are often “DIY beauty hacks” that spread like wildfire. Stick around for a few months and once the tip doesn’t show long term results, beauty freaks move on to the next quick fix.

After evaluating four different Online Consultations this morning, I noticed a trend amongst the the answers I received... “ACV treatments for acne.” Please oh please beautiful people, please STOP! If you notice small visible white bumps on your face after using this treatment IT IS NOT FOR YOU BOO! Due to the fact that vinegar is an acid and can clear some topical infections, it can also cause skin irritation, and even severe damage if not used properly. It can increase the levels of other hormones linked to acne and make your skin more sensitive to them, so if you aren’t careful it’s easy to cause skin damage.



If you are using apple cider vinegar topically to treat an external issue such as acne, ring worm or a fungus, the acetic acid in apple cider vinegar can cause damage to the skin, especially if you have sensitive skin, open sores, cuts or burns. Always mix the vinegar with water when applying topically. If you apply apple cider vinegar to your skin and you feel a burning sensation it is best to stop using it. If the acid in the vinegar burns your skin or works its way into an already existing wound, it can cause pain and scarring. This “how-to” can prove to be ineffective for most people and potentially dangerous, resulting in scarring, postinflammatory hyperpigmentation, and even possible malignant transformation. Be aware of this phenomenon and better yet, educate yourself on the potential adverse effects of some at home treatments. Once the skin has been damaged, it is almost impossible to reverse the side effects of a chemical burn. 


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