Apple cider vinegar's effectiveness as a cure for skin woes such as redness and acne hasn't been proven, but that doesn't stop it from being touted as a home remedy.
The kitchen cupboard staple is sometimes said to have antibacterial properties that combat acne while also containing acids that promote healthy, pH-balanced skin. It can be used topically on the skin or ingested, but WebMD says there is "insufficient evidence" for claims that apple cider vinegar is a reliable acne treatment.
Likewise, Shape magazine states
that while apple cider vinegar, according to its advocates, will "slow the aging-process to give you clearer, wrinkle-free skin," there is "no research to verify these claims."
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Still, Redbook contributor
Locke Hughes reported that her skin "seemed clearer" after three weeks of drinking a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar, mixed with honey and purified water, every morning.
Used as a topical solution, apple cider vinegar also has a reputation for treating warts and other skin problems, according to Daily Health Post
, a health and nutrition lifestyle website.
One Green Planet includes
rashes on the list of problems treatable by applying an apple cider vinegar solution directly to an affected area, explaining that for "skin rashes like ringworm and fungal-related forms of eczema, apple cider vinegar will kill the fungus on the skin due to its anti-microbial properties."
But researchers advise caution when contemplating vinegar as a topical home remedy: "In the popular media, vinegar is commonly recommended for treating nail fungus, head lice, and warts, yet scientific support for these treatment strategies is lacking," write Arizona State University nutritionists Carol S. Johnson and Cindy A. Gass for the National Institutes of Health
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