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How To Cure Acne With Apple Cider Vinegar

How To Cure Acne With Apple Cider Vinegar

If you suffer from spots or acne then you know how much it can affect how you look and feel. Acne can be caused by hormones as well as overly oily skin that clogs up pores and therefore allowing dirt to build up. It can occur on several areas of the body but most commonly it appears on the face, neck and back meaning it can be visible more often than not.

There are several remedies you can use to prevent and get rid of spots but most of the shop-bought products can be expensive, contain artificial chemicals and aren’t suitable for all skin types. But there’s a product you can use that’s natural, cheap and extremely effective helping you to rid your spots and scars caused by frequent acne and that product is Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV)!

Here’s why you should never underestimate the versatility of apple cider vinegar:

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How Apple Cider Vinegar Helps Acne

  • Anti-inflammatory – ACV is an anti-inflammatory which means it reduces swelling and pain caused by blackheads, whiteheads and pimples.
  • Natural detoxifier – ACV detoxifies the body by getting rid of toxins and free radicals that can contribute to acne, reducing the amount of acne you can get.
  • Reduces red marks – the acids contained in ACV helps in the reduction of red marks caused by spots and also softens the skin too.
  • Restores the skin’s pH balance – washing the skin distrubs its natural pH balance which is slightly acidic. Using ACV helps restore the pH balance back to normal promoting healthier skin and therefore less acne.
  • Dries out spots – ACV is an astringent which means it tightens the body tissue and as a result dries out spots faster helping to rid them quicker.
  • Reduces scarring – like reducing red marks, the acid in ACV reduces the amount of scarring caused by acne giving you a clearer complexion.
  • Kills bacteria – ACV is anti-bacterial and targets the bacteria in existing spots allowing them to clear much more quickly.

Homemade Apple Cider Vinegar Acne Treatments

Apple Cider Vinegar and Honey

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    The combination of honey and ACV gives a great facial treatment for acne-prone skin. Repeat this regularly for clearer skin.

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    • Make sure you clean your face with warm water and pat dry gently.
    • Get a basin of hot water and position yourself over it with a towel over your head. Allow the steam to open up your pores.
    • Gently massage raw honey in circles over your face and leave for 15 minutes.
    • Wash off the honey with lukewarm water.
    • Apply an 1:1 mixture of ACV and water to your face with cotton wool and leave on your face to dry.

    Apple Cider Vinegar Toner

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      If you don’t want to spend time with different ingredients then simply using a mixture of ACV and water is still effective when dealing with acne on the face.

      • Using a 1:2 mixture of ACV and water, pour this into a spray or container and spray liberally over the affected area. Alternatively dab over the area gently with cotton wool.
      • Leave to dry with no need to wash it off.
      • Once dry apply an oil-free moisturiser and repeat this process twice a day.

      Apple Cider and Baking Soda

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        Using ACV with baking soda makes a great cleansing mask that can get deep into your pores and clear them out preventing further spots.

        • Mix 2 tablespoons of ACV with 3 tablespoons of baking soda.
        • Apply to the face using your fingertips and create a mask.
        • Leave on for around 15-20 minutes. Your skin should start to feel tight.
        • Rinse off with water and give yourself a splash of cold water at the end – this will close up your pores.
        • Pat dry gently making sure not to rub the skin.
        • Apply an oil-free moisturiser and repeat this once a week for optimal results.

        Apple Cider Vinegar and Tea Tree Oil

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          Tea tree oil is another great spot buster and used together with ACV will create the perfect treatment for acne-prone skin.

          • Mix ACV with a few drops of tea tree oil.
          • Apply mixture to your whole face or just the affected areas if desired.
          • Leave this on for a few minutes and then gently wash it off being careful not to rub the skin when drying.

          Precautions and Tips When Using Apple Cider Vinegar For Acne

          There are a few precautions and tips when using apple cider vinegar for treating acne.

          1. Always purchase unpasteurised ACV which means it hasn’t been processed and had all it’s wonderful healthy nutrients taken out. Try organic ACV too as this will mean less possible pesticides and chemicals.
          2. It’s not recommended to use undiluted ACV on the face so make sure you always dilute it with water otherwise it can cause irritation with both short-term or prolonged use.
          3. If you don’t like the smell then try using ACV mainly at night time.
          4. It is possible that using ACV will cause your pores to open and push impurities out resulting in further spots and pimples. This isn’t too common but it is just the body’s process to rid your skin of impurities that causes spots in the first place. In a way it will get worse before it gets better.
          5. Using ACV can increase your skin’s sensitivity to ultra-violet rays so make sure you use sun protection when you go outside.
          6. ACV will sting if put on open wounds so be aware when applying it to infected or sore spots.

          Featured photo credit: Zenspa1 via flickr.com

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          7 Amazing Things That Will Happen When You Do Plank Every Day

          7 Amazing Things That Will Happen When You Do Plank Every Day

          Bodyweight exercises are gaining ground in the fitness world due to the practicality and simplicity of getting in shape using your own body weight. Planks are one form of bodyweight exercises that will never go out of fashion. Planks are one of the most effective exercises you can do. Why? Because they require a small time investment on your part, and offer the chance to achieve substantial results in a relatively short span of time.

          Video Summary

          Why is it important to train up our core strength?

          There are numerous sites and blogs which detail ways to build your core muscles or core strength. Often though, these sites neglect to explain what your core muscles actually are, and why building them is important.

          This is quite surprising, as core muscles are quite easy to explain. Your core muscles are a series of muscles in your midsection, and are used in most forms of movement. Though they aren’t housed in your arms or legs, your core muscles can help transfer force from one limb to another, or are used in addition to muscles in your arms or legs to increase their effectiveness. As such a strong core will make a big improvement on your ability to move and exercise further.

          Also they are great for helping other muscles in your midsection such as your abdominal muscles. Your abdominal muscles are important for supporting your back and spinal column, and as such are important aids in preventing injuries. However for them to be most effective you need to spend a lot of time developing your core muscles.

          In short, planking exercises can make a huge improvement in your muscles down your whole body. Making them a hugely effective exercise to perform.

          One Exercise, multiple benefits

          There are few forms of exercise as effective at building your core as planking exercises. However, planking exercises benefit far more than just your core strength.

          By holding yourself in the position for a planking exercise, you’ll notice that your biceps, neck, and shoulder muscles are also being tested and strained. This this encouraging their buildup and development. This is great news if you like to do press ups, developed shoulder muscles will have a big impact on your press up performance.

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          When planking, you are holding yourself up through your arms and biceps and so by holding a planking position, your arm muscles are being toned and developed. Making planking a great alternative exercise to other forms of bicep developing exercises.

          Moving down your midsection, successful plank exercises actually develop the muscles in your butt! These muscles tend to be ignored by a lot of exercises, so this is another great benefit of plank exercises.

          In much the same way as you develop your biceps and arm muscles, holding the planking position helps develop the muscles in your thighs too.

          What is even better is that planking exercises don’t take much time at all. In fact you should probably only spend about ten minutes max per day in the planking exercise.

          What will happen when you start doing planks every day

            1. You’ll improve core definition and performance: 

            Planks are an ideal exercise for the abdominal muscles exactly because they engage all major core muscle groups including the transverse abdominus, the rectus abdominusthe external oblique muscle, and the glutes. The importance of strengthening each muscle group cannot be underestimated either, for all of these groups serve their own purpose. If you strengthen these muscle groups you will notice:

            • Transverse abdominis: increased ability to lift heavier weights.
            • Rectus adbominis: improved sports performance, particularly with jumping. This muscle group is also responsible for giving you the renowned six pack look.
            • Oblique muscles: improved capacity for stable side-bending and waist-twisting
            • Glutes: a supported back and a strong, shapely booty.

            2. You’ll decrease your risk of injury in the back and spinal column

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              Doing planks is a type of exercise that allow you to build muscle while also making sure that you are not putting too much pressure on your spine or hips. According to the American Council on Exercise, doing planks regularly not only significantly reduces back pain but it also strengthens your muscles and ensures a strong support for your entire back, especially in the areas around your upper back.

              Check out this article if you would like to find out about how doing planks on different surfaces can impact the effectiveness of this exercise in strengthening your core.

              3. You’ll experience an increased boost to your overall metabolism

                Planking is an excellent way of challenging your entire body because doing them every day will burn more calories than other traditional abdominal exercises, such as crunches or sit-ups. The muscles you strengthen by doing this exercise on a day-to-day basis will ensure that you burn more energy even when sedentary. This is especially important if you are spending the majority of your day sitting in front of a computer. Also, making it a daily 10- to 1 minute home exercise before or after work will not only provide an enhanced metabolic rate but it will also ensure that that metabolic rate remains high all day long, (yes, even while you are asleep).

                4. You’ll significantly improve your posture

                  Planking exercises have a great impact and improvement on your posture. This is great news as a strong posture brings with it a huge number of fantastic benefits .

                  A good posture keeps your bones and joins in the correct alignment which means both your bones and joints will be better maintained and more healthy, but also means the overall effectiveness of your muscles will be improved.

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                  A good posture will ensure your back or spine is in the correct position and so you will suffer less back pain.

                  On top of everything, someone with good posture looks better, healthier, and more confident.

                  5. You’ll improve overall balance

                    Have you ever felt that when you tried standing on one leg, you couldn’t stand up straight for more than a couple of seconds? It’s not because you were drunk- unless you happened to be at the time!-  but rather, it’s because your abdominal muscles weren’t strong enough to give you the balance you needed. Through improving your balance by doing side planks and planks with extensions you will boost your performance in every kind of sporting activity.

                    6. You’ll become more flexible than ever before

                      Flexibility is a key benefit of doing planks regularly, for this form of exercise expands and stretches all your posterior muscle groups – shouldersshoulder blades, and collarbone – while also stretching your hamstrings, arches of your feet, and toes. With a side plank added in to the mix, you can also work on your oblique muscles. This will provide you with further benefits when it comes to hyper-extending your toes, a movement that is crucial for supporting your body’s weight.

                      7. You’ll witness mental benefits

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                        Plank exercises have a particular effect on our nerves, making them an excellent means of improving overall mood. How? Well, they stretch out muscle groups that contribute to stress and tension in the body. Just think about it: you are sitting in your chair, at home or at work, all day long; your thigh muscles get tight, your legs get heavy due to being bent for several hours; and tension develops in your shoulders due to being forced to slump forward all day. These are all circumstances that put too stress on the muscles and nerves. The good news is that planks not only calm your brain, but they can also treat anxiety and symptoms of depression– but only if you make it part of your daily routine.

                        How to hold a plank position

                        1. Get into pushup position on the floor.
                        2. Now bend your elbows 90 degrees and rest your weight on your forearms.
                        3. Keep your torso straight and rigid and your body in a straight line from ears to toes with no sagging or bending.
                        4. Your head is relaxed and you should be looking at the floor.
                        5. Hold the position for as long as you can.
                        6. Remember to breathe. Inhale and exhale slowly and steadily.
                        7. When your form begins to suffer, pull the plug. You’re only benefiting from the plank by actually doing the plank.

                        Watch the video if you have any doubt!

                        Here is a great infographic that shows the best plank variation exercises to evenly target all abdominal muscle groups:

                          How to improve your plank time gradually

                          1. Start with the easier variation if needed. You can start with a bent-knee plank if you can’t perform a regular plank yet. If you can hold a plank for more than two minutes with ease, you can move on to these tougher variations.
                          2. Practise every day. Space your planking exercise throughout the day and do 3-4 times every day. Try to hold the position 10 seconds longer each time.
                          3. Perform other body-weight exercises at the same time. Push-up and squat will improve your core strength too.

                          Are you ready to devote 5-10 minutes of your day, every day, to stay fit, healthy and, most importantly, strong as a bull? Then jump in and make doing plank exercises a part of your life.

                          Who Should Be Cautious Doing The Plank?

                          You need to be cautious doing Planking exercises if any of these risks apply to you:

                          • Prolapse
                          • After prolapse surgery
                          • Pelvic pain conditions
                          • Weak or poorly functioning pelvic floor muscles
                          • Previous childbirth
                          • Overweight

                          Choose an alternative pelvic floor abdominal exercise or consult your doctor before performing plank regularly.

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