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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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          Last Updated on October 16, 2018

          The Ultimate Guide to Help You Sleep Through the Night Tonight

          The Ultimate Guide to Help You Sleep Through the Night Tonight

          It’s well past midnight and you’ve got to get up in less than six hours. You toss and turn all night. Before you know it, another hour passes by and you start panicking.

          If I don’t get to sleep in the next 30 minutes, I’m going to be exhausted tomorrow!”

          One thing is for sure, you’re not alone. Over 70M+ Americans have stated that they don’t get the proper sleep they need at night.[1] So what could possibly be causing this insomnia epidemic?

          Throughout my entrepreneurial journey of building my language learning company, I have experimented and researched dozens of best sleep practices. Some have flopped but a few have dramatically improved the quality of my life and work.

          In this article, I’ll look into the reason why you’re sleep deprived and how to sleep through the night tonight.

          Why you can’t sleep through the night

          The first step to improving anything is getting to the bottom of the root problem. Different studies have shown the reasons why most people cannot sleep well at night.[2] Here are the main ones that the average person faces:

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          Stress

          If you’ve ever stayed up at night worrying about something, know that it’s a major sleep inhibitor. When you’re feeling stress, your mind and body becomes more activated, making it incredibly difficult to fall asleep. Even when you do manage to sleep, it won’t be deep enough to help you feel rested the next day.

          Exposure to blue light before sleep time

          We’re exposed to harmful blue light on a daily basis through the use of our digital screens. If you’ve never heard of blue light, it’s part of the visible light spectrum that suppresses melatonin, our sleep hormones. Other harmful effects include digital eye strains and macular cellular damage.

          While daytime exposure to blue light is not very harmful, night time exposure tricks our brain into thinking it’s daytime. By keeping your brain alert and suppressing melatonin, your mind is unable to shut down and relax before bedtime.

          Eating close to bedtime

          Eating too late can actually be an issue for many people, especially those who are older than 40. The reason is, eating before laying down increases the chances of Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), in which stomach acid backflows into the esophagus.

          Another reason not to eat too late is sleep quality. Even if you manage to sleep right after eating, it’s likely that you’ll wake up tired. Instead of letting your body rest during sleep, it has to digest the food that was entered before bedtime.

          Rule of thumb: eat 3-4 hours before bedtime.

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          Medical conditions

          In some cases, it could be medical conditions that cause your sleep problems. If you can’t relate yourself to the above reasons or any of these common sleep problem causes, you should visit the doctor.

          The vicious sleep cycle

          The biggest danger to repeating the bad habits mentioned above is the negative cycle that it can take you through. A bad night’s sleep can affect not only your energy but your willpower and decision making skills.

          Here’s an example of a bad sleep pattern:

          You get a bad night’s sleep
          –> You feel tired and stressful throughout the day.
          –> You compensate it with unhealthy habits (for example junk food, skipping exercises, watching Netflix etc.)
          –> You can’t sleep well (again) the next night.

            You can imagine what could happen if this cycle repeats over a longer period of time.

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            How to sleep better (throughout the night)

            To help you break the vicious cycle and stop waking up in the middle of the night, I’ll explain to you a list of actionable steps to solve your trouble staying asleep.

            1. Take control over the last 90 minutes of your night

            What you do (or don’t do) before bedtime have significant impact on the quality of your sleep. Many times, it can be the difference between staying up until 4am and sleeping like a baby.

            Here are a few suggestions:

            • Go from light to dark – Darkness stimulates production of the sleep hormone melatonin. Turn off unused light around the house, and think about investing into warm light that you can use in the bedroom before bedtime.
            • Avoid screens (or wear blue light blocking glasses) – Keep the bedroom a technology-free zone as the light from electronic devices can disturb your sleep. If you need to work, wear blue light blocking glasses (also known as computer glasses) throughout or before you sleep to prevent sleep disruption.
            • Find an activity that helps you to wind down  This could be anything that calms you down, and reduces thinking (especially unnecessary stress). Fir example, listening to soothing/good feel music, taking a hot bath, reading or meditating.
            • Keep any electronics you have on the other side of the room or outside the room – One of the most harmful things that can disrupt your sleep is the notifications you get from your smartphones. The simplest way to avoid this is to keep it away from you.
            • Create a bedtime routine – A night routine is a couple of things you do prior to going to bed. By doing these things every night, you’ll have a more restful and high-quality sleep. Learn how to pick up a night routine here: The Ultimate Night Routine Guide to Sleep Better and Wake Up Productive

            2. Eat the right nutrients (and avoid the wrong ones)

            What you eat (not just when we eat) plays a critical role in your sleep quality. If you’re ever in doubt of what to eat to improve your sleep, take the following into consideration:

            • Kiwi – This green fruit may be the ultimate pre-bed snack. When volunteers ate two kiwis an hour before hitting the hay, they slept almost a full extra hour. Kiwis are full of vitamins C and E, serotonin and folate—all of which may help you snooze.
            • Soy foods – Foods made with soy such as tofu, miso and edamame, are rich in isoflavones. These compounds increase the production of serotonin, a brain chemical that influences the body’s sleep-wake cycle.
            • Fiber-rich foods – Eating more fiber could be key for better sleep. Eating fiber was associated with more restorative slow-wave sleep—the more you eat, the better you sleep—per a study published in the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine. Fiber prevents blood sugar surges that may lower melatonin. Get a fiber boost from beans, artichokes, bran cereal and quinoa.
            • Salmon – Most fish, especially salmon, halibut and tuna boost vitamin B6, which is needed to make melatonin— a sleep-inducing hormone triggered by darkness.

            3. Adjust your sleep temperature

            Once you’ve gone through the first 2 recommendations, the last step to experiment with is temperature. According to Sleep.org, the ideal temperature for sleep is 60-67 Farenheit. This may be cooler than what most people are used to, but keep in mind that our body temperature changes once we fall asleep.

            Rule of thumb: sleeping in cooler temperature is better for sleep quality than warmer temperature.

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            Find out how to maintain the optimal temperature to sleep better here: How to Sleep Faster with the Best Temperature

            Sleep better form now on

            Congrats on making it to the end of this guide on sleep. If you’re serious about taking the necessary steps in improving your sleep, remember to take it one step at a time.

            I recommend trying just one of the steps mentioned such as taking a hot bath, blocking out blue light at night, or sleeping in cooler temperature. From there, see how it impacts your sleep quality and you can keep doing what works, and throw away what doesn’t.

            As long as you follow these steps cautiously and diligently, I know you’ll see improved results in your sleep!

            Featured photo credit: pixabay via pixabay.com

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