(This post was written for The Glosse Posse.)
I’m excited to share three Pinterest reviews to you today!
I started the Apple Cider Vinegar (hereforth referred to as ACV) cleanse last Wednesday, drinking the awful-tasting beverage before every meal every day. (Please see the last post for instructions.) I then picked the ACV + Tea Tree Oil toner to apply to my cleansed face twice a day (morning and evening). You will need 1 cup water, 1 cup ACV, and a few drops of Tea Tree Oil. The latter treats acne but you can use green tea in lieu of tea tree oil if you wish.
This was followed by a scar-fading cream, a natural remedy made by a Traditional Chinese Medicine doctor, which I would also apply twice a day over some pink marks. Although I had expected to have a clear face by Monday, the two above-mentioned pins (not including the scar-fading cream) worked incredibly well.
Over the weekend, I indulged myself by munching on some ketchup crisps/chips. I would usually break out the next day or so but I was surprised that I didn’t spot anything ‘new’. (This doesn’t mean you should take advantage of eating everything unhealthy and flush it all out with ACV.) Furthermore, I think the combination of the three helped reduce the size of the pimples, prevent new ones from forming, and faded acne scars. The first and second are probably the result of the toner and/or the ACV drink, and the third is most likely from the cream. Yesterday marked day 7 (actually, 6, since I had forgotten to drink ACV in the morning and afternoon) and my skin is looking much better than it had last week.
I thought I would try the sour cream mask last night to brighten up the skin and to fade the remaining pink marks. The recipe I followed requires 2 Tbsp sour cream, 1 Tbsp ACV or lemon juice, and 2 Tbsp honey. As I didn’t have any honey at home, I made my brightening face cream with sour cream and ACV. It is very similar to the last [failed] mask I made so I imagine you can use sour cream or plain yogurt. The honey is supposed to moisturise and heal the skin. ACV balances the pH of your skin and also soothes damaged skin. The sour cream acts as a natural exfoliant.
I applied the mask on my face for 20 minutes as instructed, then rinsed my face with ‘cool’ (it can’t be cold or warm) water. I noticed an immediate change in my appearance. The mask had faded quite a few of my scars and I felt as if I would have clear skin by Wednesday or Thursday.
Now, here’s the scary part…
I also thought I’d try rinsing my hair with ACV (after I had shampooed it, of course). I had a hard time pouring it that some of the ACV got on my face. After I had finished showering, I looked at myself in the mirror in horror. Some parts of my face looked like it had been either overheated or was ‘burning’. I didn’t have any pain, however, so I was sure it could not have been a burn. My face didn’t feel hot either. I was very confused and couldn’t figure out if it was the ACV or the sour cream. What I did not understand is that I hadn’t had any immediate reaction after I had rinsed off the sour cream face mask. I was also uncertain if it could be the ACV because the red marks weren’t in streaks but random blotches under my chin and near my temples. In a moment of despair, I prayed to God to get rid of the red blotches and to save my skin. (This is not a joke. I kept imagining the worst.)
I applied a clear toner and Effeclar Duo on my cheeks, then went to bed.
This morning, I awoke to find that the redness had gone (oh thank God!) and that my skin was indeed restored to the way it had been before the showering/ACV incident. The only unfortunate thing I noticed was that I had a new pimple but it popped pretty quickly. I applied the ACV toner this morning, as well as the acne-fading cream and all is still well.
So… if there’s anything I’ve learned from these Pinterest tests, they are:
- Keep undilluted ACV away from your face!
- Make sure sour cream or yogurt are not expired.
- Don’t give your skin more than it can handle. Let it heal slowly.
- Always do a test patch.
I hope I didn’t frighten any of you!
Read more: Health Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar (Juicing with G)