I’m something of a skincare fanatic, and naturopathic dermatology is my passion.
Growing up and all throughout university I was blessed with impeccable skin, regardless of what products I used, or how many times I washed my face. Then, after going off oral contraceptives in my first year of naturopathic medical school, I suffered through a year and a half of adult onset acne.
Slowly, with the help of hormone-regulating herbs, a cleaner diet (including alkaline-forming, detoxifying juices), and carefully selected topical products, I was able to get back to the skin I was used to living in.
I still get the occasional breakout, and I don’t know how many store-bought spot treatments I’ve gone through – it was not until I discovered this winning combo that I started looking forward to waking up the next morning to see how much my pimples have disappeared!
Most spot treatments and acne targeted products on the market include either salicylic acid, benzoyl peroxide, or sulfur to help dry out the offending zits while fighting the problem bacteria p.acnes which is responsible for the inflammation and pus concentrated underneath the skin.
While many people find products that contain these ingredients largely effective, some also find they tend to dry out and irritate the skin, which can lead to angry, sensitive skin that becomes even more prone to breakouts.
I have begun using a more natural option that works by:
- Providing gentle exfoliation with natural AHA’s
- Acting as an anti-bacterial
- Maintaining the natural acid mantle of the skin
… all of which are very important for healthy, happy, glowing skin!
As a spot treatment even the deepest, sorest cystic lesion is no match for this concoction – I have yet to see it take more than 3 days max to make zits disappear!
The recipe is so simple it’s laughable, and so cheap it’s crazy – although I will warn you, the smell of apple cider vinegar may be something you have to get used to…! Now the smell doesn’t bother me, but I recommend using a few drops of citrus (orange, lemon, grapefruit) or tea tree essential oil to the toner solution to help make it more pleasant.
What you will need:
Organic apple cider vinegar (I use Bragg’s)
Fresh lemon juice
Water to dilute as needed
Citrus or tea tree essential oil if desired
Q-tips and cotton pads
As a spot treatment:
- Mix ½ tsp of apple cider vinegar and ½ tsp of fresh lemon juice. The enzymes from the lemon juice won’t stay fresh for more than a day or two, so make small batches.
- Using a Q-tip, apply liberally to targeted areas in a gentle, circular motion, encouraging absorption into the skin.
- Reapply 2-3 times/day, especially before bed.
As a toner:
- Mix equal parts lemon juice and apple cider vinegar in a small spray bottle. If you are travelling and plan on making enough toner to last 2-3 weeks I recommend using La Bio Idea’s Organic Lemon Dressing from Noah’s instead of lemon juice, as the citric acid acts as a natural preservative and maintains enzyme activity.
- Add water to dilute the mixture as needed, depending on the sensitivity of your skin. I do a full 1:1 with no dilution, but it can be intense.
- Add a few drops of essential oil if desired.
- Apply to cotton pad and over face after cleansing.
- Use 1-2 times daily followed with your favourite pH-balanced moisturizer (I love facial oil blends.)
Voilà! Naturally beautiful, glowing skin!