Acne is a pain in the butt. It is the bane of teenagers everywhere. Here we will try and give you an idea of how to get rid of acne and pimples, with a particular focus on the validity of apple cider vinegar as a non-medical supplement. We’ll try and go through some of the basic causes and biology behind acne, and see how does it really work to affect that. So read on, and learn more about both of these topics.
What is Acne?
Acne is basically a skin affliction (disease seems too harsh a word) that is common among teenagers and anyone in the midst of major hormonal imbalances, like in puberty, pregnancy, menstruation, or menopause. What is basically happening when you have acne scars is that your pores are clogging up. The surface of the skin over the entire body – with a few exceptions, notably being your nails, the palms of your hand, and the bottom of your feet – is made up of a bunch of little pores which have tiny hairs sticking out of them. Some of the hairs are translucent or so small you can’t actually see them, and others are totally visible. These pores are basically little pockets directly underneath the surface of the skin where the hair follicle rests. The follicle is where the hair is formed. Now, most of the time, there is a hole for the hair to get out of without trouble. But your skin is covered in oils and dead skin and all sorts of other things, and these other materials on your skin can get lodged in the hole of the pore out to the surface, and this can cause problems. Basically, when your pores get clogged up, bacteria inside the pores builds up since it can’t be washed or pushed out. These bacterium form very small infections, which the body then recognizes, and attacks. This causes an inflammation of the pore, which makes it turn red. Pus may form. When it does, it forms a zit.
If this happens in just one pore, it’s a zit. If it forms in several, it starts to become acne. Generally, because acne is caused by greasiness and oil, it forms in large parts of the skin, and notably, on the face. If you have acne, you are likely to have it on the face, though it is very possible it could show up on other parts of your body, especially the upper body.
How is it Treated?
There are a lot of different treatments for acne. The concept itself is relatively simple: you have to remove the stimulus which is causing the acne, which is likely greasy skin, oily lotions, sweat, or other things of that sort. Anything that could be clogging pores, including dirt. The simplest cause is to shower more often, and shower after working out – sweating after times of heavy exertion is usually a big change for the adolescent – or after coming into contact with something that could cause acne. It also means cutting out the use of greasy lotions. When you wash areas over acne, you need to do so lightly. Don’t gouge it, just rub over it lightly. Do not pop zits, this can cause scarring. If you want this to be a temporary problem rather than a permanent problem, you’ve got to go easy on it.
What is Apple Cider Vinegar?
It is an acidic type of vinegar that is often used as an herbal supplement. This herbal supplement, like most herbal supplements, is still not necessarily a fool proof way of getting rid of acne. Apple cider and vinegar are both pretty acidic materials, so when they are together, they are pretty rough. Generally, it is taken one of two ways: orally, or it’s just rubbed on the skin.
To be honest, I haven’t found any particularly reputable sources that say you should try this as a remedy. Part of the problem is that apple cider vinegar is extremely acidic, so you can get chemical burns from it. There are stories of people burning their skin and their esophagus with it, and then there are stories of wild successes with this home remedy. For example, if you mix the apple cider vinegar with water or juice, it will be a lot safer to take, generally. So my recommendation is that if you do use it, DILUTE IT. Take this supplement at your own risk. And really, I’d suggest trying a number of other things to remove acne before trying the cider vinegar. It can cause heart palpitations and general agitation.
The sources I’ve read say that it changes the pH of the skin, but I’m not sure how much I believe this, as I couldn’t find a source I trusted to confirm this. From what I’ve learned, you can cause some damage to your skin using cider vinegar, and for that reason, you should use it only if you are desperate and know what you are doing.
We should add a disclaimer here: If you are planning on taking this vinegar diet, you should probably talk to a dermatologist first. This is really what you should do anyway to take care of acne. Sure, it’s a little bit more expensive, but really, who cares? It’s safer and will likely cause less damage to your skin. We are NOT doctors here, and as such, absolutely nothing of what we have written should be taken as medical advice. If you want to get medical advice, do not check the internet, ask an actual doctor.
Ultimately, the best call when it comes to something like acne is to start with light treatments. First, just wash your face more often, use face washes that are advertised as being able to get rid of acne, and check out some of the over-the-counter options at your local pharmacy. There are a bunch of options as far as this goes, and it’s good to try remedies where, if something were to go wrong, you’d have a corporation that was liable for the problem, rather than an herbal supplement, which is basically just on you.