Tuesday, September 16

Apple cider vinegar toner - 1 major step to fight acne!


There are 3 main things I did which had the biggest impact on clearing up my acne - this toner is one of them. If you want to kick-start your acne battle here is the basic toner recipe and alternatives to try according to your skin type. Read a more detailed guide to toner and part 2.

Go to Google and type apple cider vinegar +skincare and you'll find that 'undiscovered' is no longer the case for this great ingredient! The secret's out and we're all reaping the benefits. In addition to apple cider vinegar this toner has 3 other hero DIY skincare ingredients; honey, green tea and tea tree oil.

Apple cider vinegar toner, green tea, tea tree oil and honey. anti acne
Heads up; yes, vinegar stinks but happily the tea tree oil does a good job of disguising this.
Apple Cider Vinegar and Green Tea - the properties
Apple cider vinegar works so well on acne because it's packed with antibacterial properties (acne is a bacterial infection) and restores the natural PH of our skin, which should be on the acidic side but can be disrupted by anything that touches our skin! However never apply Apple Cider Vinegar to your skin undiluted! Start with a small concentration.

Green tea - is a superfood! (at least to me it is!!) packed with anti-oxidants which are your skin's natural shield against all the nasties out there and in particular UVA/UVB rays. It's also an anti-irritant to irritated skin/pores/sensitive skin and to counteract any irritating effect the vinegar may have.

The Toner
Let's start brewing!
Ingredients (with their alternatives);
  • Green tea - soothing, calming anti-oxidant. Alternative - chamomile tea for super sensitive skin
  • Apple Cider Vinegar - anti bacterial, acidic. Alternative - nothing, DO NOT use any other type of vinegar on your face!
  • Tea-tree oil - antibacterial, cleansing. Alternative - Lavender oil for oil balancing
  • Honey - hydrating, calming, anti-bacterial.
We'll be making the toner at a ratio of  2:1 Green tea: ACV. So that's 2 parts tea and 1 part apple cider vinegar, there are no additional benefits to making it any stronger than this, you will only increase the risk of irritation.

Green tea in colour changing light up mug. yellow kettle
How cool is this mug? The windows glow when the mug is hot :-) Little things make us happy.
1. Brew your green tea using a tea bag, (or if you're using loose tea the equivalent measure), pop a little make-shift lid on it and leave it to brew into a really strong tea.

2. Wait until it's cooled somewhat but is still warm, about 20 -30 minutes should do it. Using a tablespoon, measure out 4 tablespoons of green tea into a jug. Now add approximately 1 teaspoon of honey before the apple cider vinegar; the honey will dissolve much better in the warm tea.

DIY beauty, apple cider vinegar acne toner, green tea

3. Add 2 tablespoons of the apple cider vinegar. This is a ratio of 2:1 --> 2 parts tea to 1 part ACV. If your skin is sensitive try a ratio of 3:1. Don't increase the concentration to more than this, we do not want to burn or irritate our skin and there are no additional benefits.

DIY beauty, apple cider vinegar anti acne toner, honey and green tea and yellow kettle

Give it a stir then pour it into your container. If you find you need more just mix up more tea and apple cider vinegar at the same ratio, use a smaller spoon if you need to; just make sure it's 2 parts tea and 1 part apple cider vinegar.

4. Once it's in the container add your tea tree oil; again, depending on your skin type, add between 10 - 20 drops. Tea tree oil and lavender oil are two of the only essential oils which you can apply directly to the skin and are both great for acne-prone skin.

Anti acne DIY beauty apple cider vinegar toner in Lush bottle
There you are, one kick-ass acne-destroying super toner - all done!!
Remember; Shake it well before use as the honey will sink and the oil will separate

Use twice a day after cleansing; avoid the eye area. It may tingle if you use it directly after a bath/shower when your pores are open, if it ever feels worse than a tingle reduce the concentration of ACV to tea. 

Be consistent, use it everyday and I hope it will make just as big a difference to your acne and pores as it has for mine. 

TIP: mix it with bentonite clay (fuller's earth) to make a great deep cleansing mask!

It's super easy and the most affordable toner out there! And, because of the vinegar, it won't go off! So what are you waiting for? If you've had enough of your acne or your pores just keep getting clogged, get into your kitchen and mix this up! I've been using it for 4 years and have never looked back.

Good luck!!
Ciao for now

All comments on this topic welcome!


  1. Thanks to the writer of this article. I appreciate your effort in making this informational blogs. I know it's not easy to do this but you have done a really great job. Congrats. I'm pretty sure your readers enjoying it a lots.


  2. Good sharing, Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) helps to Boost Metabolism, a study at Australia’s University of Sydney in which subjects who consumed two tablespoon of ACV daily experienced fewer surges and crashes in blood sugar levels and therefore consumed 1,400 fewer calories per week than volunteers in the control group. See the detail info at:

    1. It certainly seems to be the ingredient of the moment! A lot of people swear by it - they take a tablespoon every morning...the best I can do is include it as a salad dressing - neat vinegar in the mornings? yuk!


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