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Apple cider vinegar as an exfoliant?
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Miafrieda
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Sat Jan 07, 2012 11:58 pm      Reply with quote
Hello ladies! I'm new here. I found this forum very interesting, so surely, I will be regular of it.

My first questions is, as my title points out, can really apple cider vinegar be used as an exfoliant just like AHAs?
I'm switching to organic, raw skincare and most of the stuff I use daily right now, is made by me. I'm constantly looking for new ways to replace the products I always use and something I couldn't fully replace was my AHA. I was using one from Reviva Labs, but now, I stopped using it because I've read that ACV can be a great replacement to regular AHA products, so if I can really make it by myself, there's no doubt I will be replacing it because I better like to choose something that I made than something that I bought and anyone else did. And, being honest, I don't trust in Reviva Labs, they use chemical sunscreen agents and some synthetic ingredients, so who can tell me that the AHAs I'm using aren't synthetic as well?
For what I read, ACV contains acetic acid (is that an AHA?) and malic, lactic and citric acids as well. Not to mention that is acidic and probably has a PH of 2-3.
I'm planning to add ACV to my regular hydrating mist (made by myself, of course) of green tea and raw honey, because now I want something exfoliating, and I don't want to stop using AHAs, because even when raw ingredients are working like magic to make my skin looking great, I still miss the radiance and softness of the AHA products.

So, what do you think about that? Do you think can this really work? Have you ever heard about this? Have you ever tried this?

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Sun Jan 08, 2012 12:14 am      Reply with quote
I don't believe acetic acid would be considered an AHA as that's just the chemical name for vinegar. Lactic acid is, however, though I find it strange to be in ACV since it's usually found in milk (where its name is derived from as lact- = milk). It might contain glycolic acid as glycolic acid is commonly found in fruits and originally discovered in sugar canes.

Bottom line is: I wouldn't use it for exfoliative purposes. It can be quite nourishing to the skin, but if you're looking for exfoliation, I would venture into actual AHAs and BHAs found at makeupartists choice, paula's choice, and garden of wisdom (for a natural alternative)
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Sun Jan 08, 2012 4:06 am      Reply with quote
There are people here on the forum who use ACV for mild peels. There are several threads about it to be found here on the forum. Vinegar has been used in beauty products for hundreds of years.
You could also try lemon juice.
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Sun Jan 08, 2012 5:52 am      Reply with quote
I really like THE CLARISONIC very much as one of skin care systems, which is a great help for exfoliating.
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Sun Jan 08, 2012 5:55 am      Reply with quote
I am a fan of natural skincare and DIY, but what is natural in the plant kingdom does not always translate to what is natural for humans. Be aware too that there are many harsh or toxic chemicals found in nature.

AFAIK there is very little of any other acid than acetic in vinegar, does your source give percentages? One of the regulars uses dilute vinegar to remove the dead skin on her feet: I tried it and found it effective but very drying. Of the AHAs lactic acid particularly is hydrating, endogenous to skin can therefore confer softness. IMO find a way to incorporate live yoghurt into your routine.

Bit off topic but as regards oils and waxes, do consider lanolin because this supplies the cholesterol and some saturated fatty acids that our skin barrier needs for optimal function.

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Thu Jan 12, 2012 11:05 am      Reply with quote
i've heard of people using ACV as a exfoliating toner, by mixing ACV with water or rosewater to dilute. percentages vary though. i think you can start out with 20% ACV/80% water?
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i've heard of people using ACV as a exfoliating toner, by mixing ACV with water or rosewater to dilute. percentages vary though. i think you can start out with 20% ACV/80% water?
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