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How to Fight Adult Acne With Apple Cider Vinegar

Oh apple cider vinegar, the home remedy that is good for everything – even clearing acne from your beautiful face!

Truth be told, I haven’t paid too much attention to using apple cider vinegar (ACV) as a tool to combat acne. I’ve only ingested it in drinks like the Braggs apple cider vinegar limade (sooo goood).

But I digress, we’re here to talk about fighting adult acne with apple cider vinegar.

Continue reading to learn about my personal experience making and using an ACV spray or jump ahead right into the steps to learn how to make your own ACV spray.

Be sure to read the end of the article to learn about the three different use cases for this spray!

How to fight adult acne with apple cider vinegar

One day while browsing r/skincareaddiction on Reddit, I stumbled upon a user who almost completely eliminated their hormonal, cystic acne using apple cider vinegar.

The user stated that they were an adult (36) who has struggled with acne since they were young – like many of us unfortunate souls. They relayed the all too familiar tale of buying several acne products with no success. Then, one day they picked up some apple cider vinegar to use with the famous aztec clay mask. After some research, they found that ACV was a good acne treatment because it restores your skins pH balance. (Apple cider vinegar’s pH is around 2-3.)

In addition to this, apple cider vinegar also has anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties.

After reading their post and doing a bit of ACV research, I decided to give their ACV and water blend a try.

Using an ACV spray on my whitehead

So, I went out to my local dollar store first to pick up a couple spray bottles as I did not have any extras on hand. Then I went to Publix (a popular grocery chain in the south east region of the states) to pick up some Braggs Apple Cider Vinegar with “The Mother”.

Bragg's Apple Cider Vinegar with The Mother
Bragg’s Apple Cider Vinegar Spray

According to, “The Mother” has strands of proteins, enzymes, and friendly bacteria which are responsible for ACV’s health benefits. Currently, there is no evidence supporting this but hey, if it worked for that Reddit user, I’m not gonna alter the ingredients.

After I bottled up my ACV concoction, I gave it a go. It was a little after noon when I tried this on my face. I had a sprouting white head that was ready to make a full appearance so I gave him some extra ACV attention.

Later on that evening when I went to the bathroom to start my skin care routine, I noticed that the white head was completely gone. All that remained was a bit of redness. My skin overall felt and looked cleaner, too.

Looking back, I should have taken before and after pictures for proof. I’ll be sure to do this going forward.

Saw a user on Reddit post about eliminating their acne so I tried their method and achieved similar results.

Steps to make an ACV spray

In this article I’ll share with you my budget-friendly apple cider vinegar set up. It’s super easy to make, affordable, and has multi-purpose use!

The following are the steps I took to make my own diy ACV spray.

#1 Purchase apple cider vinegar with “the mother” in it

Per the Reddit user’s post, it’s important to make sure that the apple cider vinegar you purchase contains “the mother”. As mentioned above, “The Mother” has strands of proteins, enzymes, and friendly bacteria which are responsible for ACV’s health benefits.

Bragg's Apple Cider Vinegar with The Mother
Bragg’s Apple Cider Vinegar with The Mother

You can get this a your local grocery store (usually in the same aisle as the oils). I used Bragg’s Apple Cider Vinegar with “The Mother” for my ACV spray.

#2 Mix 1 part apple cider vinegar and 2 parts water

In a measuring cup, add one part of apple cider vinegar, then add 2 parts filtered water. The exact measurements will vary depending on the size of your spray bottle.

The spray bottle I used was 14 oz which allowed me to add 1/3 cup of ACV and 2/3 cup of filtered water.

Note: People with sensitive skin should experiment with a more diluted apple cider vinegar/water combination. Perhaps 1 part ACV and 4 parts water. Then after a week of daily use, switch to a more concentrated mixture.

WARNING: DO NOT USE PLAIN APPLE CIDER VINEGAR ON YOUR FACE. Apple cider vinegar is highly acidic and may cause skin burns if applied without diluting it. If we’re gonna fight these bastards (acne), let’s be smart about it.

#3 Pour the ACV and water in a spray bottle

If you don’t have a clean, spare spray bottle on hand, you can buy one at the dollar store or online for cheap.

If you’re feeling adventurous and also want to support brick-and-mortar stores, go ahead and get yourself a spray bottle from your local dollar store for a buck.

Spray bottles are a nifty tool for so many things. I ended up buying a couple 14 oz bottles. One for my apple cider vinegar and water concoction and another just to have on hand.

Here’s the exact one I bought from the Dollar Tree with my ACV + water mixture in it.

Apple cider vinegar spray
My apple cider vinegar spray

If, however, you’re feeling lazy (don’t worry, I’m not judging), then you can order a couple spray bottles online.

I haven’t purchased spray bottles from Amazon yet but I found a cheap 3-pack set for $4.80 that should be fine. They’re 8 ounces each and have a 4/5 star rating. I might even pick some of these up if I find myself needing some and happen to be having a lazy day myself.

Add 1 part of ACV and 2 parts of filtered water to a spray bottle. Your measurements may vary depending on the size of your spray bottle.

How to use apple cider vinegar spray (it’s multi-purpose!)

I’ve only just made this spray yesterday and have found three practical uses for it already.

Use case #1 (this one should be obvious)

It can be used as an acne treatment!

So, if you use this spray like the original poster on Reddit, you’d simply spray the mixture onto your face and let it dry.

While this is a perfectly fine method, I don’t do this.

I take a more controlled approach. Personally, I don’t want it on my hair, neck, clothes, or my bathroom walls. I want it on my face.

So, what I do is I’ll spray some into one hand and pat my face with it. I’ll hold the bottle with the other and continue to spray into my patting hand. This process goes on until I’ve covered my entire face.

Easy. Breezy. Beautiful. Apple cider vinegar.

Use case #2

It can be used as a neat ACV dispenser for making aztec healing clay masks. In the past, I made bentonite clay masks with water and clay (mostly because I was too lazy or forgot to buy ACV).

Aztec Healing Clay
Aztec Healing Clay

Before I had this spray, I’d make a mask using tap water directly from the faucet and into a bowl of clay powder. The directions say to mix half water and half clay powder to achieve a paste-like consistency.

Seems simple enough, right? Wrong. Well, for me at least.

If you’re anything like me, this seemingly simple procedure was kind of a pain. I’d fill my ceramic bowl up with clay powder and then run the tap over the bowl. Often times I’d end up adding too much water and would need more powder to get the right mask texture. I guess just suck at eyeballing the right amount of water into the clay, especially if I’m not stirring as I add water.

Now, I never have to experience this first world problem again.

This nifty spray setup allows me to add small increments of liquid to the clay as needed to get the perfect consistency. Now, I can add clay powder to my ceramic bowl as usual and I can incrementally spray in AND mix together the ingredients until I get the perfect mask consistency.

Use case #3

It can be used as a natural anti-bacterial, anti-fungal cleaning agent.

Now I admit that the ACV smelled isn’t exactly a desired fragrance I’d want lingering around the house. It isn’t a bad smell but … it’s no Sugar Cookie Scented Yankee Candle. Even so, if I’m in a pinch and want to wipe my countertop down, this is a nice-to-have.

You can use ACV spray as an acne treatment, as a tool to mix liquid into bentonite clay masks, and as a household cleaning agent!

The Bottom Line

Indeed, apple cider vinegar has a lot going for it, but is it a cure-all acne ingredient?

It depends.

For some, like the Reddit user who successfully banished almost all of their acne, this simple ACV spray is just right for their particular case of acne.

I suggest everyone currently struggling with acne to at least give this spray a try every day for a week straight. If you have any bacterial or fungal acne, you’ll know because your pimples will have cleared or have lessened in size.

But for others, like me, we aren’t so lucky.

Let me explain.

While I did experience some success in killing off a few pimples, I still had outbreaks in different parts of my face. Mainly cheeks and forehead.

This isn’t the ACV spray’s fault though.

In my About page I’ve explained that I have both hormonal and genetic acne, which requires a more serious acne fighting action plan than apple cider vinegar.

As I trek through my journey of products, I’ll be checking in on here and posting my results and progress.

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Until next time,

Connor <3

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