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Lemon Or Apple Cider Vinegar For The Face, Is It Safe?

November 2, 2017

There's a lot of DIY skin care recipes floating around for treating acne, large pores, blackheads, acne scars, hyperpigmentation, melasma, sun spots, and sun damage. I'm all for going the all natural route, but are ingredients like lemon or apple cider vinegar really safe for your face? Click through to find out what I think. |

Lemon Or Apple Cider Vinegar For The Face, Is It Safe?

I get asked a lot about using lemon or apple cider vinegar for the face, and if it’s safe? Many of you are intrigued to try lemon juice or apple cider vinegar in DIY recipes to treat pimples, blackheads, melasma, sun spots, acne scars, or sun damage – but does it work, will it damage your skin, and is it worth trying?

Let’s just say, I wouldn’t intentionally put lemon juice or apple cider vinegar on my face. And, if you follow my blog, you know I love doing all sorts of skin care and beauty experiments.

As much as I love natural skin care, there’s certain ingredients I just don’t mess with, especially not on my face.

So before you go using apple cider vinegar or lemon juice on your skin, please check out today’s video below!

If you’re wondering about other natural ingredients and whether they are safe to use on your skin, or how I recommend using them – here’s a few blog posts and videos to check out:

Tea Tree Oil For Acne, Don’t Make These Mistakes

Using Honey As A Cleanser For Acne Prone Skin

Oil Cleansing Method For Acne Prone Skin

Castor Oil For Oil Cleansing, My 30 Day Experiment

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  • Reply Sheri November 3, 2017 at 2:41 am

    Another to avoid is baking soda. I used it as an exfoliating scrub once. It burned my skin severely and took a week to heal. Way too alkaline!

    • Reply Natasha St. Michael December 13, 2017 at 8:28 pm

      Yes, have to be very careful with baking soda, many people can’t tolerate it. For some reason I find it helps added to a bath for treating rashes and itchy skin, but then again, the ph of the skin might be off, and the baking soda brings the ph back down.

  • Reply Sheri November 3, 2017 at 3:24 am

    One more thing. It has nothing to do with this video, but I can’t find your other video where you talk about avoiding even raw milk. This is what Dr. Josh Axe says about it, found here:

    2. Helps Improve Skin Health
    Dairy might have a bad reputation when it comes to causing or worsening acne and skin inflammation, but this is far from the case with raw milk. As we’ve seen, the benefits of raw milk are numerous, but surprisingly one of the most common reasons that people consume it is to benefit their skin. The success stories of people consuming raw milk to improve conditions such as psoriasis, eczema and acne are very widely reported.
    Raw milk benefits the skin for the following reasons:
    It contains healthy fats: Because raw milk contains large amounts of healthy saturated fats and omega-3 fats, it supports skin hydration. In fact, some people don’t only consume raw milk, but they use raw milk as a moisturizer topically.  Today, goat milk soap bars are popular around Europe and making their way to the U.S. more often, and recipes for homemade moisturizing face creams using raw milk can be found all over the Internet.
    It supplies probiotics: Probiotics in raw milk can kill off or balance bad bacteria in your gut, which can dramatically affect the health of your skin. Research shows that inflammation and unbalanced gut flora contribute to skin issues such as acne and eczema.

    Personally, I drink whole raw milk (mostly homemade kefir that I make out of it). Speaking of homemade raw milk kefir: I have six children. I had 3 girls, and then a big 7 year gap, and then 3 boys. So, after having raised 3 children into adulthood, I get the rare advantage of doing it all over again with my boys. Back when my girls were little, I didn’t know about raw milk and raw milk kefir, but it’s something that I give to my little boys every day. There is a stark contrast between the health of my girls and the health of my boys. When my girls were young, it seems like every so often one or more would have some sort of tummy upset ranging from sour stomach (we called it “taco burps”) to actual vomiting. Oh, how I hated cleaning that up!!! Kids are always picking up unhealthy bacteria. But all of that has completely disappeared since I discovered the benefits of raw milk and specifically homemade raw milk kefir. My boys never have any tummy upsets at all … ever! I am so amazed! I tell them that all that wonderful good bacteria in the kefir is like soldiers fighting off all of the bad guys that are trying to get inside their tummies. And if they do get ill, it’s just a very rare and simple cold (maybe if they didn’t get enough sleep or something like that), but it only lasts for a day or two. Again, I am beyond amazed and am a true believer in what whole raw milk (from pasture-raised, grass-fed cows, of course) and the homemade kefir made from it can do! Wow! The comparison between the health of my girls and my boys is like night and day! I am so beyond grateful that I don’t have to clean up all that vomit anymore!!!

    • Reply Natasha St. Michael December 13, 2017 at 8:26 pm

      Thanks Sheri for sharing your experience with the raw milk kefir. It makes a lot of sense because you’re doing the fermentation at home with live cultures, which in my opinion are a million times more effective than any bottled probiotic supplement (which you never really know how effective those are!). Plus, raw milk can be a lot easier to digest than pasteurized milk products. When my daughter Luna was a baby (and even now as a toddler), she always loves drinking the clear liquid that collects at the top of plain yogurt (I believe it’s yogurt whey). Most people discard that stuff, but she always liked it more than the actual yogurt! I believe it’s because there’s so many nutrients in it and it’s full of live probiotic cultures, it makes her feel good. She’s not the only child I’ve met that loves that stuff!
      And lucky you not having to clean up the vomit anymore. I sure know what that’s like 🙂

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