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Last week, I blogged about testing out apple cider vinegar (acv for short...its too long to keep writing out) for removing my facial moles.
I was a little lazy and did not do it as frequently as I should have. I dabbed my mole once a day or two with acv, when I should have been doing it a few times a day for a faster effect.
Within a week plus,
the top skin layer is burnt off by acv, and 2 days later, once the dead skin dries off, wait for the scarring to fall off. My mole is almost removed! I'm not quite sure yet because I did not cover the entire surface of the mole properly with acv, so only half of it came off
Nonetheless, I am very pleased with what it can do! It's even better than when I went to my dermatologist to laser off my moles (which was expensive, and he messed up).
I use Bragg's brand Organic Apple Cider Vinegar. It is raw and unfiltered -- the purest form it can be.
Refrain from using ordinary ACV on your bare skin. You don't know what harmful chemicals they have added inside. Opt for Organic!
Here is how to do it:
1. Protect skin around mole by applying vaseline around. Be precise.....
2. Using a Q-tip, dip into acv and apply it onto your mole. Hold it there for a few seconds.
3. Leave to dry.
4. Apply frequently throughout the day, 2-3 times, for approx. a week. Once u start a slight biting pain, that means its taking effect. Continue to apply for a couple more times.
5. Leave it for a few days to allow scarring. Once this happens, let it fall off by itself. Avoid pulling if off as this may scar. (depending on mole size that is)
Other uses for Apple Cider Vinegar:
The uses are varied, from weight loss to improving joint mobility. I shall only focus on its skincare benefits.
How ACV works:
ACV is rich in alpha-hydroxy acids, helping to dissolve fatty deposits on the skin’s surface and reducing scaly conditions, promoting a softer, smoother appearance. Cider Vinegar also regulates the pH of the skin.
Unlike other vinegars, acv is not distilled. Most of the enzymes, minerals, trace minerals, pectin and other valuable nutrients are remained intact. Undistilled apple cider vinegar also preserves its natural malic acid and tartaric acids, which assist the body in fighting toxins and unfriendly bacteria.
*Before applying acv to your skin, it's always good to do a patch test first.*
This is good for acne prone skin:
1: Add a little acv to a small basin of warm water to use as a refreshing face wash. This will help reduce infection and dry out the inflammation.
2: To steam your face, add about three tablespoons of acv to a pan of boiled water and lean your face over it. Cover your head with a towel for five minutes, allowing the steam to open up the pores and loosen any impurities from the skin’s surface. You may use the water once it has cooled to then wash your face. You will feel fresh and invigorated. It acts like a toner.
*Initially your skin may turn a little red; it is just adjusting to it. After 10 mins it should be fine.*
For Age Spots :
1: Apply twice daily to age spots or darken areas of skin, it should fade within 2 weeks.
1 : Mix half water and half acv well, and apply on eczema prone skin. It helps to relieve the itching and the dryness of the skin. It is not recommended for very very serious cases of eczema though.
For more uses, you can always run a search on Google. The benefits are too many to list. Alternatively there are books especially on ACV and its benefits. Read them! It's definitely one great health food to keep in your household!
Would you ever try to remove moles with apple cider vinegar? What home remedies have you tried?