How to Use Apple Cider Vinegar to Lighten Acne Scars

Small or medium-sized welts characterize acne. They can be red, or they can be whiteheads, which are filled with pus and can break open. If left unchecked, acne can cause bad scars on your face and body. This compounds the acne problem further and makes people feel even more embarrassed by their bad skin condition.

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Often covering up your acne with powder and foundation isn’t the best solution, as it’s not getting to the root of the problem, which is inflammation from within your skin’s hair follicles.

How Can Apple Cider Vinegar Help?

Apple cider vinegar can be an effective treatment for acne and lighten up your acne scars. This is one of the best skincare treatments, as it is affordable and straightforward to try, and the vinegar can be used alone or made up into skin toner recipes to increase its healing benefits and decrease skin irritation. You can make up a pure toner and keep it in a small travel-sized bottle so it can be used on the go.

While you’re not going to experience a miraculous overnight treatment, there are many reasons why apple cider vinegar can help heal your acne. Apple cider vinegar is a vinegar made from apples. It has a high acidity that can aid in restoring the natural acidity and pH levels in your skin. When your skin is in a natural balance, it can better fight off harmful bacteria on your skin, particularly the one that causes acne.

Apple cider vinegar is also naturally drying and works as an astringent on your skin. The third way apple cider vinegar can help is by lightening acne scars. It works because it can slough away the dead skin cells. Over time, this can aid in fading your acne scars.

Apple cider vinegar contains many vitamins that are essential nutrients for your body, including A, B2, B6, C, and E. It also contains malic acid, lactic acid, alpha hydroxy and amino acids.

1. Apple Cider Toner With Tea Tree Oil

Many people don’t like to use apple cider vinegar right from the bottle as it’s particularly harsh and doesn’t smell that great. The best way is to make your own apple cider vinegar toner recipes. Many other ingredients, such as water, tea tree oil, honey, and green tea, can be added to make a soothing and healing toner that is pleasant to use.

It’s to your preferences whether you choose to make the tea tree oil toner, or the honey and green tea toner.


Collect together the following ingredients to make a toner that also utilizes the healing benefits of tea tree oil. The oil also adds a bit of moisture to your skin to counteract the dryness from the vinegar.

  • 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar.
  • 2 teaspoons filtered or distilled water.
  • Two drops of tea tree oil.
  • Small bowl.
  • 100% cotton puff.

How to Make Apple Cider and Tea Tree Oil Toner

Follow these simple steps to make your apple cider and tea tree oil recipe.

  1. Pour all three ingredients into a small bowl.
  2. Stir thoroughly with fingertips.
  3. Toner is now ready to be used.
  4. If you wish to make a larger batch, store the toner in a small glass bottle with a cap.

2. Apple Cider Toner With Honey and Green Tea

If you want to benefit from the healing properties of honey and green tea, they can also be used to make up a unique apple cider toner recipe.


Collect together the following ingredients from your kitchen cupboards, or head to the store to buy what you need.

  • 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar.
  • 2 teaspoons of green tea, already brewed and cooled down.
  • 1 teaspoon honey.
  • Small spoon.
  • Small bowl.
  • 100% cotton puff.

How to Make Apple Cider, Honey, and Green Tea Toner

Follow these instructions to mix up your toner. This toner will be thicker than the apple cider vinegar and tea tree oil version.

  1. Add vinegar and green tea to a small bowl.
  2. Measure out the honey and add it to the bowl.
  3. Use a small spoon to ensure that it is thoroughly mixed up.
  4. This version doesn’t store well in bottles, so mix it up as required.
  5. Use your toner immediately.

Best Way to Apply Apple Cider Toner

Once you’ve mixed up one or the either of the apple cider vinegar toner recipes, it’s time for facial application. After mixing up your toner, it’s best to apply immediately to your skin. Follow these steps to use the toner to your face.

  1. Wash your face with a bar of gentle soap and soft facecloth.
  2. Pat dry with a towel.
  3. Some acne victims use clean facecloths and towels each time they wash their skin, to avoid transferring any bacteria to the cloth and then back to a different portion of their skin again.
  4. Dip the cotton puff directly into the bowl to soak up the toner. Then gently rub the toner around your face or the affected part of your body.
  5. You may need to apply more toner to the puff. If you find you’ve made too much, use the toner on your neck and upper chest regions.
  6. Apply the apple cider vinegar toner to your face or body three times a day: in the morning, after lunch, and at bedtime.
  7. Make up a small amount of toner to use at work for a refreshing break when your skin starts feeling tired or greasy.
  8. It’s best to avoid wearing foundation that can clog your pores, or face powder which can exacerbate an oily skin condition.
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Precautions and Warnings When Using Apple Cider Vinegar on Skin

You need to be aware of any problems or issues that can arise from using an apple cider vinegar toner on your skin. Keep these precautions and warnings in mind as you treat your skin with your homemade apple cider vinegar recipe.

  1. Keep doing your apple cider vinegar toner treatments until your acne is under control, and you see a significant improvement in acne scars.
  2. If your pimples have broken open, you may wish to dilute your toner even more, as the vinegar can make irritated skin burn.
  3. If you use your toner three times a day for a month and see no improvement, discontinue usage.
  4. Try to make fresh toner as often as possible, to obtain all the beneficial healing properties from the ingredients.
  5. Be sure to store your toner or apple cider vinegar supplies away in a dark cupboard, as sunlight can make them deteriorate faster.
  6. Don’t reuse the cotton puffs, ensure you use a clean cotton puff each time you use toner on your face.
  7. Follow expiry dates on all ingredients and discard if they’re past their prime.
  8. If you find it’s not lightening your scars and they are worsening due to further acne breakouts, you may need to visit a dermatologist who can provide advice or give you a prescription medication to clear up your skin.


  1. Alyssa Haley December 18, 2017
  2. Keisha February 21, 2019

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