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Apple Cider Vinegar Face Toner for Eczema and Sensitive Skin

Apple Cider face toner - Needed Ingredients

There has been a lot of hype about Apple cider vinegar to treat eczema throughout many weblogs by other eczema sufferers.  One person has recommended it on his YouTube channel with a belief that there will be a cure one day with a great “I’m not giving up” attitude ,which caught my attention.  Some may drink it and others just simply dab the apple cider vinegar on affected area(s) or do both methods. At first I was a bit skeptical because of all the my previous struggles of trying new things often doesn’t work for me or sometimes make my skin worse.  While browsing on YouTube out of boredom, I came across a women who used it as part of mix of a homemade facial toner to treat her acne prone skin.  She claim her skin became acne-free and the skin texture has gotten better ever since she used it.

The recipe for the Facial Toner only require 2 ingredients:

  • organic apple cider vinegar (because non-organic ones do not contain “mother” which is an enzyme that provides more benefit for the skin)
  • distilled water

Organic Apple Cider Vinegar

Ideally you can mix this on a 1:1 ratio, so if you put a cup of organic apple cider vinegar, you would put a cup of distilled water evenly.  1:1 ratio can still be strong so I suggest starting at a 1:2 ratio (1 part apple vinegar + 2 parts of distilled water).   I mixed it in a tiny spray bottle that I bought from the dollar store,  since I find it’s easy to evenly distribute the mix onto your skin.  Simply shake it all together before using it.  If it’s still too strong for your skin, feel free to dilute it more with water.  First try it on a smaller proportion of your skin to see its effect after a few hours.

You can also use it after you cleanse your face with a facial cleanser especially for you ladies who want more of a deep clean. It will give that fresh feeling when cleaning off that makeup.  After using it a few times, I was really surprise by its effectiveness, so I’ve been using it every time I itch.  You can apply it on any itchy areas such as hands, arms, legs, or ankles.  It’s one of the only things that provides great itch relief for me when I flare-up… which is really good & rare compared to many other methods I’ve tried.

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Just a little warning:  It will sting a little if you apply it on fresh wounds (where  you recently scratch) . I usually can pat in the same area after 7-10 seconds and the stinging disappears.  The diluting of the  distilled water into vinegar helps with the stinging. It may turn a little bright red at first but it will calm down after a while. Regardless of the smell and minor stinging, it help stopped the itching for me.  I find it helps brings down the intensity of the itch that we often dream of ending, the endless unpleasant uncomfortable feeling where we want to rip our skin off and avoid the embarrassment of scratching in public.

How to use Apple Cider Vinegar Mix as a Toner for Eczema

For those of you who are unaware on how to use a toner, you would spray or damp the cotton pad (or cotton ball) and gently pat on your face.

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Cotton Balls

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Cotton Pads

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They are several benefits of this toner(source):

  • Helps restore the pH level of your skin, and any moisturizers you apply with it will sink into your skin better. You would usually wait until all of it dries off, then its the right time to apply your moisturizer for a great moisture boost. Diluting the apple cider vinegar with distilled water helps achieve that.  If the pH is not balanced, you’re skin will either appear too oily, too dry and you become more itchy & irritated.
  • Wherever you apply, the antioxidant from the apple cider vinegar will improve blood flow & clear out toxins in that area – which can leave a bit of a rosy appearance
  • Smoothes out & improves overall skin tone
  • Improves acne & acne scars
  • Dissolves dead skin cells

Overall, it provided great relief to my skin so I would have to agree that it work based on my experience.  I usually use it when I’m feeling real itchy, but it can be used daily because it is safe for the skin. If used daily on the face then I suggest sticking with 1:2 ratio at the most.  Anything higher is usually more ideal for people with oily skin so it may make your skin feel dry.  Remember if you are going to try it, start slowly with small dabs/portions on your skin and with a higher water to vinegar ratio to see the effects.  Please use at your own discretion.

Update(09/11/2014): Also if you find this toner still too stingy for you skin, then try my alternative Toner that uses Neem Oil.  It is much lighter and it has been my go-to Toner for Eczema.

Here is my short video on making the toner but this time mixing the Cider with Witch Hazel.

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  1. Avatar Michelle Fitch May 31, 2013 at 5:53 pm

    I hope this works for my two year old
    son with eczema atopic dermatitis .I will try it .Thank you for sharing this .

    1. Hi Michelle, Thanks for the visit and comment! Good luck!!! Keep me posted, drop me a line anytime if you have questions:

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  3. why do you use distilled water, why not just tap water?

    1. Hi Shani, thanks for the question.

      Distilled water is used as a base in all makeup. Tap water is fine to use but not recommended. Understand that whats in tap water will be different all over the world and may sometimes have contaminants without them knowing. Many readers of this blog are from different parts of the world, so its just a good and safe guideline.

      So Distilled water is used for its consistency and to avoid the variability of tap water from different parts of the world. You know what you are getting with Distill water and your toner should always be consistent.


      1. Distilled water is heated in an entrapped environment to the point of becoming steam and then reclaimed as it slowly cools and falls back into a chamber. Though it can be consumed for drinking water, it is normally used for preparing baby formulas, commercial settings, or where it is important to have all minerals removed as extreme does so.

        1. Thanks for the info. I didn’t know that! Learn something everyday!

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  5. For eczema can you do the vinegar straight with no water or do you need the water for something

    1. battleeczema battleeczema May 3, 2014 at 8:15 pm

      Hi Tim, thanks for the question.

      Yes you will need to use the water to dilute the Apple Cider Vinegar otherwise it will be too strong & may sting more. Also if you do not use water and the person has really sensitive skin it will cause a bad reaction. You can always test your own water ratio, decrease a bit of water each use over time and see how your skin reacts. But its best at 1:2 ratio.


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  10. We have just started using ACV. After reading a few of these stories I realised we were using too much in our son’s bath and drinking too much too! There is a great article I saw today about the great health affects when combined with honey here:

  11. is it also will work the non organic apple cider vinegar or will break out my face?

  12. Can I use boiled water instead of distilled water?

    1. Hi Rachel, great question! Im not really sure, but if others could chime in and respond to your question.

      Based on my research and reading is that boiling water still does not remove metals and only kills bacteria making it safe for us to drink. These metals that are still leftover could potentially contaminated the facial mix. So it is better to use distilled water as it is the best possible purest form.

      1. Hmm, where can I get that distilled water? How about distilled drinking water from the supermarket, is that okay?

        1. Yes you can purchase it at the supermarket, look for “vapor distilled water” or “distilled water”