A lot of my readers are sufferers of adult acne – so I thought I’d share a DIY tutorial for an exfoliating “toner” you guys can use to spot treat areas of the face with blemishes or unevenness in tone and texture! I recommend using this only at night (salicylic acid causes the skin to become sensitive to UVA/UVB) – and remember, you’re going to want to go over the entire face with your regular toner before you start swiping this solution on the areas of the face that tend to be problematic. OK, I think that covers the basics – let’s get cookin’!
Exfoliating Apple Cider and Aspirin Toner
What you’ll need:
- 1/2 an ounce of organic apple cider vinegar (rich in malic acid, an antiviral/antifungal agent that works to chemically exfoliate the skin).
- 5 plain aspirin tablets, uncoated (chock full of salicylic acid – an ingredient that helps to strengthen the skin, dissolve dead skin cells and exfoliate inside the pore).
- 4 ounces of mineral water.
- Dilute the 1/2 an ounce of apple cider vinegar with the 4 ounces of mineral water.
- Use a mortar and pestle to crush the aspirin tablets (or be resourceful – I just happen to have a mortar and pestle).
- Add the aspirin powder to the water and vinegar mixture – now mix!
- Apply the toner sparingly to areas of the skin suffering from congestion and unevenness in tone and texture.
Now, the beauty of this “toner” is that once you make it – you have it for a month! Seriously, you’ll get about a month’s worth of once-daily applications from taking the time to make this once! The malic acid and salicylic acid in this solution work hard to dissolve dead skin cells and break up congestion – keep in mind though, if your skin’s on the more sensitive side you may want to do a patch test before using this. Certain individuals have shown sensitivities to salicylic acid – and it can cause mild irritation in the skin of those people, so just be really aware of your own skin before trying something like this out – OK?
Let me know how it goes – do you have a favorite DIY tutorial?