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DIY Acne-Fighting Cider Vinegar Facial Toner

  • Published on: 05 October, 2015
  • Last update: 10 August, 2017

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Hey guys! As springtime blossomed earlier this year, I came up with a pore-refining flower toner to perfect the texture of your skin for those sunny, no-makeup days! But now that summer has come to a close and we’ll be missing out on all that skin-clearing sunshine & Vitamin D, I’d love to introduce you to my acne-fighting apple cider vinegar toner. This is stronger than my refining flower toner as it helps fight blemishes directly.

I recently revamped my whole entire skin care + makeup routine thanks to some incredible guidance from Melissa over at Citrine Natural Beauty Bar. I’ve been using the oil cleansing method for so long now, but I felt as though my face got used to it and I needed a change. She color-matched me (through pictures) and gave me some great product recommendations for my combination skin, which I’m excited to review for you soon on my YouTube channel! I’m especially loving the Kypris clearing serum.


Be sure to subscribe to my channel so that you can check out my skin care routine/review video when it’s ready (and don’t forget to take a look at my recent cell phone EMF radiation video and this info-packed interview with my chiropractors).

ANYWAY – Although I have a fab new facial care routine, I wanted to keep at least one part of my routine simple and handmade because:

a) I’m a sucker for DIY, +

b) nothing makes my skin look as radiant as plain old apple cider vinegar. Go figure!

This is the one part of my skin care regimen that I’ll never change because it’s so tried and true.


You Will Need:

* one 3.3 oz glass spray bottle

* ~2 oz. organic alcohol-free aloe infused witch hazel

* ~1 oz. organic apple cider vinegar (NOTE: the lowest price I’ve found is on Vitacost, where I buy all my organic dry groceries at a discount such as almond flour, granola, and nut butter. If it’s your first time ordering from them you can use their Refer-a-Friend discount for $10 off a $30 purchase).

* 2 drops tea tree essential oil + 2 drops lavender essential oil

About the Ingredients:

Apple cider vinegar contains gentle exfoliating acids that work hard to calm acne. Thesealpha hydroxy acids help remove dead skin cells and reveal a fresher and healthier complexion.

Many expensive commercial face washes go on about the tiny amounts of alpha hydroxy acids they’ve added to their products — but ACV is full of far higher levels, of which are alive and ready to revive your skin!

During the creation of ACV, substances such as malic acid are formed (the naturally occurring acid in apples), which give ACV antibacterial, anti-fungal and antiviral properties and help prevent acne/skin infections.

On top of all this, not only does it effectively remove excess oil from your skin; it also helps to balance pH levels and can prevent your skin from becoming too oily or too dry in the future by balancing the production of sebum.


Witch Hazel on the other hand helps to tighten pores and dramatically reduces inflammation. High concentrations of tannins in witch hazel make it an excellent astringent, especially useful for those of us living near cities who are exposed to environmental pollution.

Lastly, aloe vera gel contains two hormones: Auxin and Gibberellins. These provide wound healing and anti-inflammatory properties that reduce skin inflammation. Giberellin acts as a growth hormone stimulating the growth of new cells, and allows the skin to heal quickly and naturally from blemishes with minimal scarring.

Tea tree oil is added as a finishing touch for its world renown antiseptic properties, and lavender oil is trailing right behind as a close second. In one study conducted by the Howard University College of Medicine, Washington, DC, it was found that lavender oil was one of the few potent essential oils that can inhibit the growth of skin bacteria (source).


How to Use:

Simply add the apple cider vinegar, aloe-infused witch hazel, and essential oils to your glass spray bottle and lightly shake to mix thoroughly.

Directly after cleansing your face, spray your skin with the toner until evenly saturated. Let this sink in for 15-20 seconds then lightly pat dry with a towel. Follow with your favorite serum and moisturizer.

Bonus Use +

I first created this toner due to my experience with acne breakouts directly after threading or waxing my eyebrows and upper lip.


My pores were opened up so much because of the rigorous hair-pulling process, and of course, dirt/oil was getting trapped inside of them causing the breakouts. Now, whenever I go to the threading salon, I tell them to hold off on the aloe gel they use (which is usually a commercial brand that contains harsh chemicals and preservatives). Instead, I go right to my car and spritz this break-out preventing, healing toner all over the areas that were threaded. I let it sink in for 20 seconds and blot any excess with a clean paper towel that I also bring with me. So far I haven’t had a single breakout after doing my eyebrows and lip!


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Sharing that this has helped me so much. My pores have tightened and I don’t have black heads or white heads. Anh pimples I do get I use the toner and it heals faster and nicer. I wish I knew about this in my 20’s when my acne was gross. I’ve made this toner for family and friends. They are appreciating it. Thank u for sharing Olivia ☺️


Hi Sarah – unfortunately it isn’t. – Team Organic Olivia


This is super! I just tried it for the first time this morning, and it seems to have calmed the itchiness I get from my breakouts! I use tea tree oil in my oil cleansing mix at night, so using this toner in the morning is just refreshing!


I am using thyers witch hazel with aloe and rose water as a toner in the morning (not washing face) And apple cider vinegar diluted with water as a toner at night (after I wash my face) or should I just mix the 2 together and use once or twice a day? Any thoughts or advice?


Just wondering if 100% witch hazel with 14% alcohol would still be good to use?!


Waw this idea looks a good one, I Wil try this. Thanks.will let u know if there’s is any change.


My skin is prone to breakouts so I really need to be careful to skincare. I’m 54 years old and I struggle with trying to keep my skin clear. I use the Oil Cleansing Method for makeup removal, also as my moisturizer. I have also tried Raw Honey, Baking Soda, Lemon juice, Avacado Masks, Coffee Grounds, Brown Sugar, Grapeseed Oil, etc… I’m always looking to try anything to help my skin problem. I have oily but yet dehydrated skin. I hope that makes sense…My skin may be oily but also flakey. FRUSTRATING!!!! I’m going to try the ACV/Witch Hazel/Tree Tea Oil Mixture. If you have any suggestions for me, please feel free. Thank you so much!


Thank you for sharing this,! I really needed this!



You’re very welcome!


hi there, I cant seem to find this product organic alcohol-free aloe indused witch hazel. where can I get it from?

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