I have struggled with acne my entire life. Looking back through my pictures from middle school through college, the first thing I notice is my constant acne. I recently learned that this is a common complaint from Lyme patients.
Lyme disease is the cause of multiple factors that influences acne. First, the skin is the largest detox organ. Lyme causes a build up of toxins, especially for those patients who have heavy metal toxicities. Also, not all of the bacteria is flushed out through the GI tract. Either dead or alive, the Lyme bacteria likes to hide out in the skin. The toxins and bacteria have no where to go and get built up in the skin causing white heads. Second, Lyme causes inflammation. The inflammation in the skin causes red bumps, cystic acne puffiness and facial redness. Finally, Lyme causes hormonal imbalances and stress. I am sure you all know about the mood swings and severe PMS symptoms that go along with the hormonal imbalances. Stress is triggered not only from the intense situation and variety of symptoms but from the Lyme itself. Lyme causes the body to process stress differently or ineffectively, often resulting in physical manifestation.
I have found that in order to treat my acne, I had to stray away from all the over the counter beauty products at the store. They are all full of unnatural chemicals that either cause adverse reaction to my sensitive skin or never really work. As well as finding natural beauty products, I also had to maintain a clean diet. I always notice a few extra pimples after I eat something not-so-healthy. Do you ever notice that? There is a connection! The food we eat definitely affects the way we look. Not only that, but all the toxins and processed chemicals in foods trying to detox their way out of a body that does not detox well end in major pimple alert!
To fight acne and create healthier looking skin I have found a recipe for an all-natural toner that really works wonder. It is a combination of Apple cider vinegar, lemon juice and water. It is a cheap, healthy and natural alternative to all of those toxic toners available at the pharmacy and beauty department. Not only are you saving money, but you are providing your body with a simple and natural way to clear skin.
Apple cider vinegar has so many beneficially and healthy qualities. It reduces oily skin without drying it out, helps to regulate the pH balance of the skin, lowers inflammation, and reduces the size of pores. More importantly, it contains anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and anti-viral properties that helps prevent and treat acne and other skin infections. Likewise, the lemon works as an anti-bacterial as well. It also contains vitamin C that helps to lighten dark patches and scars, boost collagen production and fight acne bacteria and blackhead. Lemons are great at evening the skin tone and cleansing.
I use this toner every morning and every night after thoroughly washing my face. I would recommend starting just at night for the first couple of days to see how your skin reacts. And it takes a little time to get used to the smell of the apple cider vinegar. Before I give you this all-powerful recipes I must recommend buying only Raw, organic, Unfiltered and unpasteurized apple cider vinegar. It contains the “mother” of all healthy goodness. You can easily find it at most stores. I personally use the Bragg’s brand.
Natural Toner Recipe
Fill a container (I use a small one I bought for a dollar at Target) with:
-for oily or acne prone skin:
- 1/2 apple cider vinegar and 1/2 water
- Juice of 1/2 a small lemon
-for normal skin:
- 1/3 apple cider vinegar and 2/3 water
- Juice of 1/2 a small lemon
Apply to any acne prone area.
Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar and Lemon Toner
- No unnatural chemicals
- Tones skin texture
- Reduces redness
- Reduce wrinkles
- Unclogs and shrinks pores
- Fights acne
- Lightens dark patches, acne scars and sun spots
- balances skin’s pH levels
- Reduces inflammation
- Removes excess oils