Can Apple Cider Vinegar Reduce Stretch Marks? (Things to Know and Tips)

Let me say this right off the bat: I’m one of those people who get super uncomfortable whenever I get stretch marks. That is part of the reason why I have massive respect for anyone who boldly embraces these irregular streaks of skin. Unfortunately, not all of us have that level of courage. That’s why we turn to apple cider vinegar for stretch marks.

Apple cider vinegar is rich in acetic acid, which is known to exfoliate the epidermis (outermost layer of the skin). By doing so, cider vinegar evens out your skin tone and enhances its smoothness. In other words, applying apple cider vinegar regularly leads to a nourished, smoother skin that’s free of stretch marks.

Of course, like any other remedy for stretch marks, it's very important that you know how to use it. What type of cider vinegar works best for removing stretch marks? How should you apply it? Are there potential side effects? Since you’re here, how about we answer all those questions and more.

How Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) Works with Stretch Marks

Vinegar, regardless of type, contains acetic acid. Most people don’t know this but acetic acid a pretty powerful remedy for stretch marks when applied topically. So, why not use any other type of vinegar instead of apple cider? Because ACV is considerably more useful compared to all the other variants of vinegar.

The acetic acid in ACV exfoliates the skin’s top layer. By doing so, it leaves you with a smoother skin whose tone is evened out. In other words, regular topical application of acetic acid leads to even pigmentation on the skin.

That’s how apple cider vinegar for stretch marks works. Beyond correcting uneven skin pigmentation, ACV makes an excellent treatment for cellulite. Cellulite occurs when fatty tissues push up against the epidermis layer, forming a lumpy and dimpled skin.

Even though stretch marks and cellulite occur differently and may even appear at different stages of life, the latter makes stretch marks more prominent. So if you’re trying to get rid of stretch marks it may also help to reduce cellulite. Luckily, apple cider vinegar does both.

It also brings several other benefits to the table. For example, ACV is useful in skin cell regeneration. That’s a fancy way of saying that it will make your wounds heal faster without leaving scars. You can also use vinegar to treat infections and smoothen your skin.

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Choosing The Right Apple Cider Vinegar

Not all types of apple cider vinegar are created equal. Luckily, in this case, you only have to choose between two types: natural and synthetic. And like most other things, natural is way better. Try as much as possible to go for organic-certified ACV rather than the synthetic type.

More often than not synthetic vinegar will cause you more harm than good because of the chemicals and processes used to make it. That’s why pretty much everyone who uses apple cider vinegar will tell you to stay away from it by all means.

Some unscrupulous sellers may try to trick you into buying synthetic ACV in the pretense that it's natural. The best way to avoid falling for such tricks is to know how to differentiate between these two types of cider. Here’s a simplified guide to help you get natural apple cider vinegar for stretch marks:

- Look at the packaging. Organic ACV is extremely sensitive to light and manufacturers know this. When packaging it, they always use amber-colored bottles so that the contents don’t get exposed to direct sunlight. If you notice that the bottle looks clear, chances are you’re looking at synthetic vinegar.

- How much does it cost? There’s no fixed price for natural vinegar but its considerably costlier than the synthetic type. This is one of those classic cases of “cheap is expensive”. Don’t be afraid to invest in a high-quality, natural product.

- Perform the shake test. Shake the bottle and observe the rate at which the foam (precipitate) disappears. If it disappears quickly then it’s likely to be natural vinegar. It shouldn’t take more than a few seconds. If the foam lingers for a while, then your vinegar could be synthetic.

- Do the acidity test. First things first, test kits for vinegar cost between $50 and $100. It’s a worthy investment considering the potential risks of using synthetic vinegar. Now, once you get your kit, test for the vinegar acidity. While natural ACV is usually 6% acid, synthetic apple cider vinegar is 9%.

How to Use Apple Cider Vinegar On Stretch Marks

Let’s say you’ve followed all the above steps and now you have your natural apple cider vinegar. How do you use it on stretch marks? 

For starters, you can use your vinegar toner alone without any accompaniment. That’s ideal if you only looking to even out your skin tone and reduce cellulite.

Alternatively, you can mix it with something else for a few extra benefits. When I think of things that go well with ACV, honey and baking soda immediately come to mind. I’ll tell you more about them shortly, but first…

1.) Apple Cider Vinegar

DO NOT apply pure apple cider vinegar on your skin. It’s too potent and may cause more harm than good. Instead, dilute with clean water before application. The recommended mixture is 3 parts water for every part of vinegar (3:1 ratio). With that, you’ll be good to go. There are 4 main ways of going about the application business:

Apple cider vinegar massage: take your vinegar and water solution, and apply it in places where stretch marks appear. Massage for 7 to 10 minutes and leave it overnight. You will start to notice changes in the appearance of your stretch marks within two weeks of daily use.

Apple cider vinegar spray: the massage option is nice and relaxing. But if you’re looking for a simpler way to apply apple cider vinegar for stretch marks, try using a spray bottle. Pour your vinegar and water mixture into the spray bottle, and that’s it. Spray wherever stretch marks appear every night before you go to bed.

Apple cider vinegar compress: take a soft, clean cloth and dab it in the vinegar-water solution. Use it to compress gently on your body in places where stretch marks appear. This method is perfect for you if you have very sensitive skin.

Apple cider vinegar bath: do you have time to luxuriate in a bath? Be sure to add apple cider vinegar in the water. 200 to 400 ml of the solution should be enough. In case you have super sensitive skin then lean towards the 200 ml amount, otherwise feel free to use up to 400 ml. The beauty of this method is that you can add essential oils to your water.

I would recommend oils that are great for your skin, like lavender, tea tree, rosehip, grapefruit, and frankincense. Obviously, you can’t treat yourself to a bath every day, so try as much as possible to do it at least once per week. Use any other method of application (compress, spray or massage) on the days that you won’t enjoy a bath.

2.) Apple Cider Vinegar and Honey

Here’s a fact that you might like: Hippocrates used (and prescribed) a mixture of apple cider vinegar and honey to treat various diseases, including skin-affecting conditions. That was in 400 BC! This is a time-tested combination, and it still works to this day.

Mix honey and apple cider vinegar in the ratio 2:1 (e.g. 2 tablespoons of honey with 1 tablespoon of ACV) and apply the mixture in places where stretch marks appear. Leave it on for about 20 minutes and then rinse thoroughly.

While ACV is an excellent remedy for stretch marks, honey is a natural antibacterial agent that can treat and prevent acne. It's rich in antioxidants and can, therefore, slow down the aging process. You can also use honey to create glowing skin. It’s one of the best moisturizers out there.

3.) Apple Cider Vinegar and Baking Soda

Make a paste using equal proportions of ACV and baking soda, then add water. Apply the paste on your stretch marks and leave it for 10 to 15 minutes, then cleanse thoroughly.

This is one of the best options because baking soda removes tanned skin. That, combined with ACV’s ability to exfoliate the epidermis, is what evens-out the skin tone. Use the paste at least two times a week.

You may want to know that this mixture can be very reactive to the skin. To be on the safe side, start by doing a patch test on your hand to see how your skin reacts. If there’s no undesirable reaction you can go ahead and use it on any part of the body that has stretch marks.

Chances are your skill will feel very dry after application. That’s because baking soda is an alkaline, and that’s what they do. Don’t worry, simply oil yourself with coconut oil (or your favorite moisturizer) and all will be well.

What to Do Before and After Applying ACV

Every skin toner has its set of dos and don’ts, and apple cider vinegar is no different. For it to work safely and effectively, there are things that you’re supposed to do before and after applying.

Before Applying

First of all, DO NOT apply potent apple cider vinegar on your skin. Make sure you dilute it before using it. It’s also recommended that you take a hot shower prior to applying apple cider vinegar for stretch marks.

While at it, remember to scrub your skin properly. Doing that will remove any excess sebum and dead skin cells, which in turn will make ACV more effective.

After Applying

Your routine after applying ACV should depend on what method of application you used. If you used a spray bottle, compress or massage, simply go to bed and then take a thorough bath the next morning. Use a moisturizer to hydrate your skin.

If you added vinegar to your bathwater, you don’t have to worry about taking another bath or shower. The same can’t be said about ACV mixtures (whether with honey or baking soda).

If you combine your ACV with honey or baking soda, be sure to clean it off 10 to 20 minutes after application. Again, apply a moisturizer to keep your skin hydrated (regardless of the time of day).

Are There Any Side Effects?

If you have very sensitive skin, then chances are you may notice some side effects like rashes. That’s why it’s very important that you start with a test patch on the hand. Leave it for at least 12 hours and observe how your skin reacts.

Additionally, apple cider vinegar for stretch marks can dry out your skin. In that case, apply a moisturizing oil to keep the skin hydrated. And whatever you do, do not apply ACV on an open wound or damaged skin.

It’s an acid (with alkaline properties) that can cause a serious burn or irritation when used on an open wound. So, stay away from topical vinegar if you have a fever, skin cancer, dermatitis, psoriasis or a rash.

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Final Thoughts

Just like the apple fruit, apple cider vinegar is one of nature’s magical products. It has an unmatched ability to even out skin pigmentation and removes stretch marks.

Well, it won’t actually remove them because stretch marks are permanent, but it will improve the appearance of your skin greatly. Use it every day and you will start to notice some good changes within a month or two depending on how long you’ve had stretch marks.

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