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Can You Drink Vinegar for Acne?

author image Jill Corleone, RDN, LD
Jill Corleone is a registered dietitian and health coach who has been writing and lecturing on diet and health for more than 15 years. Her work has been featured on the Huffington Post, Diabetes Self-Management and in the book "Noninvasive Mechanical Ventilation," edited by John R. Bach, M.D. Corleone holds a Bachelor of Science in nutrition.
Can You Drink Vinegar for Acne?
Drinking vinegar is not a cure for acne. Photo Credit: indigolotos/iStock/Getty Images

When you have acne, you may try just about anything to help clear it up. While there are some alternative treatments, such as tea tree oil, that may help you manage the outbreaks, drinking vinegar is not one of them. Talk to your doctor about how to manage your acne.

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Vinegar and Acne Claims

The belief is that drinking vinegar, specifically apple cider vinegar, helps clear up your acne by helping remove toxins and impurities from your blood. However, like any detox claim, there's no evidence to support it other than anecdotal, according to Plus, there are concerns that drinking vinegar daily may erode the enamel on your teeth.

Diet for Acne

While drinking vinegar may not help improve your skin, there are changes that you can make to your diet that may help. Eating a diet filled with low-glycemic carbs, such as whole grains, beans, fruits and vegetables, may be the way to go, according to the American Academy of Dermatology Association. Drinking too much milk may also exacerbate the skin condition, says AADA. However, more research is necessary, so don't cut milk out of your diet without first talking to your doctor.

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