Acne is caused by a bacterial infection below the skin, and many people with acne turn to dangerous drugs like antibiotics to treat it. Acidic ionized water is a safe, effective antibacterial treatment that has been shown to be effective against acne.
According to a 2004 study, The Efficacy and Tolerability of Electrolyzed Oxidized Water in Treating Mild to Moderate Acne, treatment with acidic water results in “a significant mean reduction in inflammatory lesions” with noticeable clearing of the face occurring within 8 weeks. The study evaluated 25 patients with mild to moderate acne, and reported that 100% of the patients showed improvement in their condition. Researchers reported that the results of the treatment were so good that 75% of the patients treated with acidic water actually preferred acidic water to conventional acne medications!
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How to Make Acidic Water for Acne Treatment
The acidic water used in the study was made with salt, and had a pH of 2.3 – 3.0. This kind of water should be made in a batch ionizer – a water ionizer that makes one batch of ionized water at a time. Avoid using water ionizers that are used to make drinking water, because it is too difficult to clean them afterward
Use 1 tablespoon of salt for every two liters of water, and ionize the water for at least 30 minutes. Once the ionization process completes, the water is ready for use.
Near pH Neutral Acidic Water Treatment
If you prefer, you can make a near-pH neutral solution by combining the acid water made by the ionizer with the alkaline water. Simply add alkaline water to the acidic water until the mixture reaches a pH of 6 – 6.8. The near-neutral pH solution may work better for people with sensitive skin.
How to use acidic water
Wash the face with a mild soap; avoid anything that dries the skin out. You can either put the acidic water in a spray bottle, or soak a clean cloth with it. Apply the acid water to the skin, allowing it to remain in contact with the skin for 10 seconds. If you spray, allow the water to sit for 10 seconds before drying. If you soak a cloth, hold the damp cloth over the affected area for 10 seconds.
The acidic water treatment should be re-applied every time the face is washed. Normally, this means first thing in the morning, and before going to bed at night. The treatment regime can be repeated as often as you like.
In the study, a small number of people reported skin sensitivity to the treatment during the first two weeks. The majority of the patients in the study had no side effects whatsoever. If your skin shows sensitivity to the treatment that does not end within two weeks, discontinue treatment and talk to your doctor.
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Has the FDA evaluated acidic water for health and safety?
Not yet. These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. The preceding information and/or products are for educational purposes only and are not meant to diagnose, prescribe, or treat illness. Please consult your doctor before making any changes or before starting ANY exercise or nutritional supplement program or before using this information or any product during pregnancy or if you have a serious medical condition.
Desai, et al, A. “The Efficacy and Tolerability of Electrolyzed Oxidized Water in Treating Mild to Moderate Acne.” Cosmetic Dermatology Journal. 17.2 (2004): n. page. Print.