Table of Contents
- QUESTIONS & ANSWERS
- Activated Charcoal
- Aloe Vera Juice
- Anti-Yeast/Fungal Remedies
- Apple Cider Vinegar
- Apple Cider Vinegar and Baking Soda
- Apple Cider Vinegar, Almond Oil
- Apple Cider Vinegar, Coconut Oil, Epsom Salt Baths
- Apple Cider Vinegar, Cold Showers
- Apple Cider Vinegar, Diatomaceous Earth
- Apple Cider Vinegar, Dietary Changes
- Apple Cider Vinegar, Fish Oil
- Apple Cider Vinegar, Psoriaflora Cream
- Apple Cider Vinegar, Zinc Cream, Propolis
- Apple Fast
- Apples, ACV, Dietary Changes
- Baking Soda (Sodium Bicarbonate)
- Baking Soda, Hydrogen Peroxide
- Baking Soda, Witch Hazel
- Beer Yeast
- Beetle Nut Juice, Hot Chili Sauce
- Bleach Bath
- Carrot Juice
- Castor Oil
- Chamomile Tea
- Coconut Oil
- Coconut Oil, Tea Tree Oil
- Cod Liver Oil
- Cold Showers
- Colloidal Silver
- Decolorized Iodine
- Diaper Rash Cream
- Diatomaceous Earth
- Dietary Changes
- Discoid Eczema Remedies
- Distilled White Vinegar
- Do Nothing
- Eczema Remedies
- Egg Yolk
- Eliminate Citric Acid
- Eliminate Corn Products and Nuts
- Eliminate Dairy
- Eliminate Milk
- Eliminate Wheat
- Emu Oil
- Epsom Salts
- Fish Oil
- Fish Oil, Yogurt
- Flax Seed Oil
- General Feedback
- Gluten-Free Diet
- Glycerin, Apple Cider Vinegar, Zinc Oxide Cream
- Goat Milk
- Heavy Metal Detoxing, Zinc Supplementation
- Hemp Seed Oil
- Homemade Cream
- Hydrogen Peroxide
- Iodoral Tablets
- Jojoba Oil
- Krill Oil
- Lemon and Pineapple Juice
- Mangosteen Skin Poultice
- Multiple Remedies
- Multiple Supplements
- Neem Oil
- Neem Oil, Baking Soda
- Niacinimade Powder, Vitamin E
- Ocean Water
- Oil Pulling
- Olive Oil
- Oolong Tea
- Oregano Oil
- Oregano Oil, Tea Tree Oil
- Petroleum Jelly
- Petroleum Jelly, Honey
- Raw Food Diet
- Removing Fluoride
- Salt and Apple Cider Vinegar
- Salt Rub, Mint Liquid Soap
- Sanitize Clothes
- Sea Salt Baths
- Sea Salt, Baking Soda, Evening Primrose Oil
- Shea Butter
- Shower Filter
- Soap Nuts
- Table Salt
- Tea Tree Oil
- Ted's Remedies
- Urine Therapy
- Vinegar and Olive Oil
- Vinegar Soaks
- Vitamin B-Complex
- Vitamin B6
- Vitamin D
- Vitamin D-3
- Vitamin E
- White Sugar Cane Vinegar
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Apple Cider Vinegar for Eczema
Dilute a bit of ACV with equal amounts of water and wash your patches of eczema patches with this mixture. You should also be taking a daily ACV tonicone teaspoon of ACV in a large glass of water (natural sweetener to taste, optional). Increase the amount of ACV to 1-2 tablespoons per glass as your body tolerates it. Drinking and applying apple cider vinegar (ACV) can restore your overall skin health and stop eczema rashes.
[YEA] 07/09/2012: Anjali from Sydney, Australia: "I've had moderate eczema since I was 2 years old. By the age of 12, with the help of prescription creams, it had been cleared from all parts of my body, except... my face! I'm 22 now.
For the last 10 years, the only place I had eczema was my face, out of all the places it could be! And it was very stubborn, there was nothing I could do to clear it. I have naturally dark skin ( I am of Indian origin) and so the marks on my face were quite dark ( on anglo/white skin they are red) and prominent. I suffered from low self confidence because of this, and was desperate to find a solution, and tried almost every cream the doctor had prescribed.
After many years of trial and error, and this wonderful website, I've found something that works for me and thought that I should share :)
Firstly, eliminate or drastically reduce sugar in your diet. Sugar is white poison they say... Also look out for it in processed foods - you'll be surprised at how much is hidden in there. I also have eliminated dairy from my diet, due to having a mild allergy to it.
On the days I eat lots of sugar, my eczema flares up. I have noticed this time and time again. Eat a healthy balanced diet, with lots of fruit, vegetables, grains, meat (if you aren't vegetarian) and legumes. Limit processed foods with sugar, additives, preservatives. And most importantly, stop the sugar!
I have also noted on many occasions, that drinking plenty of water every day significantly improves my eczema. So stay hydrated!
And the last and final thing, something you'll hear a lot about on this website: unfiltered oragnic apple cider vinegar (ACV). I have been using this for the last 6 weeks and the reults have been amazing, what a huge difference. My face is almost clear, after years of trying, I am so happy!
I consume ACV 3 times a day before each meal. 2 teaspoons dissolved in a glass of water each time. There are a range of benefits - look at this website for more info :)
I also started applying it topically on my face. Now some people mention immediate results from this, ie within 24 hours it has cleared. I had very stubborn eczema, the skin on parts of my face was dark, cracked, and rough, and had been so for many years.
I used a solution of 50% water and 50% ACV and applied it all over my face ( it is excellent as a general toner used daily, even if you don't have eczema). The first 3/4 times I used this solution it stung!!! The skin became irritated, darker, sore, itchier, and small white bubbles appeared under my skin, it looked terrible! My skin settled down after a few minutes, but the apperance hadnt changed. I did this routine for about 4 days, and my eczema patches became slightly worse ( or at least, they looked worse! ) but I persisted, and after a few more days my skin no longer became irritated, and the affected areas started to peel slowly, leaving healthier skin on the areas of my face where the eczema once was.
If I touch it right now, my whole face is smooth, no areas are cracked or sore. It hasn't healed 100%, but if before on a scale of 1 to 10, the eczema on my face was a 7, it is now a 2! Huge difference! I am so happy! The areas of my face that had eczema are still slightly darker than the rest of my face but this shoukd improve in time. In general the skin on my face is glowing too.
I just follow the ACV toner with a good, gentle moisturising cream/lotion. No harmful doctor's prescribed eczema creams with side effects, that have failed me over the years. Just simple, apple cider vinegar - make sure you buy unfiltered and organic!
So eat healthy, drink plenty of water, excercise, keep a positive attitude, and drink and apply topically ACV as per the instructions above.
Ezcema is also caused my stress, so keep a free mind. I'm also thinking of starting yoga soon
Good luck :) and thankyou to Earth Clinic and all its contributers!!"
[YEA] 07/05/2012: Jennifer from Sunrise, Fl, Usa: "I have to give another resounding YES for the ACV Eczema remedy. I did a chemical peel to my face the other day which caused my eczema to flare up all over my face. It was extremely embarassing and I didn't go out yesterday during the 4th of July because of it. I was applying coconut oil to it regularly and while it helped, the eczema would flare up again a few hours later. I was at my wit's end.
After trying for a couple of days to treat it without success, I decided to try the ACV remedy. I just applied it full-strength on a cotton pad and swiped my face. OUCH! It was quite painful as some of the skin was broken. My face turned red and the eczema looked a lot more red, raised, and angry. I let it sit as long as I could stand it and then applied coconut oil on top of it to soothe the skin. I also took a tbsp of ACV in water internally to maximize the effect.
An HOUR later, the eczema was 85% gone. I couldn't believe it! I reapplied right before going to bed last night and this morning my face is 100% clear.
Another miracle of ACV! I can't live without this stuff."
[SIDE EFFECTS] 05/22/2012: Max from Honolulu, Hi: "After using the ACV for about a week for eczema, I've noticed my skin has been getting flaky and redish. Is this a sign that it's working. This never happened to my skin before so I know its a direct reaction to the ACV. This is first time I'm using it too. Taking it orally 3 times a day maybe more at 2tbsp in water. I also have a burning sensation in my lips, mouth, and tongue, and even gastritis. I believe it is all related. Do you think the ACV regimen will help? GERD medicines didn't help me at all. Thanks."Replies
03/19/2014: Estelle from Toronto, Canada replies: "Max, are you using RAW, unfiltered, unpasteurized ACV?"
[YEA] 04/26/2012: Andrei from Las Pinas City, Metro Manila, Philippines: "It's a YEA for me. It all started with Sebhorrheic Dermatitis when I was in high school which caused flaking skin on the creases of my nose. Sometimes, there would also be on my eyebrows. This would usually make my skin red too.
Later on, I needed to go to the Dermatologist to get some treatment on acne as suggested by our university phsyician when I had my first annual physical exam in college. I went on some medication for acne. Later on, I asked for treatment on my drying skin too... Then came the hydrocortisone. It worked for a while. But later on, my skin would dry again.
I actually stopped with the acne meds since it seemed like my breakouts were under control already. For the drying skin problem, though, the meds were upgraded to Desonide cream, which is a stronger topical steroid cream. It worked so I stopped seeing my dermatogologist. I used it for about 8 months and then I decided to stop.
It was because it thought it was such a strong chemical and I wanted to take a ore natural route. In just 3 days, my face got terribly worse to the point where it would be embarrassing to go out of the house. The worst part is that I had to graduate college having that on my face.
At first, I was using coconut oil topically and internally. I only had minor relief from it. Later on, the drying and scaling came back again and it felt like days were just passing by with no progress. I started to research more on this condition and went through different words like staph infection, dermatitis, etc.
I finally came to the conclusion that this was eczema. I also decided to research more on what to do with it since VCO did not seem to budge anymore. I ordered different products like Sunflower Seed Oil and Flaxseed Oil. But I ended up using Apple Cider Vinegar.
I did the internal and external way again. The first two times I put it on my face, it really burned! And I felt like it was a good thing because at least something was happening. After 2-3 days, all the dryness have already fallen down. It was one of the best times of my life! It even happened during New Year's Eve. Haha.
Now, it's already about 4 months since I have been freed from that torture. I still use the ACV both ways. I have no problem with depending on it because it is organic. I don't drink too much of it though because it is said to be able to cause problems when taken in excess.
The mark where the eczema once was could still be seen on my face. It's actually like a 5 o'clock shadow so it has the tendency to look natural --- optimistically. Sometimes, though, there would be a bit of mild flaking but still to a point where ACV could easily take over.
As for my hopes, it would be that it would never come back again. I also hope that the mark would eventually fade and match my natural skin tone. To those who are still going through this eczema, just try to beat I with ACV! I have a good feeling it really is designed for it. :)"
[YEA] 02/06/2012: Sweet B. from P.o.s., Trinidad : "Apple Cider Vinegar for eczema.
My 3 year old was diagnosed ~atopic eczema, 4months ago. She has been getting breakouts constantly. I read about people using ACV for eczema relief so I tried it. I wish to share that after dabbing the ACV diluted for a week on the rash behind her ear I saw positive results, so I continued. The rash was completely gone by the end of 3 weeks. There were other breakouts on her arms but those areas were severley dry and damaged so the ACV stings too much as the skin is broken and she is so young. Since then, any new breakouts have been deterred by ACV application so that the areas don't get damaged to the point of skin breakage. (2 tsp to 8 ounces water, applied with cotton approx. 6-8 times daily.)"
01/30/2012: Karen Helena from Toronto, Ontario: "I've had chronic eczema come and go all my life. No rhyme or reason. I tried western medicine, chinese, homeopathic, creams, remedies, you name it I've tried it. I'm a believer that eczema is the body's way of telling us we're toxic and I also know that often ailments get worse before they get better. At least I know this to be true in theory.
Whenever I've tried western medicine it clears up but eventually re-occurs. I think this is because I'm pushing the toxicity back into my body. I started to get a bad breakout last month. I forgot that my grandma says she takes ACV every morning and she is 92 and fit as a fiddle. In desperation, I started taking it. Most of the advice on this website says 2tbsp once or twice a day in water. I've been doing it for 3 days and my eczema has spread significantly and I haven't had it this bad in years and years. In fact, in the past it would breakout in one or two areas but now it seems it's flaring in all of those previously flared areas.
I'm a little scared but I'm wondering if this is just a major detox. I couldn't possibly be having an allergic reaction. I don't mind drinking the ACV now. It doesn't disgust me in the least but is it possible to have too much? If this is in fact a hard core detox and it works, than I will perservere through the pain."Replies
02/08/2012: Yukoncorleone from Binghamton, Ny, United States replies: "How's the progress? Has the flare gone done at all? Are you still taking the ACV? Are you taking the one with the "Mother" in it? Has it gotten better at all? Please let me know as I want to give this sort of treatment a shot in hopes of improving my condition, and I like you am worried about the side effects. Think it was just a result of the detoxing effects ACV has?
08/05/2012: Hgc from Asheville, Nc Usa replies: "Am very interested to learn whether now (seven months later) your eczema cleared up or whether the ACV did not help."
09/11/2011: Lynnet from Folsom, Pa: "I am a hair stylist who was out of work for 2 years 2 wonderful years with no flair ups I am now back to work and have Ecema all over my fingers and palms I have tried Aveeno Ecema cream and it does help with the itching.. Sometimes at work they get so itchy that I run them under scalding water till I cant take it anymore and pull them away.. I call it a handgasm it feels sooo good. I am in the middle of a horrible flair up and off work the next 2 days I just drank some ACV with water and soaked my hands in bowls of it I pray to god this helps Im tired of crying myself to sleep over the pain and itching : ("Replies
09/22/2011: Jenn from Port Dover, Ontario Canada replies: "Try the anti-inflamatory diet... I have heard wonderful things about it. I have not tried this myself as it requires some serious dicipline and I am just not there yet. Good luck.
10 year sufferer of terrible eczema on the palm of my hands"
10/13/2011: Joanl from Arlington, Tx Usa replies: "I, too, use scalding water to stop the insane itch, my trigger is pesticides( any -cides, really). I'm on an organic food only diet for 13 yrs, only flare ups now are after a restaurant meal, a bad batch of lager beer, and sadly, cascadian farms cereals, even though they are organic. Stay away from restaurant tomato products... they are loaded with baddies."
01/20/2012: Gramma2mato from Berry Creek, California replies: "Lynet from Pa and Joan from TX I agree, the scalding water ( through my rubber gloves) does give relief ( I would call it a handgasm too) but later the inflamation is worse.
Today I woke up with my second case of blood poisoning from the open sores from eczema on my hands. I have it all over my body now. I'm stopping the steroids they've had me on for 20 years as they aren't working and I just found out about the possible side effects.
I'm going to try a raw diet and water and green tea but we have city water and its full of salts and fluoride. My daughter just got diagnosed with celiac.
Stress is my middle name.
I wish you all luck"
[SIDE EFFECTS] 07/31/2011: Cchi541 from Auckland, Nz: "ACV Allergy! It's the preservatives that do it to me!
I've developed eczema over the last year (I'm 22) and have tried a lot of natural remedies. I first tried ACV and found that it made my eczema WAY WORSE. I was drinking about 2-3 oz a day and applying it topically (50/50 with water). I only did this for 2 days because I instantly saw negative results. I later discovered that I have an intolerance to sulfites, which is in ACV in high amounts (all vinegars, wine and dried fruit have loads of sulfites in them)...
I've been staying away from all preservatives and using BioOil mixed with Tea Tree oil and Lavender Oil and my eczema is slowly getting better. I was getting it on and around my lips as well as a big patch on my wrist and neck and it's almost completely gone on my mouth and more bearable on my wrist. Give a preservative-free diet a try!"
06/15/2011: Vincent Rosaldes from Manila, Philippines: "I've been suffering from mild to moderate eczema (actually seborrheic dermatitis, but I know this is one of its subtype) for about 1 year already on my face. I get these rashes and dry patches on my face. For almost a year, I've been using Candibec cream (antifungal with steroid component). It helps with the inflammation and itching, but it just comes back. I know the reprecussions using steriods so I'm trying it the natural way.
I was inspired to see someone from a video blog who got "rid" of his eczema. That's why I'm starting on my ACV. I'm drinking ACV (2 tbsp of 1/4 cup of water), and applying some diluted ACV. It'll be one week tomorrow. There's no significant changes, but I'm just happy to know I've been off steriods for almost two weeks now. Flare-ups occur on and off, but it's not too bad.
Aside from these, I take 1000mg of Vit C, 400mg of Vit E and 3 soft gel capsules containing omega 3, 6, 9. I try to eat healthy as much as possible.
Sometimes, I want the easy fix, but I try not to hold off the steriods for the time being. I know this will take some time and lot of effort. I will update you guys a month from now if I see any huge improvements. We can do it guys!"Replies
07/18/2011: Jay from New York, Ny replies: "Can you wear moisturizing gloves after putting ACV on your hands when going to bed?"
[YEA] 07/22/2011: Vincent Rosaldes from Manila, Philippines replies: "It's been more than a month now, and I've personally seen some significant improvements on my face. The flare ups are now very minimal and I can control them properly without using any steriods at all. This is actually my fourth day without any steriods.
So here's what I did:
1) I know this may be over the top, but I wash my face with distilled water to eliminate possible allergens using tap water. It did not do much during the first few days I started it, but it helped me factor out my reactions to stuff.
2) The moment I stopped using Cetaphil, which is my ONLY facial cleanser I use. My face improved tremendously. I dunno why though since Cetaphil is okay for sensitive skin.
3) I spray diluted ACV (just eyeball it not to be strong) on my face 2x a day. That's before I start my day and before I go to sleep. It smells a bit bad, but bearable. I'd rather have this than eczema. I let it air dry.
4) I use Physiogel AI Cream as a moisturizer. What it does is helps with the redness (AI == anti-inflammatory) and moistens your skin. I ordered Aveeno online, but it hasn't arrived yet. I'll probably try that sometime. My face has a bit of flakes, but it's not that noticeable anyway.
5) Continued eating healthy, drinking enough fluids, still taking the vitamins. I stopped going to the gym, since sweat or the stress in lifting weights do trigger the flare up, but I plan to go to the gym anytime soon, but gradually.
I hope this helps guys. Don't give up and try new things out (safe/natural of course). Cheers!
@Jay: I personally think it's okay, but make sure your hands are dry when you put on the moisturizing gloves."
08/09/2011: Sleepysin from Brooklyn, Ny replies: "In response to your not going to the gym, I've sort of worked my way around "not" working out. Exercise is generally kept to either at home activities where I can pace myself well and do not end up all sweaty, incorporate physical activity to daily things (skipping/running steps, mini crunch sets while at the computer) and my favorite - winter sports! I love snowboarding and never get sweaty because all the layers of clothes do well to absorb the moisture quickly and provides an amazing workout. As for the warmer months.. I can online go biking or inline skating when the sun is hidden away."
11/30/2012: Grdmag from Blackfoot, Idaho replies: "You may want to stop the Vit C. you are trying to de-acidify and the C is fighting that."
[YEA] 05/31/2011: Indiefem from Ottawa, Ontario: "For about 2 months I've had this large scaley dry patch of ezcema on my right upper arm. I didn't think anything of it for a few weeks, until I noticed it wasn't going away or getting any better. No amount of cortizone creams would help. Then I came across this website via YouTube and discovered the apple cider vinegar remedy. I went and purchased a bottle of pure raw and organic ACV (with mother) and began the ritual of drinking 2 tsp with 8 oz of water everyday and also dabbing the ACV straight on the inflamed patch of skin. Yes, it does burn at first, but this quickly subsides and after just 2 days the patch began to dry up and the dead skin cells started flaking off. I made sure to moisturize with a beeswax balm as well. I can that just after 4 days the ezcema is completely gone from my arm. The skin underneath the patch is a bit darker than the rest of my arm, but it is slowly fading and I'm sure it will be gone within a few weeks. So, yes folks ACV does work for eczema and apparently a host of other ailments. Nothing like mother nature!"
[YEA] 04/27/2011: Vcw from Winston Salem, Nc: "Just wanted to add to the long list of testimonies of the wonders of ACV. My 8 year old daughter has suffered greatly from allergies and severe eczema on her face, arms, legs. I have tried everything in the book, steroid creams that work a little while (which is not good for the face), Aveeno, Eucerin, Allegra, Zyrtec, Benedryl, you name it, I've tried it. After reading so many postings about how ACV helped with eczema, I decided to try a 50/50 solution on my daughter last night due to a bad eczema outbreak coming on... I also talked her into taking 2 Tsp. with juice internally.... Let me say, I was utterly shocked to see the itching stop almost immediately (it burned for a bit at first), the biggest surprise was the allergies seemed to cease throughout the night, she slept without the itching, snorting, or scratching of the throat, didn't even wake up and had a peaceful sleep... I was truly shocked... Her skin even appeared to be clearing up just from one night of the acv, not to mention no stuffy nose in the mornings like she usually has, anyway its too early to tell if this truly worked, but it seemed to do the trick and I will update later but for now, I just may be a believer of this easy treatment. I will update her progress in a week."Replies
05/03/2011: Hariz from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia replies: "hello all, please help..
i got my eczema 4month ago.. At that time I thought it jz normal skin problem, was shock to find out I got eczema.. even worse when most say it incureable, some already suffers years..
well I think I got eczema through chemically..
it trigger when I start using bio oil.. But could not be confirm yet since the doctor still doing the test
i have been constantly taking organic Apple Cider Vinegar for the past 3weeks once a day(2tblspn), well I must say it did reduce the inchiness but when I miss a day.. it start to get really itchy again..
then last 2days ago I start spraying Apple Cider Vinegar mix with water with ratio 65%(acv):35%(h2o)..
well it sting.. But my face just getting worse.. It start becoming like cornflake, some part is bleed a bit n pimple start showing out and what worse is more eczema spot appear on my face.. is this suppose to be symptom of curing?this is my 3rd day spray on my face..
my question are:
1)should I jz directly apply Apple Cider Vinegar without water mixture by jz using cotton wool?
2)after use the acv, let it dried then what next? should I wash my face and put moisturizer? or jz leave it like that? hope alot of succesful people can response to this
3)can u all list type of moisturizer? I cant find aveena in my country:( .. I went to pharmacist she suggested to me to use cheraphill /ceraphill (dont remember the spelling, sorry)
pls those who success please provide more details how it work, and those who silent reader who dint post your testi pls post it ur successful or unsuccessful story.. let help each other.
i fresh grad.. Even when I go to interview some of the interviewer asking about my face.. Some even ask can it be spread to other.. Man its really affect me.. My confident level drop.... Really god I dont wish to live long but I only wish that my eczema gone foreva :'("
05/03/2011: Lanos from Socalif, Usa replies: "Hariz, my case is somewhat simular but only on one elbow. Nothing seems to clear it permanently but I get relief from first soaking cotton in apple cider vinegar and applying that for a half hour or so. After it dries off, I apply 1% hydrocortisone cream a few times throughout the day. Ask you doctor if you can use that cream on you face. I pray you will get the right answers soon. God Bless."
05/03/2011: Sheila from San Diego, Ca, Usa replies: "Hi Hariz,
I've suffered from eczema, and it seems to run in my family with a couple of cousins, nieces, nephews and my two children having various skin problems. I haven't had eczema in a very long time, but recently developed contact dermatitis.
I believe eczema and dermatitis are similar in that they stem from allergic reactions or intolerance, and the possibility that the liver, kidneys and immune and digestive systems being over-taxed or not working properly.
1. What is "bio oil"? Do you mean bio fuel being used in a bio-diesel auto?
2. Your body is trying to purge something through your skin. It can be called die-off, Herxheimer reaction or just plain poisoning.
3. I would stick with diluted ACV, but use distilled water to dilute it if you continue to use it on your skin. If not distilled, then use filtered water, not tap. Is the ACV giving your skin relief?
4. Are you taking any OTC or Rx drugs for the eczema right now?
5. I would not use Cetaphil. I lean toward more natural skin care products. You can go to EWG's website to research ingredients of personal care products and their toxicity:
6. Start strengthening your liver, kidneys, and keep your urinary system healthy to help flush out whatever is in your system.
Our son used to get eczema regularly during the summer. We weren't sure what was causing it, but we did start him on a regimen of vitamins and supplements, reduced his eating of refined sugar drastically, and epsom salts baths twice a week to help ease his toxic load, plus we went through the house and got rid of the toxic household products (cleaners, detergents, etc. ) and replaced them with vinegar-based cleaners and soapnuts for laundry. It's been almost 4 years since he's had eczema. We also had our carpeting replaced since we found out he was allergic to dust mites.
For my contact dermatitis, I've been taking Quercetin (1000mg/day), CoQ10 (60mg/day) and for itching 30 drops of Nettle tincture in filtered water to drink. There are several things you could try to alleviate itchy skin: Vit C; drink green tea or a little coffee, and exercise to pump up your adrenaline, take care to drink enough water to re-hydrate yourself though, caffeine will deplete your adrenaline stores in your adrenal gland.
I'd be wary about using anything for the dryness on your face right now. I'm not using soap on my face for now, letting my skin breath and the flakes slough off on their own. When my the skin around my mouth started to crack and bleed, I used a little diluted ACV to clean it and massaged a drop of castor or jojoba oil into the surrounding skin."
05/04/2011: Sheila from San Diego, Ca, Usa replies: "I wanted to add that I figured out that the Benadryl I had taken seemed to have made the dryness on my face more severe. It definitely dried up the interior of my nostrils, one had started to bleed. I applied ACV which helped stop the bleeding and somewhat moistened the interior. It felt better."
03/02/2012: Phoebe from Doylestown, Pennsylvania replies: "Gee, I wouldn't spray ACV on the face anytime let alone often. So sorry you have such a condition on your face. Maybe as someone else said, pat a cotton ball with ACV to a sore if necessary. I leave my face alone, and I must say, at age 50 my skin looks pretty good. I used to try every product out there, the next miracle product, exfoliating, etc. Now, I use a cleansing gel that I love and same vendor moisturizer. My problem is with severe eczema on my fingers which I have had for 3 years. Tried everything - steroid cream, many other treatments and nothing works. My skin burns, itches, cracks, bleeds and I constantly wear bandaids which is embarrassing. From my research I think mine is the result of stress, and I think my system may be too acidic and I am going to look into remedies for that. I also like wine with dinner and I know that is probably not good. So glad I found this site. Thanks so much!"
04/24/2012: Sheila from Ft Worth, Tx replies: "I, too, have had ectopic dermatitus, and chronic eczema since I have been able to walk, I believe. I have been to family doctors, dermatologists, allergists (world reknowned dr), holistic practioners, and now am currently doing a NAET protocol. I have been told, by the world reknowned dr, after a stringent testing, that I am a doctor's dream patient. Which means, guinea pig! I cried at that point. (His explanation was, out of the people who suffer from allergy/ immuno triggers there are three major genes that are present. Most will only have 1 gene, maybe 30% will have two of the genes, and 3% will have all three genes. Guess where I sit? Yep, in the 3 percentile range. )
I have tried everything, or at the least I thought I did, until I was about to head out for another couple of shots, and steroid precriptions, and googled different options and find this site. Although I have been trying to stay away from the steroids while clearing my system with NAET, which I do see improvement with, it is a struggle when your body is so dependent on the relief it does bring, and then the consequences. But I have a long way to go, and my biggest hurdle is yet to come.
I started oil pulling, which I am surprised to say is seeming to help with the seasonal allergies. I usually am miserable with all the pollens, but this year I have been able to go outside and not have my sneezing attacks, and/or scratch my skin off. I like, other people, have found that heat applied to the areas brings relief, like an endorphin sensation. I guess the pain sensation from the heat replaces the crazy itching pain. I really am intrigued with the ACV, and am going to try this also. I guess my question is, what would be the correct protocol? Should I drink the ACV, and if so, what recipe? I am going to make a spray. I guess the initial shock of pain will go away and I will have relief tomorrow. What do you suggest?"
06/19/2012: Sheila from San Diego, Ca replies: "I'm crossposting updates to all of my posts related to my problems with pink eye, chalazion, eczema/contact dermatitis/hives, etc.
I'm currently investigating to see if most of my ills stem from possible acidosis. Green smoothies, low acidifying foods, calcium/magnesium/potassium, and a bit of baking soda seem to be helping a great deal overall.
More soon... I will be having a pH blood test to see what that will tell me. I'm waiting on the delivery of a Vitamix blender, too."
04/12/2011: Candice from Baton Rouge, La: "I have been seeing all of the reviews and great feedback of ACV clearing eczema. I have been living with eczema for years now and I am in desperate need of an alternative. I would appreciate any feedback of the way to get the best results, applying topically or drinking it? And, is it okay if I would drink it as a small shot like 1 tbsp 2xs day, would be harmful? Thanks to all who help me!"Replies
06/21/2011: Hellenahandbasket from Hamilton, On replies: "I have been trying to find something to help relieve my son's severe Eczema since he was a baby.. I have read through all the comments here... I am stopping on my way home tonight to pick up ACV!! wish me luck, hopefully he will get some relief, and can feel like a "normal" kid, and not feel he has to hide his skin! thank you all for your posts!!"
05/03/2012: Heidiho from San Diego, Ca replies: "I'm 26 and have been suffering from eczema since I was ten. It a pain in the butt, embarressing, gross, unbearable, expensive, painful and everything inbetween. Sometimes its so hard explaining it to people that dont have it because they will never understand, and when you meet someone who does have it, you instantly have something in common, its like you've know each other for years because you've experienced their pain. So on that note. I've tried almost everything, every lotion, every vitamin, concoction. Etc. I went to several dermatoligists and they all did the same thing, they gave me STEROID creams. Its like what most doctors do when you say you are in pain: they pass it off (as my mom likes to call it) they'll give you something to mask the problem and momentarily the pain. Although the steroid creams are certainly effective, the side effects in the future (thinning skin: no women wants that) are not worth it. So I only use them when I absolutely have to.
My new doctor had an idea and said to go see an allergist which I had never thought of before. So I did, they did many test on me and I found out I was allergic to dog, cats, pollen (plants), bed bugs/dust etc. Basically the world, no big deal, right?! So that was all good to know but wasnt a cure. She suggested I start taking allergy shots, I figured what the heck what do I have to lose. Everyweek for a year I got a shot and then gradually once a month from then on out. Insurance covered most of it, and I would run over on my lunch breaks and get one. My eczema cleared completely, now, I thought hmmm maybe I just grew out of my eczema and I dont have it anymore, so I stopped doing the shots all together. Less than six months later I got my eczema back, and I forgot how bad it was cause I hadnt seen it in so long. From all that, I know now that the allergy shots were infact working. I'm back to taking shots every week because I have to start the program all over. Its going to take awhile (3-6months) for it to disappear again (I'm going to start the organic whole food diet to speed up the process) but I think knowing that the shots worked will at least give me hope that there is something and if I stick to it, I wont have to worry about it. I didnt have to watch what I ate, didnt have to lotion after the shower, I hadnt even refilled my cortisone creams in what seemed like forever, I didnt have to splurge on the newest "eczema" lotions, take specific baths and I didnt have to go to urgent care twice a year in desperation. I was in bliss heaven. Now my eyes are swollen my back is itchy, I dont even want to go out because my face is red/peeling/blotchy, I'm stressed about it (which makes it even worse) and anything I eat or touch seems to make it worse. I never want to go through this pain again. You aint the only ones! Stay strong, find whats best for you. I have really bad eczema and the shots worked so I'm sticking with it, and I would highly recommend it.
Oh and one last thing, this sounds gross but it works amazing and its a cheap alternative to all these fancy shmancy lotions that dont even work... CRISCO. I didnt even smell like it either, my nickname was Crisco for awhile cause I had told my friends about it. Makes you smoothe and helps a lot, its one of those beauty secrets. I put it on everyday after my shower. Then preheated the oven to 300 degrees. Kidding. Good luck!"
[NAY] 03/26/2011: Sasha from Kailua, Hawaii: "I am in my early-mid twenties. A few years ago I began to have eczema on my throat area and eyebrow/upper eyelid area. I started taking apple cider vinegar when I heard that it is alkalinizing although I didn't specifically have my eczema in mind, just general health. I started small, taking just a few drops in a glass of water every time I drank water and over the course of several months worked it up to one or two caps full of ACV. I did this for about a year religiously. During this time my eczema continued to get worse and at times it was so bad that I felt like I wanted to rip the skin off of my neck. I did a lot of scratching and it would bleed and weep fluid sometimes.
After about a year of taking ACV I slacked off and stopped taking it for about three months and it occured to me then that the eczema was gone! Was it a coincidence? I don't know, I wonder if I should have been taking it with baking soda, perhaps my body didn't have the reserves to convert the ACV to alkaline? Needless to say, I haven't taken ACV since then and also haven't had problems with eczema again until just two weeks ago (two or three years later). I've had a terrible cold for months and I think it's probably from my lowered immune system. I also have a urinary tract infection for which I have been taking baking soda and I'm curious to see if it will have any affect on my eczema. It is helping the UTI tremendously, but it's still too early to tell what affects it is having on the eczema, the eczema is continuing to get worse at this point but I am looking forward to a week or two from now to see what the results will be if any."
[BETTER BUT NOT CURED] 03/02/2011: Lauren from Bracebridge, Ontario Canada: "I have been battling really annoying eczema on my lips for the past three months. Its possible that I have angular cheilitis as well because the corners of my mouth have been cracked and sore. I hadn't had eczema in years, but burned my lips badly over vacation and since then the eczema has flared up.
Tried treating it myself with various lipbalms, vaseline, even olive oil, nothing worked. Dr. prescribed cortizone which only made the itching stop temporarily, every 4 or 5 days the rash would come back. And if I ate certain foods (anything spicy or sour) it would flare up again. I was becoming hopeless and frustrated and then I remembered this site. I cant say yet is ACV is going to heal the problem forever but I can say that its feeling much better and I have only been using it for one day so far. I am drinking 2 glasses of water with 2 tsp. of ACV, and I am also applying it topically mixed with water on a cloth and just letting it rest on my mouth. It is not itchy, and the corners are healing up. I am still using a lip balm n between just to avoid licking, but so far this is looking promising! I just find it shocking that vinegar can actually make a rash feel better, you'd think it would be the opposite! Anyway, wish me luck."
02/17/2011: Tasha from Windsor, Pennsylvania, Us: "Ok so here we go. It was brought to my attention that Apple Cider Vinegar works. My pops told me about this site and after reading everyones post I feel comfortable enough to give it a try. I just recently got diagnosed with eczema in the last two mths. My dermatologist put me on an oral steroid and an antibiotic. It cleared it up 100% in two days. When I ran out of the medication it had came back instantly. So I was on them two more times and now I'm not allowed to have them prescribed to me no more for health reasons. I've changed all my cleaning agents to dye free and frangrance free and also got a humidifier an nothing has worked. So I'm thanking you all for your feeds now and I'm gonna give this a try. I pray it'll work and I'll be back to post results again. I wish you all well."Replies
02/18/2011: Kay from In The Valley, Ca replies: "In my experience, eczema is often times caused by something you are injesting. Lactose intolerance is the #1 thing I would look into. Also gluten intolerance (celiac disease) can erupt in a skin rash as well as bowel issues. I would try an elimination diet. Cut out all dairy and gluten from your diet for at least a month and see if there is any improvement. My daughter had eczema as a child and she had both of these intolerances. I wish you luck, I know this can be very uncomfortable."