Table of Contents
- QUESTIONS & ANSWERS
- POPULAR REMEDIES
- 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, Bentonite Clay, Coconut 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
- Remedies Needed
- 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
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.
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."
[NAY] 01/24/2011: Ruby from Beverly, Ma: "My son had severe eczema, as I posted on here it has improved 80-90% since removing fluoride from our water with a filter. Anyway he still has small flareups in the winter months so we tried the ACV. He is 12 and does not like drinking it so he applies it topically. He said it doesn't work that well and it burns like crazy, we are cutting it with water 50/50. I have used ACV as a toner on my skin and I have to say it does burn and I don't even have eczema. Tried it with my 2 year old Daughter same thing. She was screaming so much, I switched gears and just use coconut oil after bathing. For Adults this is a good remedy but for children, not so much in my opinion."Replies
01/25/2011: Francisca from Michelbach-le-bas, Alsace, France replies: "Hi, have you thought of putting a bit of ACV in your children's bath water? I often do that and I have to say that I don't feel a thing. You have to have a bath tub, of course..... This is also advised in my Candida book."
03/15/2011: Allison from Los Angeles, Ca replies: "how much ACV can I put in my child's bath water without him noticing the sting? I would love more information on helping children with eczema, as I know there is no way my son will drink it. He is only 4. Thank you."
03/15/2011: Mellyg from S. Jordan, Utah replies: "Regarding your sons eczema.... I have had eczema, see my thread below regarding probiotics. They healed my sons eczema at 4 mos. And as we added more foods to his diet the eczema creeps in more but we keep it largely at bay with probiotics and a good diet. We use cortisone cream once in a blue moon."
03/15/2011: Ellen from Sherwood Park, Ab replies: "Use a 1/4 cup of ACV. This should bring some relief. Also try coconut oil. Replace all oils, margarines, butters with coconut oil, plus rub it on all affected areas. This will bring fast relief if he is eating well enough. This means lots of fruits and vegetables along with many other ideas I have shared here about adding minerals into your diet. The coconut oil and minerals will balance all your son's systems and clear the condition. First and foremost add kelp - Laminaria digitata to your diet. It's granulated kelp that you can easily find on the web.Kelp is rich in minerals and he should eat about 1 tsp per day. This is easy to do if you sprinkle it on everything he eats as it does not add flavor. It takes on the flavor of the food he's eating as long as you don't add too much. Also, put in all sauces, baking (which should be minimal) even on toast. The thing is there is too much to go into here as one thing lead to the next in what I can share so please just add coconut oil and kelp to your family's diest especially your son's and you will see a remarkable difference soon after. If you want to read more about what I have said in regards to this from previous replies I have made please look up my name as there is a lot of good information that you might benefit from. Good luck."
03/31/2011: Eleny from Graham, Wa replies: "To Allison from Los Angeles, CA: Your son may like the ACV if you mix a small amount in some apple juice, about a half tsp four times a day should do it. I mix 1 tsp with apple juice for my kids and they have no prblems drinking it. The apple juice has to be strong. I gave my oldest daughter, who happens to have a horrible eczema flair right now, a bath with 1 cup ACV and about 1/4 cup Himalayan Crystal Salt. I read that sea salt works well but I do not have any at this time. The bath provided relief but definitly is no silver bullet. We are doing a combination of things and I believe that they are working just not in the timly manner that I would like.
In the meantime I have been also applying Lavender and Coconut oil and it is helping to reduce the itching. I also keep a small spray bottle that I spray prior to applying the oils. She is also taking EPO, krill oil, Full Spec. Vitamin E, Spirulina, Vitamin D3, Vitamin C, Chlorella, and drinking LOTS of water. We have eliminated almost all sugars from her diet and we are starting to see progress. I hope this is helpful. I recently read about a product called EMUgency that you can find that has helped people with eczema."
03/31/2011: Jay from Toronto, Ont, Canada replies: "To Allison and Eleny: Continue the ACV baths on a daily basis if you want to accelerate your progress. We have not completely eliminated the rash but have reduced the itching quite substantially. If I remember correctly the itchiness was mostly gone within about a week(of doing daily baths). We continued daily ACV baths every day for 3 weeks before interrupting the process thinking we had the upper hand on the rash. Some parts of the body are now free of rash and there are only new outbreaks when a new area is reinfected by scratching an infected area and then a non affected area. We are retuurning to daily ACV baths to see if we can further reduce the areas affected."
04/01/2011: Debbie from Melbourne, Australia replies: "Jay, I read about your suggestion of ACV baths for Allison & Eleny, for excema. That is great for the skin but internally there will still be a problem. I have been reading a lot about digestive problems (because of my son) and have read lots of info saying that digestive issues are the problem causing excema and that probiotics and fermented foods are the answer for long term cure of excema. Digestive issues cause many many problems. Google and do some research. Apple cider vinegar by mouth regularly is also needed (it is a fermented product) as well as therapeutic doses of probiotics. There is much information aviailable on youtube."
01/19/2011: Karen from Great Falls, Mt Usa: "Hello,
I have had skin problems most of my 62 years, most of which I attributed to "dry skin" from living in dry northern climates. Most recently, I have been suffering with inflamed/itchy skin on my eye brow area--including my eyelids sometimes. Also, and more severe is the inflammation/itching and scaling inside my ears (not in the canal though, thankfully) and on my outer ear and lobes. I have tried many different remedies, some of which seem to work for awhile, including OTC hydrocortisone ointments as well as prescription steriodal creams. Mostly, I just try to keep the area moistened with triple antibiotic ointment because when I scratch, the area sometimes bleeds a little bit. I do not know if this is the type of dermatitis that most people seem to be having trouble with, such as perioral dermatitis. I think it is probably a type of contact dermatitis that has worsened from using steriodal type treatments.
Would the ACV work for my problem? I plan to buy some of the other suggested natural remedies such as calendula cream, castor oil, or coconut oil and try them to see if they give any relief. The condition has worsened this winter as I am inside most of the time in a dry heated house, although I did buy a room humidifier recently. If anyone (including Ted! ) has ever had experience with a similar problem and have found something that helps, I would greatly appreciate your posting what worked for you. Thank you. "
[YEA] 12/17/2010: Sammy Itches from Lawrence, Ks, United States: "Having an eczema flare up and the hydrocortisone cream isn't working, can't find what is left of my prednisone prescription [I am that desperate so I remembered the ACV cure I had started last summer. I took two tablespoons and within 15 minutes the itching is completely gone. I checked this site to find out if the dosage I took was correct and found this forum and thought I would give my testimonial for ACV. I use organic raw unfiltered Apple Cider Vinegar from the health food store and keep it in the fridge. It was about 5.00$ for a Med. Size bottle. It helps A LOT! I am a total believer. I hope this helps a fellow sufferer find relief."
[SIDE EFFECTS] 10/12/2010: Just Me from New York, United States: "I have read all the testimonies on this page and decided that I would give this a try. I have mixed the Apple Cider Vinegar and water solution in a spray bottle and spray it on after showering twice a day. I have also been taking a cap full of it internally. Since doing so my eczema has flared up more than it ever has and the itching is unbearable. I've had sleepless nights because of it and it's been 4 days already. I can feel the skin softening a little bit but I'm not sure if it is working. Can someone help me PLEASE! I don't know how much more of this I can take."Replies
10/12/2010: Zsaqwe from Brownsville, Texas replies: "Justme, buy the gallon of ACV with mother. And mix anyway you can easily swallow. When the gallon is finish. It will take several months. And you are not cured then it amazingly did not work for you. I honestly doubt it. I had dermatitis for more than ten years. Three years ago I started applying ACV topically. About a month ago I started drinking it. For me it is fine to mix it with V8. I did it because I want to lose weight but it came with very nice side effects, like a lovely complexion all over and many others I already posted. Be patient."
10/20/2010: Just Me from New York, United States replies: "Ok, thanks a lot. I bought the Apple Cider Vinegar with mother..... How much of it should I be drinking a day?"
[YEA] 08/07/2010: Susan from Chicago, Illinois: "Hi! I am a 42-year-old female who has SUFFERED with eczema since infancy. My eczema has worsened since college, my hands are inflamed, cracked and bleeding almost year round. I have used every steroid cream, spray and tape on the market with only slight improvement. About 6 days ago I came across this site and read about ACV. I figured it could't hurt to try. I stopped ALL steroids and started applying a 50/50 ACV/distilled water solution once in the morning and once before bed (air dry) and continued using my prescription (steroid-free) moisturizer. After about 24 hours my eczema was about 75% clear. It is now completely gone. AMAZING. I am so happy. I am a healthcare provider and need to wash my hands between patients (about 10-15 a day)... This was murder on my eczema but now has been no problem. NOTE: on day 3 I got a little cocky and used the ACV full strength- not a good idea, my hands became somewhat irritated... Went back to a 50/50 solution. Those of you who have suffered as I have can understand my elation. I can't believe something so simple has worked so well after all these years of fighting...Thank you EarthClinic...If you too have severe eczema don't be skeptical....TRY THIS!"Replies
08/16/2010: Mommyj from Bristol, Ct replies: "To Susan from Chicago: I've had eczema since I was 19; I'm 50 now. It's been a recurring thing, cycling between steroid creams, then using nothing, then natural creams, then back to the steroid creams. I've tried dietary changes, but have found most of them too strict, too expensive or too extreme and so I have difficulty staying with them. I've been tested for food allergies and have none, except blueberries, which I don't like any way. I do have grass and pollen allergies, which the ACV internally DOES alleviate. I have cut way back on the amount of refined sugar I eat, but the eczema persists. I tried topically applying the 50-50 ACV for the last 4-5 days, and am taking 2 tbs of ACV in water with a bit of baking soda once in the morning and once in the evening. So far, my eczema skin seems softer than usual, but it's still flaky, itchy and stingy. Am I doing this right? Can anyone help?"
09/07/2010: Six_r from Ph replies: "Thank you all so much for this thread of testimonials on ACV. My dermatologist says that I have skin asthama which I believe is also called skin eczema. The lotion, oatmeal soap and creams she gave me seems to not work and for a week now my skin itchiness, redness and spots seems to even worsen. Starting tonight I will try the ACV remedy. Wish me luck as I am really really embarrased already with those red itchy patches on my neck."
09/14/2010: Clinton from Surrey, British Columbia, Canada replies: "Hi, I have been dealing with eczema since I was a baby and now I am 17. Doctors say I have chronic eczema and what ever I have tried that the doctor has recommended seems to only work for a while. I usually get it around the face, neck and arms. It tends to be worse around my face. Can you guys tell me what exactly I have to do with apple cider vinegar to help with my eczema because that would be great. I am in my last year of high school and I am still very embarrassed about it, it has effected my social life because I don't like hanging out with my friends when my face is bright red and itchy. If anyone of you has any tips which would help me with my eczema would be great. Thanks"
10/11/2010: Patti from Seattle, Wa, Usa replies: "Question: I am experiencing my first outbreak of eczema on my hands. It has been spreading for about 12 days and I've tried the steroid cream from the dermatologist, with no real results. Now I'm trying ACV, based on what I've read on this website. This is day 3 of ACV treatments and I can't say that it's working because I'm still experiencing itching, the redness is spreading, and the worst of all, I can't sleep because of the stinging, throbbing, itching. The doctor said to take anti-histamines at night to stop itching and make me sleepy, but that has not worked whatsover.
So here is the question--is it possible to over-use the vinegar treatments? I'm tempted to slather it on several times a day. I'm also putting on the steroid cream, cream from the health food store, and a mild moisturizer. Maybe I'm using way too much stuff at the same time. I'm not sure what the signs of healing are, other than reduced itching (which would be a major breakthrough at this point). From other posts, it sounds like the affected skin gets flakey and falls off, which is happening on the inside of one finger. Maybe that is the first sign of healing? Thanks for any help."
10/25/2010: Cloudpoof from Holmdel, New Jersey replies: "Um, help, please? :C
Can someone tell me how strong their ACV was when they bought it? The ingredient list on mine says it has been diluted to only 5%, and I'm not sure if that's right, because people say they used a 50/50 ACV and water combo. Were they talking about the mixture, or the ACV being applied only diluted 50%? I am 15 and have been suffering from eczema from age 9, and I hate it!!! Thank you in advance."
10/26/2010: Lily from Brisbane, Australia replies: "Hi Cloudpoof, 50/50 Apple Cider Vinegar and water means that you put some Apple Cider Vinegar in a glass and put the same amount of water in. So say you put 1/4 of a cup of Apple Cider Vinegar in your glass, then you should put in 1/4 of a cup of water. All the apple cider vinegars although different brands and some being pasteurized and some not are all basically the same. Hope this helps. Lily."
01/07/2011: Reader from Ny replies: "Hi Cloudpoof, I just wanted to clarify that all ACV is not the same. I think the on with what is called "mother" is the best kind to get and is usually an organic kind. You should research some more as to the best brands. There are very processed ones, and I am sure that they don't have the same properites as the organic ones."
[YEA] 07/14/2013: Susan from Chicago, Illinois replies: "Hi! This is Susan from Chicago, I previously posted 8/7/2010 and wanted to update my post.... I have been eczema free since posting about my ACV use in 2010. My eczema was dyshidrotic (little blisters which would break and be raw, heal as severely dry skin and then start cycle again). I cannot stress enough how using the ACV topically CURED me (going on 3 years). After a month of application, I have not had to use it since. My life has changed. I can bathe my children, do dishes, see my patients without feeling embarassed. Please try it if you have dyshidrotic eczema, it can't hurt. I used plain old grocery store ACV 50/50 with distilled water twice a day for a month and the eczema I suffered with for 40 years is completely gone :)"
07/10/2010: Parshel from Surrey, Bc Canada: "Ok so I have had eczema on my arms and legs since I was born. I'm 17 and about 2 years ago everything stopped and my eczema was gone but, then 6 months ago it started and this time on my face and neck! It was so bad, too. My whole face would be red and looked so raw it was really, really bad and actually still is. So I've been reading all these and about 3 days ago I started using ACV, the natural raw stuff. Umm, nothing yet really. Everything's exactly the same but I am gonna wait for a week before I give up on it. Today I went to my health food store. Seroiusly, all of you should go to one if you have one near you because if you ask them they will give you so much information it's crazy. So she gave me some drink and I'm gonna try it and see how it works. I am 17 and it's so sad like I changed into a different person when this started I don't like to look at people and hate when people talk to me. I stay at home, don't even go out with my boyfriend that much anymore. I'm just so embarrassed and I really hope these things will help we'll just have to see. Good luck to everyone and their eczema"Replies
12/22/2010: Mary from Gloucester, Ma replies: "I understand what you are going through, my sons eczema was very bad also. It really effected his self esteem. I put a post on here. We haven't tried ACV but we were informed that fluoride makes eczema exponentially worse. So we purchased a shower head fluoride filter ($60-$70 from http://Amazon.com) we also started using fluoride free toothpaste. My sons eczema improved by about 80-90%. It was incredible how fast his skin cleared up. He also uses organic coconut oil on his body after showering, he just rubs it in along with a myrrh-goldenseal salve that we purchased online(cheap). These things have seemed to help a great deal.
We will try the ACV next. Like I said, he had it all over his face, arms, legs and stomache. Now he just has it a little in the creases of his arms and legs, not much at all in the summer. Also Sunlight is very good for eczema. He would go to a tanning salon every few days (a Level 4 bed which administers only the good usb rays). I have friends who go to tanning salons for psoraises and it is very effective. Try filtering out fluoride though, that was the best thing we ever did. Most Municipalities fluoridate the water and most people use fluoride every day in their toothpaste."
01/15/2011: Jon from Thousand Oaks, Ca replies: "For the last three winters I have had terrible eczema on my lower legs. It itches terribly and even wakes me up at night. I have done the steroid creams and moisturizers to no avail. Last winter it did not clear up and I had it all summer long. After reading the post about fluoride, my jaw hit the floor. My dentist prescribed fluoride prescription toothpaste that I have been using regularly for the past three years. Tomorrow the toothpaste is out and I am going to try the ACV. It just blows my mind how all this stuff is related. I'll keep you posted!"
10/27/2012: Gentlebreeze from Sanford, Fl replies: "The absolute best remedy I have come up to date is neem soap, with a 3 x a week neem powder mask and egyptian magic cream twice daily. Works like a charm!!! ACV scarred my face and my my eczema worse"
[YEA] 06/26/2010: Telecandy from Amsterdam, Netherlands: "I'm a guy that suffered from moderate eczema on my face since puberty (40 now) - the sides of my nose, upper lip, chin, jaw and forehead. Have been using steroid creams, which work really well. But you can only get those on a doctor's prescription in most European countries. And those creams have side effects like thinning skin. I wanted to try a natural treatment. Since using ACV topically I've been 100% eczema free. It's been two years now. I use it as a skin tonic in the evening: 1/3 ACV, 2/3 purified water. Still very amazed that a natural remedy can have this strong an effect, and super happy that I no longer suffer from these embarrassing outbreaks in my face."Replies
06/13/2011: Thomas from Moreno Valley, Ca replies: "hi I have eczema on my face that started developing in high school and I am now in college.. I am starting to try the Apple Cider Vinegar internally and externally. I have not put it on my face yet because im afraid of a reaction. When u say as an evening skin tonic does that mean u rub the solution to ur face or use like a spray. And after it is on ur face r u supposed to wash it after its dry and then moisturize? a step by step process to getting rid of eczema on the face using Apple Cider Vinegar would be helpful."
10/12/2012: Jenifer from Austin, Texas replies: "Everyone in this thread should get the ALCAT test first and foremost. This blood test will determine what foods are contributing to the eczema reaction.... The obvious ones are wheat, milk and chocolate but you could easily be reactive to other foods... Some of which could be fillers in your 'healthy' vitamins. www.alcat.com. This is what I did and boy, did it help. I also lost 30 lbs without dieting!!! Good luck and good health."
06/09/2010: Ann from New York City, Ny, Usa: "I have had eczema all my life, and recently had a big flare up, brought about by a sudden heat wave.
I tried Apple Cider Vinegar treatment, 2 tbls ACV 1/2 tsp baking soda in a glass of water taken internally, as well as 2 tbls ACV 1/2 tsp baking soda in half glass of water applies topically, frequently throughout the day. I am now on my fourth day. I have been using non-organic ACV because that's all I could find, but today I found a raw organic one that I will switch to.
This sounds weird, but I am not sure if it is helping the eczema or making it worse - firstly it seemed to get much worse before getting better, which I didn't mind because that's often the case with a lot of remedies. Signs that it is helping is that the topical application definately cuts down the itching. Seemed to dry out the rash, and after a few days the old skin started flaking off, revealing new eczema free-skin underneath. This is great, but at the same time, each time I put a topical application, the skin goes bright red and inflamed, even the new eczema-free skin. So I am wondering if it's possible that the treatment is helping in one way, but simeoultaneously harming and inflaming the skin in another way? Or is it possible that I am doing the topical application too frequently, and the fruit acids are burning the skin (is that possible?)
Please help, let me know if I should stick with it or not. Also, does anyone have any experience with switching to filtered water helping with eczema? I have heard that fluride and chlorine, which both irritate eczema, are found in increasingly higher ammounts of tap water, and putting a filter on your showerhead and drinking filtered water can improve eczema, but I'd like to hear from others before going to the expense.
Thanks all, and keep up the good work. This site is a valuable resource."
06/10/2010: Linda from York County, Maine replies: "Hi Ann, I can't speak to the chlorine aspect of your post but can say that I stopped using flouride toothpaste and changed to an aluminum-free deoderant last year and my skin problems have improved dramatically!"
07/11/2010: Momof5 from Orange City, Fl replies: "To Ann in NY City. I live in Florida with 2 children with excema. My husband and I purchased a water softener system and it did NOTHING to help!! After purchasing it our pediatrician said that city water is actually better. There also is old folk remedy of bathing in warm but not hot water with a capful of bleach. It is supposed to dry out the skin and kill any infection in the skin. I have not tried it because my son is only 2 and is already traumatized by baths he took with the water softener. He said it burned. "Made his boo boos hot". Hope this info helps you."
12/22/2010: Mary from Gloucester, Ma replies: "Water softening is the reduction of the concentration of calcium, magnesium, and other ions in hard water. These "hardness ions" can cause a variety of undesired effects including interfering with the action of soaps, the build up of scale, which can foul plumbing, and galvanic corrosion. Unfortunately water softeners are not removing fluoride and they are removing Magnesium which is something I supplement my child with because it help to detox. So I'm not sure why anyone would recommend you do this, it doesn't make sense??"
03/28/2013: Missyrez from Tallahassee, Fl, Usa replies: "Re: water filter vs softener. A water softener is not a water filter. Softeners use salt to replace other "hard" minerals dissolved in water and are usually used in homes that are served by a well rather than a municipal water source. A filter physically strains out unwanted additives in the water using membranes with pores of only 1 to 10 microns and filtration substrates such as coconut coir and activated charcoal. Big difference. The shower head filter is meant to remove chemical additives from water at the point of use."
[BETTER BUT NOT CURED] 05/30/2010: Sean from Galway, Ireland: "Just started using acv for eczema which had afflicted me for years now and the results are staggering. Had been previously using steroid creams for the condition but they only offered short-term respite. anyway, while the acv caused quite a stinging effect initially, it has allowed me some interrupted sleep for the first time in years. thanks for the advice."
[BETTER BUT NOT CURED] 03/16/2010: Nvr2fit from Sacramento, Ca: "Apple Cider Vinegar has nearly cured my arms of eczema after only 3 days. I still have slightly bumpy forearms on the tops of both arms, but I am so amazed it is nearly gone. I took 1 tablespoon of ACV 3 times a day so far for 3 days and will continue for 7 more days for a total of 10 days. Incredible since 3 days ago the tops of my arms were enflamed incredibly itchy, unsightly red bumpy patches from my wrist to past my elbows. I have never given my testimonial about anything and had to for this because I am truly surprised it works so well and so fast! I was on the verge of picking up my prescription for Elidel which I knew would only mask the problem rather be the cure, but I was getting desperate as the eczema was spreading up my arm. On top of that with my insurance is costs $160! Bottom line, I'm a believer in the power and potency of ACV and encourage anyone to use it for their eczema. If necessary I know I will use it again and again."Replies
12/22/2010: Mary from Gloucester, Ma replies: "We too got a prescription for Elidel along with three others. We ripped up the prescription for Elidel after reading one of the major side effects was cancer. His Dermatologist had the nerve to tell us we should stop using organic coconut oil because he could develop and allergy. Needless to say we cancelled that follow up appointment and never returned."
[BETTER BUT NOT CURED] 03/02/2010: Valerie from Miami, Florida: "Apple Cider Vinegar helped my 10 year old with her eczema. My daughter has slight eczema since age 2. After moving to Florida, with the ocean and the sun, we forgot all about this ugly condition, but the unusual cold wheather this year has caused her eczema to flare up all over her arms and legs. I tried lots of creams and ointments, but she still scratched her self on a daily basis...I use this site a lot and I went to search for a cure and it worked!
I got a spray bottle and poured 2-3 table spoons of ACV 'organic' and some water to dilute the solution maybe 2-3 table spoons or less, I didn't measure.
I had her spray it on the sores and she said it burned but the itching was gone. After the solution dried I had her apply a gentle, organic face cream to keep the skin moisturised.
She does this in the morning and at night and its been a week and she feels great. Too soon to tell if its gone, but my baby feels better and thats great!!!
Thank you all so much for your wonderful suggestions.
[YEA] 02/05/2010: Jim from Dublin, Ireland: "I had suffered badly from eczema when I was a baby. I had it on and off during my childhood and teens, but nothing too bad. In my twenties it was pretty much not there. Around three years ago (I'm in my early thirties now) it flared up in a big way. I had been trying to deal with it for the past three years and it was annoying but not debilitating. Then about 8 months ago it just started getting worse and worse to the point where I had to take time off work.
I tried cortisone cream and gave it up. I was moisturising with emollients all the time. I tried Chinese herbs and acupuncture, to no avail. Then I came across ACV here. From the first day I tried it I felt better -- I actually felt like a human being again. I was drinking two imperial tablespoons in hot water three times a day and putting it neat on my skin twice a day and letting it dry in and it felt great. I stopped using those horrible emollients which I finally realised are like plastic. I got some pure shea butter instead to put on my skin, as the ACV dried it out for the first two weeks or so and I thought it needed natural moisturisation.
After about two weeks it seemed that when I applied the ACV the eczema felt itchier immediately after (it stings also) but after half an hour that would go away. I could actually sleep through the night without being woken by it. And I felt better in many other ways too.
I've been using it now for the last two months and my eczema has got better and better to the extent that I can say it's cured my eczema. There are still patches that are dry and are prone to get a little bit itchy. So I'm continuing to take ACV, as well as eating well, drinking less alcohol and exercising more. I've been waiting for the day when I could write this, because my life was hell for a long time. Thanks earthclinic."
02/23/2010: The Moon-atomic from Pulaski, Tennessee, Usa replies: "i put the acv on my arm for the first time after reading how its a marvelous cure. so i'm trying it. it stings and burns. but i like it, because it doesn't itch. what is it supposed to look like when i put it on? it looks so red now, but i'm guessing thats good? can you give me some points and tips? Thank you so much :)."
09/28/2010: Dinesh from Wa, Usa replies: "Hi I have been suffering from ECZEMA for the last one year. I tried everything but nothing worked. Recently I came to know about ACV, and want to give a try. Please let me know how to use it. Should I clean it after applying ACV?if so after how much time? Can I use moisturizer after applying ACV? Please help me. -Thanks!"
[YEA] 12/31/2009: Katie from Atlantic, Pa: "First I love love your site I have had a flare up of awful eczema like a beard on my face and have always took lecithin to hold this time i has not helped at all so I started half acv/water in a spray bottle in the shower just 5-10 seconds 6 days later gone I could swear my pores are smaller and my skin is glowing thank you thank you my brother also uses it for dry scalp"
[YEA] 12/20/2009: Penelope from Toronto, Canada: "apple cider vinegar /eczema
Wonderful information here has helped so much. I have finally cured my eczema with ACV. I was reluctant to use it around my eyes and had been told to use cortisone creams sparingly as the eyelids are so sensitive. I was reluctant to try ACV but when I did - presto! Everything calmed down and now a week later, it seems that my problems with eczema are a thing of the past. I used about 1 Teaspoon diluted in a 1/2 cup of water. I applied it twice a day. Wonderful! Fabulous! Thanks so much."Replies
01/21/2011: Julie from O'fallon, Mo replies: "My daughter is 6 years old... Has horrible eczema around her eyes. We have tried everything -- the problem w/ most creams (even non-harmful ones) is that you cannot use them around the eyes. It is on her lids and also under her eyes. Can I use this apple cider vinegar treatment on the top of her eyelids, like eyeshadow, and underneath her eyes, like coverup? Those are the areas she needs it. Also, her elbow cracks and neck. PLEASE -- help. She is in first grade and getting self conscious about it. We have even tried natural supplements from my chiropractor; a gluten free diet, EVERYTHING.... Thank you"
01/21/2011: Linda from York County, Maine replies: "Hi Julie..... I would think diluted ACV around your daughter's eyes would be worth a try..... Maybe dab it on gently with a cotton swab? And, I wonder if Bach Rescue Cream might be okay to use? It's very gentle and helped me a great deal with some itchy skin on my scalp.... Not a cure, mind you, but it gave Some good Relief for a while. A beeswax based balm or lotion Might be helpful.... Best wishes to you in your attempt to make your little girl more comfortable and less self conscious..... Eczema is nasty and uncomfortable..... I've lived with it, to varying degrees, for 30 years and have read that it's considered an auto-immune disorder where skin reproduces faster than it's sloughed off.... whatever the cause, it's very Unpleasant."
01/27/2012: Sierra from Atlanta, Georgia replies: "Hi! My name is Sierra I am 22 years old. I have been suffering from eczema all my life and it has affected my self-esteem. I`ve tried topical steroids, crisco, gloves everything. I itch until I bleed. I am trying ACV today but it is from Heinz because thats all they had I am going to the health food store tomorrow so I will get the kind with mother in it. I am going to see how this Heinz works for now."