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Apple Cider Vinegar   48  2   

Posted by Cchi541 (Auckland, Nz) on 07/31/2011

[SIDE EFFECTS]  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!

Posted by Vincent Rosaldes (Manila, Philippines) on 06/15/2011

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!

Replied by Jay
New York, Ny
Can you wear moisturizing gloves after putting ACV on your hands when going to bed?
Replied by Vincent Rosaldes
Manila, Philippines
[YEA]   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.

Replied by Sleepysin
Brooklyn, Ny
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.
Replied by Grdmag
Blackfoot, Idaho
You may want to stop the Vit C. you are trying to de-acidify and the C is fighting that.

Posted by Indiefem (Ottawa, Ontario) on 05/31/2011

[YEA]  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!

Posted by Vcw (Winston Salem, Nc) on 04/27/2011

[YEA]  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.

Replied by Hariz
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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 :'(

Replied by Lanos
Socalif, Usa
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.
Replied by Sheila
San Diego, Ca, Usa
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.

Replied by Sheila
San Diego, Ca, Usa
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.
Replied by Phoebe
Doylestown, Pennsylvania
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!
Replied by Sheila
Ft Worth, Tx
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?

Replied by Sheila
San Diego, Ca
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.

Posted by Candice (Baton Rouge, La) on 04/12/2011

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!

Replied by Hellenahandbasket
Hamilton, On
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!!
Replied by Heidiho
San Diego, Ca
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!

Posted by Sasha (Kailua, Hawaii) on 03/26/2011

[NAY]  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.

Posted by Lauren (Bracebridge, Ontario Canada) on 03/02/2011

[BETTER BUT NOT CURED]  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.

Posted by Tasha (Windsor, Pennsylvania, Us) on 02/17/2011

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.

Replied by Kay
In The Valley, Ca
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.

Posted by Ruby (Beverly, Ma) on 01/24/2011

[NAY]  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.

Replied by Francisca
Michelbach-le-bas, Alsace, France
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.
Replied by Allison
Los Angeles, Ca
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.
Replied by Mellyg
S. Jordan, Utah
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.
Replied by Ellen
Sherwood Park, Ab
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.
Replied by Eleny
Graham, Wa
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.

Replied by Jay
Toronto, Ont, Canada
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.
Replied by Debbie
Melbourne, Australia
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.

Posted by Karen (Great Falls, Mt Usa) on 01/19/2011


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.

Posted by Sammy Itches (Lawrence, Ks, United States) on 12/17/2010

[YEA]  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.

Posted by Just Me (New York, United States) on 10/12/2010

[SIDE EFFECTS]  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.

Replied by Zsaqwe
Brownsville, Texas
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.
Replied by Just Me
New York, United States
Ok, thanks a lot. I bought the Apple Cider Vinegar with mother..... How much of it should I be drinking a day?

Posted by Susan (Chicago, Illinois) on 08/07/2010

[YEA]  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!

Replied by Mommyj
Bristol, Ct
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?
Replied by Six_r
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.
Replied by Clinton
Surrey, British Columbia, Canada
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
Replied by Patti
Seattle, Wa, Usa
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.

Replied by Cloudpoof
Holmdel, New Jersey
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.
Replied by Lily
Brisbane, Australia
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.
Replied by Reader
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.
Replied by Susan
Chicago, Illinois
[YEA]   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 :)
Replied by Angela
Va., US
Thank you for the update! I also have the same kind of hand eczema and am giving the ACV remedy a go again. The last time I tried it wasn't long enough apparently. I also am drinking it internally and have drastically cleaned up my diet and am limiting inflammatory foods. So I really appreciate you saying that your eczema has stayed away--this gives me hope!

Posted by Parshel (Surrey, Bc Canada) on 07/10/2010

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

Replied by Mary
Gloucester, Ma
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 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.

Replied by Jon
Thousand Oaks, Ca
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!
Replied by Gentlebreeze
Sanford, Fl
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

Posted by Telecandy (Amsterdam, Netherlands) on 06/26/2010

[YEA]  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.

Replied by Thomas
Moreno Valley, Ca
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.
Replied by Jenifer
Austin, Texas
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. This is what I did and boy, did it help. I also lost 30 lbs without dieting!!! Good luck and good health.

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