Health Benefits

Apple Cider Vinegar Treatment for Dermatitis

| Modified on Jun 29, 2023

Apple cider vinegar is Earth Clinic's most popular natural remedy for dermatitis. Many readers have found relief with this simple and inexpensive treatment. Apple cider vinegar can be used in a variety of ways for dermatitis.

Internal Use of Apple Cider Vinegar for Dermatitis

Between 1 teaspoon and 1 Tablespoon of apple cider vinegar added to a glass of water can be consumed twice a day for dermatitis. This helps with digestion and can improve your body's pH. Sometimes this is all that is needed to resolve dermatitis. It is best to use raw and organic apple cider vinegar, with the "mother." An advantage to using apple cider vinegar this way is that it helps to keep you well hydrated. Poor hydration contributes to skin problems.

Some people do not care for the taste of apple cider vinegar. Apple cider vinegar capsules are an alternative for the apple cider vinegar tonic. The capsules are also convenient if you travel often.

External Use of Apple Cider Vinegar for Dermatitis

Apple cider vinegar can be mixed with water and used topically for dermatitis.

Mix equal parts of raw and organic apple cider vinegar and pure water (distilled is ideal for this.) Spray on affected areas several times a day or as needed. The strong smell does dissipate as the solution dries. For sensitive skin areas or children, dilute the vinegar even more. Even 2 Tablespoons of apple cider vinegar in each cup of water can be effective for skin problems.

Apple cider vinegar can be added to a bath. This is especially helpful for those with large areas of affected skin.  Add one cup of vinegar to a warm bath and soak for 20 minutes several times a week.

Which Is the Best Way to Use Apple Cider Vinegar for Dermatitis?

Some Earth Clinic readers have used apple cider vinegar internally. Some have used it externally. Some have even done both. Since each person is different, you will have to find the way which works best for you. Try the treatment which is easiest for you to use faithfully. If that isn't working, try another method, or add a second method to your treatment plan. Do let us know what you end up trying and how it works for you! And please keep reading to find out how others have used apple cider vinegar to treat dermatitis!

47 User Reviews

5 star (32) 
4 star (4) 
3 star (4) 
1 star (6) 

Posted by Shopaholic (Saint Paul, Minnesota) on 12/05/2014

I have eczema on my buttocks since I was 7 years old. I've tried ointments and creams but it was not cured. I read from a post in Earth Clinic that ACV can treat eczema topically. I followed the procedure of wetting cotton with ACV and applying directly to the buttocks. I got immediate relief from the itchiness after a few minutes. The itch did not occur since then. I decided to continue application until the skin condition is fully healed.

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Niculo (Philippines) on 09/11/2014

I have a 1 year old boy who suffers from ectopic dermatitis. the doctor has recommended cetaphil lotion and cleanser but didn't work well with him. So I tried ACV when his taking a bath. but it didn't give much effect when you rinse it. So what I did I had an empty spray diluted 50/50 of water and ACV, then everytime he feels like scratching the skin, I would just spray some of the diluted ACV. After a day or two the redness is gone but still has to keep his skin hydrated so I put a lil petroleum gel.

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by C (Johannesburg, Gauteng) on 06/26/2014

Acv for eczema or dermatitis: I am applying a 50/50 concentration of apple cider vinegar and water to eczema on my face and then rinse off after a while. I do this twice a day. I have followed this regime for a week.

My questions are:

1. How long should it take before I see progress?
2. the little bumps are still very itchy and not clearing. Is this normal? Should it not have gotten better by now?


Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Alice (Sydney, Australia) on 06/24/2012

I've been doing the Candida Diet (gnarly detoxing along with probiotics, ACV and yoghurt masks) for over a week and have experienced huge improvements, the only issue I'm troubled by is the spread of the dermatitis to the skin around my eyes. When I put the ACV near my eyes I can feel them respond and so I never put it too close, can I? Is the yoghurt mask making it worsen in this area? Are there any other solutions out there?

Preemptive thanks for helping cure my zombie eyes! I sincerely appreciate any advice and wish everyone the best with their health quests.

Replied by Marc

I have been on the same regiment (ACV Yogurt mask, probiotics, etc) and have noticed substantial improvements and am probably in my second stage of die off except around the eye. I was wondering if you have any suggestions on how to beat the candida around the eye?

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Forgetmenot Blue (Green Bay, Wi, United States) on 06/19/2012

I have been struggling with POD for four years now... But it has gotten progressively worse. I thought it was acne for a long while since it started during my first pregnancy, but once the pustules became unmanageable, I saw the dermatologist and was officially diagnosed with POD.

This summer has been the worst. My POD goes crazy in hot and humid temperatures and the bumps and pustules goes dormant during the colder seasons--leaving just a red patch on my skin and little bumps under the surface. Anyways, after going on four different rounds of antibiotics and two different creams, I felt defeated. Then I found Earth Clinic and began reading everyone's posts and got renewed confidence that I could beat this thing.

This thing (I think) is just a symptom of having systemic yeast overgrowth in my body (or Candida overgrowth). Based on a lot of others' advice on here, I began using organic AVC on my face (not diluted, but I'm thinking about changing that because it gets so red from it) and it helped dry out 75% of the pustules--a huge relief since that was what I was most conscious about. Then I began a Candida-free diet last week and began taking Caprylic Acid (anti-fungal) supplements. I began experiencing stomach flu-like symtoms from the dying yeast (also known as yeast-die-off) so I began backing off on the Caprylic Acid supplements. I don't need more toxins in my body than what's already there!

My face seemed much happier on the Candida-free diet even without the antifungal supplment. Then my daughter had her birthday and I totally messed up my diet. And what do you know? The next day my POD flared back up with a vengance!

That convinced me that my POD is yeast related and the only way to truly fix it is to fix what's going on inside me. I bought some high quality probiotics (billions of those buggers in each pill, not millions) from my health store and a Yeast-Be-Gone supplement that is supposed to eliminate the yeast-die-off symptoms. I have also got back on the Candida diet and have been faithful for four days now and my skin is getting much better. What I think is helping a lot too is I open one of the probiotic pills, I add a little water, and I apply that to my face as a sort of sticky cream. I am also doing some organic greek yogurt masks, which has helped with the redness of my skin.

However, I am starting to lose hope again. The Candida diet is crazy hard to maintain. Today I woke up feeling sick and shaky. This may be a yeast-die-off symptom (again), but still, I can't imagine eating this way for six months.

Today I found a website that sells a probiotic system/supplements that is supposed to rid you of Candida... But here's the catch... It also allows you to eat what you want to eat. AKA--no Candida diet.

The website is: Has anyone ever used ThreeLac probiotics before and had good results?

Thanks so much! This site has really helped me mentally and physically fight this skin condition!

Replied by Tony
(Church Hill, Tn, Usa)

Hello ForgetMeNot Blue! I know what you're going through with candida. I'm now in my 6th week of the candida protocol provided right here at EC. It's a tough health condition to get your grips around. I too am having a hard time with anti-candida diet. I'm finally doing much much better on it now after 6 weeks of treamtent.

However, I'm still experiencing die-off symptoms myself. I've had an overgrowth problem since 1996 myself. I just didn't know until recently after going through numerous problems with my health & even hospitalization.

I don't think Ted or Bill hare at EC support the product ThreeLac. I remember reading a pretty lengthy post from one of them about ThreeLac. I can't seem to find that post though right now. Below is a link to the ThreeLac page here at EC: in there! Do you have a support system at home? I've been so grouchy lately none of family can stand being around me! This is a long & tough battle! Try to stay positive! Use the complete protocol from the link below:

Report back to us here again with results! Keep in mind, there are no quick fixes for a candida overgrowth problem. I wish there was myself but there's not! We have to be patient & fight the battle! It's hard but stay focused! We'll see a healthier body & mind once we get across that hump! I've still yet to get across that hump myself! Thanks & God Bless!

Replied by Natstar
(Pembie Bc)

HI POD, Please please please stay in tune with your diet. It's nice that they advertise that you can have your cake and eat it too (lol literally :), but remember, its your body saying 'no I dont like'. Give it time to heal. Sites that say basically 'eat crap and still look like a million bucks' aren't honest. Stay smart;)!

Replied by Forgetmenot Blue
(Green Bay, Wi, United States)

Thanks Tony and Natstar for your responses. Tony, thanks for the links to the other threads. I really hope you feel better soon! Yes, you both are probably right: my body IS trying to tell me something.

It's been a full week since I got back on the Candida free diet for my perioral dermatitis. For two days now the raised rash has been gone and only a couple tiny pustles have appeared during the day which I have removed through the use of _____'s Apple Cider Vinegar/Water mix! My skin is still red and there are definitely underground bumps underneath the skin, but considering that it has been 90 degrees all week and I stay-at-home with my kids in a house without A/C, that is truly amazing!

In addition to my skin getting significantly better, my canker sores are gone and my GI tract has been "normal. " Yes, I think my body likes this diet, even if my sweet tooth (and my husband) don't!

My question is to others who have/are on the Candida diet... when do you start reintroducing stage three foods? And likewise, when do you start reintroducing fruits, milk, and/or products with yeast? I'm assuming it's sort of like dipping your toe into the water with each new food and you wait to see how your body responds, but I thought perhaps there's a good formula to follow.

Thanks so much!

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Ally (Dundee, Scotland) on 06/15/2012

I have just been diagnosed with PD. Like others I started getting a few spots last year which quickly spread into really sore angry spots across my chin. I felt so self conscious. Doctor prescribed antibiotics for 2 months but they weren't working quickly enough for me so I went to a herbal chinese doctor who gave me a herbal cream and concotion of herbs to make tea to drink three times a day and herbal tablets. He said I had too much heat in my blood and recommended laying off spicy foods, lamb, etc. This definitely helped and when I finshed the course I only had some flare ups of small spots and redness but.... Problem was I then in my wisdom tackled the break outs by dabbing on a steroid... And well you all the problem with that. So I spent a good time thinking I was clearing it up when I've made it worse. I finally saw a dermatologist last week and I now have antibiotics again for 2 months, and an emulsifying ointment to wash with and use as a moisturiser too. No cosmetics, creams etc. I am also waiting for a further appointment to get patch testing done to establish if it is any of my regular products which are contributing to this. Of course I am now dealing with the big flare up following stopping using steroid, so had a couple of miserable days. The emulsifying ointment really softens the skin though making it feel more comfortable but it's pretty unsightly. I found this site last night so am off out this morning to get vitamins to try, buy non flouride toothpaste and I put ACV on it last night too.

There seems to be mixed comments though on how long the flare up lasts following stopping steroid - any views? Also some people seem to say it stops altogether and for other it comes and goes - can it disappear altogether? Finally I live in the UK but are there any brands of make up without SLS I could try? I know it's maybe vain but I work in a really public facing job and sometimes a bit of cover up just makes you feel better! Thanks

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Lauren (New York, Ny) on 06/12/2012

Hi everyone. This site has been really helpful. I had horrible dermatitis all around my nose, chin, and side of mouth area. Nothing seemed to help. It's almost gone now after a few months of trial and error, and here's what did it: Apple Cider Vinegar was great as an astringent on my face and in water every day. About 1 tablespoon daily. I also took acidophilus and biotin, though those didn't seem to make a massive difference, I definitely do think they helped some. Then I bought Nixoderm and I use that morning and night. It's great. Then my friend who specialized in natural food remedies told me to start eating lots of cucumbers and cut out dairy. Wow. In just a few days the redness was going away, I had more energy, no more bumps, it's almost completely gone!! I HIGHLY recommend the cucumbers and no dairy combo. The skin of cucumbers is very good for your skin. Lastly - take a look at the stress in your life. Is there something that's bothering you nonstop? I found resolving a stressful situation in my life definitely dimished the bad outbreaks. Good luck!!

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Lindi (Vancouver, Bc, Canada) on 05/14/2012

Man oh man, am I so glad to have found this site! I had seborrheic dermatitis around the folds of skin by my nostrils as a child. I had used a myriad of corticosteroids, which never cured, and did, at best, a decent job of treating redness. Eventually, the SD went away from my face (to later colonize my scalp and ears). But it was quite a releif to have a clear face through my teen years, and into my early 20s.

Now, at 23, I broke out with PD all around my nose. Like many of you, I had just used my corticosteroid cream from my SD for my face... Bad, bad idea. I had been battling the redness with my creams for a month, until a couple days ago my face got much, much worse.

The dermo had told me to stop using my SD creams, and prescribed me something ... A concoction of topical antibacterials or antifungals... I'm not sure, I never bothered to pick it up from the drugstore. I hate dermos and their never-ending creams and stuff that is expensive and doesn't work. :(

I found this site and I'm so thankful I did. Its been 2.5 days now, and my severe PD rash is still there, but VERY mild in comparison, the skin is smooth, and makeup will easily hide the redness. Here's what I did:

Apple Cider Vinegar, diluted equal parts water. I used the cheap ACV I had in my pantry. Its Heinz, so I doubt its "with mother" but it worked anyways. The first day, I really went at it with the ACV. Every 2 hours or so I'd dab a cotton ball or swab into the ACV and water, and dab it on the PD. At first it stings a lot, but it gets better.

I also took some biotin supplements that'd I'd bought months ago, just for kicks, but I doubt that it contributed significantly to my results.

The second day I started putting aloe vera on my PD once the ACV had dried up. I probably only applied it 2-3 times.

Today, I woke up and there was MUCH less redness. There was a considerable amount of flakes attached though. A cotton swab, gently rubbing it while applying the ACV really helped. The skin underneath is a bit pinky, but the inflammation is seriously, considerably less. The margins of the PD have been reduced also. I'm SO happy!!!! I bet that by the end of the week it will be barely visible. I'm so impressed!

Thanks everyone!!

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Bkwrimsan (Lake Forest, Ca) on 01/16/2012

I tried ACV for dermatitis after a doctor prescribed Desonide with no success. After a couple of weeks, I saw no real results - my skin seemed slightly better on the first day, but even with consistant daily applications I saw no major change. Another doctor has put me on doxycycline, which seems to be working fairly well, but is making my psoriasis flair.

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Neels (Charlotte, Nc) on 09/22/2011

Hi all, I have been dealing with PD for 3 months now (Not nearly as long as some of you, I was so sorry to hear that some of you have been dealing for so long. ) My story sounds similar to many of you... Thought it was acne, went to a dermatologist and was perscribed Metronidazole and Protopic. I used both for about a week and didn't see any improvement, however the PD didn't seem to get worse either.

I found this blog and have started to use the ACV (ingesting & topically), yogurt and acidophilus (it's been two days). I have also eliminated products that contain SLS. I would like to say that I think the PD is improving, but that could all just be in my head too.

My question is... How much of the ACV should you drink? How often? How often should you apply the ACV topically? When should you apply the yogurt? Immediately after the ACV? How often? I have stopped using the Metronidazole, was that a good idea? Should I use it again in conjunction with the natural items? Finally... When should I expect to see dramatic results (i. E. Feeling like I can go out in public with out a bunch of red spots all over my face)?

Any advice/suggestions would be a great help! I appreciate what I've read so far and look forward to being PD free soon!

Replied by Michelle
(Reading, Pa)

Wow, just wow. After reading back posts to 2007, having POD for a week doesn't seem so bad. I feel so awful for all of you having it longer and/or not being able to get rid of it! :( I know the looks from people are awful. I didn't like people staring at me even without this!

Other than being extremely drug sensitive, I've never had any allergies of any kind. I did use a topical steroid on and off for a few months about 7 years ago, but no acne drugs ever, never taken birth control, no sinus problems, haven't had an antibiotic in years, haven't worn makeup in years, haven't used toothpaste in years (but baking soda), no fluoride in the water and yet for some odd reason I woke up one morning last week looking like a clown. So I guess that leaves stress? Which I do have. A lot. My nerves have been shot for years. Anyway, it's all over my cheeks and now creeping on my upper lip and now I have a spot on my nose too (probably payback for joking that all I needed now was a red nose and little car to jump out of... ). I'm on day 2 of the ACV and also alternating honey (which really helped with the itch) and coconut oil for moisture but so far haven't seen much in results, except the additional spot appearing on my nose. I already have done 2 detoxes and a liver detox this year, and have been taking acidolphilus for 8 months now including B, C, A, E, D, Lysine, NAC, krill, chlorella, calcium, magnesium, zinc, and switched to sea salt (due to Fukushima, btw guys, PLEASE look up enenews. com for your health) so I don't understand! ? Maybe it has stopped progression? But like I said, a week and a first time sufferer I don't have much to go on for comparison except my condition isn't nearly as bad as some of the pictures I've seen.

But what has given me some relief is calendula ointment in that it's taken a lot of the redness away and calmed it down some - at least I can move my face somewhat now. I also started taking skullcap per the recommendations of the Native American Medicine Woman I see as she's convinced it's nerves in my case and actually, that did take the jolt out of my system somewhat even after the first pill - apparently it's much used for that and I now see why. So I've decided to keep up the ACV for 2 weeks so I'll see how that goes and continue doing what I've been doing. *crossing fingers* I've also stopped using shampoo until I can find a good one, used olive oil for cleansing over the past week, but now found a good soap SLS-free just in case (but who would want that anyway right? So I'm going to stick with that too. ) It's Yardley's English Lavender.

Hopefully next week I can follow up and say it's all gone. Regardless, I thank Ted and the site and you all for your wonderful help and wish everyone the best of luck too. And again, please become aware of the radiation issues too and what you can do to protect yourselves as there's at least 3 melt-throughs, at least 5 more reactors open fissioning since March, and they are now burning the contamination, so we're all being constantly dosed with these hormone disrupters and will be forever soooo :(

Bless you all!

Replied by Amanda

Look up Dermatitis Herpetiformis - If this is what you have you could need to avoid Iodine (buy Iodine free salt, stay away from dairy, and other foods high in Iodine) and avoid Gluten foods and Gluten products (lotions, make-up, shampoo, etc).

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Mmcgraw (Hamilton, Ontario) on 08/08/2011

This website essentially saved my life! I was at the end of my rope after having the worst outbreak of my entire life the other week! I have had POD for 10 years and I am only 23. My family doctor would say it was Eczema and prescribe me steroids or vitamins. It has taken a very emotional toll on myself and confidence. My boyfriend always said it never bothered him but it always has bothered me. I would have dry red skin on my chin and above my lip.

Recently after seeing a different doctor he prescribed me metrogel and doxycycline then the POD spread to my cheeks, nose, chin.. Basically all around my mouth and cheeks. I then went off of the prescribed medicine and only used vaseline, which helped a bit. I decided to try a new cleanser without SLS (which I think may be the trigger) then I goofed up and put moisturizer on after washing my face. The next day I woke up to the worst outbreak of my entire life! I had risen bumps, red sores and tiny pimples all over!

I did some research and found this site! So ran out and bought some ACV.. Even though my friends and family thought I was crazy that it would only make it worse. It was like a miracle! My skin was almost 90% better after two days! I had big sores and bleeding and after 2 days they were healed! I put on the ACV in the morning and at night. It hurt like a bugger! But I figured that was because of the open sores, well it still stings and I have no cuts, it almost hurts more now actually! Not sure why? I also drink the ACV Now I am just waiting for a little bit of the pinkness to go away and then it will be all better! The only issue I have now is the flaking. I still get the flaking really bad and have been putting on vaseline to keep it somewhat moist. Does anyone know of a moisturizer that I can use?

Replied by Mmcgraw
(Hamilton, Ontario)

I think I may have spoken too soon. My face was completely clear of the POD on sunday after a week of using the ACV and now it is back- not as bad but still very red and dry. I started right back up with the ACV but diluted. I stopped using the ACV for maybe 2 days after my skin was normal, do I still need to use it even after my skin is clear? Or has my skin become immune to the vinegar? Has anyone had this happen to them? Also I'm using virgin olive oil after I put on the ACV to moisturize now, I hope this doesn't complicate things anymore.. I was so relieved and happy and now its back again. Ugh!

Replied by Jay
(Toronto, Ont, Canada)

To Mmcgraw from Hamilton, Ontario: For starters, you would be much better off using organic virgin coconut oil rather than the olive oil to moisturize. It is very good the skin and hair and is naturally antibiotic and antifungal.

From my experience, this type of skin condition acts like a fungus in the sense that it will withdraw or appear to go somewhat dormant in the area that it is being attacked. It spreads to other parts of the body and returns to the skin once the attack (your ACV treatment) has stopped. You need to attack it vigorously on several fronts if you want to totally eradicate it. This inclued a strong probiotic because the gut is usually the main hiding place. Go to refrigerated section of a good health food store and buy a probiotic with at least 6 different strains of probiotics and follow directions on the package. You need to continue taking these and continue with the ACV for at least a month after you feel the skin condition has been resolved to have some confidence that the problem has been eliminated.

Replied by Mmcgraw
(Hamilton, Ontario)

Thanks very much! I appreciate your advice! I just got back from the health food store and got some probiotics, coconut oil and Apple Cider Vinegar with the mother. I was using heinz and I'm wondering if that affects the results at all? I also picked up a yeast detox called "candigone" Has anyone used this? Would it be a good idea if I tried?

The coconut oil feels great btw!

Replied by Loveandbread
(Bohemia, Ny, United States)

Aloe vera from the plants is best.

Replied by Yeisa
(Ashford, Al/ us)

Apply yougurt on the affected area for 20 -30 minutes and you would see all the flaky skin going away. It will leave your skin smooth. I've tried and it worked wonders, it reduced the flakiness and the redness. This is my second day using yougurt, vinegar, oregano oil and calendula, I am seeing some improvements. I guess I need to be patient.

Replied by Erica
(New Jersey, US)

You should use coconut oil to moisturize.

Replied by Amber

Maybe try calendula cream? You can buy it from a health food store or a chemist. Try and get a fairly pure one. My skin tolerates that when its very irritated and flaky. Or maybe rub a little Extra Virgin Coconut Oil in to your skin? Look it up on this site and see what people say about using it on skin, but it's great for a whole range of ailments, a bit like the organic ACV (which I swear by for loads of things).

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Jill (Novi, Michigan) on 08/04/2011

Day 5 of using ACV, yogurt and Acidophilus. My skin is looking so much better that I cancelled my appointment with the dermatologist for today. Can anyone recommend a moisturizer to use though? The skin under my nose is very dry and peeling, but looks so much better underneath. Such a relief, I can't even tell you.

Replied by Jas
(Calgary, Canada)

You should take a fresh aloya vera leaf and rub your face with it's juice. Twice a day.

Replied by Janet
(Kendal, U.k)

I have found the same thing happens to my skin, but use almond oil and that works it, s useful has a carrier oil too for such has lavender, which is also very beneficial.

Replied by Francisca
(Michelbach-le-bas, Alsace, France)

Jill, you could try marigold cream. I find that it works quite well on chapped skin for example. Or else just try any kind of oil for a while and see what works best. I can think of Castor Oil, Avocado Oil, Jojoba, Rose, Almond, etc. I am sure something will work for you!

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Shahin25 (Chicago, Illinois, Usa ) on 08/04/2011

I have had PD for 6 going on 7 months now. I was on the ZNP Bar and Topicort for 3 and a half month. I stopped doing anything then my face got worse. Then I went back to the derm and he gave me Desonide 0.05% I used it for 2 or 3 weeks (can't remember) then I did research and realized how horrible steroids were for my face. I went off everything completely. I started using Virgin Coconut Oil for 2 weeks which made my face look better but I need something more radical.

I began taking ACV 3x a day in 8oz of water, 2 capsules of probotic (acidiphilous), 1 EFA (essential fatty acids-omega 3s, 6s, & 9s), and applying ACV topically twice a day. I started the ACV diluted then a week ago I began undiluting it. It has now been 4 weeks my face looks much better, but it still is really noticeable. A week ago I started using raw honey and it has greatly reduced the redness, but the papsules on my chin are still there and you can still see the PD. It is really bad near my nose, it is a crusty redness. It does look better, but it seems everyone gets relief within 2 weeks. I'm scared it is not working or I am doing too many things. I think I will stop taking the EFA's. I bought Biotin and will start taking it. I also bought some manuka honey. I am going to stop putting ACV on my face when I start using using the honey. I intend to keep it on all day long as well as through the night. I will continue taking the ACV 3x a day. I also bought SLS free toothpast and will see if that will help. Can any advice me. Should I stay with the manuka honey and ACV, but dilute it again? I am worried that doing all this is hurting me not helping.

The PD is under my eyes, above my eyelids, on my forehead, on my nose the sides, all around my mouth, and of course on chin I have papsules everywhere. I look like a clown. It looks better, but still it doesn't look as it is close to going away. It just seems extremely stubborn and I don't know if I should give it more time or what. I go back to school in 2 weeks and I am losing hope. I really don't want to go back with my clown face.

Replied by Loveandbread
(Bohemia, Ny, United States)

to Shahin25: I've been suffering from POD for about 5 months now and I also have to get back to college in a couple weeks so I definitely know how you feel.

I haven't tried honey so I don't know how to use it/if it's good to use it but the best advice I can give is to keep using the ACV. If you have sensitive skin like me, use 5 parts water, 1 part ACV and use it as a toner 2x a day. Drinking it with a lot of water also is a good idea. Go back to your derm and ask him for a better topical (I'm using metronidazole for redness and am taking minocycline orally 2x a day for the next 6 weeks. ) I think this and the ACV may help you.

The oral will knock out the bumps on your face, it did for me in about a week and a half. Use the ACV for redness as it seems to be helping you. I think you should do a combination of medicine and ACV to really help before school starts.

I hope things work out for you.

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Kc (Los Angeles, Ca) on 06/22/2011

I diagnosed myself with PD after a discouraging appointment with my dermatologist who gave me hyrdocortisone which would work for one day then my PD would come back (and charged me $75-140 a visit w/ health insurance). It started as a small area close to my lower lip and had spread to my entire lower lip and sides of mouth skin area. I really started freaking out and began my search online. I read tons of the posts here about apple cider vinegar and decided to give it a chance before I went back to the derm. I started taking probiotics (acidophilus included) and the ACV (topically and ingested). And it worked!!! My PD is ALL gone, I can't believe it and am soo happy. I really didn't think it was gonna work as well as it did.

At first, I put the ACV straight on my skin (twice a day) and it stung, bad! But I liked it because I thought it meant it was worked. The tiny bumps disappeared quickly but the redness got worse. I think it got worse though because I was burning my skin with the ACV. So then I started diluting the ACV to about 1part ACV and 3-5parts water. REDNESS GONE! The whole process did make my skin dry and flaky so I used pure aloe vera (from the plant) which worked ok. After about a week with only dry flaky skin around my mouth I used a little bit of my cerave face moisturizer and it solved my dry skin problem. I use the diluted ACV soultion once a day or every other day ( for fear that it will come back) and don't use any moisturizer around my mouth. I'm sooo happy!!! Thanks everyone for your posts! You're the reason I'm posting right now, to let you know that your comments aren't falling on deaf ears!!

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Marxxmox (Tampa, Florida, Usa) on 06/18/2011


Yea, I have been suffering from dermatitis for about 8 years. I don't have symptoms every day just about every month or other month. I first noticed an outbreak when I was seventeen. I was going to a homecoming dance. I must have been nervous because my whole face broke out. I went to to a pharmacist and he advised me of cortisone. Then as I have gotten older it happens every time I have an important event to go to or when I am stressed. It happened at my brothers wedding, while I was the best man. I still remember that day. They really didn't include me in the pictures because they thought I was having an allergic reaction and isolated me. This really hurts my esteem, in addition to being 5'7 I have to deal with a red fxxking face. It's not fair. I tried everything from a pharmaseudical stand point.

I am finally deciding that I don't want to rely on a corporation to determine my health. I am trying ACV, besides the smell its wonderful. I have been using it for a day now and its dried out my rash. The rash feels tighter. When I rub the ACV it stings, but I know its working. I need to know an effective schedule to use the remedy. I am noticing a possible side effect. I am constipated.

1 2 3 4