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Apple Cider Vinegar Treatment for Dermatitis

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Michael (Red Oak, Iowa) on 02/23/2009
5 out of 5 stars

This is my third posting about using apple cider vinegar since September, 08. Pretty right off the bat my dermatitis got 95% better. Then I went through around 3 months where patches cylced in and out on my face and scalp, but continuing to diminish. Now, I would have to say that my improvement has reached 98%. It's not perfect, but very, very good. I am so grateful for the people who run this site as well as for the fine people who contribute. This is an extremely well vetted site, with intelligent and respectful input. None of the hysterical, profane, tell-you-a-miracle-for-a-fee shysterism. Thank you again. This is internet as it is supposed to be.

FYI, I use ZNP Bar (zinc pyrithione soap bar) from Steiffel Laboratories as shampoo and face cleanser. It does a really good job of loosening and removing patches of dry skin. I then apply apple cider vinegar generously to my scalp and then blow-dry my hair. I follow this with facial application of vinegar. I quit using organic vinegar because it was just hard to get and have been using regular good quality Del Monte Apple Cider Vinegar. It seems to work at least as good as the raw organic vinegar, if not better, plus it doesn't have the raw ingredients which seem to smell more and coat my hair with gunk. My hair is silky and shiny, looks healthy, which is all to the better. A lot of gain for little cost and effort.

I think I would avoid using store brands of cider vinegar because they say that they are made of "distilled vinegar with cider flavoring"--which seems to indicate to me that it is not actually Apple Cider Vinegar per se. There is not much of a difference in price for name brand which state "contains apple cider vinegar." The raw organic vinegar costs considerably more, although nothing compared to the various and sundry bogus salves, unguents, lotions, and cortisone, steroids which I used in the past. I would not be surprised to find out that it is the acetic acid in the vinegar which is the helpful element, and not the apple cider, but I haven't been brave enough to switch to white vinegar yet. If anyone has, I would be pleased to hear about it. Thank you.


Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Jen (Portland, Maine) on 12/18/2008
5 out of 5 stars

I also have been suffering off and on from Perioral dermatitis. I was using a steroid cream I had prescribed for something else. Big Mistake. I had to go through the 2 weeks of awful withdrawals, but luckily I had been warned how bad it would be from this site and similar ones. Definitely DELUTE the ACV and make sure you get the ORGANIC as well.

I mostly used this topically, as I find the 2 tbls really hard to drink, even with juice, BUT when I do it really helps out heart burn for like a week at a time just from one dose!:) I use ACV every other day at least. It will burn like heck at first, esp. on delicate skin-my was very bumpy, peely, and pink from withdrawal reaction.

What ever you do...quit your steroids. I was also on Flonase for my mild allergies; I thought back to when I first was prescribed that and it correlates to the first signs of my PD!

Best of luck- It has been about 5 weeks since I quit the cream and started using ACV and I have hardly any red left and only 1 or 2 tiny remnants of a bump. :)

2 more tips:
Crush up an aspirin and mix it into plain organic yogurt-on those bad days- make a soothing mask and relieves the swelling of the bumps a little.

And also rest your face in your clean hands with cold water in the sink. This seems to help a little as well.


Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Jenna (Philadelphia, PA) on 11/21/2008
5 out of 5 stars

I guess i have had this mouth rash problem for quite some time now but never admitted to having a problem. I blamed it on allergies. Now that i think about all the mornings i would make Green Tea and press the warm tea bag on my face. This helped temporarily, really just stopped the irritating feeling, never took away the discoloration. It has been 48 hours since i first used the ACV applied by a cotton ball (2 morning applications, 2 night applications) My face has not looked so good in years. I am 25 and have had this for about 8 years now. Wow am i happy i learned this trick from you guys. I will be starting my probiotic supplements when they get delivered and will be sure to try out the yogurt too. Thank you so much. If i could see you guys i would hug you :)


Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Teresa (London, London) on 09/13/2008
5 out of 5 stars

I had to write and leave feedback as another testimonial that ACV is a miracle cure. I have suffered with Dermatitis/ Rosacea (the doctors couldn't decide what it was) on my forehead for 6 years. I used steroid creams for years that controlled it but never cured it but even they stopped having an effect in the last year or so. I saw ACV testemonials on this website so I tried it. Within a day or 2 the ACV I applied had stopped the spots appearing, the the redness and swelling went down. I use it every night and i'm now free of all symptoms - it only took about a week to cure it all together! It's so so frustrating that doctors don't/ can't tell you about these things. Thank you so much to this website - It's changing a lot of people's lives.


Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by JG (Los Angeles, California) on 07/12/2008
5 out of 5 stars

Dermatitis herpetiformis & ACV: i was struck by repeated bouts of what a dermatologist diagnosed as herpes zoster or shingles. went through a valtrex treatments each time the rashes appeared on my arms and legs. slowly emerging and very itchy bumps that would, over two weeks, become clear liquid-filled bumps. i suspected it had to do with infected scratches from dog toenails, as i was working with rescue dogs. lo and behold, it was - and my sister, a doctor across the country, had suspected dermatitis hep the whole time. it was much later that i stumbled upon ACV as an excellent cure that speeds up the cycle of the rash. i soak a gauze square with it and tape it to the affected area changing it in the morning and at night. such a relief to have a non-med cure! also, i have found that if i wash the scratched area immediately with anti-bacterial soap, it can prevent the rashes.:)


Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Christine (Pasadena, CA) on 04/21/2008
5 out of 5 stars

I am just so delighted and amazed and I hope to have continued improvement.When I was sixteen I had PD and was put on prednisone and given the allergy tests. For months I had this embarrassing rash around my nose and mouth. At 43 I again started to get this rash that has not gone away despite all the normal medical recomendations. My life is very stressful and skin inflammation is one of the results of that. Praise God, because after putting the organic apple cider vinegar on my rash, it is starting to dissapear after 7 hours. I have spent so much money and time trying to get rid of this as it is such an awful rash. At first, it got itchy and red, but it is starting to feel better and I did not expect that the first day. Mine was an oozing, spreading rash that was starting to travel to my chin. I did the steroid route last time I had this, yes it helped short term, but perhaps that is why it came back 20 years later.

Thank you so much for helping me, all you friends you have suffered from PD. I will keep you informed about how this continues. Blessings, Chris


Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by June (Sheboygan Falls, Wisconsin USA) on 03/11/2008
5 out of 5 stars

Hello Friends! I have used your site many times to look up remedies for common ailments, thank you for being here! Over the past 6 months, a rash has come and gone. It started after a nasty sinus infection and was limited to the areas just under my nostrils. I figured it was due to the sinus infection, but once the infection went away, the rash was still there. Then it added a few little spots at the end of my eyebrows. Slowly, it began to spread the the entire area around my nose and mouth, but not ever touching the lips. It would come and go and each time I would use a prescription steroid cream and it would seem to help a bit, but the rash keeps coming back more fierce than the last breakout. Finally, when this last flareup was so bad that I couldn't go out in public, I came here and read about ACV, have been using it topically and ingesting it, and it's working already. I have confidence that it will clear up in no time. This past weekend, my composite PH level was a shocking 6.0! My diet is 80-90% organic and I thought I was very healthy, I was surprised that I'm acidic. So HERE'S MY QUESTIONS: Is this perioral dermatitis? (I was basing the determination strictly on photos and descriptions I've found on the internet.) Is it related to my PH level? Is it possible it's the mites you write about? Will the ACV be enough? Should I add the Borax solution as well? Thanks again for being here, I refer to your website for every little thing that ails us! Keep up the great work!


Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Sergio (Medellin, Colombia) on 03/10/2008
5 out of 5 stars

Apple Cider Vinegar. Worked great on dermatitis on my face, base of the nose and eyebrows! Just once a week and the problem is gone.


Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Don (Missoula, Montana) on 02/20/2008
5 out of 5 stars

Here is my 2 cents. I have had an ongoing rash on my cheeks on both sides of my nose for about a year off and on. I considered spices and alcohol as culprits but even stopping both completely did not solve the problem. I read about ACV here and had nothing to lose. 3 days of topical use and my face cleared right up. That was over a month ago. (I have added spice and alcohol back with no problems) And in case you are wondering about the drinking.. it is only maybe a bottle of vino per week. Also the ACV was not the mother" but regular store bought stuff that did leave a nice burn upon application. ONE MORE USE: 2 weeks ago bringing in wood for the fire. Something on the wood left an immediate skin rash on the left inner arm where I was carrying the wood. Red, bumps, itch..... ouch! I mixed up white vinegar with baking soda and applied and the itch left, the swelling went down and the rash was gone in 2 day.. 3 days later it reappeared and I reapplied just white vinegar and it is gone. Not sure what was on the wood.


Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Lynda (Los Angeles, CA) on 12/08/2007
5 out of 5 stars

Hi! I have had dermatitis on my arms since I was a child, and have bought those nasty psoriasis/dermatitis tar treatments that smell terrible, are expensive - and don't work!! The label says dermatitis is incurable, and that is FALSE! I tried putting ACV on a cotton ball and applied it to my arms once a day - the dermatitis is gone! It works! Thank you so much.


Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Kathy (San Jose, CA) on 11/24/2007
5 out of 5 stars

I feel so fortunate to have found this site. Though my skin is usually problem free, I had contacted a really bad case of some sort of dermititis. Flaky, scaley, red patched on my cheeks, chin, in my eyebrows. My family history has eczema and psoriosis and I was freaking out that suddenly my face was victim to my family history. The skin on my nose was peeling off like sheets of phylo dough. Being a believer in natural remedies, and one of the millions of uninsured persons in the US, I needed to find a natural solution. Plus I was on the job interview circuit and could not show up to an interview looking like a victim of a bad skin peel job. I read about others on this site using ACV and the success they had using this topically and drinking it. I immediately began applying it to my face 2x a day, and drinking about 2 TBS 2x a day. It did sting the raw/affected parts of my face at first. To calm the burning feeling I used a little bit of Eucerin Calming Cream 5 minutes after applying the ACV. The cream used for burns, so I figured it was worth a try. The cream was great, I only needed it for a few days. As my skin started to heal, the burning was less and less. It took me a few days to get used to smelling like a salad, but once the odor evaporated the benefits were so worth it. Within 3 days my skin wasa 80% better. After 5 days 90% better. It's been a little more than a week, and my skin is looking healthy, and cured, by 100%. The skin on my face is once again soft and smooth, no dry patches. I'm hesitant to stop using and drinking the ACV because my skin condition was so bad before. I'm getting ready to travel and am trying to figure out how to fly with ACV - it is a natural miracle for distressed skin!


Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Simone (Miami, FL) on 07/21/2007
5 out of 5 stars

Hi, I am trying out the ACV for my contact dermatitis and it seems to be giving me tremendous relief. I also am applying a drop of oil of oregano to water and dabbing it on. This is also helping a treat!!


Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Erika (Toronto, Canada) on 04/24/2007
5 out of 5 stars

hi I'm erika from canada, i was diagnosed of contact dermatitis last march i dont have this b4 maybe i got this from a glycolic peel now i have sensitive skin i cant use make up at all b'coz it reacts easily to may skin. until i found a site about th acv. .i dont internally use it but i put some on my face like i tbs 2x day believed it or not the rash is gone my acne is gone now is april i can tell you since i started putting acv on my face together w/ lemon for the acne my skin is clear. that's the truth and I'm really happy of the result.. so anyone who suffer from acne or allergy why not try this first. you will know the wonder of the acv. it works for me.. hope this will help .. God bless us all...mwahhh


Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Kim (Westport, MA) on 02/06/2007
5 out of 5 stars

My dermatitis skin rash disappeared in 24-48 hours using ACV. I read your site about using apple cider vinegar, the testimonials is what made me start to use it. So I purchased Heinz apple cider vinegar and began drinking 2 tbls in green tea 3 times a day for two days now, and applied topically the vinegar to the affected area and low and behold my skin is smooth to the touch no scales or chapped skin left. I am so amazed! I also notice a boost in energy and an overall sense of well being. I will purchase the _______s version from the health food store so that I receive the whole benefits, but in the short time I have been using this, it's just short of a miracle! If you live with something for years and have tried everything and I mean everything to no avail, and something simple and over the counter (Apple cider vinegar) comes along you try it at least once...and for me the taste isn't too strong, its so worth it! I will keep drinking it and I will also apply some of the other stuff I have read on her like the blackstrap molasses! Thanks Earth Clinic for being here!


Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Kara (Austin, TX) on 01/16/2007
5 out of 5 stars

I had a severe case of contact dermatitis from a reaction to a new "anti-aging" cream i bought. The doctors took pictures and said it was one of the worst cases they had seen. They gave me an Rx for prednisone. Thank God I checked this site first. I applied ACV diluted in purified water to my face 3x per day and it completely cleared up within three days!! I cancelled the Rx. I LOVE ACV, and my skin looks better than when I used all of the expensive creams and lotions.



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