Apple Cider Vinegar for Seborrheic Keratosis

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Apple Cider Vinegar for Seborrheic Keratosis

Apple cider vinegar is an effective natural remedy for seborrheic keratosis. This inexpensive remedy is easy to use and often works quickly.

How to Use Apple Cider Vinegar to Treat Seborrheic Keratosis

When you use apple cider vinegar to treat health problems, you should use raw and organic apple cider vinegar. If this is not available at your regular grocery store, check at a health food store or online.

Use a cotton ball or q-tip to apply undiluted apple cider vinegar to your seborrheic keratosis twice a day. Try to keep the apple cider vinegar from touching healthy skin.

If your seborrheic keratosis is located near your eyes, dilute the vinegar before you apply it. Add 1 tablespoon of vinegar to 3 tablespoons of distilled water and use that mixture near your eyes, still being careful to avoid contact with your eyes.

Continue reading to learn how long it took Earth Clinic readers to treat their seborrheic keratosis using ACV. Have you tried apple cider vinegar for your seborrheic keratosis? Please share your experience with us!

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Posted by Dr K (Scotland ) on 07/22/2021
3 out of 5 stars

I have been reading about this as a treatment for seborrheic keratosis and wanted to just add a reminder that vinegar is an acid that can cause skin damage.

For example, there are numerous case reports of skin burns from apple cider vinegar.

Lots of people seem to have success with this method which is great. The benefits of using vinegar should be weighed against the risks of using it too. I may try it myself one day - but with great caution. Occlusion (use of bandages over the area) may increase the risk of burns. Using acid near the eyes is especially dangerous. potentially catastrophic.

Replied by Deirdre

I agree, ACV can burn the skin so you must use it cautiously and not for very long.

I used it on a pimple on my chin that sprung during a national karate competition something like 15 years ago. I had brought ACV with me to drink for energy before my big fights (haha) and decided to use it to get rid of my pimple fast the night before. I put it on a cotton ball and held it on the spot for a few minutes twice in about 12 hours as I recall.

Yep, the acv caused a much bigger trauma to the area than a small pimple and I looked like I had been either cut, burned, or punched hard in the chin (karate competition, so a possibility). Then it formed a big scab and took forever to heal. Never did it again! 😂

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Posted by Paul (Milwaukee) on 06/25/2021
5 out of 5 stars

Unbelievable I am so happy!

My Seborrheic Keratosis WAS located on my scalp above my right temple and was starting to show through my hair line. Over the last two years it has grown from dime size to a monstrous half-dollar sized ugly brown spot.

I set up a dermatologist appointment but he was booked for over a month so I still would be waiting two more weeks until the removal appointment. Being impatient I started doing research and found this site with all the reviews about removing the seborrheic keratosis with apple cider vinegar.

I applied the Apple Cider Vinegar that I found in our cabinet and started applying it with a Q-Tip 3-4 times per day.

It has been a bit over two weeks of treatment and literally like 10 minutes ago I went into the bathroom to check it out because it felt itchy and about 80% of the seborrheic keratosis just peeled off my head leaving behind perfectly healthy skin underneath.

A truly miracle of a treatment. Saved me hundreds of dollars and hair loss from the treatment the dermatologist would have done.

100% recommended. I literally can't believe it. I never do holistic medicine or at home remedies. Glad I tried it!

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Posted by Marina (Australia) on 09/19/2018
5 out of 5 stars

I'm another ACV success story. I have a few spots under my breast and the dermatologist couldn't do anything for them. I successfully removed one a year ago by rubbing ACV on the spot for 20 minutes a couple of times during the day. It made it look worse before it looked better. I only tried one spot that was the darkest, the largest, the oldest and the most raised to test it because I was worried it may get infected given its location. It was red raw and and seepy for a few days so I placed pieces of cotton fabric to soak up the moisture and keep the area clean and dry. It took a couple of weeks but it healed nicely and apart from a bit of slightly darker area surrounding the spot, there is not much evidence it even existed, despite me having it for ten years. I'm now repeating the process on the rest of them all at once this year. It's a little uncomfortable and it burns a little but nothing unbearable. I prefer a little pain than the constant itch I had from them rubbing on my underwire bra. As I experienced last year, they should heal up and get itchy one more time before they disappear forever.

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Posted by Dennis (Springfield, Ma) on 04/11/2018
5 out of 5 stars

I had a seborrheic keratosis on my left cheek just below my eye. About the size of a pencil eraser, it has been there for about ten years. It was unsightly, but also subject to cutting when I shaved. I read about the apple cider vinegar treatment and although skeptical, gave it a try. Well I can tell you, I was amazed at how well this worked. With 2 applications a day for about a half hour each, in 10 days the thing is 95 % gone. Total cost for ACV and cotton pads was less than $10.00. We'll see if it comes back, but I'll start treating it right away. Thanks so much for the advise.

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Posted by Mc (Ontario) on 03/16/2018
5 out of 5 stars

I have has a quarter-diameter keratosis on my temple; it's been ther for a year.

My Derma appt is in April, but I couldn't wait because it is so obvious. I tried tea tree oil. Peroxide. Nothing.

I have tried ACV now going on 1 week and the spot is shrinking and fading. Stay tuned.

Replied by Suzanne

Hi there, I'm in the first stages of using apple cider vinegar on a large brown wart on my back and as I went to scratch it I've noticed that it seems to be peeling at the top of it! I got scared and put the plaster back on tbh, fingers x

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Posted by Steve (Durham, UK) on 03/04/2018
5 out of 5 stars

I have had one large area of Seborrhoea Keratosis on my face for nearly 20 years, growing slowly att the time, another one appeared above my eye brow last year, growing quickly. I had them both checked out by my Doctor and specialist, not harmful and no real treatment.

I read about Apple Cider Vinegar and started to apply with a cotton wool ball twice a day, the new growth above the eye brown completely disappeared within 3 weeks, the longer standing growth, after 3 months, most of it has gone and is probably about 10% of what it was and continues to reduce...amazing results!!!

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Posted by Alan (Bedfordshire) on 01/08/2018
5 out of 5 stars

Acv worked a treat on 'senile wart'.

I had one of these on my temple, about a centimetre in diameter. Applied Apple Cider Vinegar on cotton wool then stuck it on with a plaster, felt a slight burning at times so assumed it was doing something. After 7 days I put after sun lotion on it which softened it then it peeled off like magic. I was sceptical at first but happy and surprised with the results.

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Posted by Gillian (United Kingdom) on 08/22/2017
5 out of 5 stars

Tortured with this unsightly seborrheic keratosis (sk) for 10 yrs now- hospital wouldnt touch it as it was on my chest area an would leave a dimple/scar on my breast if removed. Found Apple Cider Vinegar home remedy-bottle of magic- I've been treating my sk since end of june and its disappearing before my very eyes!

Mine was quite deep and over 1 cm almost 2 in size hence it has taken a couple of months- I expect 2 be sk free in a matter of wks-perhaps a light reddish brown mark will be left but I'll take that over the unsightly almost deep black pitted thing I once had! Highly recommend the Apple Cider Vinegar route.

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Posted by Bunny12 (Texas) on 07/29/2017
5 out of 5 stars

This method works. I didn't even use the organic kind because I had the regular apple cider vinegar and wanted to try it right away. Mine was gone before I had a chance to buy the organic apple cider vinegar. I'm hoping gone forever, but we will see.

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Posted by Susan (Virginia) on 05/27/2017
5 out of 5 stars

I had a seborrheic keratosis lesion on my left arm that was being irritated by my bra strap. I'd had others on my back removed by my old doctor using dry ice so I knew what it was. (That hurts! ) I asked a new health care professional about removing this one. She was going to refer me to a dermatologist, but said they probably wouldn't remove it, since "they didn't do that anymore." I had some time before the appointment with the dermatologist, so I tried the ACV method. I soaked a small piece of a cotton ball in the ACV, put it on the lesion and covered it with a band aid. It worked within two weeks! No pain, no scar. I cancelled my appointment.

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Posted by Kd2017 (Atlanta, Ga) on 04/03/2017
5 out of 5 stars

I tend to be skeptical of natural cures until now. I had a Seborrheic Keratosis on my bra line for about 7 or 8 years. I figured there was nothing I could do and it would always be embarrassing. My husband is obsessed with Apple Cider Vinegar so much that we kid that if we stun our toe, just out some Apple Cider Vinegar on it. Anyway, I decided to give it a try. I soaked a cotton ball in it and applied overnight with bandage tape. I also put on Vaseline/Neosporin around the healthy skin so it wouldn't bother it. The first and second night of stuff. I made it like a hour the second night. But the thing started turning white. Sure enough, on day 4 it started to rub off after a shower. By day 7, the thing was not there anymore. It's two months past and it is still gone. Just wanted to report in case someone else wanted to give it a try. Now my husband loves acv even more. Ha!

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Posted by Jackiesprat (Los Angeles) on 09/03/2016
5 out of 5 stars

I was diagnosed with a Seborrhoeic Keratosis by a dermatologist. She said there was nothing she could do aside from surgery that would scar and it was benign. I went to Earth Clinic and found someone who applied Apple Cider Vinegar 3-5 times a day. I poured some Apple Cider Vinegar in a widemouth jar and put q-tips nearby it so whenever I passed it, I'd apply it. Applied Apple Cider Vinegar 3-8 times a day. The first 2-3 weeks, there were times it sort of itched and I would scratch it and pull off a layer of skin. I applied undiluted apple cider vinegar and it stung a bit, then as the weeks went on, there would be no stinging. I think this is when it was fully gone. I still apply the ACV just in case, but I see no more seborrheoic keratosis. I love Earth Clinic and am so thankful for other people's experiences, other wise I'd have some big ol' growth on my face.

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Posted by Jennifer (Northern Ireland) on 06/12/2016
5 out of 5 stars

My seborrhoeic keratosis appeared over a few weeks, then over 3 weeks became more puffy and was changing colour daily. It became black and was really ugly! It was on the side of my head and could be seen when I wore my hair up. I was really worried and horrified! I paid £150 for a private consultant to look at it. She said that for a further £450 she could cut it off. It would however scar and hair may not grow. Since she said it wasn't sinister I decided to wait for my nhs appointment. Even though I drink apple cider vinegar in boiling water every morning, I was sceptical and scared! Anyway I did it for an hour the first night to check for irritations then followed it with 3 overnight soaks. I am absolutely amazed and delighted!!! It is slightly red and a tiny bit is still there. I am going to do another night. I only used apple cider vinegar. It was enough. I cannot believe it!!! Thank you so much! 👍👍👍😊😊😊

Replied by Emily
(Los Angeles)

Did you use a cotton ball soaked in apple cider vinegar over the area?

Replied by Glenys

I find ACV (with 'The Mother') works very well with thick crusty ones but not well with paler, less crusty growths. Not nice are they?

Replied by Anne

ACV should be raw when ingested in order to get the full benefit of it. If you add it to boiling water, it will destroy all the good bacteria (the "mother") that aids your gut flora. My daughter had acne until she started to drink raw ACV and now it's gone and her skin glows!

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Posted by Teriinttown (Tacoma, Wa) on 05/27/2016
5 out of 5 stars

My Irish Dad, was covered with these barnacles (seborrheic keratosis) of all colors. I was horrified when a first large black one appeared on my back. Earth Clinic to the rescue! I used apple cider vinegar 2 or three times a day for about 5 days and the thing just peeled off like a sticker leaving nice clean skin underneath. My advice is maintenance. Use ACV as soon as they appear before you look like the bottom of a barge.

Replied by Teriinttown
(Tacoma, Wa)

I had a mess of these in the small of my back that had been there a long time, and the population continued to grow. I became aware of the extent of the problem after pictures from a recent trip to Hawaii.

I tried many of these remedies and found these things simply would not go away. It is difficult to treat the small of your own back, too, so perhaps my application was not sufficient. The more I treated them, the more my back itched, but they still wouldn't go away. I finally got rid of all of them at once with a deep chemical peel. Amazingly, the peel didn't hurt very much, and only on the few good patches of skin left.

I did tons of research on these things and here is why I believe they often appear on the back, hairlines, bra lines and places like that. These things are dead tissue: skin cells mixed with oils that are not sufficiently exfoliated, and that is why they appeared so prolifically, and only, in the small of my back where it is impossible to scrub with any real pressure.

I believe a body salt scrub at an Asian spa every couple of months will prevent these going forward. (Once the skin has completely healed from the chem peel.) Perhaps that is why many Asian women engage in this ritual regularly and we probably all should.

(Virginia, USA)

I believe that this keratosis is a fungal overgrowth. ACV kills it good!

Replied by Adrienne

My father, half Irish, said the Irish have a "gift of gab" (likely an Irish expression). You've certainly got that! Ha! Ha! Thanks for relating your experience. I'm going to try it on my Danish husband who has facial barnacles. :-)

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Posted by Njd (Nj) on 04/16/2016
5 out of 5 stars

Just adding my results here for anyone interested. I had a seborrheic keratosis on the side of my head. It first appeared out of nowhere about 1.5 years ago as what looked like a small flat discoloration (light brown). Over the course of 1.5 years it slowly grew in size, eventually became raised, and the color turned from light brown to dark brown. Like many seborrheic keratosis, it was also bumpy. I went to two dermatologists within a 1 year span to get opinions. The first one said not to bother with it unless it bothered me (at that time it didn't bother me, but as it grew to about 2cm in dia and became darker/raised, it did bother me). The 2nd dermatologist wanted to cut it off. Both said it would scar if cut off and I would not have hair regrowth in that area. It didn't seem to bother them, because they wouldn't be the ones walking around with a nickel sized bald spot on the side of their head. Neither suggested freezing it, or any other alternatives. Cutting/removing was the only way.

Frustrated, I came online to look for remedies. I tried tea tree oil, and that appeared to be working, but it was a VERY slow process. I read on this site about the Apple Cider Vinegar, so that morning I stopped at ShopRite and got a bottle of (their brand, $1.49) ACV. I dipped a q-tip in it and applied it when I could, but on average probably 3-5 times a day.

Literally, within 3 days the seborrheic keratosis had dried up into a scab-like form. By the end of the 3rd day it was partially peeling already. After 5 days, with my help, it came off completely. After, I did scrub it while in the shower to make sure it was all gone. What was left underneath was a reddish spot. At that time I stopped the ACV and switched to Neosporin twice daily. Today is the 8th day since I began with the ACV. The spot is healing nicely. It is still pink/reddish, but I imagine that will take a while to blend in. Will keep an eye on it, but I think I am cured. Very relieved as I will not be losing a chunk of my hair, and the unsightly growth is gone! Hopefully this helps someone else out there! No more anxiety of having to have a bald spot on the side of my head!

Replied by Ray

Wow, that's exactly what I have on my head, both my temples have about 3 or 4 of these SK, at first they were very small, didnt bother me, but over a few years they started to get bigger and are now slightly darker, more like brown to black. They are fairly flat with a very slight rise in them and have a textured feel to them. I went to my gp but the NHS wont remove these as its cosmetic they say. I rang a few private dermotologists who want around £500 to remove these SK, with either cryosurgery or using Curette. I dont have that kind of money so im gonna try this ACV treatment. Today I bought Aspall organic Cyder Vinegar, using a qtip I applied it undiluted onto the SK, I did this about 3 times today, so will see how it goes in days to come, will keep you guys posted...

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