Apple Cider Vinegar Remedy for Perioral Dermatitis

May 23, 2018

Apple cider vinegar is the top cure for perioral dermatitis at Earth Clinic. Many of our readers have found healing for this tenacious health problem with a remedy that is already in many kitchen cupboards!

How is Apple Cider Vinegar Used for Perioral Dermatitis?

Apple cider vinegar is mixed with water and applied to the face once or twice a day. Many of our readers find the best solution is 1/2 apple cider vinegar and 1/2 water (preferably distilled or spring water.) This is applied to the affected areas of skin with a cotton ball, in a spray bottle or with the fingers. If skin is very sensitive or if skin is broken, it may be necessary to dilute the vinegar even more. Even 1 tablespoon of vinegar in a cup of water may be strong enough to improve perioral dermatitis.

Some of our readers find it helpful to take apple cider vinegar internally as well. A typical apple cider vinegar tonic is 1-3 teaspoons of apple cider vinegar in a glass of water, once or twice a day. It is generally best to start with the lower dose to make sure the tonic agrees with your system. Increase the amount slowly over days or weeks if desired.

Many readers find that following up with a skin nourishing moisturizer helps as well, since apple cider vinegar can be drying to the skin.  Castor oil, shea butter, coconut oil or calendula cream are some great moisturizers for those who suffer with perioral dermatitis. Petroleum jelly and other products with chemicals would not be good choices as they are likely to aggravate perioral dermatitis.

Side Effects of Apple Cider Vinegar for Perioral Dermatitis

Some of our readers find that apple cider vinegar is drying to the skin. Others find it stings the skin.  Some find that it causes the skin to redden temporarily. If you experience side effects, try diluting the vinegar more, or rinse it off after 20 minutes.

Have you tried apple cider vinegar for perioral dermatitis? Please share your experience with us!

Continue reading and you will find our readers stories about the use of apple cider vinegar for perioral dermatitis.

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Posted by Anne (Las Vegas, Nv) on 04/02/2018
5 out of 5 stars

Over 6 months ago, I noticed the area around my mouth becoming super irritated, dry, and scaly. At the time I just thought it was dry skin and put all kinds of lotions and chap stick over the inflamed area. It would work for a day or 2 and then the area would become even more irritated. The skin constantly burned and itched. It looked awful and was extremely red. I just learned to deal with it, but after months of irritation I couldn't handle it anymore. I finally made an appointment to the dermatologist. They gave me some samples of a cream that was meant for eczema. The second I applied it to my face it burned and turned the entire bottom half of my face blazing red. I washed it off and iced it but the pain would not subside. I would cry about it everyday not only because of the pain but because of what it was doing to my self esteem. Even putting makeup over it did not look good.

I finally read about apple cider vinegar. I mixed equal parts of water and apple cider vinegar. I applied it to my face using a cotton ball. The first couple of days it burned, but I was willing to try anything. I let it dry for a minute or so and then put cetaphil lotion on it. After 5 days the rash was almost completely gone. There was no more itching or burning and I finally had relief.

Posted by Alexandra (Detroit ) on 03/14/2018
4 out of 5 stars

Ok so I used to get PD occasionally and I had no idea what it was. My lazy ass dermo didn't seem interested enough to even look. So I took it upon myself to research and I realized it was PD. I was so upset becaus I break out so easily and I finally had a steady routine and PD just ruined it all. I read for hours. I finally tried ACV and it seems to be working but drying out the skin. You MUST be patient and calm. Do not pick. Hopefully it will be healed in a few days.

Posted by Pandora (Toronto, Ontario) on 02/12/2018
4 out of 5 stars

2 years ago, I developed what I thought was seborrheic dermatitis on my face. My whole face became, red, blotchy, scaly and painful. I distinctly remember sitting my desk trying to work, scratching above my eyebrow and a huge chunk of dead skin falling off into my hand. It lasted for over 6 months. First bumps would appear, then they would flatten out, and scale over, eventually they would peel and I would have normal skin for a day or two before it would start again. I was depressed, withdrawn, and did not leave me apartment except to work and buy food/products that I hoped would help my skin. I did try ACV at that time, but I stopped when I didn't see results after a few days. That was probably a mistake, or at that point the infection was too severe.

My Dermatologist put me on Protopic (steroid cream) and antibiotics. I used it for a few months and it my rash disappeared. However, I was doing two other things at the time that I think helped. I was using a face cleanser that contains the same ingredient used to treat scalp dandruff. I also started covering my whole face in Vaseline after reading that it would “starve” the bacteria on oxygen. The first night I put Vaseline on, my face burned which I interpreted as the fungus dying.

I was left with normal skin, with a lot of hyperpigmentation because I had been so rough with trying to get rid of the scales. I think what happened is that the steroid cream kept my symptoms at bay while I continued to use the cleanser, which eventually killed the bacteria. I stopped using protopic after a few months the rash did not come back. Occasionally, I would see a bump or two, apply protopic and it would go away. The hyperpigmentation eventually faded.

In Oct 2017, I decided to go off of my oral contraceptive. In January 2018, I entered into a new relationship and so restarted my birth control. That's when I started getting bumps beside my mouth. Acne cream did not help, neither did the protopic. After some online research I self-diagnosed myself with perioral dermatitis.

From my experience two years ago, I knew how bad this could get. I was terrified and determined not to go back to what had been. My Dermatologist cannot see me until April! After reading all the reports on ACV on EC website, I bought some organic AVC and began to apply it to my face, followed up with calendula cream. I applied it full strength, I was diluting at first, but when done full strength I could see the “fizzing and bubbling” that others have mentioned. The PO active areas on my face would show white bumps. After the areas stopped reacting (2-4 days), I apply a diluted ACV solution to keep it from coming back.

I applied it not just to my mouth, but my forehead, nose and cheeks. I did this because in the past that's where the bumps would occur and fade. Sure enough, there was PO, hiding in this area too. The ACV definitely made my face worse before it got better.

Using it full strength caused some bad drying of my skin. Some patches look like burns. Even with the calendula cream, y skin was tight and I looked tired and wrinkly because of the dry skin. I returned to using Vaseline after the calendula cream. This made my face feel comfortable and normal. The dry skin began to fall off and the skin underneath was smooth.

I started using this treatment 2 weeks ago. The PO is not gone, but is remarkably better. My skin is smooth, not red but a light pink. I am going to continue to use ACV and hopefully can get rid of this for good. I intend to tone with diluted ACV solution morning and night from now on.

Other things I am doing

  1. Since I could not get the Born to be Mild cleaner anymore (they don't ship to Canada), I bought a soap on with the same zinc ingredient. It's not drying on the skin. I wash my face with this before applying AVC

  2. I take a probiotic, multivitamin and zinc supplement at night. I will stop the zinc after the PO is gone, because there is such a thing as too much zinc in the system. It can make you sick.

  3. I put AVC and turmeric in my green tea every morning. No more than 2 tsp of ACV, usually less

  4. I am not going back on oral contraceptives. I am going to speak to my doctor about other options

  5. I have been a vegetarian since the age of 10, about 75% of my diet is vegan.

  6. I do use makeup to cover the PO when I go out. Probably shouldn't, but I am not as brave as some. Just concealer and foundation. I use Tarte and Bare Minerals.

  7. Talked to people about what was happened. When this happened before I just hid at home and cried. This time, I was honest with the people in my life. I told the guy I was seeing about it before he saw me for our next date (he said he didn't notice anything, sweet guy) I told my friends about it and how scared/upset I was. When people ask “how are you?” I am honest and say “I'm having some skin issues actually; I'm pretty self-conscious right now.” The support has been immediate and I don't feel like I am hiding. From a mental health standpoint, it's helped.

I know my use of Vaseline may be controversial to some on this site. Most sites agree that it is not good for PO. But in my experience it has not made my skin worse, and everyone's skin is different.

Good luck everyone!

Replied by Pandora
Toronto, Ontario

Update: The ACV continues to dry out and heal the active PO, but new spots keep forming. Toning with a diluted solution does not keep it from coming back. Still looking for a routine that will stop it from developing.

Replied by Littlewing

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Posted by Bellahive221 (California ) on 01/19/2018
5 out of 5 stars

Had a breakout with PD and used 3 part water 1 part ACV and used a cotton ball to apply it to my face cleared it up overnight (mild case) wasn't too severe, burned at first but felt soothing soon after work up to no PD

Posted by Canada (Toronto) on 01/07/2018
5 out of 5 stars

To comment on the success of using ACV

I have gotten perioral dermatitis around my nose for about a month; and was given antibiotics which were to be applied on my noise twice a day for two weeks; by using it, the bubbles and rash did disappear until I stopped using it.

Therefore I decide to try something different and came across ACV. I applied organic acv raw on the area. The bubbles started bursting into little dots of blood, and obviously hurt and burned. The next morning I woke up with a massive red and irritated skin therefore I almost got discouraged to keep on applying ACV; however after reading lots of comments I continued doing so twice or three times a day without washing it off.

May I say that On day 3; my dermatitis was completely gone.

I highly recommend to NOT use any antibiotics; most of the doctors are not even sure how to cure it with them; and by trying you are damaging your liver for life.


Hope it helps.

Posted by Gina (Auckland) on 12/30/2017
5 out of 5 stars

About 3 months ago I noticed a small rash on my face-chin area. My partner suggested I use his steroid cream, the next day the rash was gone. I used the steroid cream for the next 3 months about 1x a week when I noticed the rash, it would be gone the next day. 3 weeks ago it showed up again one morning and seemed to be worse than usual. I realised using this cream had been going on for too long and it obviously wasn't the solution. I decided I'd leave the rash this time and see what happened. I woke up the next day and the rash was covering my mouth area from my nose to my chin and the sides. It got worse over the next few days-very raised like scabs, itchy, sore and difficult to move my mouth. I didn't leave the house for a week. I've never been so thankful to work for myself.

THANK GOODNESS FOR THIS WEBSITE. All of your reviews is what has gotten me through these 3 weeks. My partner kept telling me to go to the doctor, I didn't see the point after it seems antibiotics have not been a great solution for anyone. I am now happy I have stuck with my own method and didn't follow his advice!!

These are the steps I took: based on your reviews and lot's of googling

-Applied apple cider vinegar to my face with a cotton ball. 1/2 vinegar 1/2 water - I read it is important to dilute to avoid scaring. I did this a couple of times a day to begin with then moved to 2x a day- in the morning and at night. It seems to dry it out and the skin then dries & falls away. It's a process of drying, and flaking, drying and flaking.

-I used coconut oil as a moisturiser. I applied it after the apple cider vinegar.

-I washed my face 1x a day at night with a wash cloth and some warm water. I used the cloth to very gently exfoliate my face a little.

-I used bentonite clay every second day. I added 1 tablespoon of Apple cider to the clay and applied it. My face was red for an hour afterwards but I found it left my face feeling a lot smoother. I will continue to use this as a mask.

-Started taking zinc and vitamin D supplements. I will continue using the zinc for skin health.

-Started using a fluoride free toothpaste & sodium laureth sulfate free shampoo. Will also continue with these

-I drank a glass of green tea & bone broth every day. I drank 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar with water 2x a day.

-I cut out alcohol, dairy, sugar, carbs and starchy vegetables

I stared getting the rash after I had a missed miscarriage and had an evacuation of the womb (d&C). I don't know if this is somehow related to the rash. I do think it is linked to my diet as I eat a lot of sugar. I have researched the candida diet and it seems like a candida overgrowth may be a likely cause. It makes sense to me that what I eat affects my skin.

The first week and a half I followed a no sugar, no alcohol, no carb diet-basically the candida diet. The next 2 weeks were tricky as it's been Christmas so I have slipped up a bit when it comes to sugar L

It has now been 3 weeks since my rash was at it's worse. It is now almost completely gone. I still have a few tiny red spots that seems to be lessening a little more every day. And I still have dryness around this area.

I will look at completing the candida diet properly once I am back home in a few days as I think this is the real cause and solution.

The past few weeks have been a great way to learn about my diet but it's been such a horrible experience having this disgusting rash covering my face. I highly recommend the natural method over using creams & antibiotics. If you're in the worst of it, know that it will disappear even if it takes 3-4 weeks! Keep up with the apple cider and healthy diet changes. Your patience will be tested. Thank you to everyone's reviews, I reread them everyday to keep me going with this lengthy process.

Replied by Shelbydz
Merrill, Wi

After reading your review I am planning to try your regimen for my PD. I have been battling it on and off for 29 years my only significant relief was after each of my children were born. I thought this worth mentioning because of your notes on a miscarriage (I am sorry for your loss. I have been there and it is hard. I have always said it must have some hormonal elements. Best of luck and thanks for the tips!

Replied by Gina

Hi Shelby Thank you so much for your kind words. Best of luck for your recovery xx

Posted by Jjuneau (Alberta) on 11/30/2017
5 out of 5 stars

WOW so happy I found this page and all these reviews and testimonials. I have been very lucky my whole life and have not suffered from any skin issues up until a few days ago when I noticed rough patches and small white pimple like bumps on my upper lip and bottom of my chin. I panicked right away and set about trying to figure out what it is. I started just layering on the moisturizer thinking it was just dry skin but nothing really changed. Finally after reading descriptions about POD and seeing photos, I self diagnosed myself with the condition as well. Finally coming across this page and the countless people claiming ACV was the cure, I made the 50/50 solution and began dabbing it on. Washed off after 20 minutes, put on a pretty thick layer of moisturizer and went to bed. Woke up and almost ALL of the bumps were gone. It just....dried up and went away? I couldn't believe it. Now I use ACV over my entire face as a toner and am trying to rid of all my unnatural products. I also began washing with honey for an exfoliator. SO thankful so everyone here for their stories and cannot recommend trying ACV enough. Natural is the way!

Replied by Penny
Loule, Portugal

Hi, I am a bit new to this, have been reading through all the posts from the last couple of years....I'm 51, long past menopause and I have POD, started as a rash in early September, I have never used makeup or chemicals on my skin other then coconut oil for around 8 years. I had started and new shampoo which I now know has SLS and I have begun 2 months of a high quality pro biotic to maybe clear some intermittant bowel problems. My rash is completely around my mouth and nose and my right eye is encircled. Have been clear of all creams now for almost 5 days just using ACV. I'm still inflamed, sore and a little itchy. I also use Kombucha and have done for about 7 years.

For now trying nothing else but am flying home to N.Z in 3 weeks for a major family reunion which I have been looking forward to all year! Sadly not anymore..... :( I am interested to know if many other also have the Herpes virus as I have had most of my adult open to ideas but not really wanting to try the antibiotic route. Cheers

Replied by Teena
Melbourne, Australia
97 posts

Hi Penny

Please research Ted's pages on granulated lecithin and lysine to assist with the herpes virus. Lysine build the immune system and granulated lecithin binds with toxic oils on the liver to allow excretion. You may think you do not consume toxic oils but considering even pure cold pressed Olive oil should not be heated to fry temp, hate to think of those canola etc types cut with chemicals and heated in the processing. So the vegetable oils attract heavy metals and environmental toxins. Lecithin lets them out of the body. Cook only with heat stable oils: coconut, lard and ghee.

With the Acv, are you ingesting or just using topically. Suggest consuming with baking soda as per Ted's recipe. I am fan of kombucha also and you may try applying some or even the scoby to your rash. Some mother's have cured their baby's cradle cap by applying scoby during bath time! I have also added kefir to my ferments as am working on gut health, husband's diabetes and brothers Crohn's.

Note that with natural treatments, it often gets worse before it gets better. Good luck

Replied by Mary

Kombacha tea has fungus in it. Type in kombacha+fungus. What you have could be fungus related.

As far as herpes virus I have found colloidal silver helps, it did me. The secret to using the silver is you take it for up to six months to try and kill most of the virus, but when stressed it can come back, than use the silver topically.

Take 2 tablespoons or more daily for 6 months use topically whenever the itch starts.

Maybe it is the virus you have on your face?

Posted by Meredithb (Saint Paul, Mn) on 09/11/2017
5 out of 5 stars

This article on natural cures for perioral dermatitis has absolutely saved me!! Thank you! I've had POD pop up around my mouth and eyes a few times in my adult life, but its been most aggressive in the past year. I was most recently on oral and topical antibiotics for 6 weeks, as prescribed by my derm, but after I tapered those off it came back with a vengeance! I tried just doing the topical antibiotic for several weeks but saw no change. I was very, very close to getting my prescriptions refilled for both antibiotics, but decided to research some other options first. I'm so glad I did!!

This article is a little overwhelming with things to try, but I decided to start with apple cider vinegar since several people mentioned it and I already had some on hand. I'll outline what I've been doing below. In about two weeks time my POD has nearly disappeared. There are still a cluster of red spots, but they get better every day! They are no longer oozy either! Just slightly red and a bit flaky.

Here is everything that I did over the past two weeks. I wish I knew exactly which of these made such a difference, but honestly it wasn't hard to do all of these things together and it has made such a difference!

1. Didn't wash face with anything but water

2. Cut out all body products (shampoo, conditioner, soap, etc etc) with Sodium Laurel Sulfate. I usually use all SLS free stuff, but had a free conditioner from a friend that I had been using with SLS in it. If a product doesn't have SLS in it, it usually doesn't have other nasty ingredients like parabens and synthetic fragrances as well.

3. Used a cotton ball with apple cider vinegar on it to gently dab on the affected area 2-3 times daily.

4. Took 1 tbsp ACV with 8 oz water every morning

5. Used a face mask of bentonite clay mixed with ACV every 3-4 days. 1 tbsp ACV mixed with enough clay to make a thick paste. Smear all over face and leave for about 20 minutes and rinse with cool water. It made my entire face very red for about an hour after removing it, but then that starts to go away. Immediately after using this mask I see an improvement in the POD.

6. Switched to a flouride free toothpaste

7. Stopped making out with my boyfriend!! Seriously though, he has been out of town for about 10 days during this whole process and my POD has gotten so much better! I'm no sure if its his beard, lip balm, etc that might have been aggravating it, but I will be paying attention to what happens to my skin after he gets back.

8. Cut back on sugar, grains, and alcohol. I know these foods mess with my body already, so I tried to cut back even more than normal.

9. Started taking Zinc and Vitamin D supplements

I've had acne since 13 and then throw this POD on top, I just felt like I'd never have clear skin! After two weeks of what I listed above, my skin has never looked better! I really encourage you to give this a few weeks before you head to the doctor.

Posted by Deanna (Queensland Australia) on 03/21/2017
5 out of 5 stars

I had perioral dermatitis a while ago for about a year and a half, it really makes you feel awful, and look awful. I tried so many things but nothing worked and I finally took anti biotics which did work, but my skin took a long time to recover, as I had had the condition for so long, and had spread and caused a lot of damage. I was free of it for about another year, and my skin has finally been good.... until I suddenly started developing this awful rash again on my chin!! I was so devestated! It's been there now for a few weeks, and I hated the thought of going on weeks of Anti biotics again. So I thought before it gets too bad I'm going to try again to find a natural cure, and saw ACV on this site, I tried it just three days ago, and it is well on its way to GONE! I have been using half ACV half water a few times a day, and it's disappearing. I am so relieved that it's working, and if it ever comes back again I'll go straight to the apple cider vinegar!!!

Replied by Nelda Sanchez
Holland, Mi

I've been reading the reviews on Perioral Dermatitis and I am just amazed as to the findings that people have experienced using ACV. I've had mine for years and tired of taking antibiotics and using the prescribed cream. It's not working. I am going to start trying the ACV and coconut oil for a moisturizer. I did want to ask if anyone would know, I have now been diagnosed with idiopathic uticaria and I thinking if I drink the ACV as indicated by everyone do you think it may help this as well. I have stopped using a probiotic, but I think it makes sense to start it again. My concern with the ACV is how long do you drink it? Would it be wise to drink it forever or just when my condition flares up? If anyone has any advice it would be greatly appreciated.

Replied by Michelle
Saint Paul Mn

Hi Nelda,

I was just diagnosed with Perioral Dermatitis today. I had this rash for a few weeks around my mouth/nose and thought I could just treat it with eczema cream. Since that didn't work and it only got worse here I am researching alternative remedies. Why, because when I finally went to the doctor what I got was the diagnosis and a prescription for Doxycycline. I don't think antibiotics are the answer (for much of anything of this nature) and from what I have read today I would be right. It might be a short term solution but the condition often returns worse than before. I am also going to discontinue my use of Flonase/Fluticasone which is a nasal steroid for allergies (which I suffer from) and avoid fluoride in any form. I am going to try an ACV, Coconut Oil and Colloidal silver mixture on my rash in the coming weeks. I also ingest ACV & Coconut oil regularly in a elixir designed to prevent colds & flu. Coconut oil is also excellent for use in "Oil Pulling" - google it - to remove toxins from the body. Plus you can fry eggs with it!

I hope this helps and I wish you the best of outcomes with your PD.

Replied by Laurel
5 out of 5 stars

I've had red bumps around my eyes for about 5 months and recently went to a dermatologist and was diagnosed with periorificial dermatitis. the dermatologist prescribed antibiotics and a topical gel and told me to wear absolutely NO cosmetics, NO moisturizer or cleansers, water only. I used the topical gel for a few days and saw slight improvement with redness but the bumps were still there. I refused to take the antibiotic as I am aware of all the negative side effects to the gut. I looked online for a natural treatment as I do not like using any prescription drugs and found this page.

I started using ACV both internally and on my face and saw immediate results. I'm still not wearing any cosmetics which has been very hard because I'm in the beauty industry, and was wondering if anyone could tell me what they've been doing as far as cosmetics are concerned. Can I wear cosmetics and a moisturizer and do they need to be only natural or can I go back to wearing anything? I also wanted to mention that I have had gut issues for 30 years, leaky gut, candida yeast and have mostly eliminated bread and refined sugars from my diet and have had great improvement with my gut over the last few years since doing this. So I find it very interesting that people have commented on this issue being related to the gut. My doctor told me this condition was caused by cosmetics. I'm still not sure what the cause is, as I'm also going through menopause and was told hormonal changes can also be the cause. I will continue to use the ACV until this is completely gone and I'm thrilled that I found this page so I could use a holistic remedy, so thanks everyone for your stories and suggestions.

Posted by Lizzy (York, England) on 12/05/2016
0 out of 5 stars

Hello I am suffering from perioral dermatitis. I have had it for about 10 weeks. Have been to my gp and he gave me rozex which I used for 2 weeks which worked but then came to a standstill. I then read up and found this site and have been using apple cider vinegar for a week which does seem to be working but it is still very red And sore and seems to have spread around my eyes? It's really starting to get me down and I feel very self conscious. I have cancelled a lot of social plans as I'm terribly embarrassed. Please let me know if there's anything else I can do or if I'm just been impatient. Thanks Lizzy

Replied by Mmsg
Somewhere, Europe

Lizzy, you can dilute the ACV. And you can also put coconut oil.

Posted by Wendy (Gold Coast Au) on 09/27/2016
5 out of 5 stars

I am just so happy that I can finally write on here and say that ACV helped my PD!! I tried zero therapy (not wearing makeup almost killed me! ) anti fungal creams antibiotic cream and yoghurt masks mixed with probiotics. I made an appointment to see the dermatologist because it had been 6 months of it being around my chin and nose area and I was just so over it as you all understand.

I thought that I would just try the ACV as a last resort while waiting to see the doctor & after 2 & a half weeks its 95% better and I'm positive that I will have it cleared up completely in the next week or so. All of the bumps bar 2 have gone and my face is now smooth and doesn't flake when wearing makeup. I have some redness still but my skin type takes ages for redness to disappear even after a small pimple.

I just used leftover ACV that I had in my pantry for I don't even know how was OLD! I hammered my skin with it every time I went to the bathroom I put it on. I know people on here were saying they did it twice daily & I'm not saying you should do what I did just telling you how I did it. My face looked terrible the rash was way worse so so red and the bumps were really inflamed for almost 2 weeks and I was getting a bit edgy that it wouldn't heal. But everyday it seemed that 1 or 2 bumps would be inflamed then flake off and wouldn't come back so although it was slow I could see that it was slowly working.

I had some minor success previously using baby rash zinc cream but that seemed to only take the redness out of the rash and not actually heal the bumps) so I decided to use that help take the redness out of my face after using the ACV so I wore that to bed for 3 nights in a row and I just can not get over the difference it really is amazing.

I just got a new bottle of ACV the the other day with the mother and will continue using it until my face is 100% clear. My advice is try it & stick with it, for me it didn't heal up overnight like some peoples did and perhaps if you have a really bad case it might take 3-4 weeks... Oh & yes it stings but totally worth it!!

Thank you to everyone that took the time to write on here and tell their story it really helped me so much :)

Replied by Sara
Bay City, Mi

I just started using ACV last friday for my PD and I have noticed a difference. It doesn't feel prickly or hurt when I touch my face. I do agree it stings, but not for long. I was reading that it's better to dilute it so it doesn't sting as bad. I have been using straight ACV on a cotton ball 3x a day. I think I will start diluting it. From now on I will be using ACV for my PD instead of what my Dr. prescripted.

Posted by Rose (Phoenix, Az ) on 08/31/2016
5 out of 5 stars

After trying to apply ACV topically, I started ingesting it instead, as described as a possible cure for acid reflux. And it work! I think that I have finally linked for myself that my POD was related to acid reflux after being perscribed Prilosec and having my face clear up immediately. I added two tablespoons to a tall glass of water each morning and it clears up my POD better than anything else I have tried over the past three years to get rid of it.

Posted by Sasha (Abu Dhabi) on 08/29/2016
5 out of 5 stars

I suffer from PD (perorial dermatitis) and over time I realised that its just a natural way of my body telling me that I'm lacking in a healthy balanced and nutritious diet.. the apple cider vinegar (ACV) would sting my skin and when it healed it would dry up my skin. The best way is to drink it is with diluted water daily and immediately change my diet to improve my vitamin intake with fruits and vegetables.

Posted by Leo (Lisbon, Portugal) on 08/06/2016
5 out of 5 stars


I got perioral dermatitis from using too much hydrocortisone on a rash I had. After 3 months of using elidel, which reacts when drink alcohol and makes me sensitive to sunlight, I discovered apple cider vinegar. I read it first here that people were reporting that their rashes were fading away by applying vinegar directly on their rash. I bought a bottle and used it two times on the first day. My face got completely red and it stung like crazy. I went to sleep, and woke up with a very dry face, but with smaller rashes. I continued using it, this time increasing the dosage, since I started with 1/3 vinegar - 2/3 water, now I'm doing half and half.

Beware that you might think it's not working since your face gets very red when the vinegar is applied, but with patience, and continuous use, the rashes will get smaller and smaller. Sometimes the rash won't get smaller on the first two days, but please persevere, you will most definitely see results.

Replied by Judit

Hi, I am having dermatitis on my not so sure how similar is it with Perioral Dermatitis. I have started my Apple Cider Vinegar treatment 2 days ago. It seriously stung my face and feel burning sensation. Whenver I applied acv, some tiny white spot (not sure isit the infection or skin) popped up. Do u habe similar experience? Now is my day 3 applying it, my skin still rash & itch feeling that burning senasation. Im not sure is it getting worse or its normal. I seriously dont wish to go back on steroid cream and trying to be determine to continue with acv. Will u be able to share a little bit more on the effects after applying acv? How can I start notice that the dermatitis is curing using acv? And how long does it start taking effects? Hope to have your reply soon though. Many thanks in advance.

Replied by Rose
Toronto, Canada

Judit, are you diluting the ACV? If you aren't, try half and half with water and see if that feels a little better.

I found that when I applied ACV on patches of POV it would feel like my skin was crawling for a few minutes after. If I apply it to normal skin, that weird feeling doesn't happen.

Replied by Mmsg
Somewhere, Europe

Judit, dilute it. A lot. But first stop for a few days so your skin can heal.

Replied by Sara
Bay City, Mi

Don't go back to the steroid cream that will only make it worse. I have white spots every once in a while after applying the ACV, but it goes away after a while and so does the stinging burning sensation. Maybe try diluting it a little more. I just started using this treatment a few days ago and I have seen a difference. ACV works better than what my Dr. prescriped me. Hope this helps.

Posted by Crystal (Usa) on 05/18/2016
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I am almost 22 weeks pregnant and never had skin problems until my pregnancy. About a week ago, I began noticing a dry patch around one corner of my mouth. I continued moisturizing every night before bed but I noticed it was getting a little more red and bumpy. I found out it was Perioral Dermatitis and decided to use ACV with a cotton ball about 3 days ago along with discontinue use of my face wash. The first night, it worked real well, the redness went away, but fearing my moisturizer was going to make it worse, I didn't use anything after that or rinse my face. When I woke up the next morning, the spot was extra dry and more red and another spot started in the corner of my mouth on the other side. I used ACV again before going to work and that night, my patch had peeled off revealing a fresh red smooth patch of skin underneath.

Ignorantly, I added ACV again and followed up with coconut oil. This morning I woke up and my patches on both sides of my mouth had grown in size and an ugly brownish red, still dry and now very tender. I began applying ACV again and at first the redness began to disappear but then my skin began to bleed! I rinsed with water and immediately applied coconut oil but now it looks much worse and hurts so bad! I can't eat or smile without feeling the discomfort and pain. I learned I may have overused the ACV and now instead of using topically, I am just drinking the ACV water. (2TBS in 16 oz water)

I am still using coconut oil but I am wondering how long this is going to take? (I have to wait another week before my new toothpaste, mouthwash, face soap and aloe vera gel arrive in mail) I can only apply the coconut oil in the morning before work and at night before I go to bed. I have to wear all natural tinted spf moisturizer to try to cover up the redness while at work. (My appearance matters to my company unfortunately and cannot show up to work looking like I have a flesh eating disease) I am worried I made a bad situation worse and now fear bad scarring. Can I use my palmers stretch mark massage cream in addition to my coconut oil to speed things up or should I just stick with only coconut oil until my PD products come in?

Please Help!

Replied by Kylie
Adelaide, Australia

I have been going through same torture. But I wanted to know which oils block pores before I put anything on my face. This is caused by chemicals in our skincare so I stopped using the skincare that kept my skin clear and radiant for the past year. Until now I opted for vinegar and a non comodogenic oil. Simple right? Turns out coconut oil is a 4 on the pore blocking scale (out of 5). Argan oil is a 0 as is sunflower oil. Make sure you get organic because many oils are obtained via a harsh chemical process. This is the best I can do for this horrible condition. Is improving by the day. Good luck.