Eczema
Natural Remedies



Apple Cider Vinegar Cure for Eczema

May 15, 2017

Apple vinegar is Earth Clinic's most popular natural remedy for eczema. Dozens of our readers have found relief from eczema with this simple and inexpensive remedy.  Some of our readers have been shocked to find this cure after dealing with eczema for years, often with much expense at doctor's offices and on medications, only to find that the cure was in the cupboard all along!

How to Use Apple Cider Vinegar for Eczema

Apple cider vinegar can be used internally, externally or both ways for eczema.  Most readers use it externally and some add a dose internally as well.

Internally

Add 1 teaspoon of raw apple cider vinegar to a glass of water. Drink a glass of this tonic 1-3 times a day. If it suits you and you are not yet seeing the results you would like to see, you can increase the amount to 2 teaspoons per glass of water. Some even take an entire tablespoon in each glass of water. But it is best to increase your dose slowly to make sure it agrees with you.

Externally

Apple Cider Vinegar Spray Recipe

Add 1/2 cup of raw apple cider vinegar and 1/2 cup of water (distilled or spring water would be best) into a spray bottle. Spray eczema patches twice daily. Some of our readers rinse the solution off after 20 minutes. Others let it dry. At first you will smell like salad, but the smell dissipates as it dries.

Special Directions for Sensitive skin

In a way, all skin affected by eczema is sensitive. But if skin is broken, or if eczema is on a delicate part of the body, or for children, apple cider vinegar should be diluted more for topical use. Start with just 1 tablespoon of water per cup of distilled water. The vinegar solution can be kept in a mason jar and cotton balls can be used to apply the solution.

Follow up with a Moisturizer

Because apple cider vinegar can be drying to the skin, it is best to follow up its use with a moisturizer. Some good choices for this would be coconut oil, shea butter, castor oil, emu oil or almond oil. Each of these oils has healing properties as well.

Side Effect of Apple Cider Vinegar for Eczema

Some people find that apple cider vinegar stings when applied to the skin, especially skin that is inflamed or broken. If you experience stinging or burning, do dilute the apple cider vinegar further before using it on the skin. Some find that skin will seem more irritated or flaky with the use of apple cider vinegar. Others find their symptoms seems worse. This can be a detox reaction. Either reduce the amount of vinegar in your solution or try a different remedy if this happens to you.

Have you tried apple cider vinegar for eczema? How did it work for you? Please share your story with us!

Continue reading to see what our readers have experienced with the apple cider vinegar remedy for eczema.



63 User Reviews  

5 star (47) 
  75%
4 star (8) 
  13%
3 star (1) 
  2%
1 star (1) 
  2%
(6) 
  10%
Share your thoughts with our readers
Write a review


Posted by Wish (United Kingdom) on 02/10/2017
5 out of 5 stars

Hi everyone. I am one of those people who have suffered immensely for about 2 years with trying every single steroid which the best of skin specialists prescribe. I was diagnosed as having atopic/allergic dermatitis. I also tried homeopathic medicine but nothing calmed my skin down. It always started with little red itchy bumps all over my body and the scalp which were terribly itchy. I would go mad itching my body 24*7 which was also embarrassing. It all started with a patch of these red bumps one of my foot and it just kept increasing in surface area. In a few months time it covered the whole of my foot, also reaching my leg. This then started weeping dreadfully. And before I knew it, it was all over my body. I was in a miserable state as I was weeping and itchy all over the body and I had my clothes sticking to me. Everything irritated my skin. Had no clue what to do.

I got an NHS appointmt (which is a nightmare in this country) and all they gave me were different doses of antibiotic, antihistamines, steroids, emollients, doublebase dayleave gel and what not. In the end when nothing stopped my problem they decided to wrap my whole legs n zincbandage which was the worst thing they could do. I was left with no option but to go to India and consult the skin specialists there as it was a waiting time of 12 months to see the specialist here in the UK. I met the skin specialist there and the first thing that they said was to remove that bandage. I was given a high dose of steroid to calm the flare up.

My skin looked completely burnt wherever I had the flare up. It was a very scary image. But then I was prescribed a permanent dose of steroids and was told whenever any new bumps started to appear I had to start applying those steroid creams. I had a comprehensive allergy test done as well which just came up with a grass panel allergy. So in essence nobody knew what the problem was! I was completely exhausted with this disease, didn't know what to bath with, what to eat, what to wear. I literally wanted to die!

But then one day my partner decided to get to the bottom of the problem and started to look on the internet for natural remedies for eczema. And he also came across the Earth Clinic website. He advised I tried some of the remedies with best reviews. The ones that I tried were ACV, Himalayan sea salt+epsom salt, mustard oil and coconut oil.

I applied the salt fluff formed by boiling Himalayan sea salt + epsom salt (50-50) in little water and added little turmeric (for its antibacterial properties) on the open wounds and guess what, it actually started working by a blood clotting sort of a mechanism. This is similar to what people in old age used to do when they had wounds-apply salt!

The second and best thing which I am living on today as well is ACV-Apple Cider Vinegar (organic and raw with the "mother"). I drank 2 teaspoonful in warm water twice a day, applied 50% diluted in water on the new bumps and at least twice a day(the more times you apply the better). And I would just see them disappear. You have to have belief and patience with these remedies as you might have to continually apply it for a few times before it starts to reduce in intensity and then disappear completely. And a rule to follow no matter how bad it is - DO NOT ITCH, just makes it worse. I am using this ACV same way every single day and I haven't had to apply a single steroid which just is a poison for you.

I do not use any soap, just shower in plain water. I used to take bath in above mentioned salts every day when I had the full flare up but now I have reduced it to just once a week or even less. And now the only thing I use to moisturise the skin is pure kachi ghani mustard oil from Dabur or Patanjali (found on Amazon). These things improve your skin over time and make your skin barrier stronger which has been destroyed due to this disease.

I hope this helps. I have tried to be very descriptive in my review so it can help as many people as possible.

Thanks!


Posted by Haley Dye (Utah) on 01/02/2016
5 out of 5 stars

I was born with Eczema and have had trouble with the rashes for 18 years before finding Apple cider vinegar (ACV). I mix half water and half ACV in a spray bottle and use it in the shower. I spray in all over, let it sit for a minute, then rinse it off. I have found this to be very effective for me, as I get the rashes from my face to my feet. However, at first I used the ACV every day in the shower and after a while it irritated my skin and made my skin dry and the rashes worse. I now use ACV only 1-2 times a week in the shower and haven't had a problem since. Long term use has been effective for me.

Replied by Jared
Kansas City, Mo
02/06/2016
0 out of 5 stars

I washed my face with soap and water before spraying the recommended solution on my face. It stung pretty good, lol. I assume this is normal? After rinsing, I followed with a thin layer of the organic coconut oil. Is there anything else you use or do that you have found helps in addition? Thanks!

Replied by Mmsg
Somewhere, Europe
02/07/2016

Jared, dilute the ACV!!


Posted by Lisa (Mesquite, Tx) on 07/06/2015
5 out of 5 stars

I had tried several things with no luck. I was living day to day, my asthma looked worse daily. I was in severe pain and decided I'd go to the doctor next payday; 7 days from this point. I took 1/2 cup each water & ACV and mixed in a mason jar. I took a piece of paper towel and soaked it. I rubbed over my arms and hands. I followed this treatment with a thin layer of Vaseline; this prevented my skin from over drying. After several applications on the same day, my scaled, bright red arms had relief. I couldn't believe this worked! The first few applications of ACV burned and stung. The Vaseline made the difference and expedited the healing. In only the days my inflamed eczema is almost completely gone. The red patches I have lived with for years (had no idea this was ezcema until now) are healing. The red patches on my cheeks are going away, again I didn't know this was eczema either. THIS SITE SAVED MY LIFE!


Posted by Dean (Christchurch, New Zealand) on 05/25/2015
5 out of 5 stars

Been using your site for several years. I have had eczema around my right hand fingers for 4 years and in the last two years has appeared in the arch of my left foot. Very dry skin then when in contact with hot fluids gets very itchy followed by small blisters when scratched. Tried creams from doctor with little success. By chance I saw a remedy to reduce foot odour by rubbing apple cider vinegar on feet before putting on socks. Works great but could not believe that after 2 week of applying once in the morning that my eczema had completely gone...5 weeks on and still ok. I am using double strenght acv 1 capful half in one hand rub hands together and apply to foot, repeat for other foot. The acv runs between my fingers as well....that is why eczema from hand has gone as well. No doubt this has worked, should work for other eczema sufferers as well.


Posted by Beth (Chicago, Il) on 03/17/2015
5 out of 5 stars

Eczema:

After reading everyone's comments, I went out and bought a bottle of organic apple cider vinegar. I took some paper towels, folded them, put some faucet water on them, then poured some ACV on too. I placed the towels on my rash (the worst one is on my arm) for about 20 or so minutes, and saw a big improvement. No more itching and the rash seemed to shrink a bit. After lunch, I had a flare up (I don't know what I ate that may have caused it, or if it was just a coincidence) so I repeated the above with fresh paper towels. And again, the red, itchy flared up skin calmed down significantly.

I don't know if the ACV is a temporary source of relief or can cure rashes, but I'm going to keep using it. And later I'll apply the same to my shoulders.


Posted by Shereen (Australia) on 02/22/2015
5 out of 5 stars

For eczema - Hi, I use Apple cider vinegar on cotton wool and leave my hands to soak it up. When I use the apple cider vinegar it also helps with the itching. It drys the blisters up. Then I put on coconut oil on the day after to keep them moisturised. Soon as you see any sign of blisters, soak hands in Apple cider vinegar.


Posted by Joella (Az, US) on 01/22/2015
5 out of 5 stars

Thank you so much for the suggestions, have tried all lotions - coconut oil - shea butter etc with little result. I sprayed a solution of 30% Apple Cider Vinegar 70% water directly on area. Itching stopped immediately. Rash has cleared up within a week. Tried to also keep clear of all clothing.


Posted by Paseuth (North St Paul, US) on 11/07/2014
5 out of 5 stars

Apple Cider Vinegar is amazing! I am a medical interpreter and remembered one time a podiatrist telling one patient to use apple cider vinegar for his foot. I started to developed dyshidrotic eczema on my hands and feet. It is probably because of stress, allergy, or drinking coffee. I will never know. After using Apple Cider Vinegar for couple of days, I was very happy about the result. Thank you so much.

Replied by Janelle
Grenport, Ny
01/09/2015

I'm sorry but do you drink the apple cider vinegar or do you use it topically?

Replied by Mama To Many
Tennessee
01/10/2015

Dear Janelle,

Many people use Apple cider vinegar topically and internally. When I use it on my skin, I dilute it with at least half water. If you have broken skin, I would only use 25% ACV.

I like to follow up topical ACV with castor oil which is healing and hydrating, but you will have to see what works for you.

You can try 1 teaspoon to 1 tablespoon of ACV in a tall glass of water once or twice a day, internally.

These things work well for many people. They did not work for me. 3 Borage oil capsules a day is what finally knocked my eczema out a couple of years ago.

Hope you are all healed soon!!

~Mama to Many~

Jessica
Florida
03/15/2016

This is for Mama to many,

Can you give borage oil capsules to children? If so how? I have tried borage oil lotion for my toddler not much relief.

Mama To Many
Tennessee
03/15/2016

Dear Jessica,

I would probably try borage oil for a toddler of mine if I had need to, but I have never had a toddler who took pills. I would probably squeeze the contents of a small capsule onto a cracker or mix it into oatmeal or yogurt.

I would also highly recommend milk kefir. I gave that to my daughter for her asthma and it cured her eczema as a bonus!

~Mama to Many~

Replied by Brandon Lee
Hong Kong
07/05/2015

Does it have to be apple cider vinegar? Can I use white vinegar as well?

Replied by Wendy
Columbus, Oh
07/06/2015

For eczema, only use organic Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV), the one that begins with "Br". White vinegar is used for cleaning sinks and counter tops, etc., not for drinking. Also, organic ACV contains "the mother" which is the nutrient-rich sediment at the bottom of the bottle. Just shake the bottle before using. Start off by mixing a solution of 1/2 distilled water and 1/2 ACV, and apply this solution to your eczema with a cotton ball.

Also, eczema is caused by too much sugar in the body. Completely stop ALL sugar, ALL caffeine, ALL processed foods, ALL white rice (in fact, stop anything that's white in color). White rice turns to sugar after ingesting. Only eat raw vegetables and very little fruit, eat good-quality beef and chicken. After a month of eating "very clean", the eczema should disappear.

Replied by Dan
Windsor, On
08/05/2015

I have not tried the ACV on my eczema, but I did give up all the foods that Wendy listed, also all grains. You will be surprised at what products they put wheat in, so be careful to read all labels.

The only time my eczema returns is when I eat any of the foods listed


Posted by Mark (Owego. Ny/usa) on 10/24/2014
5 out of 5 stars

O k folks... I'll be brief. Had CRAZY outbreak of ECZEMA.. Did nothing more than clean gently... And used cheap"ACV!!! Drank it 3 times/day & applied several times TOPICALY.. Little over 12hrs.... AMAZING IMPROVEMENTS!!! Itching subsided FAST... INFLAMMATION took cple. Hrs. Almost healing... BEFORE MY EYES!!! Absolutely AMAZING!!! Dont think about it... JUST DO IT!!! Cheap & it WORKS... Period!!!


Posted by Eidonr (Philippines) on 09/07/2014
5 out of 5 stars

I have been suffering from these rashes on my feet for about 6 yrs. I tried all the ointments being suggested by everyone about curing foot problems like "athlete's foot" since that's what I thought I have been having. Just recently, I came across youtube about these same symptoms I have which causes some rash.. It produces blisters then pops up, dries and eventually peel off and leave my skin cracked. Then I knew I have eczema.

Sometimes I couldn't walk coz the blisters hurt. I have to pop it up to feel some relieve but of course, it will damage the area and will turn out to be an ugly skin irritation. So, a boy on youtube posted several progressive videos about his experience making "eczema" disappear. He suggested ACV. I watched him closely and til I watched his 9th video, his face got cleared for about 85%!

I know he's having it on his face, and I have it on my feet, but I wanted to try it. So I did. I bought this Apple Cider Vinegar and Honey which contains the "mother". Some suggested an organic, unfiltered ones but they said they you have to use some honey. So I got the one that both has it.

Today is September 8, 2014. I first applied it last night on the affected areas. It somewhat stung. But felt good after few mins. Then I tried the diet. 2 tablespoons mixed into a glass of water. Then I went to bed. When I woke up early today, some areas got so red but it didn't hurt. Some areas seem to become clearer. The ones that are about to develop in becoming a blister, seemed to stop.

Now as of this writing, after the whole day, my feet stopped from itching and the redness slowly disappeared. I couldn't express the happiness I am feeling right now! I know that the ACV is working and I couldn't wait to give a testimony about it!

Guys, try it! And don't miss a day in medication for fast result. I love ACV! I LOVE EARTHCLINIC.COM! Thank you so much!


Posted by Raffy (San Diego) on 07/27/2014
5 out of 5 stars

I have my eczema for about 8years. After trying all the recommended meds by professional not even single meds works for me. But one day when I diluted 50/50 vinegar and tap water and apply into affected area just for two times application day and night then using virgin oil day and night my eczema has been gone.


Posted by Estelle (Toronto, Canada) on 03/19/2014
4 out of 5 stars

The last two weeks I've had a full breakout of eczema on my hands. I have not experienced this since childhood, so it's alarming and concerning to me. My hands have been so itchy that I have trouble sleeping at night, waking every few hours because of the discomfort.

Last night I applied the 50/50 ratio of water and Apple Cider Vinegar to my hands and left it on for as long as possible. It didn't burn where the actual eczema was, only where there were open cracks in my skin. The sting wasn't unbearable.

I didn't rinse it off and immediately applied coconut oil to my hands, put cotton socks on them and went to bed. I also took a glass of water with Apple Cider Vinegar to bed with me for drinking (which I do every night anyway).

I did not wake even once with the urge to itch my hands - the itch disappeared within the first few minutes of application. When I got up in the morning, the eczema was still visible, but NO itch at all today and the redness/inflammation is all gone!

I am going to do this treatment each night and I believe the eczema will dry up and disappear completely after a few days. Amazing. I highly recommend trying this solution.


Posted by Renata (Chicago, Il) on 09/05/2013
5 out of 5 stars

Hey guys, thanks so much for all these wonderful reviews! My eczema is gone! I have struggled with this eczema for about 3 years now. It appeared on my hands and it was awful since I work with children and I have to wash often my hands. Last Thursday I read about Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) used externally and I applied it on my hands before going in the bed. By morning I could see noticeable signs. Unbelievable! Friday I did the same thing a couple of times during the day and then hydrating the skin with natural oils (coconut, olive etc). Friday night I could see a major improvement. I am on a glute-free Vegan diet and I also drink 2 tablespoon of ACV in a glass of water and raw honey for taste. Every day I prepare a large glass of vegetable juice from green veggies (parsley, cilantro, kale, cucumber and zuchini, celery, apple for taste). I eat at least 2 plums a day for a better digestion. I have bought an enema bag from amazon to detox my body. So far, I feel fantastic and my eczema is gone in less than a week! . None of those oinments cortizone, triamcinolon, fluocionide etc did not work as the ACV. I am so happy!!


Posted by Arlene (Jekyll Island, Ga) on 04/01/2013
5 out of 5 stars

ACV worked for my eczema. I applied it to the itchy rash on my hands and between my fingers and in a few days the rash was dried up and gone. Thank you for all your wonderful feedback and emails.


Posted by Lkforster (Olympia, Wa) on 02/25/2013
5 out of 5 stars

Apple Cider Vinegar for Excema/Dermatitis: I have never quite known the name of my skin problems, nor gotten a proper diagnosis. But here's the gist: severe itching of the hands, followed by small blisters, the blisters break, then the skin itself cracks and peels. Once the skin somewhat heals? Repeat cycle. This went on for 15 years, in varying degrees, with little respite-whenever I got rid of it for a short period of time, it would rear its ugly head again some time later. And it was ugly, believe me... Showing off your new engagement ring on a hand that looks like it was chewed by a dog detracts from your overall happiness in life. I'm not trying to be dramatic, it just really did suck.

About four years ago, I had gone a pretty significant length of time without any significant problems-then, one night, I awoke to the horrible itching in my hands, and by morning my hands were blistered and painful. That's when I got online, and discovered Earth Clinic-I was looking for ANYTHING that might help. The first remedy I tried was apple cider vinegar-I had some in my pantry already, and figured it wouldn't do any damage. On the contrary, it did wonders! I applied it directly to a cotton ball, which I then applied directly to my skin-it stung like a #$%@^, but seemed to immediately work. The blisters that had already cracked dried up, and the ones that had yet to open receeded. After applying the vinegar for several days, maybe a week, my skin showed no signs of distress. I haven't had an issue since then-if I see any kind of flare up, I apply the apple cider vinegar, and it immediately disappears.

I was diagnosed with Celiac Disease last year, which I now think was the possible cause of my skin problems. However, I went three years prior to my diagnosis with relatively no skin problems because of the apple cider vinegar. I recently began drinking a tablespoon in a glass of water twice daily, and I think it helps with digestion too. Try it... It certainly won't hurt, and you may be surprised at how well it works!



NEXT