Natural Remedies

Apple Cider Vinegar Cure for Eczema

69 User Reviews

Posted by Soh (Adelaide, Australia) on 10/23/2009
5 out of 5 stars

I was at my wit's end with eczema and inflammed skin. I had deep cuts and bleeding cracks on my right hand. I followed Earth clinc's advise and applied ACV topically (store bought ACV) - it burnt but it stopped itching. I also started taking ACV internally twice a day (I do not mind the taste at all, I enjoy a glass of water with a tsp or two of ACV. Also, my headaches are gone and I feel refreshed and clear-headed and full of energy the whole day - we are talking peppy and clear headed after an 8 hour meeting here - the ACV is working wonders for me:)
I have not had an itching episode for over a week now...and slowly but surely the hand is healing. Thanks Earth Clinic :)

Posted by Marylou (Richmond, British Columbia, Canada) on 10/03/2009
4 out of 5 stars

I have been so frustrated with my eczema, on my entire left and right arms so i tried looking for cures online, after using hydrocortisone used up one whole tube but still nothing. thanks very much for all inputs here, i went to buy ACV, and today is just my 4th day, the itch subsided to almost totally no itch at all, unlike nights when i could not sleep cuz of itching. i directly wipe the ACV onto my arms, after i bathe, and again like 2x within the day, i dont care if i smell at work, with a cotton ball, stinging happened but it will go away in a few minutes. now my skin is slowly like peeling off, which i think it's changing to new skin. thank you to whoever thought of this.

Posted by Zb (Ny, Ny) on 08/25/2009
5 out of 5 stars

It's a miracle. I tried out the remedy for eczema......i put apple cider vinegar on my legs and it burned and it still itched but at a bearable that i could control myself from itching ... and stop that constant cycle of calm skin and the urge to itch!

I also tried taking apple cider vinegar 2 tablespoons of it mixed with a cup of water and 1/2 a teaspoon of baking soda once a day that was also suggested on the website, that helps too, with digestion and also with drying out the skin, i it can heal!

As regards the creams....i have tried sooooo many....recently i have tried out ___s baby oil....and as of nourishes the skin...without contibuting to any itching.

Good luck to all, who are dealing with this....and god bless all the people who have put down their ideas and thoughts and suggestions on this website in order to help people like me who stumbled onto this website. It has changed my life, as regards dealing with this, thank you, one and all!

Posted by Meg (San Jose, CA, USA) on 06/14/2009
5 out of 5 stars

I had been desperate to find something to help my husband with the itch of eczema, which particularly drove him nuts at night, although he would scratch like he had fleas all day long too. I accidentally found your site and looked up eczema. Many seemed to have found success using ACV (Apple Cider Vinegar) so I decided, since there was no harm in using this natural remedy, we would try it. My husband has been using ACV, 2 teaspoons sweeten with honey (probably about 2 tablespoons) in 6 to 8 oz. of hot water 3 times a day for about 2 months now. It took perhaps three weeks for a complete alleviation of the itching, but, miraculously, the eczema itself is history, not just the itch! We had been told, as have so many others, I'm sure, by well-meaning but brainwashed dermatologists, that eczema cannot be cured. It is difficult to find strong enough words to thank the people who run this site, as well as the folks who are willing to share their valuable information with others. You are all helping to put a nail in the coffin of the greedy pharmaceutical giants who have the ears and trust of the dedicated doctors in this and many other fields fields. You are also helping individuals save a lot of money and get real and lasting relief. I can't begin to tell you how much money we had spent on this problem before finding you, and what appears to be an inexpensive 'cure' although I hate to use that word. I have waited this long to report back to you because, notoriously, various creams, etc. will help dramatically for a few weeks, and then the condition returns with a vengeance! Not so this remedy!..... I will continue to use your site, and continue to recommended to my friends and acquaintances. Thank you so much again.

Posted by Michelle S (AUSTRALIA, NSW) on 10/04/2008
5 out of 5 stars

I would like to say.. THANKS.. I just tried the ACV. My eczema started to break out and found this site.. I rubbed some ACV dirrectly on to the area and it burnt for a little bit and went away.. so did the itch. I am going to try a week of drinking it as well to see if I don't break out at all... yet again thanks..

Posted by Kitty (Bellingham, WA) on 08/07/2008
5 out of 5 stars

ACV: At 59 last fall I got a case of eczema for the first time in my life on the calf of one leg Itched like crazy. It was an oozing mess for awhile. I was using hydrogen peroxide (oxygenated water) for awhile but it didn't help much. Then I tried ACV (I used _____ organic) and like someone else said it burned like crazy but from then on it started to heal. I just soaked a cotton ball with ACV and applied to my skin. I ran out of ACV and didn't use for a week and the eczema came back. Now 6 months later it is about all healed. Occasionally, it starts itching and I apply the ACV again and it stops the itching. Also I know I need to look at the underlying cause which is probably stress and too much sugar. I have been able to decrease both somewhat. Also when it was really bad honey helped (It was hard to take all that burning from the ACV on half of my calf) but honey is so messy. I used the top of an old sock to cover it and it did dry up the oozing mess and I could more easily apply the ACV (less burning) I always look for natural cures. I haven't been to a doctor in over 30 years.

Posted by Leslie (Oriental, North Carolina) on 07/03/2008
0 out of 5 stars

Hi! About two weeks ago I started taking acv. I take 1 tbsp in the morning, again at noon, and then again before bed (totaling 3 tbsps a day). I first drink several gulps of water, then take the acv like a shot, and follow with at least 8 oz of water. I've suffered from seasonal and indoor allergies since I was a child and about 4 days after starting the acv I had a horrible allery attack that lasted a little over 24 hrs. After the attack my right ear clogged up (I had been having problems with it for weeks) for 12 hrs or so. Then 5 days ago I had an eczema outbreak. At first it began on my chest, underarms, sides of and under my breasts. That cleared up and then it appeared on my wrists, knees, ankles, inner thighs, and the backs of my thighs. My eczema has always occured only on my hands and started after the birth of my son, it was severe for several years but then cleared up and has only popped up mildly since. The only other time I've had eczema on the rest of my body was last November after learning my mom had cancer and it cleared up after about three days. Anyhow since the allergy attack and clogged ear I haven't had any more problems and with the exception of the eczema I have felt great.

My question is could the acv be the reason I've had these symptoms and is it because it's flushing all the toxins from my body? Or could I be having some type of allergic reaction? The eczema is clearing up completely and I suspect will be gone in a day or so and I haven't sneezed once since the allergy attack a week ago. I'm really hoping this is just the course the acv can take you on, feeling worse before feeling better. I've also bathed in acv several times, maybe I over did it? Lastly I started taking filtered acv first because it was all I could find but for the last four days I've taken organic raw acv with the mother that I found at a health food store.

Sorry to be so long winded, I just wanted to be as detailed as possible! Thanks in advance for any feedback!

Posted by Helene (Warwick, USA) on 07/01/2008
5 out of 5 stars

For about three weeks, I have been taking 2 tablespoons of ACV in water before bed. I have been absolutely thrilled with the results...I have had eczema for what seems like a lifetime. I have tried medication, internal and external...steroidal creams, lotions...herbal or not, nothing has EVER helped...they may have masked the eczema for a bit but it never went away. My bleeding hands and swelling have healed to the point of actually feeling good. They were so painful from the tiny more!

Posted by Noel (Santa Fe, NM) on 05/22/2008
5 out of 5 stars

What is it with such antipathy to ACV taste? I don't find it hard to handle at all - just mix in some water and throw down; I usually add some stevia but don't really find it necessary.

ANYWAY, I do have a good testimonial, amidst doing a lot of other natural health stuff these recent years, so it's a little hard to scientifically isolate results. ONE thing I know for sure the vinegar has immediately helped me with is clearing up a sort of dandruff condition under my eyebrows -- frustrating and sometimes embarrassing for over 20 years! I never really liked applying things to my skin, even natural oils and creams; they never helped. The ACV cleared it up! Now I'm experimenting with my scalp too - wonder if it will help with my somewhat-thinning hair that seems possibly related to my scalp condition, tending to both oiliness and dryness.

Posted by Catherine (NY, NY) on 05/04/2008
4 out of 5 stars

I have suffered with Eczema or dry flaky skin on my eyebrows for almost 2 years now and it has grown progressively worse, spreading over the rest of my face.'I recently tried the Apple Cider Vinegar remedy and have found some relief. I started by wiping the vinegar on my face and letting it dry. I repeated this every 15 to 30 minutes for one evening and am now on my second day of treatment. So far the results have been amazing. This is the first day where I have not had flaky, itchy skin. I think the key is not to wash the vinegar off the skin but simply to let it dry. I love all of the helpful tips on this site!

Posted by Linda (Salem, Oregon, USA) on 04/27/2008
5 out of 5 stars

I had eczema all over my forearm and it just kept getting worse no matter what I used. I read about ACV and went to the local health food store and bought some organic with the mother. I shook the bottle to distribute the mother and poured a small amount in the palm of my hand and rubbed it right on my eczema. WOWIE!! it burned for about 15 seconds but strangely felt better because the itching was relieved immediately. I let it dry on my skin. I did this twice a day. It smells and people will notice but I didn't care I was desperate. The second day I noticed the eczema was drying up and hardening up. I kept it up and every time it burned for seconds. Within 10 days it was GONE! That was over a year ago and it was not returned. A miracle!! Do not be put off by the burning, I think its killing the fungus or whatever eczema is. Really works, try it.

Posted by Jeuirmine (Columbus, Ohio) on 04/05/2008
5 out of 5 stars

I have been suffering with Severe eczema for 7 years now. I have seen several different dermatologists which all offered me the same thing...the oral steriods, creams and even several expensive laser treatments.

Tried apple cider vinegar for around three days and after that my flare was almost gone!! I take 1 teaspoon straight in the morning, afternoon and night. Throughout the day I sip on a 16.9 ounce bottle of water with 2 teaspoons in it.

This has been such a dream come true for me and I think it will help anyone willing to give it a try!

Posted by Judy N. (Fort Worth, TX) on 02/21/2008
5 out of 5 stars

I have suffered from eczema on the soles of my feet for 10 years. Three weeks ago I began taking a daily dose of 1 T of ACV in a few ounces of water with some stevia powder. The eczema has disappeared. I have spent hundreds of dollars on prescriptions from my dermatologist, but this is the only thing that has worked.

Posted by Kenny (Strathclyde, Scotland) on 02/19/2008
5 out of 5 stars

I have been trying ACV for a while now and agree that it's great for improving metabolism and curbing apetite. I use supermarket bought organic ACV. However, for some time now (since before I started ACV), I've suffered red SPOTS/PIMPLES on the face/cheeks and on my head, and since I have little hair, it's particularly unsightly, I also had kind of FLAKEY SKIN on these areas, both would normally be quite itchy. I have recently taken to the topical application of ACV on these areas, speculatively. I have to say, in just a couple of days, the results are dramatic... I tilt the bottle onto a cotton pad a couple of times to saturate it, about the same size as a cosmetic make-up remover and wipe all over my face and head liberally, avoiding the eyes (cos it stings). I leave it on and repeat several times a day (just remember to wash the face with clean lukewarm water before you go out and pat it dry). The resulting effect is no redness, no flakey skin, just a taught, fresh-faced complexion. To compliment that, I have been taking daily sauna and steam bath treatments, interspersed with cold showers,excellent for a variety of conditions I'm sure, marvellous for the circulation, very invigorating and great for the skin, which I read here somewhere - is like the body's third kidney, and when in tip-top working condition, serves the body well to flush-out and detox the system. Try it!

Posted by Lenore (Whitefish Bay, Wisconsin) on 01/12/2008
5 out of 5 stars

I'd always had bouts of eczema on my hands when I was under stress, but, for reasons unclear to me, I started to get it on my ears and forehead as well; it went on for months, and sometimes it looked like I had thick dandruff at the hairline. It was horrible. I tried all the usual prescription treatments, to no avail. I'd get a few days relief, then it would come back with a vengeance. So I figured, vinegar? Unlikely, but what do I have to lose? So I mixed 1/3 organic acv with 2/3 water in a spray bottle and misted the affected areas three times a day. And I started taking a tablespoon of undiluted acv each night. I first tried drinking it in a glass of water, but the taste was so horrible, I could scarcely manage half of it. So I got empty capsules and filled them, which was much less noxious an experience. The upshot, however, is that I'm flat-out amazed. Two weeks of this regimen, and the eczema is gone! The only other change I made was to put vaseline on those areas to keep them moist. Moreover, as an extra added bonus, I've lost 5 pounds. It's hard for me to believe that any of this would be a placebo effect; nothing else has even come close to working for me, no matter how much I hoped or believed it would. I'm so glad I found this site!

Replied by Cherbear
Venice, Fl

What surprises me about vinegar taken internally, is that we are taught to ingest high pH foods, like watermelon. Still, I'd like to try it!

Replied by Hg
Asheville, Nc Usa

ACV internally produces alkaline rather than acid ash. Tomatoes and a few others are the same. Small ironies.

Replied by Lori

Exactly! Lemons are also alkaline, so therefore they are good for you like watermelon, tomato, etc. It's not the acidity of the food but rather the ash they create in the body that determines their pH status. So in this case, all these foods create an alkaline ash in your body which is good. Cancer thrives in an acidic environment so minimize acid foods (e. G. animal proteins).