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Posted by Susan (Fort Worth, Tx) on 02/12/2010

Apple Cider Vinegar for Seborrheic Dermatitis: Nay

I was soooo hoping this would work after reading all the positive responses. I tried straight ACV on my face (around nose and mouth) twice daily for 2 weeks (not rinsed). Did not help at all. :(

I'll move on to some of the other ideas mentioned!

Replied by Ken
(Seoul, South Korea)

I am writing because i would like to try the apple cider vinegar approach for my seborrheic dermatitis of the scalp, but I am living temporarily in Seoul, Korea, and here they only have "brown rice vinegar". Can this be used as an adequate substitute for apple cider vinegar? Your help would be much appreciated.

Replied by Yong Ha
(Los Angeles, Ca)

Ken, apple cider vinegar is sold in South Korea. If you are inclined, even organic apple cider vinegar can be found in the basement department grocery shops and health food shops.

Replied by Haci
(Sivas, Turkey)

Dear Susan. I think ACV does work, but you must use it at least 3 months and you should be patient.

Replied by Holly
(Lancaster, Pennsylvania)

Apple cider vinegar or any vinegar must be mixed with some water in order to make it alkaline and effective. Otherwise it will remain acidic and won't do much good.

Replied by Eric
(North East, Maryland)


Adding water doesn't make it alkaline, it just dilutes it. It will still be acidic. You dilute it to avoid skin irritation and possible hair damage.

(Pittsburgh, Pa)

I read that Organic Apple Cider Vinegar with the Mother is the only vinegar that is 'alkaline'. The other vinegars are acidic.

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Posted by Jack (Knoxville, Tennessee) on 12/06/2009

I just stumbled upon this website the other day and after reading all the fantastic results ACV had when curing dandruff, I rushed out and grabbed a bottle. I started the treatment last night. I couldn't find a spray bottle, so I just poured a bit on my damp hair. I waited several minutes, then rinsed it out, then shampooed as usual. When I got out of the shower, my hair felt quite a bit cleaner, but once it dried it felt dirtier. Not greasy, really, but I dunno, like I could almost feel all the flakes when I touched my hair, and they started falling out way easier. I was a bit worried. Was this just another treatment that I would try and try and get no results? I held my ground and tried again tonight, except this time I used a spray bottle and diluted it with water. Same results. Are these results actually showing that my hair is improving getting rid of these annoying flakes? Is this how it is supposed to be?

Please help. I'm so sick of suffering from this. I've had it for a while now, but lately it's just been so much worse. About a year ago I had a tamer version of what I have got going on with my dandruff now, and I was able to get rid of it all by just using tea tree oil and t-gel shampoo. I tried this a couple months ago when I noticed problems again, but it only seemed to make things worse. I then tried nizoral, but that made things much, much worse. So, please, please help. I will be very grateful for any feedback. Thanks.

Replied by Merryanne
(Orange City, Florida, USA)
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This is Merryanne in FL, I am not sure what the answer is, if you try something for several days, and you have no good results, then that is not the answer, so try some thing else,,sometimes a combination of items helps bring results,,why not put hydrogen peroxide on dry hair and wrap in a towel for 15 min then rinse with water, then rinse with acv, wrap again in towel and wait 10 min, then shampoo and no cream rinse,, wait an hour let hair dry in the air,,,check results,,,if no good may be try treating for fungus,,try iodine clear,,,keep searching,, Merryanne

Replied by Abc123
(London, Uk)

hi all! can apple cider vinegar be left on indefinitely? i have a weave in that's not due to be taken out for another 4 weeks or so. is it safe to spray on the acv and forget about it? thanks in advance

Replied by Mr. B
(Binghamton, Usa)

I'm not sure if all cases of S/D start out like mine, but I remember feeling something pimple-like on my head when I was in middle school or or 9th grade. I scratched it off and didn't think anything of it. It came back, I scratched it. Repeat. Repeat. Repeat. When I gave myself the usual buzzcut a few weeks later I noticed the hair in that spot had grouped together and at the base of that grouping their was a red skin lesion. I, to this day, nearly 5 or 6 years later, haven't told either of my parents and if/when I cut my hair short where my scalp is visible (at this point, and for the last couple of years, there are many, many lesions on my head) I'll wear a hat until my hair grows out and covers up the red, flaky scales. I even had hair down to my shoulders at one point because I was so afraid of cutting my hair short like I like it.

I tried T/Gel shampoos or whatever they are called. Some with Salasylic acid (sp?) and others with coal tar. Neither helped much, if it all. I'm contemplating trying Selsun Blue and/or Head and Shoulders, but I'm guessing they won't help either. My case is pretty severe, though I've been too scared to ever see a doctor about it.

I came on this site, and others, and apparently ACV is helping lots of people. Though I'm confused, do you drink the ACV (which I have no probably doing...I drank a shot of malt vinegar no problem just for laughs one time) or do you apply to the spots on your head that are red from S/D? Also, those claiming ACV it simply ridding your head of dandruff and flakes? Or does it alleviate the reddening too? I am more concerned with having a scalp that is 100% the color of my skin rather than some flaking (which I don't notice when I cut hair short, but I don't because my scalp has lots of red patches).

I'll be trying the 1 part ACV to 1 part water mixture tomorrow regardless of how it affects the redness part of my S/D.

Looking forward to a response...

Thank you.

Replied by Kevin
(Portsmouth, England)

To Mr. B. from Binghamton U.S.A. reference seb. derm. use a selenium based shampoo like s/blue can be slightly smelly. Just as good with no smell is a ketaconazole based shampoo; ask your pharmacist if you can't locate it for ketaconazole based anti-dandruff shampoo will clear after two uses then maintain once every six weeks.

Replied by Irina
(New Jersey)

Hi, I rinse with regular vinegar and water 50/50 and leave it on. By the time I dry my hair the smell is gone.

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Posted by Maya2141 (Cambridge, Ma, Usa) on 10/21/2009

I have been suffering from Seborrhea for most of my adult life and used all possible medicated and non-medicated shampoos, nothing seemed to help. The only thing that worked was steriod creams and after I stopped them, it came back. I turned to the internet and found the ACV cure on EC. I have used it religiously for two weeks and its working.

I read another user's remark and got myself a color applicator from a beauty store and poured half ACV and half water. I apply it everyday after shampooing, rub it into the scalp and leave it for 2 to 5 minutes. It stinks like vinegar when the hair is wet, but once dry, no smell. There is none to minimal scaling and absolutely no itching in the hair. Since its only a couple of weeks, I am going it give it more time to completely rid the scaling. Note: I use an organic shampoo, with all natural ingredients and no sulfates. And since using ACV, I have skipped using the conditioner, the ACV leaves hair soft, shiny and detangled.

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Posted by Kitchenwitch2 (Santa Ana, CA) on 07/31/2009

I have had seborrheic dermatitis for most of my life. The past few years it has gotten worse and worse. I saw the dermatologist and he gave me some shampoos that worked minimally. I have tried nearly every OTC remedy.

The plaques were so bad lately I began to seriously think about shaving head. Truly, I was at my wits end.

I found this website and read about the ACV treatment. I happened to have had some in the cabinet that day (for treating my dogs for fleas) so I mixed some ACV 50/50 with water and applied it to the worst area, put a shower cap on and left it for 30-45 minutes. Then shampooed and conditioned as usual.

There was a marked difference after ONE treatment! I couldn't believe it! I have continued the treatment 2-3x per week for the last 3 weeks ( now with a spray bottle). My scalp is now almost completely clear! I expect to be completely cleared up within 30 days of starting treatment.

THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!!!!!! ACV works!

Christine Hernandez

Replied by Courtney
(Lewisville, Tx)

Hello Christine and everyone else, So I have a question.... I have had a bad scalp for so long and a Doc said it was SD like so many other stories on here. I have tried literally everything under the son from shampoos to liquids etc. After reading this site I went out and bought ACV and a bottle to use to pour on the scalp. I mixed half ACV and half water and also added 2 drops of Peppermint Oil that I read about it's benefits in another site for the scalp and hair growth. I got in the shower and applied the mixture which actually felt good on my scalp! As I was allowing it to soak in as directed, the fumes from the ACV began to almost choke me! I could not breath and began to cough a lot, I opened the bathroom door to get more ventilation which seemed to help. I wanted to see if anyone else had this problem? Also, after my hair dried my sclap seemed to be peeling off very badly like the condition worsened. I want to give it a shot and try again as that maybe my scalp needed another treatment. What do you guys think? Thanks, Courtney

Replied by Kara
(Richmond, Virgina)

Courtney, don't use the peppermint oil. While it feels good it can cause burning and peeling of the skin and in some cases light sensitivity. Peppermint oil is very strong and needs to be used sparingly.

Replied by Joyce
(Dallas, Tx)

Courtney, I wanted to tell you what helped me with Seborheic Dermatitis... I lived with it for 15 years and just dealt with it or got used to it... I tried all the special medical shampoos like T Gel etc., I also tried a healthy dieting with low carbs, I tried ACV, I tried taking Neem, Garlic and nothing got rid of it...

Then when I was 25 I decided to do a CRASH DIET to lose some weight fast! I read about Beyonce's Lemonade Diet, "The Master Cleanse" and I decided to do it for 11 days... After the cleanse, I did lose weight mostly water weight which I gained back about six months later. But the greatest thing about it was my Seb Dermatitis disappeared and hasn't returned as of yet... Master Cleanse is not the best weight loss method, but it definitely clears out some toxins that could be causing rashes... Hope this helps anyone!

One more thing, I recently noticed my hair very dry... I read that you are not supposed to shampoo everyday because the shampoo will dry your hair and your scalp. Well, I tried to shampoo every other day but my hair just looked to oily and gross. So I decided to put about a half cup of melted coconut oil in my shampoo bottle. It has helped alot making my hair less dry and frizzy and with it being mixed with the shampoo, it doesn't make your hair look oily. Another thing that helps with dry hair is Shampooing every other day and on alternate days, only using Conditioner to wash your hair. The conditioner has fragrance and will mask the smelly, oily scent of your hair. I know it sounds gross, but my hair looks better, feels softer and styles better when I don't overuse shampoo and when I add a little coconut oil...

Replied by Joyce
(Dallas, Tx)

Courtney, I wanted to tell you what helped me with Seborheic Dermatitis... I lived with it for 15 years and just dealt with it or got used to it... I tried all the special medical shampoos like T Gel etc. , I also tried a healthy dieting with low carbs, I tried ACV, I tried taking Neem, Garlic and nothing got rid of it...

Then when I was 25 I decided to do a CRASH DIET to lose some weight fast! I read about the Master Cleanse and I decided to do it for 11 days... After the cleanse, I did lose weight mostly water weight which I gained back about six months later. But the greatest thing about it was my Seb Dermatitis disappeared and hasn't returned as of yet... Master Cleanse is not the best weight loss method, but it definitely clears out some toxins that could be causing rashes... Hope this helps anyone!

One more thing, I recently noticed my hair very dry... I read that you are not supposed to shampoo everyday because the shampoo will dry your hair and your scalp. Well, I tried to shampoo every other day but my hair just looked to oily and gross. So I decided to put about a half cup of melted coconut oil in my shampoo bottle. It has helped alot making my hair less dry and frizzy and with it being mixed with the shampoo, it doesn't make your hair look oily. Another thing that helps with dry hair is Shampooing every other day and on alternate days, only using Conditioner to wash your hair. The conditioner has fragrance and will mask the smelly, oily scent of your hair. I know it sounds gross, but my hair looks better, feels softer and styles better when I don't overuse shampoo and when I add a little coconut oil...

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Posted by Joellie (Amsterdam, The Netherlands) on 06/24/2009

Dear all, AVC does a good job.. what is the best treatment for my face! I still have litle tiny flakes... and after the avc my skin feels still a litlle fat.. anyone.. thank you

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Posted by Charlie (Boca, FL USA) on 06/10/2009

First and foremost thank you all for posting and for this site. I have Seborrheic Dermatitis on my face and scalp. It started as a red dry skin area around my nose and spread to under my eyes, chin, side burns, eye brows and when I did not shave anywhere there was hair. It has not spread to the rest of my body and thankfully just on my face.

It would get worse when I exercised, sweated or a temperature change from hot to cold weather wise. This caused me to stop exercising, which as a tri athlete was horrible. Sadly ordeal lasted roughly 6 years until I found Apple Cider vinegar. Before that I tried, dandruff shampoos, creams, acne solutions (proactive) and steroid based creams from my dermatologist.

The solution was simple and in my grocery store:
Apple cider vinegar in liquid form. I got the idea from this site and tried the recommendations.
1. Drink it mixed with water. That tasted badly so I decided to just do a shot of it. BAD IDEA. It almost killed myself and threw up for roughly 4 hours, side note it was a interesting way to reset and rid myself of all my stomach lining. DO NOT DRINK IT AS A SHOT.
2. I then tried the pills-no effect

Got the liquid. Take 3 piece of toilet paper and fold it in 3's just enough to make a strip where I can cover the top of the bottle and turn the acv bottle over making 4 circles so I can wipe my face with it. It stings but man does it work. No more pealing and my bad flare ups now are what I used to consider my good days. I did it once in the morning and once at night at first but now I forget to do it because I don't need to. I f I go more than about a week it will start up, but as soon as I do the acv"poof" all better. Sweating and exercising does start the process again but as long as I do it twice a day- I am good to go.

Please feel free to email me with questions at [email protected]
I hope this helps and thank you all again for introducing me to acv.

Replied by Connie
(Columbus, Ohio)

I agree about taking ACV and the side effects it can have on your taste buds and stomach. But here is a tip a friend told me about... mix 4 ounces of warm water with one tablespoon of ACV and one tablespoon of honey mix well a drink in two quick swallows.This is still a little shock on your taste buds, have a full glass of cool fresh water ready. Drink this mixture three times a day. I must admit it took me about three weeks to get use to this but you do and the MANY health benifits of ACV and the honey are well worth it!!

Replied by Alicia
(Madrid, Spain)

Hello! I've just started using ACV and I feel heartburn. Makes your body loose bone density? I'm right now starting my menopause and I'll appreciate your info. What do you think about ingesting H2O2? Thanks a lot. Alicia

Replied by kungfuchic
(Thibodaux, LA)

I just wanted to relpy to Alicia from Madrid: ACV actually helps your bones to retain density. It has nutrients that bones need to keep strong and healthy.

Replied by Alicia
(Madrid, Spain)

This reply is for Kungfuchic from Thidobaux, LA. Thanks so much for your interest and hope everything is the best in your life.

Replied by Eve
(Concord, Nh)

I'm concerned by the question from Alicia from Madrid, Spain. She wondered about ingesting H2O2. I hope she has not done so. H2O2 is highly toxic when taken internally. It is a naturally occurring substance and is produced by many organisms to destroy other one-celled organisms. It damages cells and kills them. This is why it works for killing bacteria and fungi on the skin. Please Do Not take it internally!


Replied by Ana
(Philadelphia, Pa)

For those who said that taking a shot of Apple Cider Vinegar was too harsh - a simple remedy for that awful taste, I've found, is to mix it with a glass of orange juice. It just makes the OJ a bit tangy. I would, however, recommend brushing your teeth immediately afterward. The combined acidity of the ACV and the OJ could be pretty bad for your teeth. Realistically, it's probably a good idea to brush your teeth after consuming ACV in any manner.

Replied by Coregon
(Medford, Or)

To Ana from Philadelphia who said:

"Realistically, it's probably a good idea to brush your teeth after consuming ACV in any manner."

Ana, you're correct and incorrect. Leaving the acid of orange juice and Apple Cider Vinegar on your teeth isn't good, but brushing your teeth while you have those acids on the teeth is hard on the enamel. Dentists recommend you rinse your mouth several times but don't brush teeth right after drinking acidic drinks.. wait until later.

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Posted by Robin (New York, NY) on 02/27/2009

I have to say I was skeptical at best even after reading all the positive responses to this 'cure' but after only one application of ACV I cannot believe the difference!! Over the last few months my scalp and face around the hairline went from a mild case of a few flakes to a very bad case of extreme flaking and scaling etc. I too had tried everything and was getting extremely disheartened thinking I was just going to be doomed to deal with this condition forever. Not only has it helped the skin condition but just like others said my hair looks and feels shinier and it has also cut down on the amount of static in my hair (I think the static was caused by the medicated shampoo I was using before that stripped my hair). I don't even care that I'm walking around smelling like a jar of pickles!

Replied by Larryc
(Buffalo, New York)

I have used apple cider vinegars for years-not faithfully but continue to fall back on its healing abilities.Not only do I use it on myself but on my 2 Saint Bernards-thats right.The ACV I use is ___ ACV which is 100% organic. It is a little more expensive but I feel that the strength of this surpasses the basic store bought acv.

I take mine with orange juice, it helps cut the bitterness of this acv and seems to be somewhat potent and expedient in its healing properties.It works on my 2 dogs due to the fact that it has helped greatly in the curing or reliefing of its so called allergies.

I have not had any dandruff or scallyness for as far back as I can remember which seems to be forever.Give it a try with orange juice.Good luck and stay healthy. Larryc

Replied by Janice
(Coloma, Mi)

Hi Larry, I am curious as to how you give the vinegar to your dogs. Right now I am treating my dog with a systemic yeast problem. I have switched my dog to a raw food diet which is helping and the vet (a holistic guy) has given me some probiotics to put in her food.

Replied by Kjustice
(Corpus Christi, Tx)

Janice -I know it's been awhile since you asked about the way to give your dogs the ACV. I add a couple of drops to my yorkies water (She's only 7 lbs) Adjust according to the size to your dogs.

I would not give more than 1 tsp. per day in their water bowl.

*****Side Note:******
I don't recommend giving them tap water.
Those water windmills are great, they filter out ALOT of chemicals. Another tip, I read that tap water isn't good for house plants, and what a difference when I started using the windmill water.
????WOW what is our city putting in our tap.????

***********Another side note:**********
If your dogs have allergies,
ACV is great for that, plus I add 2 drops of NEEM leaf oil. (also found at your health food store)

I hope this helps and you continue to use this website. I have been telling EVERYONE, even my Dr. about Very helpful. Thank you for all the wonderful information that your website provides.

KJustice (and mommy's baby- The yorkie)

Replied by Namor1
(La., US)


I have had seborric dermatitis for years, and I was recommended to start using an alcohol free argan oil on my scalp. It HAS TO BE ALCOHOL FREE ARGAN OIL, because the alcohol will make your condition worse. Tried a bunch of brands, and the best and most natural one is the Somaluxe Argan Oil. I use it three times a week, and I barely get an itchy scalp anymore. Its 100% the way to go for seborric dermatitis.

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Posted by Amy (Tekonsha, Michigan) on 02/10/2009

I suffer from Seborrheic Dermatitis and it drives me nuts! I've always had a flaky scalp, but it got worse in college. To manage it, I use Neutragena T-Gel everyday, which kind of works. It usually causes the itching to subside for a day ... until I wash my hair the next morning.

I also suffer from rosacea on my cheeks. It recently started getting worse in the evenings. I'm getting married in August and definitely don't want to be dealing with it on the big day. Like I said, it really only flares up in the evening before I go to bed.

I came across EarthClinic for a cure for rosacea and decided to start drinking ACV everyday to see what happened. As of today (10 February 2009) I have been drinking 1 tablespoon ACV mixed with a cup of orange juice every morning for 17 days. I've only missed one day. Here's what I've noticed:

* The itching in my scalp has subsided, only a tiny itch every once in a while
* My scalp is flaking significantly less than before
* The rosacea on my face has gotten better ... but isn't completely cured
* My skin has an overall healthier look

I haven't noticed any adverse side effects from the ACV. I still use the T-Gel about two times a week for the seborrheic dermatitis just because.

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Posted by Bryant Hassett (Warwick, RI) on 01/31/2009

I do not know what to say about apple cider vinegar at this point. I have a combination of Perioral Dermatitis, and Seborric Dermatitis, making my face a flaky and dry mess. The first 2 days were alright, it reduced the flakes density, and made it easier to pluck off... I'll tell you; it really stings. The third day or so i guess i may have used too much, but it made the area around my mouth soooo swolen that i couldn't even open it for 2 days. Its too soon to really tell if its working or not. But its not enjoyable right now. Im going to start taking ACV capsules and see if that works too. A friendly tip to you all, dont over do the ACV or you can end up with a swolen and iritated face which is not enjoyable at all.

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Posted by Savannah Tucker (Dublin, GA) on 01/03/2009

I am African American I have dealt with dry scalp my entire life. My mother has the same condition. When I was younger my mother would deep condition my scalp and hair and moisturize my scalp daily. When I was a teenager I did the same but have tried countless treatments and prescriptions and products since then. It has been frustrating trying to find a solution to my scalp condition while taking care of my hair. I am twenty 26 and tried using ACV 5% acidity in my hair 4 days ago and my scalp has made a 100% improvement!!!!! I put the ACV on my scalp and let it sit for 20 minutes and washed and styled as normal. Amazingly, my scalp is not white and itchy and my hair is not full of flakes. I haven't put anything on my scalp since the day I washed it.

Replied by Sishy
(Kingston, Jamaica)

Savannah - do you relax your hair? I would like to try it but it would to good to know how ACV reacts with relaxer first.

Replied by gd77
(Boston, MA)

Dandruff, ACV, and relaxing hair: I've used it in the past and my hair is relaxed. It worked pretty well. You may have to keep at it for couple of days to get rid of it. I would put it on my scalp w/ a dropper and massage it in. Then put a plastic cap and sleep with it on. In the morning wash it out or rinse. Blow dry or air dry. However, I would do this a least 3 days before you actual relaxer because washing irritates the scalp.

Replied by Tami
(Maple Hts, Ohio)

I am also African American with the same issue. I am willing to try anything. I wanted to get braids just so I can apply the ACV to my scalp directly. This is a horrible condition, but I hope the ACV will work. I am taking it to my hair styist tomorrow to give it a try.

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Posted by Tehiya (New York, New York) on 01/02/2009

I tried Apple Cider Vinegar for Sebhorreic Dermatitis every day for about 10 days, and my scalp is no better than before. It didn't work at all.

Replied by Chloe
(Guthrie, OK)

you may try to do full strength, also, try to add about 10 drops or so of tea tree oil. diluting it didn't work well for me either so i did the full strength and it worked better.

Replied by Renee
(Camillus, Ny)

It should be Apple cider Vinegar "with the mother". Regular ACV will not work.

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Posted by Christine (clearwater, florida) on 10/13/2008

Please help! If you want to skip the entire story, please just scroll to the bottom 5 or so paragraphs. However, if you can help, please do read the whole story.

I think I have had something fungal going on with my body for some time. All throughout my pregnancy (5 years ago), I had a few yeast infections all handled with acidopholis. My son was born with "cradle cap". He is 4 and still has it (I think it's fungal = sebboreac dermatitis)

I currently have very bad dermatitis on my hands and face. It started about 3 years ago in between my fingers - lightly red and inflamed on a few fingers. Never having taken a drug in my life (including natural births), I saw a nutritionist.

He is one of the new who knows how to PROPERLY muscle test, and can test the supplement for your body and the correct dosage. He handled many problems for me (including major back spasms preventing me from operating at all). He handled liver cancer on my father, I've witnessed him handling autistic kids - I can sum it up to say for the most part he knows what he's doing!

On the hands, he found that it was a parasite. Throughout the last few years, he's also found a fungus as well. Most recently he found a virus in the liver (which makes sense as liver dysfunction can cause skin problems) I have drastically changed my diet and eliminated ALL sugar over the past 3 months. I went strictly organic 3 years ago.

Despite doing his protocol, it would ebb and flow - each outbreak steadily getting worse and spreading onto my knuckles and front of hands.

After a year the redness then changed to red and small little pustules. (little clear "puss pockets" on my fingers and eventually moving into the palms of my hands). I am super hygienic - wash my hands about 8 times a day with mild natural hand soap - doesn't make sense.

Frustrated, I went and got topical fungal cream. It vanished after a few days - only to come back when I went off the cream.

Last year I had it licked for several months when I went onto NO sugar (no bread, legumes, honey, juice, etc.)... Then it came back after about 3 months.

Now three years later I've had all of my body products tested on me - I use 100% natural soap, shampoos, toothpaste, makeup, etc. I clean my house only with vinegar and peroxide. I eat like a hippie - it doesn't make sense!

3 months ago I went to a "natural spring" in Florida, The next day my entire tummy was broken out in hives. It spread up my chest, onto the neck and on the hands.

I decided to skip the nutritionist as I'd been struggling for three years. I went to a dermatologist who told me it was an allergy to whole food supplements! I didn't buy this, but decided to take the steroid and antihistamine.

I took both twice. I felt terrible and the condition got worse! I went back and the Doctor the next day who then told me to keep it up for two weeks as it could take that long !!!!!

Regretting taking the drugs I went to my nutritionist who handled it within a day - EXCEPT the hands (my struggle).

I then started soaking my hands in salt water. I'd do this about an hour a day. This would clear them up and instantly take away the itch (didn't hurt surprisingly) and chilled them out.

At the end of September it was my son's 4th birthday. I cheated on my no sugar and had a piece of cake (not all natural, organic and sugar free).

The next morning I wooke up and it broke out on my face!!!!!! Within a day of the breakout my chin was orange from the oozing. YUK. I can't go to work looking like this... I work in the financial industry!

I went to my nutritionist who couldn't handle it.

My hands were also worse than before - I could NOT stop from itching. I bought cortisone cream, tar, psoriasis cream, etc. and loaded it all on my hands. NOTHING stopped this terrible itch. The knuckles looked like I got into a fist fight and were bleeding and swollen. My fingers almost twice their size. The salt water was also not helping.

By the way, each breakout has been worse than previous - especially since these terrible drugs! I researched the drugs (prednisone, xyzol and another topical steroid) Turns out a side effect of these medical drugs is breaking out WORSE than before once you're off the drug!!!

The nutrition was ALSO not working and now I had an orange chin and bloody knuckles.

I finally broke down and went back to the MD again (I saw a different one). He said it was a staph infection (hands) and impetigo (face). I could think with this. I took the anti-biotic which totally cleared the skin. This made sense to me - nutrition not working with such a massive infection misdiagnosed for months.

I thought an anti-biotic is OK - I've never had a side effect from the 3-4 times I've taken them (no condition I've had ever came back).

Now I've been off a week. Within a day I could feel the skin heating up under the lips. The itch started the next day, along with chin getting red and the lips also have little bumps around the base. I also have white heads around my nose, which is slightly red.

I spoke to the MD, who wants to put me on more drugs. I truly don't think this is a solution - seeing the "side effects"!!!!

I took a BUNCH of oregano oil (3 days ago). The condition has continued to worsen.

Remember, I drink more than 1/2 my body weight in spring water a day and I ONLY eat organic veggies and chicken (I even clean and steam veggies in bottled spring water). No sugar of any kind (bread, fruit, refined, dairy, etc.) I don't even put dressing on my salad. The ONLY stray from this is one cup of coffee per day. This is definitely not some allergy from a crap diet or chemicals in my environment.

I found this site - T H A N K Y O U!!! I've been taking apple cider vinegar internally and externally since yesterday. The chin is definitely drying up but still quite red. It started bleeding today (I think it was so dry, that when I moved my mouth, it cracked a scab)

HOWEVER, the hands don't seem to be changing. The knuckles are redder today (with white flaky skin on top - I assume this is eczema) and continuing to get chubbier and spreading.

I've also been drinking water with 1/4 teaspoon of baking soda with lemon juice and two teaspoons of ACV. I've put the ACV on my face and hands three times a day.

The redness is not yet going away on the face, but it's crusting up (yuk - sorry if this is gross).

Last night I put yogurt on my face and hands (the thick Greek yogurt) and taken a bunch of acidopholis. The yogurt seems to draw some of the gunk out as a "white head" formed after I rinsed it off.

I considered the oil gargle - but am worried I'll detox too fast and the skin will get worse than it is now.

I am going to start with coconut oil tonight and see if that helps on the hands.

I need to know from other people out there - does it sound like I'm improving?? Anyone else go through these symptoms before (or as part of) healing??? My main concern is whether or not I am healing.

Any suggestions? Please help! I am 29 and refuse to let this spread on my body! I plan on it being gone :)

Thank you so much,

Replied by Jgmurphy
(Skokie, Il, USA)

Good luck with the apple cider vinegar, but I had a similar problem which I thought was from a cheap costume ring I had been wearing. I broke out in a horrible itchy red rash with bloody bumpy blisters. Of course I had removed the ring immediately when the itching began (who wouldn't?) but instead of disappearing as it had in the past, this time it just kept getting worse and worse and my finger swelled up so badly I could not close my hand. I tried some aloe vera which was soothing but didn't seem to do much else. Finally in desperation I bought something called tea tree oil which i had heard was a good remedy for burns and other irritations. Whaddya know---my rash started clearing up immediately---the skin dried out quite a bit but I relieved that with ordinary cortisone cream. The infection and swelling went away in a few days. The stuff is not exactly cheap ($12.50) but not that expensive considering the rapid result.

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Nancy (Orlando, FL) on 10/11/2008

I use Organic Apple Cider Vinegar for my seborrheic dermatitis and sensitive scalp. I typically take about 1/4 cup of Apple Cider Vinegar and 1/4 cup of water and mix it in a spray bottle (1 part to 1 part). I spray it directly on my scalp, by combing through the different sections. Then leave it on for at least 10-15 minutes. Then I rinse it out and use a mild shampoo & conditioner. The longer the better. Its best to do it on the weekends or at night because it does smell. (2-3 times a week) The worse you have it the longer it will take to see results. I started using the ACV because the Nizoral shampoo started making my hair really dry and brittle and it started to break and fall out. I have pretty oily skin and I needed to wash my hair every day. For the face, take a cotton ball and dab the mixture on the spots. And make sure you dry your hair good, the moisture breeds bacteria.

Replied by Lissa
(Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia)

Hi I just bought all this ingredients - apple cider vinegar and baking soda and excited to begin. I m using Head and Shoulders and its working well but am getting worried as my hair is always falling. This was the same when i was using Selsun which also worked well with me. SO im giving this a try and crossing my fingers that it will work as well as everyone here. Will keep all of you posted.

Replied by Deb
(Myerstown, Pennsylvania)

If you color your hair at home or in the salon don't use Hydrogen Peroxide in any strength. If you get it on your hair even from using it on your face and get a perm or relaxer you hair will melt. Vinegar is an acid.

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Michael (Red Oak, Iowa) on 09/13/2008

Well. I have had slowly worsening contact dermatitis & seborrhea on my face and scalp for 20 years. I have been using corizone lotion and cream to control it poorly for the last 6 years. I am not a health food freak, but I somehow found this site and decided, "What the hell!" I bought a bottle of Raw Apple Cider Vinegar and put it on my scalp and face for going on two weeks now. The scalp has gone from maybe 15 patches on my scalp to one, and the dozen or so patches which alternate on my face have just finished cycling out completely. So far so good. I am utterly amazed and hope that it continues to work. I don't think it is placebo because I've tried many things which were supposed to help which never did. Also, the quality of the commentaries on this remedy was very good, which helped a lot.

Also, I took a tablespoon in vegetable juice twice daily and within two days my appetite diminished by probably 50%, if not more. It was the damnest thing. I just didn't feel like eating, but otherwise felt fine maybe better. I ran low on vinegar and am waiting for supermarket to restock and have stopped ingesting ACV for perhaps 6 days now and my appetite has returned. I have had oral surgery during the last week, so perhaps the tooth infection may have influenced my appetite. But I hope the appetite supression returns when I get more vinegar. If it does I will regard all of this as a freaking miracle. At this point I would say to anyone, "Try it. What do you have to lose?"

Replied by Michael McMath
(Red Oak, Iowa)

Apple Cider Vinegar has cured my dermatitis/ sebhorea by 95%. I posted in Sept., 08 about cider vinegar alleviating my dermatitis on scalp and face.

Now in December, 08 I have dermatitis of scalp alleviated by 95%. That on my face is somewhat different. After a month or so, I began to get rapidly cyling minor patches on my face even though I am applying to face every day--several times. The patches would generally show up as dry rough spots which would flake if you gently scratched them. I would remove flakes then apply vinegar, which would show red and generally alleviate in 2-3 days. Now I seem to have fewer patches lasting shorter time and healing faster. I wish it would go away completely, but this is so much better than before. I just hope it doesn't stop working at some point.

I haven't been using the organic raw vinegar because it wasnpt available for some time, and have only been applying the regular cider vinegar to skin. I got a bottle of raw vinegar two days ago and have started to take a couple of tablespoons in V-8 juice and hope this helps and maybe will also reduce appetite as it did before. The V-8 is a very good vehicle as it just seems to be more tangy with vinegar. I just couldn't take vinegar in water and not at all unpalatable. I don't know if using raw organic vinegar has any virtue at all. I am sort of conditioned to thinkl that it should because it is, well, ORGANIC. The Del Monte Cider Vinegar seems to work as well on my face and scalp as the raw. Perhaps just plain white vinegar would do the job. Really,I imagine the acetic acid is the active ingredient. Has anyone out there tried white vinegar?

I know of two fellows who work in stores I frequent who have bad dermatitis of face and scalp. I really want to tell them about this, but haven't had the nerve to do it. I guess I will screw up the courage and tell them as I wish that if anybody who had seen me knew about this that they would have told me and spared me years of embarassment, frustration, and misery.

Replied by Michael
(Red Oak, Iowa)

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

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

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

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Diana (Brockton, MA) on 07/23/2008

apple cider vinegar with the following has improved 99.99% my scalp condition of sebhorreic dermatitis: spray or just add to scalp prior to washing hair, leave 5 minutes on scalp, then shampoo with lavender shampoo and 2 drops of tea tree oil, again leave 5 more minutes, then shampoo again with DHS dandruf shampoo (you will find this one over the counter, contains Zinc)and end with a tea tree conditioner. After 2 weeks, my scalf looks almost natural and the itch has almost completely gone away. Once condition starts clearing, use DHS shampoo only a couple or times a week, same as vinegar.

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