Apple cider vinegar is truly a natural beauty powerhouse.
Whether it’s used to treat acne, tone skin or condition your hair, ACV can be used for just about anything.
Dry, itchy skin and inflammatory conditions are no exception.
What Is Eczema ?
Eczema is a group of skin condition which cause inflammation and irritation. The skin is typically itchy and characterized by thick and scaly rashes (1).
Eczema can be triggered by soaps, detergent, animal dander, bacterial or fungal infection and certain fabrics and foods. Treatment typically targets pain and itch relief by keeping the skin moist.
Some people take oral or topical medicine, but the the FDA has warned that some prescription ointments like Elidel and Protopic can increase cancer risk.
How To Manage Eczema Naturally
Eczema can be managed by avoiding triggers and allergens like milk, sugar, seafood, corn, soy products, peanuts, preservatives and cosmetic products.
Patients can also find relief by moisturizing frequently, avoiding extreme temperature or humidity, avoiding stressful situations and avoiding sweat.
How Does Vinegar Work ?
Raw, unfiltered organic apple cider vinegar (ACV) is full of vitamins, mineral and substances such as carotenoids, flavonoids, isoflavones and protease inhibitors (2).
On the other hand, potassium balances pH balance of the skin to reduce inflammation and irritation (4).
Vinegar also works as an antibacterial, antifungal and antiparasitic agent to fight any infection causing the skin condition (5).
Here’s how you can use this multipurpose food to heal your skin.
1. Use Diluted ACV
Pure ACV can burn and sting the skin if applied directly, that why it’s better to mix it with water.
- To use, mix equal part vinegar and water in a small cup. For sensitive skin, dilute 1/3 cup of vinegar for every 3 cups of water.
- Pour mixture into a spray bottle or sealed container.
- Apply directly to the skin using a cotton ball or simply spray the solution directly onto your skin.
- Use in the morning and at night for relief.
2. Take a Vinegar Bath
If you experience large patched of eczema on your body, nightly vinegar baths will help your manage your condition.
- To use, pour 1-2 cups of ACV into warm but not hot water.
- For extra relief, add a 1/3 a cup of coconut oil.
- Soak for at least half an hour for best results.
3. Soothing Syrup
Soothe your body internally by taking with yummy mix. Pregnant, diabetic and people taking prescription medication should consult their doctor before taking ACV orally.
- Mix a tablespoon of ACV into 16 oz. of hot water.
- Add a teaspoon of blackstrap molasses, honey, or maple syrup to the water to make it easier to stomach.
- Take it up to 3 times a day, half an hour before meals.
- Keep your skin moisturized with coconut oil for best results. You can also apply it on your skin as a balm, wrapping the wound with a clean bandage.
4. Simple ACV Drink
For everyday relief, mix 1-2 tablespoons of ACV into a cup of hot water.
Drink twice a day, with or without honey. To prevent damage to your enamel, dirnk the mixture through a stainless steel straw.
5. Fizzy Eczema Tea
This tea may be hard to drink at first, but it really provides relief.
- Pour two tablespoons of ACV into a cup and add a 1/4 teaspoon of baking soda.
- Mix and let it rest until it longer fizzes.
- Add half a cup of water and a bit of honey or tea to improve taste.