Republished with permission from thenaturesfarmacy.com.
Has your eczema got you feeling insecure? Don’t fret. Apple cider vinegar has been proven to be an effective solution for eczema as well as other skin conditions.
How Does Vinegar Treat Eczema?
- Vinegar is an excellent source of acetic, lactic and malic acids. These contain antibacterial and anti-fungal properties which help fight skin infections, relieve dry skin, inflammation and itchiness.
- Vinegar contains beta-carotene, which supports cell renewals.
- Vinegar is also an excellent source of potassium, which helps balance your skin’s pH and fights allergies.
- Vinegar is rich in a wide array of essential vitamins and minerals, including pectin, sodium, magnesium, potassium, iron, calcium, phosphorous, sulphur and iron – all of which help strengthen the immune system and control eczema.
- Apple cider vinegar, in particular, is a rich source of fiber which is highly useful in flushing out toxins that lead to eczema.
*5 Reasons To Wash Your Face with Apple Cider Vinegar
*Editor’s note: this section was not taken from the original article and was included as additional information for your benefit. It has been republished with permission from naturallivingideas.com.
Apple cider vinegar isn’t just great for treating eczema; it’s good for keeping your skin feeling clean and rejuvenated. Here are five great reasons to consider washing your face with apple cider vinegar. A word of caution – don’t put apple cider vinegar full strength over your face – it can burn. Use a diluted mixture of 50% water and 50% apple cider vinegar and be sure to try the solution on the skin on your hand or elsewhere before putting on your face. In very rare instances, some people are sensitive to this solution.
- Apple cider vinegar can help reduce age spots: When you wash your face daily with apple cider vinegar you will notice a substantial difference in age spots. Apple cider vinegar contains alpha hydroxy acids that will remove dead skin and reveal healthy and vibrant new skin. In addition to washing with a splash of apple cider vinegar, dab a little on a cotton ball and apply directly to age spots. Wait about thirty minutes and rinse your face with cool water and pat dry. Do this twice daily for six weeks and you will see a difference.
- Apple cider vinegar fights acne, pimples and blemishes: No need to buy commercial acne cream when you can use apple cider vinegar. When apple cider vinegar is made, malic acid forms. This makes apple cider vinegar a potent antibacterial, antifungal and antiviral substance capable of keeping bacteria at bay and pimples from forming.
- Apple cider vinegar balances your skin: While removing oil from your skin, apple cider vinegar also helps to balance pH and keeps your skin from becoming too oily or too dry by balancing the production of sebum. Rinse your face daily with apple cider vinegar if you desire balance.
- Apple cider vinegar fights wrinkles: Diluted apple cider vinegar face wash can help minimize the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. You can soak a cotton pad or cotton cloth in diluted apple cider vinegar and dab on your skin. Rinse with warm water and pat dry.
- Apple cider vinegar removes toxins from your face: Regular use of an apple cider vinegar wash will help draw toxins out of your skin leaving a youthful and clean glow.
How to Use Apple Cider Vinegar for Eczema
Apple cider vinegar can be used in combination with other ingredients to treat eczema. Below are are few simple (and cost-effective) ways of doing this using ingredients from your own kitchen.
1. ACV diluted in water
Apple cider vinegar has antifungal and antibacterial properties. It provides instant relief when it’s applied to eczema-affected skin.
- 2 Tsp Apple Cider Vinegar
- 1 Cup of Water
- 3 Cotton Balls
- Put the apple cider vinegar and water in a small bowl.
- Using a cotton swab, apply the solution to the affected area.
- Repeat this remedy until you you see that your eczema has completely cleared.
Note: If you have sensitive skin combine 1 tsp of apple cider vinegar with ½ cup water.
2. Apple Cider Vinegar Bath
Having a vinegar bath has also proven to be very helpful with treating eczema.
- A bathtub
- ½ cup of Apple Cider Vinegar
- A Moisturizer
- Start by adding ACV to your bath water and gently soak yourself in it for about 15 minutes.
- Come out from the water and pat yourself dry with a clean towel.
- Apply a moisturizer of your choice.
- Try your best to do this every day until you get your desired result.
This remedy can be taken a little bit further by adding coconut oil to your bath water.
3. Take ACV orally
ACV can also be taken orally to help strengthen your immune system and prevent the re-occurrence of eczema. But remember to always dilute the apple cider vinegar before taking it orally.
- 1 tsp of Apple Cider Vinegar
- 1 Cup Water
- Dilute one teaspoon of apple cider vinegar in 1 cup of water.
- Drink the mixture.
- This remedy should be repeated at least 2 to 3 times daily to get rid of eczema and strengthen your immune system.
4. Apple Cider Vinegar and Baking Soda
- 2 tsp of Apple Cider Vinegar
- ¼ tsp Baking Soda
- 1 cup Water
- 1 tsp Honey (optional)
- Add 1 tsp of ACV and ¼ tsp of baking soda to one cup of water.
- Stir the mixture thoroughly and drink this daily until your eczema goes away.
- You can add 1 tsp of honey if you wish.
5. Apple Cider Vinegar and Honey
This combination is very effective in treating eczema – honey is well known for its ability to remedy different skin diseases. When applied to the affected area, it can reduce inflammation and irritation. Its antibacterial properties also help kill bad bacteria.
- 2 tsp of Apple Cider Vinegar
- 1 tsp Honey
- 1 glass of Water
- Add the ACV and honey to a glass of water.
- Stir the mixture thoroughly and drink.
- This remedy should be consumed three times daily with meals until the eczema disappears.
- Before using apple cider vinegar, check to see that you are not allergic to it. This can be done through a simple patch test; apply a small amount of ACV to your skin and wait a minute to see whether or not your skin reacts.
- Always ensure that you dilute your ACV before taking it orally or topically. ACV is very strong and can cause a severe burning sensation if taken without first being diluted.
- It is strongly advised that you avoid using perfumes and strong soaps when using ACV to avoid irritation and further damage to your skin.
- Make sure to moisturize your skin as often as possible. Dry skin can worsen eczema.
- Foods such as peanuts, milk, soy, wheat, fish and eggs should be avoided as they can also cause eczema to worsen.
- If you are suffering from diabetes, heart burn or peptic ulcer, taking ACV orally is not advised as it is acidic and can cause irritation.
- If you are pregnant, consult with your doctor prior to consuming ACV as in some cases it has been known to cause complications during pregnancy.
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