I have had eczema my whole life. Apple cider vinegar is a home remedy that helps me keep it in check.
In this article, I'll explain how to use an apple cider vinegar drink and a white vinegar rinse to treat eczema, for all you fellow eczema sufferers.
Is it the best drink you've ever had? No. Does it work? Well, according to me and a few thousand other people, yes. If you're sick of all the topical creams and ointments, then it can't hurt to give apple cider vinegar a try for a month or so and see if it helps. I use the following recipe. . . .
Using Apple Cider Vinegar Internally to Treat Eczema
You will need:
- 2 tablespoons Bragg brand organic apple cider vinegar
- 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 cup water
- Mix the vinegar and the baking soda together.
- Once the mixture has stopped fizzing, mix with the water and chug it down.
- Repeat twice daily. Sometimes I also have 1 tablespoon of the vinegar mixture in water at lunch.
Some people drink the vinegar straight and some mix it with tea and honey. How you take it is up to you. I wouldn't recommend it straight unless you don't mind burning the hell out of your throat and stomach and ruining your tooth enamel on the way down. When you mix in that little bit of baking soda, it neutralizes the acid so it will not eat away at your teeth. It also makes it easier for your body to accept by changing the mixture's pH value. If you want a more detailed explanation of pH values, your body, and chemical reactions, either Google it or take a chemistry class.
I do not drink this mixture religiously, but I have noticed that when I do, it has a great effect on my skin. Another upside of the drink is that it helps with weight loss and to control appetite. Only drink "organic" apple cider with the mother in it. You can buy it at Sunflower Market, Whole Foods, or anywhere that sells organic. Do not drink the regular apple cider vinegar, and do not drink white vinegar.
Applying White Vinegar Externally to Treat Eczema
- First, a little warning: This process burns, especially on open wounds. The more you dilute the vinegar, the less it will burn. The burning sensation only lasts a minute or two.
- Rinse your body.
- Using a spray bottle or a sponge, cover your body with white vinegar just like you would with body wash.
- Turn off the water and listen to a song or two on the radio and let that vinegar clean all the bacteria and allergens off your body.
- Turn the water back on and wash. but don't use soap.
Foods That Can Trigger Eczema Outbreaks
What you're eating can have a huge effect on your eczema. Some main triggers are:
Basically, anything that tastes good can and may be the influence of your trifling, ugly skin disease.
No Cure for Eczema
Any and every doctor out there will tell you that there is no cure for eczema, though if you do a Google search on "cure for eczema," you will find thousands of pages from people who will sell you their cure in an e-book format for $29.99. Well, if their cure really worked, they would be making millions on it from the FDA, not selling e-books. They do contain a wealth of information, but I'm still skeptical.
I'm not selling anything except my pitch of what works for me and thousands of other people. It's a cheap product, plenty of free information, and I believe it is noted as the world's oldest medicine.
"Oh, what can it be, you sexy mysterious wizard?" you ask. Well, I will tell you. Vinegar. A nice drink of organic apple cider vinegar for the inside and some cheap white vinegar for the out. I have read many, many ways that people use their vinegar, so it's about finding a way that works for you. I will describe what works for me and the measurements in just a moment.
Plenty of people have claimed that vinegar has actually cured their eczema, and, after six months of ritual use, maybe it has. As for myself, all I can say is that it keeps it in check. I also have a poor diet and love beer and peanuts, which are two allergy triggers for breakouts. That is a big key to your problem right there. Allergy triggers. Try to think about what you were eating when you had a breakout.
Oh, That Itchy Eczema
Anybody who has experienced the joys of eczema, whether it be a small spot on your leg or your whole back, can tell you that it's no joy. It's hell! It's never-ending day-to-day torment. The itching, the puss, the embarrassment of having it on visible parts of your flesh, and of course the worst part: getting rid of it once it sets in and claims you as its victim.
Some people are born with it and some just develop the disease over time. I have had eczema my whole life and it has never really reared its ugly head until about eight years ago when it made its horrid presence known and let me know that it's not going away without a fight. I had no idea what it was. Was it shingles, syphilis, maybe an STD? Why, oh why did I fool around with those dirty English birds! Down my back it grew, on my shoulders; my lower calf itched worse and worse every day until it was completely raw and dripping with puss. I poured rubbing alcohol, peroxide and burning hot water all over my body, but it only got worse.
Now I'm not one for doctors and my theory of rubbing alcohol cures all was definitely not working. So it was time to see what the doctor could do for my dirty little secret. The doctor explained to me it was eczema and prescribed topical cream and antibiotics for my pus leg. Everything cleared up well, and besides little outbreaks, I was golden once again.
About a year and a half ago I started getting it badly on my eyelids and cheeks. I would control it with the expensive topical cream, but it would always be back. Eczema would come and go as it pleased, in and out of my life like a half-hearted girlfriend. Enough is enough. I need to end this relationship. Eczema I need you to... Eczema look at me when I say this... I hate how you make me feel inside... I hate how people are always looking at you when they are talking to me... I hate the expensive dates we have at the pharmacy cause you need that $60 cream... I hate how you keep me up all night asking me to itch you... No, you do not cry!... You mean nothing to me. Get out... Get out of my life!
It's easy to say hi to eczema and hard as hell to say goodbye. So the first step should be looking at your diet for what's causing your outbreaks and trying to cut them out of your everyday life. My favorite food groups are beer, dairy, and nuts, all of which I have allergies to and cause breakouts. Now I try and drink vodka, my milk is skim or fat-free, and I only eat protein-enriched nuts. Second, try the vinegar showers and the vinegar drink. If nothing else for you has worked, then it won't hurt to try.
If you think I missed a key point or need to add more detail on something please leave a comment. If vinegar has worked for you or you have had a bad experience with it please leave info for us to all learn from.
I hope I gave you all a few laughs and a lot of insight into what we can do to make our disease a little more bearable.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and does not substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed health professional. Drugs, supplements, and natural remedies may have dangerous side effects. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.
Shahed on October 01, 2019:
Long time eczema sufferer on and off. I have found ACV and manuka honey to provide relief (the ACV more so). I've read some people drinking or applying it to their skin undiluted. While I'm no expert, I don't think its wise starting off with that. Only go there if needed. I think it's considered more safe to dilute. How far to dilute is up for debate, but some dilute as far as 1-2 tbsp to 8 ounces water (which dr. braggs directions state), some do equal parts vinegar:water. I would follow the directions for consuming, and go based on results with using in on the skin (starting off more diluted and then less)
Writen4u (author) on January 18, 2019:
Granted the "editors" have changed this original article way past what I originally wrote with no way to change it back. I'm still happy after all these years that it is still helping people.
Amber on August 03, 2018:
I take baths in apple cider vinegar. When i exit, I feel fantastic! And i have exczema on my entire back, breast, inner thighs too. And might i also suggest Goldbond for exzema. Use it daily if you shower daily. I use it on my whole body even places not affected. I skipped the other day after washing with soap and my back was an itchy mess this morning. Apple cider vinegar bath goldbond sheild. I feel great. :)
Natalie Shannon on April 22, 2018:
I have exama all over my hands ad it burns even if i wash my hands without soap. I had to go to the hospital! But I will tell you i learned that the worse cause is slime with borax in it thats who my hands flared up and had blisters all over them!!
Mike on February 11, 2018:
I have suffered from eczema, severe, my entire life. Started the acv train and added baking soda. I noticed itching has reduced.
Hailee Gibson on December 10, 2017:
I have very sensitive skin and just had a severe eczema breakout where every moisturizer burned (area turned red and inflamed like a chemical burn), including shea butter-based creams. The only moisturizer that worked was Foderma serum. It had to be applied every hour for the first couple of days or the skin started flaking off. What a lifesaver this was!
Samantha J on August 21, 2017:
Acv can be helpful I've suffered for over 20 years I just want everyone to be mindful that acv is a blood thinner so check with your doctor
Before choosing this treatment !
Winn on July 07, 2017:
This post is so interesting. I've been using ACV externally. The combination of ACV internally and white vinegar externally is worth trying. Will try it. I'll keep you posted.
Muhaimin on June 14, 2017:
Hai. Ive been using acv. Currently im at very dry and redness condition. It is normal?
After u'r applying acv and u rinse according to ur method. Do you apply moisturiser afterward?
If you did apply.. can you recommend me a good ones.
Writen4u (author) on May 13, 2017:
Meghan, Sorry for the late reply. Yes, if you are drinking it the vinegar will push sh*t out of you and it will be the "worse before better" scenario. If you are applying it topically I guess it looks worse but should feel better.
I really do think stress is a major factor with eczema, whether it be walking, meditation, beating the f*ck out of a neighbor, you need to find a way to reduce your stress level or find a way to remain calm when you are in what could be a stressful situation.
Babies are stressful, from newborn to toddler. The scream resonates the ears which is why it is so hard to listen to. I watch my wife's stress build as the baby screams. I know the baby can only scream for so long, then she sleeps, I know the outcome will always be the same, so there is no reason to stress out about her screaming. Boom. stress avoided.
MeghanMurphy86 on January 08, 2017:
Hey there- I took the advice of my boss and started taking Bragg's ACV along with Barlean's flax oil probably closer to two weeks ago now to try and treat my eczema that has reared its ugly head after giving birth in the summer. I was relieved to find that my worst patch on my hand seemed to be healing and way less angry until today when I noticed a larger patch was erupting right over the top of the patch that was healing! I missed one day of the vinegar and flax- so I doubt that's the issue. My question is, do you feel like it's one of those "it'll get worse before it gets better" things as the bacteria and whatever heinous thing that's causing this awful flare up leaves my body? So frustrating. As if a new baby isn't a big enough cause for exhaustion, I'm laying in bed (with snoring infant in bassinet next to me) scouring the internet for information about this stupid eczema currently keeping me awake. Sigh. I'm going to try the vinegar in the morning. No dilution. I don't care if it hurts. I'm also scratching my head (pardon the pun) about the cause of my flare. I had eczema pretty bad as a child and grew out of it. I've had suuuuuuper dry skin my entire life, but no actual eczema flairs since childhood. At 30 years old, I'm all the sudden experiencing it again. I just don't buy allergies as the culprit seeing as it came on suddenly post partum. Stress maybe? I have enough of that I suppose. So perplexed.
Coconut oil with ACV on December 19, 2016:
I have eczema around my eyes and som on my face. Get unrefined coconut oil for moisturizing while doing the ACV treatment and I get this cream that is amazing "Dr. organic Manuka honey rescue cream" brings the flare down almost immediately. It's worth it. And you can get it on amazon for $17 and it lasts for a long time. I use that and coconut oil and it keeps is so under control. Like barely seen. I've read from some that it could be fungal As well? Could be why ACV works so well with getting rid of it as it is a major fungus killer.
Good luck my fellow suffers. It's no fun what we have. Xo
Writen4u (author) on October 21, 2016:
Dini, First ***Read up on drinking the ACV while breastfeeding as my understanding is that it could introduce harmful bacteria into the baby***
Being a parent myself since I wrote this article years ago, I have been using vinegar in the Baybs' bath water to clear up with the horrible diaper rash that has been occurring on her vaj and b-hole area due to teething, (yes the constant swallowing of spit during teething can lead to acidic poops) and it has worked great. I'm glad it has helped start to clear up, but keep in mind baby skin is very gentle, keep it heavily diluted if you choose to use it on your baby's skin, with your doctors discretion. Personally I would try a week or two of formula to see if it is what you are eating that is causing a allergic reaction and by all means be safe and don't drink the vinegar while breastfeeding.
Dini on October 17, 2016:
Two of my kids has eczema even though we didn't have history of eczema in our family. My 5 months old daughter had her first break out after vaccinated at 2 months old. At first it was craddle cap, I used white vinegar diluted with water and gently apply it with a cotton balls on her scalp. It clear up after 2 weeks. Now she has weeping eczema all over her face, body, arms and legs. I don't want to use any steroid cream so I came a cross your article read it, laugh and hope at the same time, thank you! So.... She's been using it for 2 weeks, I noticed progress on her skin, it's a slow progress but her weeping and oozing eczema had reduced. It breaks my heart to hear her cries everytime I applied the ACV. I also drink the ACV mixture, as I'm still breastfeeding her, cut off dairy products and eggs on my diet. My 4 yo son has it since he was 2 months old right after he was vaccined , he has food allergies, as long as we control his food the eczema is still manageable but didn't really clear up. Cut off the steroid cream and begin this ACV treatment. The dermatologist was supportive of the natural way, we discussed about auto immune system, healthy gut issues and the connection between vaccines and eczema, apparently vaccines can cause break out of eczema. Hoping that this ACV treatment will cure their eczema.
Carol on July 10, 2016:
Have to say i wish my mother knew about vinigar and coconut oil when i was young. I was covered in exzema, got teased every day. Was so bad at one point they put me in the hospital, where they covered me with black tar. I remember it soothing .
Thank God i grew out of it, now in my 60s i only have small spots that flare up when i am exposed to my alergies.
I prefer the white vinigar wash and applied organic coconut oil.
Writen4u (author) on June 13, 2016:
Yogi, I'm glad this is working out for you. I think stress is a huge factor in skin issues and once those issues set in it stresses you out even more. I think a pint here and there would be ok, but when you start pounding them down I believe the yeast and sugars cause even more problems in the body that shows on the skin. I haven't had a beer (and I love my malt liquor) for almost a year as I think the build up of yeast, and sugar and all the crap I eat has finally taken it's toll. If I do "tie one on" I've been sticking with the potato vodka mixed with soda water to avoid any extra sugars. I believe the key is moderation, although up until this last year I have had no control over it. Just keeping an exercise routine and a hobby does help with stress, which in turn helps your skin. Hope it all heals up nicely for you and yes it stings like a mother but worth it to have it all cleared up without creams and pills. Thanks.
Yogi on June 04, 2016:
First - huge thanks to you for writing the article and all the comments. So, I'm on the "chop my hands and feet off" point with the dreaded Phompolyx (sp?) eczema. After nearly a year of wearing cotton gloves (Minnie mouse is my new nick-name), bandages on my feet, various steroid creams (made it worse), steroid tablets, infections, sleepless nights and lotions and potions from the Doc's I'm cutting the man made chemicals and going for the vinegar! I've read in other places that Braggs with "the mother" is best, my actual mother bought me another organic cider vinegar so I'm using that for now and will get Braggs later. (The power of the Internet means it is now available in the UK). I'm drinking a table spoon of vinegar diluted in a US cup of water 2x a day half hour before food. I made a 60/40 vinegar/ water diluted mix and soaked my hands and feet for around 5mins (can't do it neat it stung like a &#%¥ ) rinsed my hands and feet with cool water, pat dry and lather in jojoba oil. Day 1 and its feeling better already!
Like others I thought there may be a good link - beer is an obvious one but I do love a pint after work. For me I think the main cause is stress.
Thanks again for your article and comments - fingers crossed to every one that even though we may smell like salt and vinegar crisps we don't have to say " sorry I can't shake/hold your hand - I have eczema" .
Writen4u (author) on February 15, 2016:
Hi Alison & Karen - Glad it worked (is working) out for you both. Make sure you stick with it and keep trying to eat healthy. Karin as most remedies only work for a short time I think you will be pleasantly surprised on how well this has worked out for most people that have stuck with it. Judging from the comments on this article alone it seems to helping a lot of people that have had chronic issues with eczema. Follow up comments in a month/year from people whether it worked out or didn't are always appreciated by me and other readers. Thanks again.
Karen on February 12, 2016:
I've had severe eczema all my life (since birth) and I've tried every lotion, cream, steroid ointment, etc. to find little relief. I started dabbing two tablespoons of ACV diluted with water on my skin (whole body) a couple of nights ago as well as drinking 2 tbsp. ACV with water and the itching is almost non-existent and my skin is softer and way less flaky. I will continue this for a while to see if it continues to work as most "remedies" only work for a short while and then stop. Thanks so much for the article on the benefits of ACV for eczema.
Writen4u (author) on September 10, 2015:
Thanks for the comment. I hope it works for your daughter.
Gina.Guzman on September 02, 2015:
I'm so glad I ran into this on Pinterest! My eleven year old daughter has had really bad eczema since she was a baby! I happen to take Bragg's ACV regularly and it never dawned on me that it would be beneficial to her skin! I'm getting her started first thing tomorrow morning!
Thank you so much for this valuable information!
Writen4u (author) on March 27, 2015:
I'm glad you found the article entertaining, I tried to bring a little humor to a bad situation. I don't think a lot of people outside of the issue understand the feelings of self-consciousness you get when you feel like your skin looks like s**t all the time. More than likely they don't even notice it to the extent that you do, but that doesn't help with what's going on in your head.
Definitely try it as a beverage and see if it helps, if you stick with it (using my own results and the results of the other numerous commenters on this article) you should see an improvement compared to using the crappy steroid creams. You can also water it down some and try it on a hidden part of your skin, just to see how it reacts. Also if you can, read through all the comments as there are a lot of other good tips and oils that people say have worked for them as well. I will freely admit I have never tried any of the suggestions as the ACV has always worked for me and I have never had any reason to stray.
I don't drink it as I did years ago when I wrote this article, as I rarely ever get out breaks anymore, except on my shin once and a while which I think is from the dress socks I wear. I will from time to time drink it for a week because I feel like it cleans out my system and maybe a little preventative maintenance.
Tattoos are for life, so don't just get them for the trend, when you're 80 that beautiful butterfly tramp stamp is going to be a faded, mushy, wrinkly wad of back fat sagging over your depends while being squeezed out of your leopard print old lady swimsuit scaring your grandkids. On that note, don't get a tattoo on any area that is currently irritated or showing signs of an oncoming breakout, the itching and creams will pull out the ink and not let it heal properly leaving it sh*tty looking. I have never had an issue with any of my tattoos, or negative results of getting tattoos while having eczema. So yea or nae? I say nae, but that's just cause I'm not into chicks with tattoos.
Thanks for the comments and I hope it works out for you. Please come back with an update and let others know if it did, didn't or that ended up working for you.
Evie on March 27, 2015:
Forgive me, I will rant a bit, you can totally skip this. I am pissed off. I'm 20 years old, a waitress through college, and downright broke. I feel so unattractive all the time because my neck, face, eyelids, scalp, arms, shoulders, legs, (head, shoulders, knees and toes haha) look like a raw sore all the time. People will complain, "oh I have bad skin blah blah my one measly zit..." no. You don't know bad skin until you're up at five in the morning unable to sleep because you're one the cycle of itch, try to wipe away the ooze, crying in pain, and trying to apply another layer of medicine. This is enough. Im sick of hurting, sick of feeling ugly, and I'm sick of itching! I'm tired of doctors and blowing hard earned tips on meds that work for a bloody week at most.
I'm 20 and I want to enjoy being an attractive female, and I want to eat what bread, and I want to have my puppy, but guess this life is doomed to never have that.
So I would like to give my thank you to the author of this article not only for the suggestion, but for making the article readable. I read too many textbooks as it is to waste time on a dry article. :) I would like to thank you for helping me from feeling sorry for myself crying over my skin to fighting again. I will happily try the organic vinegar with a creepy mom in it, although forgive me for holding off on applying to my skin. (I'm such a wuss with this kind of pain.) I will also make sure to follow up here. One more question though, I want tattoos...yea or nae?
Writen4u (author) on March 06, 2015:
Thanks for the comment Christine. It is hard to find what's triggering the breakouts because it does take a few days before the eczema shows up. I guess a good idea for people would be to use a journal and write down what they eat, drink, clean with etc.. till they start seeing a pattern between that and the breakouts. Glad it worked for you.
Christine on March 01, 2015:
I found this out about ACV a few years ago when my face broke out so bad that it literally looked like I had alligator skin on my entire face. Not a good look for an actor. My eyelids and face itched and burned an was weeping so bad I was desperate and in an attempt to burn out the nasties I tried some Braggs ACV on my face.
It burned like acid, but after 2 minutes, the itch an burn and weeping went away. Bad news is that my face scabbed over and it took a week to get back to normal, but I WAS NORMAL AGAIN.
Now I use ACV as an antiseptic for my face and drink it 3 times a day in a glass of water.
Beer is my trigger...but because it takes 3 full days to kick up my eczema, it took me forever to figure it out.
Writen4u (author) on September 06, 2014:
Sorry for the delay in response as I've been away. Only use white vinegar topically, drinking white vinegar is bad for your system and can harm your body. The "organic" apple cider vinegar can be used for both a beverage and topically. When used topically sometimes it does looks worse as the eczema drys out and peels off, but after that everything looks good. Hopefully that helps. Thanks.
Rebekah on August 10, 2014:
I've gotten a little confused by some comments.... And I surely don't want to do something that'd make it worse! Is it good to used Apple cider vinegar topically? Or should acv be orally, and only white vinegar topically? My hands are on their worst breakout as of recent years and, of course,I just started a new job so I'm nice and self conscious!
Writen4u (author) on August 08, 2014:
Julia, Did you ever try drinking it as apposed to a wash?
julia on July 19, 2014:
I recently have been looking everywhere for a solution to this. I have it awful all over my palms and unfortunately I am a barista so to make things worse not only do I work with my hands but are constantly on a wet rag, steam wand, bleach, and all days gloves go on and gloves come off. My grandmother suffered from this for years and I remember always seeing her white cotton gloves in the bathroom. As well as my father whom has been to the mayo clinic multiple times because he suffers the pains from head to toe! I am not a doctor by any means but I have been trying everything in the book! I am happy to hear that the majority of everyone finds relief from the vinegar, if it works stick to it, we all aren't the same. As for me though, I applied apple cider vinegar three times a day, using a cotton ball, and then soaking my hands in it for 30 minutes twice a day diluted with water. At first it burned, and to be honest I thought that must be a great sign! So kept on keeping on, to only find out it made my matters ten times worse! My skin became bright red, tiny blisters all over my palms, and the itching became so intense I was pulling my hair out! So vinegar was not the solution for me, I'm sticking to being more aware of what I touch, and vaseline at night with my own white gloves. Like I said, I am not a doctor, but I would say stick with it if it works for you but if it burns and starts making things worse just know its not going to get worse before better. I made that mistake.
Writen4u (author) on April 24, 2014:
Liz, thanks for the comment. I'm glad it's working out for you. I don't think anyone's prepared for that first sting when they apply it. To this day when I suggest vinegar to people they look at me like I'm crazy but it works great for so many ailments.
Liz on April 22, 2014:
I have had eczema in a really uncomfortable place for going on 1 yr now. Ive tried to control it with hydrocortizone creme which helped in the beginning but the eczema progresses nonetheless. I started reading up on apple cider vinegar and at a point of desperation this week i applied some ( with the mother) undiluted to the area. It stung like a b__tch for a minute but i had 100% relief following this. Almost like a miracle. I have been diluting with water and applying it with a make up remover pad daily after a shower followed by a bit of vaseline to put moisture back and the eczema is 80% better. Im also taking a tablespoon in the morning with a glass of water and am noticing a new "regularity" which seems to indicate some sort of detoxing in my digestive system. Please try this the vinegar is cheaper than all the hydrating cremes ive tried which only irritate more. Make sure its organic and has the " mother" ( little floating bits on the bottom of the bottle) i dont know if it will heal me but im not scratching and desperate anymore. It has antiseptic and anti fungal properties which may have something to do with killing yeast which can sometimes be connected to some types of eczema which i have also read has something to do with systemic candida so ingesting the vinegar will help make your body less acidic so the yeast cant get out of control. Hopes this helps especially kids and babies with eczema, if it drives us adults crazy i cant imagine what it would be like for them. ( might want to start diluted for the little ones in a bath)
Writen4u (author) on January 25, 2014:
Apparently you crazy orange peelers are coming out of the wood works. I hate oranges, so needless to say I've never had an issue with them. Having eczema on your eyelids is pure hell so I hope the drink helps. If it is any motivation for you or anyone else out there, besides for a random flare up every few months on my arm I've been eczema free since I've written this article.
Writen4u (author) on January 25, 2014:
Your skin takes over two weeks to heal, so yes using the vinegar will not heal you in 3 days. Also it sound like you have angular stomatitis aka cheilosis around your mouth not eczema. Which can also be healed by good oral hygiene, vitamin B (as you are taking) and more iron in your diet along with a few other tricks that will clear it up in a few days. Thanks for the comment.
Maria on January 22, 2014:
I had eczema on my face around my lips and then within 1 day I got a staph infection (I scratched it with a tissue - I am new to this and got a shock when I saw my face oozing a short time later). It was so ugly and noticeable that I had to wear a surgical mask to work.
I tried the vinegar (drinking and on my skin) for 3 days it made no difference what so ever, it did not get worse but didn't better either. So I tried the following and it worked beautifully:
(1) 2 tablespoons natural salt (eg. rock salt or handmade sea salt) dissolved in 1/2 cup warm water then after cooling just dabbing the affected areas 3 times a day with a wash cloth (stings a little but not as bad as the vinegar)
(2) Followed by covering the area with vit E 70,000 iu (liquid) - it's clear but thick/sticky and provides a good barrier
The affected area (red swollen, oozing, with yellow crusts and it hurt me to eat - every time I opened my mouth my skin cracked and the oozing restarted), is now practically healed after 2 days.
BTW: I am also taking the following per day : 2 tablespoons of flax oil (unfiltered so it natually keeps and does not go rancid), large doses of B vits & folic acid and Thymuplex.
Margo on January 18, 2014:
I really appreciate the article and the comments. I guess I have a MILD case of this especially compared to the photo but it is still very painful, itchy and embarrassing. I have it on the palm of one hand and my eyelids. I am going to try vinegar NOW! I also called my brother to share this info. I will let you know. I only get this in the winter and as stated.. .when I peel oranges I get it on my hands. Good to know I am not the only one this happens to. Thanks!!!!
Writen4u (author) on December 21, 2013:
That's good to know. For years this article has been sitting here and for years I've always had the question eating away at the back of my mind if there is anyone out there in this crazy world that gets eczema from peeling oranges. And now I know, mystery solved. Thank you.
U on December 16, 2013:
Peeling oranges triggers eczema on my hands.
joey bongiorno on October 28, 2013:
I just read your article i just tried the vinegar on my arm and the itching is much beter i cant wait to try on the rest thank you i will let you know about any further progres.
StephStephSteph on May 18, 2013:
Hey there fellow itchers and scratchers...
Im new to the eczema game... Made it to mid 30's without a drama and then BAM out of the blue I score a whole of body eczema experience. I dont know how you peeps live with this for years on end... I was beside myself after about three weeks, and was googling like a mofo after it all came back after my first round of oral steriods... And came across this blog...
So Im about 1 week in, I dont have a bath so Ive been showering twice a day and spraying myself with vinegar and letting it sit for 30 seconds or so and then rinsing... Drinking the cloudy ACV but sans the bicarb (too gross for me)... The effect on the itch when applied directly to the skin was instant, and there is 100% improvement from where I was to start with.
Ive also ditched the dairy (coconut milk is the only milk replacement i have found that doesn't separate in instant coffee) and wheat and increased my intake alkaline producing foods (because that's what we are doing by drinking the vinegar - changing our body PH from acid to alkaline) - so yeah, eat as much green stuff as you can handle... Im also choking down (shot it mixed with juice) Vital Greens which is super pricey, but is apparently really good for increasing alkalinity and also promoting gut health, which I suspect we are all lacking in... Im pretty sure its also making a difference.
So glad I found this blog, many thanks for making the effort to pass on good news. If you're ever Down Under, I'll buy you a beer...
sheri on March 20, 2013:
Read your article last nite and went to Whole Foods today for Bragg's organic ACV. I've had haone serving of the ACCOUNT about an hour ago and blotted one dishydrotic finger with a quip dipped in ACV diluted with water. It feels better so far. Going to my dermatologist tomorrow for a recheck and possibly a cortisone /B-12, so I will keep you updated.- Sheri
Wendy on March 20, 2013:
My two yr old daughter has eczema all over. The rash is always there and it changes back and forth from moderate to sever. I use cetaphil soap, vitamin E oil and vitamin E cream, cetaphil lotion, and if needed, the steroid creams. I have tried emuaid, aveeno lotion, coritzone 10, neosporin for eczema, and they stop working for her after a while. Her itching is always extreme. I have a bottle of apple cider vinegar I bought from the grocery store. It's made with filtered water and diluted to 5% acidity. I don't really know what kind to use and the best method to use on her to stop the itching. I found a product online called CLn body wash that looks very promising but it's $28 dollars for a 2 oz bottle though it says it will last a while. I'm planning on trying it as well but until then, I think I should try the vinegar. Any advice or tips you can give would be greatly appreciated. Thank you so much.
Writen4u (author) on March 03, 2013:
I hope it works out for your daughter. I wish you luck because you know I want a gift. And per your last question, yes, more than likely it is what you're thinking. Did I really write that on here? Wow.
Jean on February 28, 2013:
I just read this entire chain which I never do. It's my first time commenting on one of these. I'm beside myself with excitement.
My daughter just turned five, and this wretched, despicable eczema which she's had since birth is getting really bad now.
This poor baby's been taking drugs and crazy creams and ointments I can't even pronounce. You all know what I'm talking about.
The last cream seemed to burn off the spots but the kid was green after three days of microscopic smears!
She's beginning to notice and be sad over her eczema now - "no one else has allergies!" or "Dear God, I hope my allergies will go away ..." Breaks my heart!
Personally I'm losing my f'ing mind over this. We've seen alergists (had three tests and I'm still clueless), doctors, dermatologists, are using ionic breezes, humidifiers, Aquaphir, Cetaphil, soaps from Hawaii, India and Korea.
She doesn't eat gluten, eggs, fruit, jelly beans, and random other stuff. Poor kid watches while we eat pizza! :(
I won't go into details but I clean like a maniac. There's nothing more I can think of to do for my girl. I'm losing it!
I'm pretty logical and very committed, and I think this will work. I love you all for giving me hope and company. It's past midnight now so ill start tomorrow. I'll enjoy the ACV juice with her as well as the vinegar spritzes in the shower. Then I shall report back, either to be a downer or offer some kind of gift!!
Everything's crossed, wish us luck!
Is an Asian girls taco what I think it might be??
Paul on December 29, 2012:
I've had eczema for about 20 years. Fortunately, only on the thumb, knuckles, elbows and knees. Did all the creams, shots, etc. Cortisone shots work the best but thin out the skin.
It has been worse lately, scratching until bleeding and now scratching the heck out of my legs, especially at night.
I started applying 100% apple cider vinegar with the mother in it about a week ago. HAVEN"T SCRATCHED SINCE!!! The sores have all healed, it's like a miracle. I have been on vacation and applying it a couple of times a day. I also have been drinking ACV (2 teaspoons added to 8 ounces of water twice a day. I'm not as hungry and have less craving for sweets. Amazing stuff..... If you drink it, make sure it has the mother in it. Here are 2 brands, Braggs or Eden Foods. Also, there are some videos on Youtube about ACV treatment for eczema.
Dino on December 23, 2012:
Have consider if baking soda is big component that will relieve or cure your eczema? I think your intake of food could have been such that the body becomes too acidic. I say taking baking soda will help balance the pH. I've been taking baking soda, and it seems to have clear the flaking skin I've suffering on some parts of my body.
May on November 22, 2012:
My skin is WAY better than last winter. I purchased some skin salve from a woman I met this summer...it has mostly olive oil as a base, and organic herbs that she grows at her farm in Washburn, WI. Here is what has worked for me...before showering, I heat up some organic coconut oil in a little squeeze bottle by placing it in a cup of warm/hot water for a few minutes. I do a full body massage of this oil, following Ayurvedic guidelines for abyanga. I sit with this on my skin for whatever time I can - 5 to 20 minutes. Then, after showering (I don't wash the oil off except on the scalp), I rub in the salve, let it soak in for at least four minutes. I do this every other day. On the off days, I have been using a warm wet washcloth on my skin then follow that with organic type lotion. I gave up the stuff the doctor prescribed because the ingredients are not good.
Having a humidifier going, drinking mostly distilled water, eating super clean foods (NO junk like pop, candy, fried, etc., only organics at least 95%) has helped as well. Way less itchy this season.
Charity on November 18, 2012:
I hope to hell the simplest solution is the best. I'm going to try this. If this fails I'm going to itch until I reach the other side. Fingers crossed.
Writen4u (author) on August 31, 2012:
Any skin wound takes at least two-three weeks to recover. Don't let the infliction decide what you do and do not do. Fresh air, camping and not thinking about it really helps out for your self esteem and in return will help with your skin.
Feel the burn, pick a bad patch of skin and rub some vinegar on to see if it helps. Also read through the comments of some of the other oils and treatment ideas that others have posted.
Jeff on August 30, 2012:
Thanks, i got some Braggs and i can definitely see some changes in my skin. I'm kind of scared to rub the vinegar because of the burn so it might just be a last resort.
On a side note, how long do you thing it will take till my skin starts clearing up to the point where there wont be open itchy wounds? I have a school camping trip coming up and i need to decide whether my skin is good enough for me to attend.
Writen4u (author) on August 25, 2012:
Jeff, for rubbing it on your skin you can just use the cheap vinegar. You don't need to dilute it but it will burn. For drinking I would use the organic as I've read that drinking non-organic vinegar can be horrible for your body. Hopefully that helps.
Writen4u (author) on August 25, 2012:
Simon, Thank you for your update. Glad it's working.
Jeff on August 25, 2012:
So i've been drinking the apple cider like you said, but my eczema is still pretty bad and I thought of rubbing it on my skin.
Should I be using the apple cider or white vinegar for my skin? And should I delude it with water? Thanks
(Is it okay that I am using non organic western family apple cider vinegar? Or is Braggs/Organic a must?)
Simon on August 22, 2012:
I was here two months ago ... My comments are above ...
Amazing results in very little time, have switched to an Apple Cider with the Mother in it, I drink 30ml's in water 2-3 times a day, I bath once daily in a very warm - hot bath with 1 litre of cheap white vinegar.
My skins is still healing, my eczema is almost in remission ... I have reduced my wheat, beer and soy intake but I'm confident that the vinegar is the key to my success.
Thanks for making this page and sharing the info, I can't remember the last time my skin was this good.
May on August 12, 2012:
Well, alot of the eczema had disappeared from the beginning of summer until recently. I had given up gluten/dairy products for three months. I mean NO gluten or dairy, not a cell. One of the chiropractors I saw said if you eat even a teensy bit of dairy, the antibodies will still be in your body. Six weeks is the minimal amount of time you have to give eliminating it from your body, before testing it out again.
I found some good substitutions, by the way, for dairy...coconut oil instead of butter (even great on popcorn and mashed potatoes, although I am cutting down on highly acidic foods as well), almond or coconut milk instead of cow's milk, rice cheese.
I traveled to Norway and went off my restricted diet (I think Europe probably has better products than the United States...for example, they don't bombard their beef with hormones, etc., thus their cheeses are probably better). I continued eating the gluten and dairy sparingly up until this week, and I do have eczema back now, fairly bad.
So, I am back on the gluten/dairy restrictions. Also adding aloe vera gel, recommended by the acupuncturist. I am going to give the olive oil/apple cider vinegar a try. I am also continuing to explore emotional/mental/spiritual possibilities.
Writen4u (author) on August 05, 2012:
"I know I rambled a bit" Yea you rambled!! Thanks for the tip on olive oil. I have heard that before. I'll have to give it a try. Thanks for the comment.
erkikle on August 03, 2012:
P.S.: No one should use bar soap anyway. Germs and bacteria can grow on it. Liquid soap is good for hands, but lotions should be applied to hands regularly. I work with children so I'm always washing my hands and I'm very OCD about having slippery, oily, lotiony hands. Vinegar on my hands in the shower and few dabs of olive oil throughout the day and I'm good to go. When they feel particularly dry, I use an unscented lotion or my new sunflower oil lotion (really meant for use on your face, but it works great on my hands). I can't use any thick lotions and I'm allergic aloe, but a natural creamy lotion works well on dry spots. I use a towel to wipe the excess from my palms and fingertips but keep the back of my hand covered in lotion. I never have a problem with cracked skin, except on my lips which I know remedy with a dab of olive oil after exfoliating daily, followed by slathering with a rich chap stcik. I do this right after my shower so by the time I need to apply lipstick (the last thing I do) it has mostly been soaked in by my skin. I typically just wipe the excess off onto the back of my hand (very ladylike) and apply my lipstick. Every single detail of my makeup routine is cheap. Not like under $30 cheap, like, jobless college student cheap. Lotion, coverup, foundation, all under ten bucks and everything else is even cheaper. My skin has never looked so radiant. I mostly owe it to the vinegar, for clearing the acne and dry patches, and to youtube for teaching me how to apply makeup like my mother never could.
(I know I rambled a bit, but I just thought I would try to impart some wisdom to any girls that stumble upon my comments.)
erkikle on August 03, 2012:
First off, let me just say that I am so glad people are finally realizing the many benefits of cheap, natural products. I can NOT believe how long it took me to figure this out when I have been searching for years for a cheap, simple, and healthy way to clear my skin, both from acne as well as other discomforts. I have not been diagnosed but I'm pretty sure I have extremely mild eczema. My dad and I both have very sensitive and odd behaving skin. For one thing, back when I had acne, I tried proactive and it literally peeled my face off. My skin would just flake and flake, even a few weeks after I stopped using proactive AND I was applying lotion vigorously throughout the day.
Then one day I found a youtube video or a blog or something about olive oil as a face wash. OMG! You have to try it! It sounds counterintuitive but it totally works. I swear by it after doing research and using it almost exclusively for the past few years. (Removes ALL dirt and makeup, girls! Every last bit.)
It also really helped reduce my acne, made my skin less red, better moisturized WITHOUT getting oily, and just overall helps my skin. I got a patch near my eye last week, probably from eczema, that burned like a mother when I touched it or when my eye watered. I washed it thouroughly with olive oil and a day or two later GONE and almost instantly the burning went away. I highly suggest you try it if you haven't.
There is one problem, though. It's not always enough by itself. Vinegar kills germs, promotes new skin growth, slews off dead skin, prevents skin from either flaking or getting oily, and more. My knuckle started burning today and then the red rash appeared. I dabbed on some vinegar and then rubbed some olive oil on it and the itching and burning stopped in minutes. I forgot about it for several hours and when I looked again, no redness, no dry patch. It's the perfect combination. The olive oil also helps neutralize the sting that sometimes accompanies vinegar.
My last tip is trying this with acne. I already told you about the olive face wash / makeup remover, but after you scrub away the grime, swipe some vinegar on your skin. Dab extra on pesky pimples, especially those that have popped. You know how usually when you poke and prod at a zit it scabs? Well, stop poking so hard if you can help it, but if you're like me and you just HAVE to pop whiteheads, dab vinegar on it a few times (every time it dries, add a bit more until bedtime) and then cover with just a touch of olive oil. The next morning one of two things will happen. Either it will have almost vanished or, if it's more stubborn, you may have to gently pop it again. DON'T keep poking at it. Just get the gunk out, then add a dab or two of vinegar and a very small dab of olive oil. Let it soak in, then moisturize as usual and proceed with your normal routine. Follow this pattern until it is gone and as long as your are gentle it should be 90% gone within two days and totally gone in another day or two. And as I said, I have sensitive, picky skin.
So basically, treating acne and eczema can be extremely simple if you're patient and can handle the smell. You get used to it. I haven't had any big problems with either for years now. I need to remember to keep a tiny bottle of vinegar for flare ups in the middle of the day, but otherwise it's like I have "normal" skin!
Andrea on July 15, 2012:
Maybe good news for you, I read there there are Brewery's that are making gluten free beer. I have been struggling with eczema since childhood. It's gotten somewhat better and worse as I got older. I'm 29. I'm going to try your apple cider vinegar drink, it's not bad with tea.
I can't quite figure out what my true triggers are. Maybe they are gluten, but I have stopped eating it for a month and no changes to my skin. I figure I should just as well eat it if it doesn't matter. I did start to eat digestive enzymes that help to break down gluten. That's kinda so-so too. I've been going through an all natural route to this condition for some time. Every time I see my doctor he gives me prednisone and for some strange reason looks at me like I'm faking it. hmmm . Thank you for your article-
Writen4u (author) on July 15, 2012:
I think my problem is that I love all those "hot" foods, dairy, beer and my favorite is an asian girls taco.
Thanks for the post I hope vinegar helps for you.
Natalie963 on July 13, 2012:
Ok, this post + all of the comments = awesome. I've suffered from eczema since I was middle school (25 now). It's always been on my hands, although where and what it looks like has morphed over the years. For the past three years I've experienced what I now understand to be Dyshidrosis. Those ugly little bubbles start creeping up under my skin and all I want to do is take a needle and pop every single one!! My blistering has gradually become more severe and lasts for much longer than usual. I'm right-handed and my breakouts are always on my right palm. Score. I've used many ointments and oral steroids over the years which have often worked, albeit always temporarily.
About five years ago I tried acupuncture because I was so fed up with the harsh, Western "solutions" to my suffering. The acupuncturist took one look at my tongue and told me I had too much heat in my body. Unbeknownst to me, heat primarily enters the body in gluten and dairy products. He told me to eliminate those foods from my diet and come in for biweekly treatments for one month. Within eight days my hands were completely clear. And they stayed that way for the whole month.
I was overcome with joy and missing dairy like CRAZY, so I added it back. Hands stayed clear. Gluten, for me, is the havoc-wreaker. Other "hot" foods like alcohol, spicy chili sauces (Mexican/Asian), and soy also fall into that category. I have awful environmental allergies (couldn't even stay on the shots because my reactions were so bad) which are also heat-producing. Summer and warm weather are usually bad for me (I suffer from heat rash too) which contributes to sweaty palms, inevitably producing a flareup of dyshidrosis. Stress is always a killer too. Yip, skip.
It's a daily struggle for me and I've been desperate to try ointment and oral steroid alternatives. I've also tried UV light, but my body's natural aversion to heat put the kibosh on that after two attempts. I'm not stoked about ingesting vinegar...but maybe it's worth a try?
I'll also say that hand soap has been key for me. Anything with a scent, gluten, soy, or citrus ingredients are a no-go. There's a brand called Provon that makes several varieties of hand soap and lotion. Their 'Mild Moisturizing Lotion Soap' has done wonders for me. I keep a bottle in the bathroom, next to the kitchen sink, and at my place of employment.
Again, I appreciate your post and sympathize with your pain. Thank you!
patricia on July 05, 2012:
I am thankful to the author as well as the guests that have posted such valuable information. I have had this condition consistently now for about a year, about two years ago I had my first outbreak and I was fortunate that a topical steroid cleared it. It would come and go but it would at least go. Within the past 6 months I was presecribed oral steroids which merely was a bandaid. As soon as it was out of my system--the eczema would come back. For five days I now I began the apple cider, baking soda, and water concoction--boy does that have a rude taste!! I am certain that the benefits of the concoction is worth the foul taste.
I have only been drinkin it once a day as I will try my hardest to begin doing it twice a day. It has not spread or gotten worse since i began the drink. Eager to know if the times a day will knock this out quicker.
My condition is only on my hands. I was never one to use hand sanitizer, I don't work with chemicals, nor can I think of anything that I am coming into contact with that would cause such condition.
The doctors and dermatologists have not got me anywhere but I am sure that they liked the money they get from my insurance provider. So anyone who reads this and does not have insurance do not waste your money and pay for the visit--you will be dissapointed.
i sure do love beer. I wonder why did this happen in my low thirties.
DC on July 05, 2012:
A lot of doctors don't believe that food can effect skin. I went to a dermatologist a few years ago and he said that diet and eczema are totally unrelated -- even when I explained how much worse I was a short while after eating wheat products. Crazy!
Jean on June 02, 2012:
Thank you everyone for all your great ideas. I'm on my way to the health food store to get some vinegar.
Angela on June 01, 2012:
I have a ninteen month old that has suffered from eczema since the day that she has been born. I literally spent almost seventy dollars in baby lotions, and OTC meds. Finally we went to a dermatologist who put her on transinalon lotion which is a steroid. Now since she has been on it, I have been trying to look for other alternatives. One of the things that I use is coconut oil EVERY night and she takes about 1/4 tsp of it internally but I also swab her hair with apple cider vinigar and leave it in for thirty minutes. So far that has been able to clear up her scalp. Well we are NOW back to using the steroid cream because she has had YET another outbreak and it almost looks like a cross between eczema and the chicken pox. Although I know it's eczema. So today I finally added coconut oil, and apple cider to her hydroxazine and hopefully that will help. Thanks for the info. I will try the whole vinigar thing and see if it works...
Mariel on June 01, 2012:
Sorry I meant 100-150g tub. Ps. Loving the great ideas from sufferers as well.
Mariel on June 01, 2012:
Hay thanks for the article, I have yet to try the apple cider/white vinegar, although I splash a bit of the white vinegar on home-made tuna/salmon salads. Fish is known to be really good for the skin because of the omega 3 & natural fats. For my eczema (had it since 3 & 21 now) I find the steroid ointments help but should be applied straight after the shower/bath while the skin is still moist & on top of the ointment, apply a concoction of 50% Emulsifying ointment, 30% water, 10% glycerin & 10% olive oil. Even after one night there's a noticeable difference. I live in Australia & the doctor I see gives me a prescription for this, it's not sold over the counter. They have to make it at the chemist, I have to wait about a week to get a 10-150g tub. The only problem I have is being consistent with the curing as when I see it all totally clear I tend to not worry about it anymore- In denial haha, oh & also I smoke ciggarettes. I quit alcohol & that helped too. Will definitely try your remedy though, it's good to know it's more of a natural remedy too :)
Ann on May 27, 2012:
Hi there, I have suffered from eczema for 30 years, thankful to add, it has never been in any visible places. However I have from the start been affected on the scalp, and a few years later, it spread to my ears. -So hopefully “Kat” will see this.- I was advised by my doctor, to rinse my ears with vinegar, using a small syringe, I then rubbed a small amount of Sudo-cream on a q-tip, inside the ear. This would almost keep it at bay. These days I only use the Sudo-cream, which I definitely must use all the time.
Writen4u (author) on May 26, 2012:
Thanks Simon I'm glad it's working out. The hard part is to continue using it once your skin starts looking good.
Simon on May 26, 2012:
Hey There, I came across this page a week ago when doing a search Eczema and Vinegar. My skin has troubled me for years starting around my early 20's and I've tried every cream, soap and lotion I can find but have never found a cure. ( I'm now 38 ) This year I went to my Doctor for blood tests, all common food allergens came back negative and I got a re-confirmation of my allergy to dust, pollen, and pet hair ( hayfever !!! ) that I have been aware of since my early teens. Anyway ... I saw a natural doctor recently and she gave me pills and creams ( none worked for me ) but she also suggested a vinegar bath, this got me reading up on vinegar and eczema and that led me to your page.
1 week ago I purchased both white and apple cider vinegar ( no mother, just clear vinegar ) and have been using the white vinegar on myself in the shower using a spray bottle once a day and rinsing off after 30 seconds and have been drinking just 20ml of the apple cider in a small glass of water 3 times a day.
So far, my skin is clearing. My forearm ( which is the worst affected ) is looking amazing, it's been peeling like sunburnt skin and looking clear underneath and so far I have not broken out again, this is the best it's looked in years.
Anyone reading your page wondering if it's worth a try, give it a go, so far it's working for me. Thanks Simon
JRK on May 24, 2012:
I find that applying Milk of Magnesia to my eczema helps a lot. Maybe try that too. It sure stings less than vinegar. But thank you for the tip. It was very interesting. :)
Writen4u (author) on May 23, 2012:
If you're looking for a natural remedy, try reading the article and other peoples comments.
Melissa on May 21, 2012:
I have been suffering with eczema for years and after steroid tablets, steroid creams, Puva therapy, phototherapy, use of all different creams the hospital now only have to offer me tablets that have ridiculous side effects. I dont want to take the tablets but at the moment Im struggling to find another option with how depressed its getting me, any advise on creams or any other remidies?
kat on April 29, 2012:
Hi, I am also a fellow sufferer. My breakouts have thankfully been mostly on my hands/fingers unless other areas are exposed to metal buttons, earrings..etc.
My latest annoyance has been eczema in the ear canals and I've been researching it online with some scary results. But your vinegar was mentioned, it was suggested that I mixed a concoction of 1/2 part white vinegar and 1/2 part rubbing alcohol. It said to dip a q-tip in the mix and rub inside ears and down canal.
Just wondering if you have heard from anyone who has it in the ear or has tried anything like this, I am a little skeptical about putting vinegar and alcohol in my ear??
Very much enjoyed your sense of humor in original article as well as to the person who couldn't read..lol.
Writen4u (author) on April 28, 2012:
Thanks for the update May. I don't know if you're fat or not or overly stressed out, but make sure you exercise too. I just started a new job and my stress level dropped 100% and my skin is looking better just from that. I've also started working out more helping to push the toxins out of my body.
I just can't kick the beer and sugar, hell I'm drinking now! Keep us updated on what works that's natural.
May on April 26, 2012:
Here I am again. I have been off of gluten AND dairy for two months (since I last wrote). No improvement in the skin, unfortunately, and beyond the insane itching I experience, I am feeling great, at least when I get some sleep at night.
Every night, I take an antibiotic, Atarax, that helps me sleep, does nothing for the itch. I have been up crying and frustrated over the itchy rash that I have all over. I feel like my life is on hold sometimes.
I have gone to a total of three chiropractors, one homeopathic doctor, one naturopathic doctor, two dermatologists, and two general practitioners in the last seven months (very expensive). Result: No skin improvement!
My medical doctor did recommend that I drink apple cider, and wow, what a difference in my digestion (won't go into details). I have the feeling that since my digestion was off for so many years, that perhaps that has a big impact on my skin. So, hoping to see a gradual improvement in the skin.
I am coming to the conclusion that either this will take a long time to get back into balance with physical remedies, OR it is more of an emotional/spiritual/mental issue. I have started seeing a counselor for life-long problems, nothing serious but things that I have carried to myself for too long. If that has a connection to the skin, then so be it. We'll see.
Anyway, this weekend I am going to have a thermal body scan. I want to know if there are internal disorders, as has been suggested by different things I have read, etc.
The interesting thing is ALL of the above practitioners, with the exception of the dermatologists, say that eczema CANNOT be treated topically...it is an internal disease, most often something to do with the gut. Plus, ALL of the same people say do not use the steroid creams. They say that all the creams do is disrupt the immune system, shut it down, and force the problem deeper into another area. Well, I have resorted to the creams a few times when I absolutely could not stand the intense itch. After a week of using it, the rash improves but my skin feels horrible, like I just slept out in the desert.
I tried just about every possible cream that mentioned eczema on the tube. Hardly anything helps. The only thing that sort of helped when my back was crazy itchy was an analgesic emu oil spray that numbs the skin a bit.
One other thing I have tried is having my hubby apply warm almond oil to my back at night or early eve. That feels good, and sort of helps with the weird dry quality the skin has.
I'll keep you posted on the diet effects, and other things I try. I am not going to quit on this.
Stear from Cuddebackville NY on April 24, 2012:
Thank you for this article! I drank for years and finally had to quit for health reasons. So now that I am all healthy again, I have a lovely case of eczema and it keeps spreading. I gave up on the $110 tubes of steroid cream that would work when they felt like it, and some over the counter lotions seem to work at like a tube a day. The food allergies is a definite consideration! Wouldn't really know where to begin. Strange, all the years I drank beer and no issues.... oh well, tonight I will be showering with Vinegar and crossing my fingers! I farm for a living and the eczema is really tough with this kind of work! Thanks again, I'll try to find the 'mother load' cider vinegar! Best Regards!
Vincente on March 23, 2012:
Been drinking for a week, no signs of improvement. Will try for another few weeks and give yall updates.
May on February 19, 2012:
So, went to a chiropractor that says I am gluten sensitive. It has been a month now that I am not on any gluten products. Haven't seen any difference in the skin, but my digestion is better! Also am trying Omega 3, 6, 7, 9 pills with emu oil, emu lotion. I am going to try another chiropractor that does the same muscle testing as the first one did, just as a sort of test...won't tell her what the other one said, and will see what she comes up with.
I am trying to stay positive and am knowing that I am free already of eczema and have my smooth skin again. I have this feeling that hormones come into play somehow...I am 54 years old.
Also thought it interesting about someone else's comment about the liver...I drank alot as a teenager/20's, and have alot of dental work, amalgams that are supposedly hard on livers. So, am having the metal fillings taken out ASAP...over the course of the next six months.
Anyway, sounds fun, right??!! On to health...yippee!
kat on January 29, 2012:
hi guys okay so the food thing that cause your eczema is wait for it...... sugars carbs and yeast!
It is a problem to eat any sugars (fruit ones too) also carbs, like bread and all yeast its also found in lots of things you'd be surprised by too so watch for that, btw normal vinegar (not this one) can give you big problems too! all these things feed the bad gut flora which then = eczema.
Yes so basically everything you love gives your red itchy scales of death right? well me too :(
I have this horrid mess on my face hence me wanting to help others, not gain $9.99 for some shabby ebook, the sellers of such drivel all should be slapped with one.
So your left eating ONLY meat, and veggies no processed meats or anything else, its called the candida diet, boring but true lol ;)Read up on it, its very helpful, yeah I can say that and still crave pepsimax and candy cane peeps :s but I'm still red raw, I should know better :p and take my own advise!
You need to eat probiotics too, like natural yoghurt and Sauerkraut etc, they help get your gut flora back to normal (as that's the cause of ezema)
I cant get the cider with the mother load to try it out here, as I'm in the UK sadly, so can I curse now? hee hee!
Good luck peeps :)
Rena on January 25, 2012:
Really enjoyed reading your article and im in the process of drinking ACV and applying white vinegar on my eczema during shower times. I was just wondering about how long will it take before i see results? I recently had a staph infection so my doctor prescribed me some medicine which was "chindamycin", i had a total of 40 pills to take which i had to take 4 a day. on monday i took my last pill, just yesterday i have had red bumpy patches everywhere on my body, and my face is so red, could this be an allergic reaction? Or it affected my eczema? I never had it all over my body before and its very itchy and disgusting and embarassing. Im on the way to the doctor now to see what they have to say.
mamabear on January 23, 2012:
I've had eczema for as long as I can remember (started at age 8 mos, am 28 now), and am stoked to give this a try... not a super-patient person by nature but this seems reasonable.
Just wanted to share something else - for a short period of time, I had absolutely no symptoms of eczema, which was while I was seeing a naturopathic doctor. I've seen dozens in my life (along with dermatologists, herbalists, homeopaths, acupuncturists, etc. etc.), but only one actually made a difference.
He tested me for allergies etc. and put me on a "candida-cleanse" type diet for 2 weeks (which sucked, but was tolerable knowing that it was short-term). He then put me on some supplements/herbs to help my liver - he said that it is common for people with eczema to have liver-related issues like being a cheap drunk (yay me!) etc. I was free & clear for about 2 years, but then stopped seeing him because it was too damn expensive, and I eat way too much sugar and caffeine to have kept it at bay. My most recent outbreak happened hours after a big fight with a sibling, so I know that stress aggravates my skin. My hands look like a mix between raw hamburger, leprosy, and the Big Bang, so I am really hoping that I have some success with the vinegar process :)
Oh, and thanks for your Susan-Clark-Rachel-Whatever-FREE site for eczema suggestions, I really appreciate it :)
May on January 22, 2012:
Ha! I do get what you are thinking about my eating plan. However, when you start really looking at what is in food and read the labels for ingredients, you appreciate food that is as close to its natural state as possible. Consider this; I would say 90% of the food sold in the mainstream grocery stores, that is to say, any store that is not mostly organic foods, is produced by large companies (and small) that really could care less about your health. Their bottom line is the dollar. They do not care about the use of pesticides, additives, hormones, etc., if it increases their profits.
Same goes for the fast food that you love. The animals they raise are in pain (I won't go into this further, that gets into personal choices), the ingredients are really awful and FULL of junk.
I think the ingredients that you love are okay to like, but maybe take a closer look at fast food, and where your food comes from. Organic meat (that has been raised humanely), cheese that is free of additives or GBH milk, and sugar cane sugar.
BTW, I did start gluten free this week. I do hope this helps. I AM going to go get mental health counseling as well. Emotions can really show on the skin.
Writen4u (author) on January 15, 2012:
Thanks for your insight. I think I would rather have messed up skin than eat that stuff everyday! Sounds horrible and I love meat, cheese, milk and sugar! I'm making my self hungry, I'm going to burger King!
Thanks for your comments.
May on December 31, 2011:
Oh, a couple of other things I have investigated. I follow an Ayurvedic diet about 80% of the time. Basically, eczema is a Pitta imbalance, and without going into details about what that means, they advise following a diet that is totally fresh food, no leftovers, no dairy, no meat, no preservatives, organic.
Here is what I eat, and am going to really go all out this year 2012 in following this diet without exception. Watch the movie, "Forks Over Knives" and you will see why many follow similar diets:
Breakfast - Cooked apple or pear, with organic hot cereal or toast with ghee.
Lunch - I cook this every morning and put it in a small Thermos - Cooked grain (rice, cous cous, quinoa, etc.), cooked vegies, maybe tofu or nuts.
Dinner - Same as lunch. Light soup is best,no heavy proteins.
Snacks...maybe an afternoon apple or pear, fresh, or juiced fruits or vegies or dates.
I am also going to go gluten free, at least I will eat sprouted wheat bread because the gluten free is so awful.
Anyone that has cash might want to look into a week long retreat at the Raj in Fairfield Iowa or the Chopra Center in California. They work with auto immune disorders as well as general need to detox/refresh/learn to meditate, etc. I may go if diet and counseling or apple cidar do not work! Take care.
May on December 31, 2011:
I have had some sort of rash since a baby...bad baby rash (my mom said the doctor advised NOT to put anything on it and she bought some sort of cream from the drugstore, probably steroids), hives as a youngster and into middle age occasionally, and now eczema.
I am so glad you wrote about the apple cidar vinegar (loved the humor!). In the past four months, I have tried just about everything. I currently am on a homeopathic remedy, which I obtained from an East Indian homeopathic doctor. He and his sister say that it may take up to a year to get it to stop from coming back, because the causes have been around for so long, and it will leave by layers. They also say not to use the steroid creams, because they suppress the symptoms that may come back as asthma or hives or whatever.
In any case, I am totally into natural remedies, and will try the cidar. I am tired of the itching. I am also going to go to a counselor to talk about mental issues, issues from childhood, etc. My sister and I read Louise Hay's book...Heal Your Illness. We believe that any illness has a corresponding mental/emotional/spiritual cause. I have issues, as does everyone, that I believe may be contributing to my lifelong skin problems. We'll see how it goes. I'll let you know in a few months how things are with that.
Thanks for all the info, nice to know I am not alone.
Writen4u (author) on December 16, 2011:
Great comment. You're asking me, the one who wrote the article if it works? No it does not.
How do you take it? Just chug a whole bottle.
Now for every one else that knows how to read. The above article covers these questions in full.
anisalisha on December 11, 2011:
..i also suffer from eczema since childhooh..
..it's really shame when people around ask about it..
..i just wanna know does apple cider vinegar really works for eczema..?
..and how do u take it as a medication..?
Ezra on November 09, 2011:
I used white vinegar as a hair rinse, after shampooing it, because I had eczema on my scalp that reached the height of itching during the night, when i tend to sweat. I take maybe half a cup of white vinegar and put another 1/2 cup of cold water. Then, after shampooing, I poor it over my head. The itch magically disappears and it stays that way for a good 2-3 days.
I have also, just today, used the same vinegar mixture and dabbed it over my body, wherever I had eczema which was itching, (I did it after i took a shower, then rinced it off after about 1 minute) and the itching is gone. It's been about 1 hour now, and no itching.
I actually met with a Doctor last April who got rid of my eczema in total within 12 days or so using a combination of UV light therapy and steriods coupled with 5 days of antibotics. It worked. After having eczema for over 30 years on every part of my body, it was gone, gone, gone. It still comes back but he gave me steriod creams to use to keep it in check. I was recently sick from the flu, so I stopped using any medicine that was immune surpressing, hence, my eczema reared its head.
All the best to everyone.
Michelle on October 21, 2011:
Well guys I woosed out because after already dealing with this oozing eczema for 4 months I just couldn't take it any longer being a lady & this on my face around my nose, mouth, & eyes. The inflammation was gone one day then the next back with a vengence plus thicker scales. Not tge vinegars fault, this is typical for eczema. So I went out on a limb & did something different you dont usually hear about cause most people do not have access to this acid. I work in the beauty industry so I myself have access to glycolic acid, which is used for chemical facial peels. Seeing that sebborich eczema is recognized as a fungus, I thought the acid may kill it. However, you are not supposed to put this acid on compromised skin because it can penetrate & cause deep dermal damage which can leave pockets & scars. Therefore I made a VERY weak solution of this & tested an area of normal skin which felt no tingle from the application. I then applied the same dilution to the areas of eczema. Let sit for 1 minute & rinsed w/ cold water. I then applied vitamin E oil to the areas as well. Later in the day went back to check the areas & gently wiped w/ a wash cloth drenched in cold water. All the eczema came off. But I wasn't sure it had killed the fungus. I reapplied a heavy layer of Vitamin E oil rubbing it in. the areas still felt dry before I applied. I did this twice a day for 2 days & applied spf 50 before going outside at anytime. Also have avoided makeup! Most makeup is full of chemicals. Do not use it while recovering from a peel! It will irritate to no end! Tonight before bath time I doused a washcloth in cold water to remove the oil from my face. I had some scaling still on my face but appeared to be from the peel & not eczema. Since not able to get pure salacytic acid at this hour I grabbed a jar of carmex which also cantains cooling camphor &smeared some on these areas for about 10 minutes. Got into the tub took my cloth again & washed my face, but w/ a little more aggitation. I expected when I got out of the tub to see the leather Im use to, but was thrilled to see somewhat pinkish red, but normal smooth skin with only a couple of scales! I then took pure aloe & put it on my face along with a powder I formulated out of silk & pearl powder & dusted it over my face. Silk & pearl powders have approx 21 aminos which naturally reside in the body to help build healthy skin. I am taking the ACV internally as well & will continue to report. If anyone would like to seek similar treatment see a local well experienced esthatician who can evaluate your skin. I do not know as of yet if this is totally gone for sure, but my face looks the most normal it has in 4 months. Rx treatments didn't even do this for me & my patience just ran out before giving ACV a full chance! What can I say! Im a single woman & work in the beauty industry. I just couldn't take it any longer.
Writen4u (author) on October 19, 2011:
Glad it's helping, when I say it stings up there, It Stings!.
Please give an update in a week or two.
Michelle on October 17, 2011:
I tried the white vinegar this morning on seborrich (spelling?) eczema on my face around my mouth & nose & up between my eyes Before going to bed cause I work nights at the hospital. It was fire engine red & hurting, oozing,& itching. The itch almost immediately stopped. Then it began to sting some, but was tolerable. Had to keep eyes closed due to fumes for a minute. Then went to bed. When I got up this afternoon the redness was gone & oozing was as a minimum, but there was itching. Inflamation was considerablly reduced also :0) Just reapplied & lying back down. Stung again ~ but got btr results in 1 application of this than anything else in the past 3 to 4 months. I just white vinegar since I already had this in the cabinet. Will post again in a week or so with an update! My scalp is getting it next!
Eleanor on October 08, 2011:
add small amount or baking soda and peroxide and mix ,,the apply to your skin ,,,,it works for my daughter skin .she suffered eczema for 3 yrs ..apply to skin 2x a day and vigin coconut oit after the venigar
Jayson on September 01, 2011:
A really good way to stop the itching is by using dove soap when taking a shower or bath and right after you get out of the shower apply aveeno lotion to your affected areas when its wet, Doing this will stop the itching. The dove soap helps you because it has lotion and helps keep your skin moisturized. I do this every day and it isn't itchy anymore! I hope this helps, it did for me and you will feel relived because I know how annoying that itch could be. Don't forget to apply the lotion when your skin is damp!
MegDa on July 22, 2011:
Ok, so about two weeks of using the ACV-topically and drinking it-and it seems to be working as well as the steroid creams did. Rashes stop itching instantly and more or less go away after a day or so. But, I still get major break outs on areas that have been clear for weeks. I have had no luck at figuring out what triggers the outbreaks, what test do i need to ask my Dr. for to figure this out? My Dr. (Like Don's) seems to think that there is no food or allergy connection.
Writen4u (author) on July 16, 2011:
Try putting it on your skin on a weekend, once it dries you shouldn't stink. Do some jumping jacks to make sure your sweat doesn't stink once it starts flowing again.
Some guy at a boxing gym I used to go to used to cover himself with vinegar and not wash it off. The smell was so bad it would make half of us come to a state of pure nausea. Every-time we had to run by his spot I wanted to barf. So I completely understand your fear of smelling like pickles.
I have yet to have a problem with stank when drinking or showering with vinegar. The smell should die off fast, it's not like eating a garlic clove for your heart then smelling like garlic for three days.
Don on July 15, 2011:
Thank you, Writen4u, I'll see the doc now. I've had so much trouble sleeping lately. Started drinking ACV 3 but I don't think it's helping. I'll keep it up until I finish the bottle though. I haven't really tried putting it directly to my skin yet. I can't afford to smell like pickles :)
Writen4u (author) on July 14, 2011:
You should be able to get a food allergy test from your doctor.
I don't know what the connection is between certain foods/products and eczema but just google "beer and eczema" for example. Different things just make some peoples skin worse.
I'm glad it gave you a laugh, some people don't get my sense of humor at all. After awhile the sting starts to go away after its cleared up some, just don't keep itching it!
MegDa on July 12, 2011:
Thanks so much for your post. I think that laughing is helping my eczema already! We'll have to wait and see if the vinegar helps-the stinging is building character at least and gives me the opportunity to use all the swear words I know.
Don on July 09, 2011:
"Some main triggers are Beer, Milk, Chocolate, Peanuts, Wheat or Whey" - How do you get tested to find out what the triggers are? My doctor seems to think my eczema is not triggered/worsenedy by food but I know he doesn't have a basis for his theory.
callonresources on June 19, 2011:
Thank you for this very informative article. In India eczema is controlled by rubbing Neem oil on the effected areas of the skin and many people say it helps a lot. I am not sure where one can get Neem oil in Europe and USA. I believe going back to nature and using things like ACV and Neem oil will help a lot with many ailments.