Using Apple Cider Vinegar to Treat Eczema
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, and 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 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 when I do it has a great effect on my skin. Another upside of the drink is 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. Although 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 is 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 maybe after six months of ritual use 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! A 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 a 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 everyday 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 on what we can do to make our disease a little more bearable.