Home Remedy: Apple Cider Vinegar for Eczema

ThinkstockPhotos-180934156If you are prone to eczema, the summer months, bringing high humidity, perspiration from exercise and chlorinated pools, can exacerbate your symptoms.

The symptoms of eczema are different for each person and may look different depending on what part of your body it affects. They can include mild, moderate or severe red, inflamed skin, rough leathery patches, oozing or crusting, and scaling.

Eczema is also known for its intense itch. The itch may be so bad that you scratch your skin until it bleeds, which can make your rash and itching even worse, or lead to infection.

There are a number of over-the-counter and prescription medications used to treat eczema, but have you ever tried a warm apple cider vinegar bath? The National Eczema Association recommends adding a cup of apple cider vinegar (ACV) to five gallons of warm bathwater to help soothe the itch and inflammation of eczema.

Why apple cider vinegar?

Vinegars have a long history of medicinal use, and certain vinegars like apple cider vinegar, contain acetic acid which is both anti-bacterial and anti-fungal, helping to fight the eczema infection. The potassium present in vinegar acts as an astringent which balances the pH levels of the skin and provides faster eczema healing in affected areas.

ACV also contains beta-carotene, an anti-oxidant that promotes the growth of new skin cells, as well as mineral salts, vitamin B1 and riboflavin, providing relief from dryness and itching.

The next time your eczema flares, try a little apple cider vinegar and let us know how it works for you!

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