Apple Cider Vinegar is a trending product in the health field. It has excellent benefits for weight loss, cleaning, hair care and detoxing. Many don't realize it is also an ancient remedy for eczema that is very effective. Individuals with eczema tend to have high pH levels. Apple Cider Vinegar is acidic, which means it can lower and restore healthier levels of pH on your skin. It is also an all natural astringent that can help with harmful bacteria. See below the many ways apple cider vinegar can be integrated into your daily eczema skincare routine. There are few risks associated with using apple cider vinegar as a treatment for eczema, but after your first treatment wait 48 hours before a second treatment to make sure it is effective for your skin.
Tips to selecting the best apple cider vinegar:
- Avoid buying at the grocery store if you can. Grocery stores often carry vinegars that are pasteurized, which are clear and do not contain near as many health benefits that unpasteurized vinegars do. Check out the health department or visit a health food store to find the correct ACV.
- Organic and raw apple cider vinegar are optimal. You want the vinegar that has not gone through any filtration, the color will be dark yellow/brown.
- Look for “The Mother” on the label. The Mother is a cobweb-like substance that floats inside the bottle. It sounds gross, but The Mother is a key indicator of good quality because it is holding together nutrients.
Apple Cider Vinegar Bath:
- Add 2 cups of apple cider vinegar to your lukewarm bath. If being used for a baby bath, you can add 4 tablespoons of ACV to every 3.5 liters of water.
- Soak for 20-30 minutes to fully allow the ACV to absorb into your skin.
- Pat dry and immediately apply an eczema emollient. This eczema emollient is great for post-bath use. It is free from harmful chemicals, scents, and is dermatologist recommended.
- After applying an emollient, use an eczema wrap to lock in the moisture to get the maximum benefits of the apple cider vinegar. These recommended wraps come in baby, child, and adult sizes and use TENCEL® fabric which is ideal for eczema. They are also made in the U.S. and are zinc, dye and chemical free which is very important for allergic skin or eczema. The less you put on your irritated skin, the better.
Apple Cider Vinegar Moisturizer:
- Combine 1 tablespoons of ACV with ¼ cup of this eczema moisturizer. This moisturizer will help your body retain it’s natural moisture as well as locking in the ACV. You can also use coconut oil.
- Apple generously to your skin, start by using this 1-2 times per week and see how your skin reacts. Increase use over time.
- Avoid using this moisturizer immediately following an apple cider vinegar bath.
Wet Wrap Therapy with ACV:
- In the ratio of 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar to 1 cup of warm water, wet fabric in the solution and apply to the affected area. The ACV will kill harmful bacteria and the wet wrap will lock in moisture.
- Use these Wrap-E-Soothe and eczema clothing products as the wet fabric. They are ideal for wet wrap therapy, you can wash and reuse! These also can be used dry underneath clothing as an anti-itch protective second skin.
- Immediately after, cover with dry eczema-friendly fabric.
- Wear the wrap for at least 3-4 hours, or overnight for best results.
Diluting Apple Cider Vinegar for a Skin Tonic:
- Mix ¼ cup ACV to ¼ cup water. For sensitive skin dilute to ¼ cup ACV to 2 cups water.
- Using a cotton ball, apply the mixture to the affected area. You can also put this mix in a spray bottle and spray directly on the affected area.
- Start by using this method once per day, and increase up to 2 times per day over time.
- Apply this eczema emollient after use to avoid dryness. It is unscented and chemical-free so it will not interfere with the effectiveness of the vinegar.
This information is not meant to replace a visit to a physician or a physician’s advice. Always consult your doctor about your medical conditions. AD RescueWear does not provide medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment of any condition.