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Apple Cider Vinegar Melts Away Psoriasis Flakes

Apple cider vinegar and psoriasis makes for a great team if you're a red-faced flaker

Its made from squashed apples and it makes your flakes cry. Every man or woman with psoriasis needs a bottle of it. I have two.

There are two types of people in this world. Those who use apple cider vinegar (known as ACV) for salad dressings, and those who drink it and rub it onto their skin. Guess which category flakers fall into? The weird kind. To find out why apple cider vinegar and psoriasis isn’t as crazy as it sounds, read on!

I currently have two bottles in my cupboard: Bragg, the big daddy brand of ACV that all hippies swear by, and a random Italian brand that I picked up from my local shopkeeper Vimal for cooking with that cost just $2.

You might think that I’m bonkers, but there are tonnes of people out there with psoriasis that swear by ACV. Over the centuries, it’s been used time and again to treat skin conditions – cultures as diverse as the ancient Egyptians, to the Romans, and even American used it, the latter in the 19th century, when it was used as a wound disinfectant. I’ve even read that the Victorians lathered it on as a perfume called “Vinegar de Toilette!”

It’s all about pH levels and nutrients

Drinking apple cider vinegar for psoriasis

Tonight, we’re drinking from the bottle! (Just kidding. Please don’t try this unless you have dentures handy.)

The first time I came across using apple cider vinegar for psoriasis was when I was researching the effects of bad diet. One popular, albeit alternative theory, is that it is caused by a “leaky gut” and candida overgrowth, which allows toxins to infiltrate the body.

This, in turn, can be down to a highly-acidic modern diet, full of processed foods and empty carbs. What ACV does for us flakers is that it reverses this by making pH levels in the body more alkaline, thus helping the digestive tract to function better, and by killing toxins as it is anti-fungal and anti-viral.

You might be thinking, “Wait a minute, isn’t it acidic!?” and that’s true, but the end products it creates while being digested turn out to be alkaline. It also includes a boat load of essential nutrients (such as Vitamins C, A, B1, B6, potassium & iron for starters), and alpha hydroxy acids, which exfoliate the top layers of the skin and are now used in a lot of dermatological creams.

What do other people say?

To me knowledge there are no clinical studies out there supporting the use of ACV for psoriasis – probably because there’s no way a company could slap a label on it, patent it and sell it for a million dollars – but the anecdotal stories of it working are plenty. There are also Amazon reviews for Bragg’s apple cider vinegar from people who have psoriasis.

Here’s what Nigel, from the UK, says on a website called Curezone: 

About 2 weeks ago I was surfing this forum when I saw several posts about ACV. Not knowing what it was, I proceeded to read the posts and finally I figured out it was apple cider vinegar…. I set out to my local grocery store and started on the treatment of 2 teaspoons mixed with honey…. 2 weeks later here I am, VERY HAPPY and giddy! The ACV treatment is working. The patches are diminishing. They are no longer rough and flaky. Instead, smooth, REGULAR, HEALTHY skin is now there (only thing that remains is a mark where the patch once was!)

This comment was left by Sreenivas, from India, on a site called EarthClinic:

I read your comments and bought the organic ACV and the result was amazing…. I drank 1 tea spoon of ACV with 250 ml of water for about 2 weeks and I see 90% improvement. I got psoriasis in 2007 on my hands and my feet. Cracks, blisters and discharges was something I have lived with while trying all kinds of creams, tablets…. It worked like magic for me.

I also found this testimonial from a mid-50s flaker in the US:

Drank 2 teaspoons of natural ACV with 16 oz. of water each day and the red, painful, scaly condition just disappeared! This is the cloudy version of ACV with all the active nutrients. Not the clearer, grocery-store ACV. My skin was freaking me out and scary painful when acting up. And no, I would not have believed something so simple would have worked. I thought this psoriasis was going to flat out eat me alive!

This is one of the original posts that made me want to experiment with ACV, left by a guy in London!

ACV definitely works…. I was on prescription topical steroids and it just made it worse. Every time I came off the steroids the psoriasis would bounce back worse. I apply ACV at least twice daily with a sponge and bowl to affected areas and here are my observations. Day 1-3) Massive reduction in skin production & much cleaner appearance. Day 3-7) Small amount of outer shrinkage of spots of psoriasis. Week 3) Hollowing out of spots of psoriosis to form a ring of psoriosis with healthy skin on the inside Week 6) Ring breaks up into smaller spots which turn into scabs that reveal deep itchy lesions if picked at. Week 12) Lesions slowly heal and close up.

Drink it, but dilute it

Dabbing apple cider vinegar onto my psoriasis patches

ACV is quite versatile

Most people recommend drinking apple cider vinegar for psoriasis, and that’s how I normally take it. What I do is mix two to three tablespoons of ACV in a tall glass of water, normally once a day in the evenings, just before dinner in order to get those gastric juices flowing, baby.

The best kind to get is organic ACV, without preservatives or any other additives. The cream of the crop is organic ACV with what is known as the “Mother”, a little tangled clot of enzymes, bacteria and living nutrients. It is created during the fermentation process and is the most nutritious thing in the whole bottle!

I’ve been drinking it for around a year, off and on, and I really like the effects. It takes around 2 weeks to see the main improvements, but I find that when I’m using it my skin doesn’t feel like a pile of wood shavings, and it’s a nice light-pinkish in colour.

Rub it into your flakes

Apart from slurping it up, you can also use ACV topically. I normally do this with cotton pads or a sponge, but you can also apply it straight to the scalp or soak your hands and feet in a bowl. I’ve even heard of people with penile psoriasis dipping their bits in it, but remember, only try this if you have nuts of steel as the stinging and pain will be pretty, pretty high!

Putting ACV onto my bad elbow patch

Mmm, vinegary elbow

Research shows that when used externally, it promotes blood circulation in the small capillaries of the skin, has antiseptic qualities which prevent bacteria, and regulates pH levels on the skin.

Most people I’ve spoken to apply it on their body for 20 to 30 minutes before rinsing it off, but you can also leave it on overnight. You can even pour some into a bath if your psoriasis coverage is extensive.

Which one should you use?

If you feel like trying ACV, its as easy as popping down to the store, unless you live like me in the middle of nowhere. I’ve experimented with dozens of food store ACV brands which I use in cooking, but stick to one main brand when it comes to psoriasis use. That brand is Bragg. It was recommended to me years back and I’ve never had to change it as it worked from the first bottle! Let me know if you end up trying it!

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I'm just an average 26 year old living with psoriasis. Over the last decade, I've tried everything, from real snake poison to rubbing banana peels over my body. I've finally found an approach that's working for me, and I'm sharing it with all the flakers out there. But Psoriasis Blob is not about one man, it's a growing community of great, red people.

41 Responses to Apple Cider Vinegar Melts Away Psoriasis Flakes

  1. April Silvers says:

    Hello my name is April and I came down with psoriasis when I was 22 yrs old. Now that I’ve tried everything, creams, oils, medication and nothing helps I just hope and pray this works…

    • Thalita says:

      Today I have started with ACV

      • Nina says:

        Hi Fellow Flakers. Last night, for the first time, I applied ACV to my scalp and just inside of my ears, for 30 minutes. I then rinsed it and washed my hair. I can already see it working on my ears.

        Too soon to tell about my scalp, but it is itching like crazy, especially behind my ear. I am being very good and not scratching it.

        Questions: Do I do this daily and do I have to shampoo my hair after each use, or just rinse it off?

        Also I drank it …. YUCK. I added some Stevia and it was a little better, but not much. I don’t know if I will be able to handle it everyday… I really do want to give it a chance. Any suggestions for making it more palatable?

        Thanks so much for of the info … hopefully it will put an end to this horrible plague.

        • redblob says:

          Hi Nina. Glad to hear that you’re going out there and proactively kicking P’s ass! How are you holding up? The general advice is, if the ACV is causing your skin to itch or burn, keep diluting it! Hope it brought you some long-lasting relief.

      • Jim says:

        How is it working for you now?

        • redblob says:

          It’s still working well Jim, always a bottle in my cupboard. I find that my psoriasis is intimately tied in with diet, and ACV has a very calming affect on whatever digestive issues I’m having. I also used it quite extensively on my skin over the holiday break in December to keep the redness away. Have you tried it?

          • Jim says:

            I have just started drinking it a few days ago. I will let you know the results in a few weeks. Thank you.

  2. Meg says:

    I have had psoriasis for 30 years – going to give ACV a try. Question, can you drink it AND put on the skin at the same time?

    • redblob says:

      Certainly Meg. Many do just that. I do it. Just remember that the key is moderation, and don’t forget to dilute it unless you like having the taste of a mouthful of lemons.

  3. Rosie says:

    Hi. I just found your blog today, after flaring up and having my bi-monthly google sesh for treatments. Thanks a lot for the time and effort you’ve put in to sharing your findings! Its really encouraging and a good read. I’m keen to try ACV and turmeric. Do you think I should go slow and take them one at a time or just go for it? Thanks.

    • redblob says:

      Thanks for commenting Rosie! The logical side of me would say take them one by one to monitor what’s working and what’s not… but it’s a whole different ball game when you have a mad flare up of psoriasis invading your asscrack and you need a solution pronto! From my knowledge there’s no harm in mixing ACV and turmeric. Do keep us updated on how you get on!

  4. Nina says:

    I’ve been lax about applying the ACV regularly.

    Do I do this daily and do I have to shampoo my hair after each use, or just rinse it off?

    I don’t normally wash my hair everyday, but I will if I have to shampoo the ACV off. I do notice fewer flakes :-) and if I do it everyday, I think I will get really good results.

  5. edelyn torres says:

    I use ACV but its not Braggs. I’m from Riyadh. Where can I buy ACV Braggs please? I have had P for almost 13 years. I use many medications but they do not work for me. I have been trying ACV but it has only been a few months. I think I will get really good results. Please tell where can find it!

    • redblob says:

      Hi Edelyn. I’m not sure where you can get Bragg’s in Riyadh, but the brand is not essential. What matters most is that your apple cider vinegar still has “the mother” – a little ball of enzymes and whatnot. It is found in organic ACV that has been produced using natural means and I am sure there’s a good local producer somewhere in Saudi Arabia.

  6. Helen says:

    I have had cancer and chemo, resulting in mouth sores. The doctor told me some meds to take, but, I used ACV and water to rinse my mouth each day. Got rid of them each time. Now I have psoriasis, and will try this method. ACV seems to be good for everything, involving the PH levels. I swear by this stuff. Am never without it for some use. Kills yeast infections too! Doctors prescribe all these medicines when a simple home product is just as good in some cases!

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