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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.



65 Responses to Apple Cider Vinegar Melts Away Psoriasis Flakes

  1. Andrea says:

    I’m going to try some of these suggestions tonight! Hope they work, I just diagnosed myself as having Psoriasis of the scalp and it’s really uncomfortable and I want it gone. I will update with my results… also, I’m going to start using ACV on a daily basis as much as I can!! Seems to do so many great things. : )

  2. Amanda says:

    I’ve been struggling with scalp psoriasis for about 2 years now. My dermatologist is great, but my scalp adapts to everything that I have been prescribed, topical and oral; even shampoos. I need to change up shampoos like every 2 weeks it seems.

    I’ve tried numerous holistic approaches (coconut oil, tea tree oil, henna {omg, the smell}). The one thing I haven’t tried yet, and will tonight, is ACV.

    I’ve read so much about it in the last couple of months and am willing to try anything to get this under control. Thank you for sharing your story and I will continue to update all of you!

  3. Fiona says:

    Hi. My amazing, beautiful teen daughter has scalp psoriasis for which she takes methotrexate (which, in and of itself, is of some concern). We’d like to try the apple cider vinegar treatment on her scalp but need clarification: Does she wash with shampoo and condition and rinse as normal THEN rinse her scalp with the ACV? If that is correct, for how long does she leave the ACV on her scalp? Overnight? With a shower cap? Does she rinse the ACV out after 20 minutes or so? She has suffered some small degree of hair loss as a result of the plaque and is anxious to try this remedy, so any further instruction you can provide would be so very much appreciated! As an aside, I would add that my wonderful teen girl is a huge X-Men fan. As such, she has found the bright side to her diagnosis of psoriasis and has determined that the rapid cell turnover that characterizes it can mean only one thing: She is part Wolverine. How’s that for finding a silver lining?? I love that girl!

    • redblob says:

      Hi Fiona. Your daughter sounds like she has a great attitude. You should be proud. There’s no clear and fast rule for using ACV on the scalp. However, a couple of points: 1) I would not use a shampoo. Instead I’d use the ACV by itself and then rinse with water. This lets the natural balance of oils return to the scalp and it won’t leave her smelling like vinaigrette either! 2) Either use ACV in the shower, so a quick wash, or leave it on for 20 minutes at a time. This will restore the pH balance to the scalp; not sure if there are any further substantial benefits for keeping it on overnight.

  4. jeepsblues says:

    Oh, I’m so happy I found this website! I want to say first of all, thank you for publishing your problems with psoriasis online, I would have never had the guts but at least someone out there did it and helps thousands of other fellow psoriasis sufferers. I always felt quite isolated and desperate but your posts give me hope. Can’t wait to start them.. One question though: If it stings, it can’t be good right? I once put sea salt diluted in water on my psoriasis and it stung so much, I rubbed it off afterwards as I was scared it would make it just worse! Regarding turmeric, can I also just add it into my diet? I find the turmeric capsules so expensive to buy and adding turmeric powder to my food (like curries etc) seems ways cheaper.. What do you think?

    • redblob says:

      Hi Jeepsblues. They say no pain, no gain, but I agree that it probably doesn’t apply to rubbing sea salt into a sore flaky patch. :) Did the sea salt contain other minerals, like the ones found in dead sea salt? Regarding turmeric, sure you can add it into your food! It is a spice after all. Just remember that you’ll need to ingest quite a lot to get enough curcumin, which is concentrated in supplements. Also, don’t forget to combine it with black pepper. I took the powder for months before I finally made the plunge to supplements.

  5. Jethro says:

    Put Bragg’s Apple Cider Vinegar in a spray bottle (half water half vinegar), then spray on the scalp and massage it. Afterwards, wash hair. Eat plenty of garlic and sardines in olive oil. Good Luck.

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