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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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About the Author

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.



74 Responses to Apple Cider Vinegar Melts Away Psoriasis Flakes

  1. April says:

    Just found out about using ACV for psoriasis treatment. I hope it works. I have have tried so many different things including Enbrel and Humira… Nothing has helped. Its an awful thing to live with.

  2. Dave. says:

    As well as taking 2-3 tablespoons in water twice a day, I have started gently rubbing it into the patches, rubbing some baby Vaseline into it before it dries, stays moisturised a lot longer, soft and pink. If it’s any encouragement, in April, since two days after starting to drink ACV, I honestly have had absolutely no itching whatsoever because although the patches were quite red, there’s no skin build up.

  3. Guber says:

    Get a short haircut (shave head). Wash scalp with Dr.Bronner’s Liquid Tea Tree Oil Soap. Spray Bragg’s Apple Cider Vinegar on scalp (half vinegar half water in spray bottle). Massage into scalp. Eat lots of sardines in olive oil. Good Luck.

    • redblob says:

      Agree. Never tried. Agree. Agree. Disagree – eat sardines canned in water! More inflammation-busting omega-3 oils. Mmm. Thanks for stopping by Guber.

  4. razak m says:

    Hey i just got P at the start of the year and it spread pretty wild. Just started ACV a week ago and i am finding it to be going well so far! One thing i noticed that if you apply it topically, diluting it with warm water will actually remove the stinging feeling and help keep your skin feel moist and supple throughout the day. Pretty keen to see if this could be the solution to my annoying P!

    • redblob says:

      Great to hear Razak! Let me know how it goes. Who knew a simple ingredient that many only use for salad dressing is so good for us flakers!

  5. Kelly D says:

    I take the pill form as the liquid can damage the teeth. I’ve been drinking the stuff for a week and could feel it helping but the acids do weird stuff to the enamel. I’ve also been doing the Xtrac laser, which is supposed to be safe. But the ACV is great and I think is a cure all. I put about 1/2 cup in my bathwater – the cheap stuff. Do you still have the red patches? I hate summer because I always wear light sweaters and even though, between the Xtrac and the ACV it’s better, I’ve only been doing ACV for about a week and the Xtrac since December. Also, there is this thing called Rage Work. For 2 minutes a day write down everything you hate and everyone you are mad at. It’s very good for systemic chronic illness.

    • redblob says:

      Awesome to hear about your progress. Undiluted ACV can be hard on teeth, which is why I recommend mixing it with water. I’m happy to say that I don’t have red patches anymore. The areas where I had them are still not the same colour, but they’re a very light shade of peach or pink or something. I’ll have to take a photo!

      I’m definitely Googling rage work. I think the paper might spontaneously combust when I’m done!

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