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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.

127 Responses to Apple Cider Vinegar Melts Away Psoriasis Flakes

  1. Hemant says:

    Hi there, for psoriasis which ACV is better ACV with mother or Bragg ACV?

  2. Linda says:

    I can’t wait to try it! I bought two bottles of ACV supplements. Will let you know how it works. Also, just started taking Turmeric, Lactoferrin and L-Glutamine. We’ll see….

  3. WC Montoya says:

    I’m not sure if it was just a coincidence, but the flaking and itching behind my ears was getting really bad. I have a bottle of aloe vera so I rubbed some on the area and into the scalp into scalp line. The next day the flakes seemed to become part of the skin again, after about 2 weeks the whole area is smooth. I only applied the aloe vera once.

  4. Gigi says:

    How much vinegar and how much coconut oil? Doesn’t white vinegar burn though?

    • Lisa Eaton says:

      You don’t use white vinegar only the apple cider vinegar with the mother…it’s rather cloudy but it really works!!

      • Tara says:

        I have used both in the bath and actually for bathing they are the same in terms of exfoliating the dead skin patches the skin on my hands feet legs and knees is so smooth with the addition of coconut oil after the vinegar water has soaked in!

    • Tara says:

      I have had psoriasis on various parts of my body over the years from head to toe to small patches. I started using an antioxidant supplement OPC3 and it worked amazingly! But the cost was crippling at 27 pound for 30 doses and with psoriasis you need 2 doses a day!
      My psoriasis came back when I stopped using it after a few months but just on my hands knees elbows and feet. For me the worst is my hands I tried topical treatments which thinned the skin on my hands masking them even more sensitive.After 18 years they sent me to the dermatologist who told me I had psoriasis(no shit Sherlock!) and after discussing that I didn’t want to use steroids again he prescribed me a steroid needless to say I didn’t use the cream and I didn’t go back.
      Iv read that vinegar softens skin so I tried two cups of distilled vinegar in a bath and soaked in it for 40 mins. I didn’t rinse the vinegar jus patted dry and then applied coconut oil to the areas, the results are amazing my hands are almost clear and the other areas just flaked off in the bath. I am going to try ACV internally and white vinegar baths and see how that works!

    • Sophia says:

      “Apple Cider Vinegar” has been mentioned 21 times in this article as the recommended vinegar . The abbreviation “ACV” has appeared over 100 times.

  5. It took me a little experimentation but I have something 🙂 get a vinergrete bottle mix coconut oil water and white vinegar shake several times over 2 hours apply after a shower to clean skin. You won’t believe the results.

  6. Marie Moore says:

    I am going to give it a try today,if possible. My psoriasis is terrible. I’m afraid I of the burning from the acid….but I will TRY.

  7. ella says:

    Ive been suffering my psoriasis for 17years..last month i have this organic vinegar not knowing bcoz of my frustration i applied it after a week all my rashes cameout so horrible as in..i stay calm..dint use creams for i dont have stock frend gave me a turmeric tea powder i take it for 3 days for it was just a small amount after a week my rashes start to fade so fast then i continue to use it i bought in groceries very cheap until now i used it so big diff my skin now..maybe that vinegar help those rashes to came out and it was just a reaction plus this turmeric it help me a just 2 weeks..i still want to used this acv for best result☺

  8. Me!!!! says:

    I use it on my bathing suit areas and it’s like magic. FYI it will burn but the after affect is simply amazing.. I would say it takes away 90% of my itching!

  9. Susan says:

    Jess- why not try a bath with a 1/2 cup ACV in it to start off with? Many people can up that to one cup in a bath, but maybe you should start slow? Good luck!

  10. Jess says:

    Has anyone ever used apple cider vinegar topically on vulval psoriasis? I’m going through absolute hell with it at the moment, the prescribed steroid creams are just not working. But am worried that applying apple cider vinegar topically to this very sensitive area could exacerbate the condition/pain due to its acidity.
    Thanks so much and great blog! 🙂

    • Tara says:

      Jess I really feel for you I have had psoriasis on various parts of my body including the top of my vulva area and I feel your pain. Please try doing a cup of white vinegar in your bath and then coconut oil this will sooth your symptoms if nothing else. It doesn’t burn as its diluted. The vinegar helps soften the skin soothe itching and is an amazing exfoliator. The coconut oil Is also antiseptic and antibacterial and softens the last of the dry skin. I get my coconut oil and white vinegar from the corner shop the oil is around 2 for large pot and the vinegar is a pound so its also great value for money.

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  12. Danielle says:

    I recently ran out and purchased Bragg’s ACV after reading an article about losing weight and getting healthy but I haven’t started using it yet… My mom has Psoraosis a lot worse than me and as a child I had eczema. When I got into my 20’s that’s when I started noticing the Psoraosis outbreak in my scalp, genital area, face, and ears. I have tried creams, shampoos and tanning with tanning being the only thing that 100% worked but being a student and single mom it becomes too expensive to keep up this regime of tanning everyday. I was searching today for other possible solutions because winter is starting and that’s the worst time of year for my Psoraosis and what do you know Bragg’s ACV popped up again! So I’m definitely going to stop BSing and start this process because it seems to be nothing but benefits for me associated with this product. Thanks everybody for sharing and I’ll do my best to remember to come back and post my story for the next person. Praying my struggle is over

  13. Vanessa says:

    My husband has been suffering from Psorisis for many years, have tried just about everything, although the Humiria injections have worked wonders in the past but are extremely expensive and now the company medical insurance has refused any further help in this regard. Will give this ACV a go as things are pretty bad at the moment, we have nothing to lose! Hoping and praying it will work.

  14. Ahmed Mafaz says:

    I m 23 , I am going to start using it today! else pray for me. I hope it works.

  15. jo says:

    Try it with 2 teaspoons of honey in water and the acv

  16. Abhishek says:

    I have been using ACV for a week w/o any benefits. I mix 2 tablespoon of ACV in quarter glass of water n apply on psoriasis . But when it dries skin becomes very whitish scaly itchy also the red spots from where the blood had come out becomes dry with a red color but skin does not appear to come back on these spots. I also have constipation along with Psoriasis.

  17. Paula Rockwood says:

    I am going to start using it today! Nothing else has worked for me. I hope this does

  18. garcia says:

    I am going to try I try everything else pray it works

  19. DDOG says:

    I recommend drinking it with some orange juice too. It makes it real easy to take…..

  20. Philipose Chirackal says:

    Why Bragg alone? No other brand can be used?
    Is there a marketing strategy behind this?

    • redblob says:

      That’s a bit cynical! Braggs is popular in the P community and the highest quality that I’ve tried or could find personally. Of course if you can find organic ACV that is similar in its qualities to Braggs then you should try it – I’ve gone through plenty of brands myself!

  21. maria says:

    Wow amazing

  22. Cheryl Pope says:

    I must say there is so many ways to use this BRAGGS ACV, RAW, UNFILTERED “WITH THE MOTHER”. It works better than the KETOCONAZOLE SHAMPOO, AND THE CREME KETOCONAZOLE AS WELL, now I am so really happy, and not embarrassed as I always been. People think you’re dirty, or contagious in some way. Even my face, I use it every night and each morning, BEST THING EVER than all these expensive products the Dermatologist tries to pass off with a big price. I tell all my friends and sometimes I buy a bottle and send it as a gift of LIFE CHANGE…I sure wouldn’t mind a gift that works and also a health saver. Drs know this works but won’t speak of it because they will lose clients, and no more big bucks,T HIS BRAGGS NEED TO BE BRAGGED ABOUT. Try and see for yourself…

    • Viki says:

      I have been diagnosed of having psoriasis last sept only and am very stressed with what I see on my body and legs and arms and even on my face. Have spent 8k on prescribed creams and doctors fees. Desperate as anyone I started searching . Just now since I have ACV available I did apply some on my face and scalp keeping my fingers crossed that this will alleviate my current situation. Thanks. Hoping for positive results

  23. Steven M says:

    I just came across this blog this morning and went out right away to pick up some of the BRAGG ACV – the psoriasis decided to spread to a whole new area (where it was recommended dipping ones into it) and yeah – it was rather painful, but hopefully it’ll help. I’ll start drinking it mixed with water this evening — wish me luck!!

  24. Scott B says:

    I’ve read about ACV and its numerous health benefits so I decided to try taking drinking it daily. I have seen an improvement in my mild/moderate psoriasis as a result. In addition to taking ACV every morning, I also use organic coconut oil on my skin, applying it to the affected areas. The combination of taking ACV daily and using coconut oil on my skin has (for me) proven even more beneficial than the prescription creams I have used in the past. FYI: I found a nifty recipe online which makes taking the ACV a bit more palatable. Mix 2 tablespoons of ACV with about 8oz of water, a dash of vanilla-flavored liquid stevia, and a dash of cinnamon. Makes it taste much better!

  25. Joy says:

    I never believed it myself till I tried. I used acv with listerine and a little bit of water. I used cotton to apply it on my scalp and I have been doing it for 7 straight days now, left it overnight. Now I am 80-90% clear, and super happy. Would try this for 2 straight weeks then if everything goes well, will adjust it after that…

  26. abrake says:

    Thank you for the support and information. I am a suffer of psoriasis of the scalp and am using ACV as a rinse 3xs weekly after shampooing. It has really helped in the flake department and is helping my scalp become healthy again. I also drink ACV with water and stevia daily 🙂

  27. So happy to have run across this site. Going to to a bath soak tonight, I have one patch that is really sore today. (2 cups ACV, warm water bath, soak 30 then rinse.) Have also seen add 2-3 drops ACV to 2 tbsps of regular hand lotion.

  28. Billy says:

    Just bought a bottle of Bragg’s ACV. Gonna try ingesting a tablespoon every night with some water and also apply onto my scalp 30 minutes before I shower with a spray bottle. Will post back with progress!

  29. Kristoff says:

    Had read about this being beneficial, came across this page while researching. I have moderate Psoriasis on my elbows, knuckles and legs. Recently I’ve been on a drive to get rid of it, it’s getting too warm in the UK for hoodies. I’ll report back in a few weeks. Thanks dude.

    • Kristoff says:

      Well so far, it’s inconclusive. I’ve been drinking 3 tbsp in a glass of water, once a day in the evening before dinner, as well as rubbing into the patches. My psoriasis hasn’t worsened nor improved too markedly, but me using the ACV has coincided with being on UVB treatment – of which my last session is today. I’ll have a better ability to gauge it’s effects in the coming weeks, and again, I’ll post a reply with findings, but it certainly hasn’t hurt.

  30. amy says:

    I’ve been dealing with psoriasis since elementary, this is the first time I feel hopeful. I cover myself from head to toe or use makeup on my spots every time i go out. My scalp makes me self conscious and I have tried it all. This makes sense, first dose today. Thank you for sharing i will report back soon.

  31. derdo says:

    My ACV is rather old (several years old) – can I still use it topically?

    • redblob says:

      I’m not sure Derdo. I go through mine so quickly that I’ve never had an opportunity to try old ACV. Does it have a use by date? I guess that would indicate whether or not its fit to drink. Does it smell good?

  32. sal says:

    Thank you so much redblob for sharing with other people. I have been suffering from psoriasis for the past 20 years, its gradually increasing, but i keep it under control with the compounds for the skin and ointment for the scalp. I will try this and pray to God this would work on me. I am applying the ACV directly to the body. For the scalp i tried it and it gives relief for about 15 to 20 minutes but then unbearable itch afterwards so maybe its not that good for the scalp ? its been only two days that I have tried. But my skin itching is calm on all over the body since I applied it. Any comments ?

  33. Budad says:

    Diagnosed with psoriasis last 2000. Since then, I had it all over my body. Pray that this will work on me too.

  34. hhender2 says:

    When I stop drinking Bragg’s in my water. My psoriasis returns. It is a must for me to keep psoriasis at bay.

  35. Guber says:

    Eat lots of sardines, salmon, garlic, walnuts and almonds. Keep washing hair with Dr. Bronner’s liquid Tea Tree Oil soap. Rinse scalp with Bragg’s Apple Cider Vinegar (half vinegar half water in spray bottle). Good luck. Get a short haircut for the summer.

  36. Lilly says:

    Hi, i have had psoriasis since i was 2 years old, and now i’m 17. I’m going to try this one, hopefully it works.Fingers crossed …i also heard ACV makes your hair silky and shiny, i’m going to mix a tablespoon of honey with the mix which will keep your hair and scalp moist.

    • redblob says:

      Good luck Lilly. Remember, it takes a while, so don’t think of giving up after a week. Let me know how it goes as a hair treatment!

      • Navin says:

        Hi there, ACV really works, I’m 40 from Indonesia and have psoriasis for a very long time, try petroleum jelly as well that helps as well

  37. S says:

    I started to take acv pills that i bought in a swedish health store a week ago. It have improved my psoriasis so much and i hope it will get even better! Thanks so much!

  38. 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!

    • Nina says:

      I have never heard of an ACV pill … more info please. No matter how hard I try, I just can’t drink it diluted.

  39. 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!

  40. 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.

  41. 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.

  42. 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.

  43. 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.

  44. 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.

  45. 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.

  46. 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!

  47. 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. : )

  48. 12 days in, applying ACV every third day. Really good results on my scalp, very little flaking and just dull pink patches which were usually scaly or bright red.

    No noticeable difference on the patches on my face yet (although I’ve become quite fond of these over the years anyway!) all traces around my ears have completely disappeared as have patches on elbows.

    Early days but very pleased with results so far!

    • redblob says:

      That’s great to hear moonlightdribbler! If you have any pictures you’re willing to share, please send them to blob (at) psoriasisblob (dot) com. I’d love to post some inspirational stories.

  49. Bryan says:

    I have had Psoriasis on my palms now for going on 5 years. Sometimes it can get real bad, then I use steroid ointments for a month and it improves real nice for a few weeks, but it never last and then the cycle repeats. Stopped drinking now for almost two months completely and that has made no difference either, maybe I’m rushing it too much. Going to give ACV from Braggs a good go and see what happens. Thanks a lot for the info, sounds good.

    • redblob says:

      Cheers for your comment Bryan. My hands were also very badly affected by P. I couldn’t even use the fingerprint scanner which we had at work – needed to have a separate pin login. Cutting out alcohol was a good step and I assure you will have had benefits for your skin even if they are not obviously noticeable right now. Good luck with the ACV and keep us posted!

  50. Ajay says:

    I am also suffering from psoriasis .. I have started ACV 3 days back.. But i want to ask how early I can see the results.. Because right now the scalp is there.. But now it will come and its easy to remove.. And I am also taking turmeric… So should I carry on with both the things??

    • redblob says:

      Hi Ajay. I hope you found some relief! Yes, taking ACV and turmeric does not pose a problem as far as I know. I hope your scalp isn’t “easy to remove”. That would represent a very serious medical issue my friend. Scalping has no place in the 21st century! Seriously, though, I hope the ACV brought you some immediate relief. I would say that it takes at least a week for the results to be noticeable, but everybody has their own measuring stick. Take care Ajay!

      • Alaa says:

        I read a post about having a diet which is not eating tomatoes, potatoes, spices, white bread etc. my question is: are you using only ACV and the P vanished or you are following certain diet along with the ACV?

  51. Nina says:

    Good Luck … Let us know how it goes. How long did you leave it on your face each time? Did you rinse off between applications?

  52. Carllisa says:

    I’ve had psoriasis all my life (27 years), and I’ve tried everything from methotrexate to urea creams and steroids. I recently had a spot on my face and applied ACV to it twice a day and it was gone within 2 weeks!!!!! This stuff really works. Just bought 2 bottles of the Braggs to use on my feet and hands. Can’t wait for the results!!!!

  53. Thanks for all this information. I’ve always had scalp psoriasis but from time to time I get severe outbreaks. At the moment I’m having a bad one! Just put some ACV on for the first time and 20 minutes later it looks better already. It’ll be interesting to see if this continues!

    I also have two patches of P on my face. It is non-scaly, do you think it would be safe to use it on here also?

    PS. Drinking it is tough, even with honey!

    • redblob says:

      Good luck with it! I’ve used it on my face. Just have to be careful around the sensitive areas like the eyes, and if it starts to burn, that’s a clear sign to dilute the ACV! I’m one of the weird ones – I kind of like the taste after drinking it so much 🙂

      • Nina says:

        I love the taste of ACV in salad dressings, especially for coleslaw… and in some other dishes too, but no matter how had I try, I just can’t force myself to drink it, even diluted and some sort of sweetener added. It’s killing me, becauseI am positive that it would help.

        As much as I hate the itchiness I and the *&^$##@#$ flakes, I just can’t drink it. I’ll wait awhile and try it again.

        • shannon says:

          Try mixing it with tea! Also at most health food stores Braggs sells ACV drinks that are pretty tasty, the ACV flavor is pretty diminished. You could even try diluting the already diluted drinks to start getting used to it. I used to hate the taste as well but after diluting it for about a week now I can take straight shots of it and enjoy the crazy flavour 😉 cheers!

          • Nina says:

            I’ll try what you suggest….. do you mean with hot or cold tea? Do you know if there is a significant amount of ACV in the flavored drinks … enough to do any good?

            For those of you who use it on your hair, has it changed the texture of it? I have wavy, kinda coarse and frizzy hair and it seems to make my hair limp with no waves.

            I’m still doing it to see if it makes any difference flake wise, but it looks horrible.

  54. 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!

  55. 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.

    • Alaa says:

      Elden I also live in Riyadh and I found BRAGG :D. Call me and will tell you where to find it. 0582298229

  56. 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.

  57. 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!

  58. 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.

  59. 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.

        • I’ve tried it a couple of ways. 2 teaspoons ACV + 2 teaspoons honey in a glass of water works okay. 2 teaspoons ACV in a glass of apple juice is pretty great. Still a little sour. Add honey to help.

      • 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.

  60. Coconut oil as conditioner, you say? That’s a good idea, I haven’t thought this solution yet, thanks for the tip! Yes, it’s hard to be patient but it’s also necessary. I’ll let you know if we have some news 😉

  61. Heidi says:

    Thank you, I am feeling hopeful.

  62. Serena says:

    A thousand times thank you! My boyfriend has been suffering psoriasis for many many years and things started to improve when I convinced him to stop with “chemical” solutions and switch to herbal and natural remedies. I honestly didn’t know about this, though! I will definitely tell him and let you know if it works.

    • redblob says:

      Wow, a thousand thank yous, that’s a lot 🙂 Thank you for writing in, too. I’m glad you’ve steered your boyfriend off the drugs path. Steroid creams and biologics have their place, and are essential for some people, but I am opposed to taking them long term. What natural herbs and remedies have helped him the most?

      • You’re welcome! 🙂
        The first herbal remedy he had tried is the Neem powder, I’m sure you know it. He’s been using it for 3 months now and it’s working pretty well. More recently, he started a hair treatment with organic aloe vera juice or calendula oil and some essential oils (calophylle, lemon, lavander). There are some improvements, but he still gets some white flakes around the hairline and in those areas where psoriasis was more aggressive hair still don’t grow back!

        • redblob says:

          Ah, good old neem oil. One of the many many different oils I’ve tried. Glad to hear its working. I find PsoriaTrax, and to a slightly lesser extent, MG12 tar shampoos to be powerful for healing scalp psoriasis. Going with a very light coloured wardrobe also helps immensely, as I’m sure you both appreciate 😀

          • Unfortunately these products aren’t available in our country (Italy), where the psoriasis issue is very underestimated. You can only find some specific shampoo with very resemblings ingredients, i.e. synthetic stuff and petrolatum. Dead sea salt and mud will be are next try, we will see 😀

          • redblob says:

            That’s a shame. Look into using some organic, cold pressed, virgin coconut oil, too. It’s a great conditioner for the scalp and skin in general. It can take a while until you find the right treatment, but you’ll get there eventually 🙂

  63. Angel says:

    Hello redblob, I’m Angel from Indonesia and I have suffered P since 14.
    I’m 23 now and I accidentally found your blog and I feel so grateful to read all your posts! My doctor suggested me using the vaseline but now I also wanna try drinking ACV. Thank you so much and keep posting!

    • redblob says:

      Hi Angel, thanks for writing in 🙂 I’m glad you’ve enjoyed the blog. Remember to use vaseline on wet skin to lock in the moisture, and good luck with the ACV! Eating plenty of alkaline foods, such as cruciferous vegetables, is also great for P.

  64. Thalita says:

    I’ll start drinking ACV 3 times a day.

  65. says:

    I just started applying ACV to my psoriasis 3 days ago and I’m already seeing a difference! And I’m drinking it 3 times a day… I pray this is it because no medicine or other treatments have ever worked in the past 20 years

  66. Buddy says:

    I used banana peel on big patches on my forearm and shin. Both have cleared up leaving freckly skin and hasn’t come back 7 months on.
    My scalp is pretty bad, ACV sounds like the best idea. Will try it soon.

  67. P-Flake says:

    I will try it topically and internally 1 tablespoon in 16 0z water twice a day and 1 tablespoon on the scalp undiluted once a day. Will let you know. Trying to shed the moniker P-Flake.

  68. Jeannette says:

    How many times can I drink the ACV a day because my psoriasis is all over my body. And it is tender to the touch and very itchy.

  69. Zina says:

    I’m using apple cider vinegar (ACV), and loving it. I also found a link on Hemp Seed Oil on by emilysinterests.

    After using ACV, I normally apply coconut oil. It helps a great deal but it returns once in awhile.

    Diet plays a big part in stopping itching: try green fruits, and veggies. No flour, wheat, sugar, caffeine, or tomatoes. Fish and lamb is OK, but no other meat… and get plenty of sunshine.

    Dr. Bronner’s is great organic shampoo to try. Stop wasting your money on topical lotions by doctors. I spent a lot over the past few years to only get temporary relief!

  70. Sarah Reese says:

    Hi my daughter has severe scalp psoriasis, she is 6 and has a few patches on her body too. Does anyone have experience with scalp psoriasis and using the ACV? If so how should we use it on her topically or should she drink it or both? I know she’s young so I’m not sure if it’s to strong for here.

    • Jen says:

      I have scalp psoriasis. It appeared when I was about 2 years old. It just got worse over the years. The only shampoo that I was able to use was Paul Mitchell Special Tea tree. At $32 a bottle, I needed to find another option. I started “no poo” (no shampoo, baking soda wash, apple cider vinegar rinse) and have been flake free since! You should look into it.

  71. Ellen says:

    After reading Andrew Weil’s Spontaneous Healing, I decided to try a natural remedy. I’ve had psoriasis for years and it has gotten worse this winter. Will let you know how ACV works. I’m very optimistic from all I’m reading on this website !

  72. Lorrie Heron says:

    Hi June. It does smell, but I haven’t experienced any staining of sheets. The odor goes away in a short amount of time though.

  73. June miller says:

    Does it stain the bedclothes and do you smell of vinegar if you put it on your skin?

  74. redblob says:

    Hi Terri, that’s great news – congrats! By how much have your hands and elbows improved would you say?

  75. Terri says:

    I have been using Bragg ACV for about two weeks. I drink it in 8 oz of water with 2 tbs of honey and 2 tbs of ACV. I was using it for leg cramps, diabetes, and high blood pressure. I had no idea that it would help my psoriasis. I kept looking at my hands and elbows and watching them get better. The only thing I can attribute it to is the ACV. I have had psoriasis since I was a kid. I am so thrilled to know this works!!

  76. Javi says:

    Hi there, I have psoriasis on 80 percent of my body! Any feedback on Braggs vinager how to use in tub, would be greatly appreciated….

  77. Courtney says:

    ACV has truly helped me more than anything! I was so happy to find posts about it in time of need! I think everyone should try it! Nothing to lose, unless it works and you lose P!!! 🙂 Thank you for the post!

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