A Very Natural Home Remedy for Eczema
Did you know that the skin condition eczema affects more than 30 million people in the United States, appearing as an itchy, burning, red rash that can cause your skin to swell and peel. It can be very painful.
There may well be an all-natural home remedy lurking in your kitchen cupboard. And it is known as apple cider vinegar.
What is Apple Cider Vinegar?
Apple cider vinegar (ACV) is fermented apple juice. When yeast is added to apple juice, it converts the fruit sugar into alcohol, which is then turned into acetic acid by bacteria. This acid is what gives ACV its sour taste and strong smell.
Although the vinegar is commonly used in the kitchen in salad dressings and other recipes, it has also been used as a home remedy (for different skin conditions) for many years.
The symptoms of eczema
Eczema is also called atopic dermatitis and has a habit of flaring up at different times in your lifetime. The signs and symptoms are a skin that is dry, itchy, red and easily irritated.
Why does eczema occur?
Healthy skin is protected by an acidic barrier with a typical pH under five. A pH under seven is considered acidic while over seven is basic. An elevated skin pH can allow moisture to escape, letting skin irritants in. At the same time, the skin is unable to guard against bad bacteria meaning that those with eczema can be more at risk of staph infections.
Eczema can also be triggered by soaps, detergents and even some tap water as these can also raise the pH of your skin.
How using ACV may help
1. It can help to balance the skin’s acidity levels.
2. It can reduce inflammation and infection.
3. When applied to the affected skin, it could reduce swelling and stop broken skin from becoming infected.
A few words of warning - ACV can be harmful if overused, potentially causing injury to the soft tissue in the mouth, throat, stomach and kidneys. Always use small, diluted amounts, checking the skin for any adverse reaction.
You might like to try an apple cider vinegar bath.
- Mix 2 cups of ACV into a warm bath if using a tub. Use 4 tsp. per gallon, if using a baby tub.
- Soak in the bath for some 30 minutes. Providing some bath toys can help a child soak.
- Rinse well with clean water
- Gently pat the skin dry with a soft, cotton towel. Leave the skin slightly moist.
- Moisturize immediately while the skin is still damp with an eczema natural moisturizer.
- After applying an eczema moisturizer, apply eczema clothing to reduce itching and allow emollients to stay in place for optimum treatment.
- Repeat 3 to 4 times a week for best results.
Or as a toner to spot-treat your eczema that can be kept in a jar in the bathroom.
- Mix 1/2 cup of apple cider vinegar with 1/2 cup of water. For particularly sensitive skin, you can start with just 2 tbsp. of ACV in 1 cup of water.
- Use a cotton ball to apply the ACV to the affected area(s) as a skin toner.
- Repeat 1-2 times a day.
Always rinse and moisturize the skin very well after using ACV as it can be drying.
Of course our own H-Eczema Formula is especially safe and gentle to use on your skin where eczema outbreaks occur, providing relief from itching and discomfort; decreasing the severity and frequency of symptoms; and soothing the skin.
All natural and safe to use anywhere on the body - for adults and young children.