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Does apple cider vinegar treat psoriasis?

Updated on February 13, 2017

Psoriasis treated with apple cider vinegar


What is psoriasis

Psoriasis is skin-disease and is a form of dermatitis or eczema. Some people even call it acne, if it is on a smaller scale.

In this article, I will discuss causes of psoriasis, symptoms and various treatment options, including treating psoriasis with apple cider vinegar.

Psoriasis is a non-contagious skin disease.

When our immune system mistakenly considers our the cells in our skin as pathogens (an infectious agent), it begins to attack those cells by producing more cells to attack.

Types of psoriasis of the skin

  • Chronic plaque psoriasis: This is the most common type of psoriasis of skin which results in either silver or white colored patches called plaques. While plaques usually develop on knees and elbows, they can spread all over the body including private body parts. These plaques can be small or large.
  • Hair psoriasis or Psoriasis of the scalp: When psoriasis develops on the scalp, it is known as hair psoriasis. Almost half the population with plaque psoriasis will develop scalp psoriasis at some stage, says American Academy of Dermatology. Which is why a dermatologist needs to take a scalp sample to confirm hair psoriasis and recommend treatment. Usual remedies used to treat psoriasis on other parts of the body are ineffective for scalp, which is much thicker skin.
  • Psoriatic arthritis: These patches develop at the joints and result in inflammation.

What causes psoriasis

Currently, it is not known what causes psoriasis, though we know it is an autoimmune disease which lasts for a lifetime. It is widely believed to have been caused by stress, smoking, alcohol or trauma to the skin.

Psoriasis cures

Unfortunately, there are no known cures that can treat psoriasis completely, though many remedies are used to manage the outbreak. The only exception is psoriasis of the scalp, which is treatable.

How apple cider vinegar cures psoriasis

Apple cider vinegar is not a new fad. It has been around for centuries, and many ancient civilizations, including Egyptians and Greeks have benefited from apple cider vinegar for a variety of health issues including weight loss, skin diseases, hair fall, diabetes and cholesterol.

While there is little clinical evidence to support the use of cider vinegar to cure psoriasis, (who would profit by selling a generic product like apple cider vinegar?), there is plenty of examples of people around the world sharing their experiences of treating psoriasis with cider vinegar.

It is not clear how apple cider vinegar works to cure psoriasis, but it is likely to do with balancing the pH factor.

Our diet, and usually our working and living conditions disturb the pH balance of our bodies as well as that of skin. Apple cider vinegar helps in rebalancing our pH factor.

Which apple cider vinegar to buy?

Please don't confuse white vinegar with apple cider vinegar. White vinegar is not what we are discussing here.

Apple cider vinegar is an unpasteurized, unfiltered cider vinegar that's consumed and applied to treat skin diseases including psoriasis.

You need to buy the cider vinegar with "mother" of vinegar in it. The mother is the muddy, grainy, floating objects you will find in a bottle of unfiltered cider vinegar. The mother contains enzymes and nutrients essential for treating diseases.

So make sure you are buying the cider vinegar that's unfiltered and unpasteurized.

75% of my psoriasis has disappeared

"I have had psoriasis now for 10 years and seemed to get worse every year.

ACV helps by breaking down the plaques and when used with a steroid cream allows the medicine to absorb better to heal and prevent more effectively.

I try to do a bleach bath a couple of times a week when I can, for 15 minutes at a time, with 1/2 cup of bleach in the bath. While you are in the bath if you lightly rub the affected areas you can feel the plaques and extra skin come off easily.

When I get out of the tub the areas are nice and smooth and I then use a cotton ball and wipe the areas with either ACV or astringent, let dry and then immediately cover the areas with betamethasone. So far this has worked wonders for me, 75% of my psoriasis has disappeared." - James from Michigan

How to use cider vinegar for treating psoriasis

There are two ways of using apple cider vinegar for skin diseases, including psoriasis:

  • Externally - by applying directly on skin
  • Internally - by drinking diluted cider vinegar

Applying cider vinegar on skin

Apple cider vinegar is acidic, and helps in restoring pH balance of the skin. It is also antibacterial, so it helps in removing bad elements and free radicals from the skin.

Take a cup and fill it up half with water and half with cider vinegar. Mix ACV and water in 1:1 ratio. Use a piece of cloth, cotton ball, or cotton pad, dab it in the diluted ACV and apply it on the affected area.

Leave it on for about half an hour and then rinse it off. Many people apply cider vinegar on skin without diluting it. I would advise to begin with diluted cider vinegar first, and once you are sure that your skin can handle it, you may gradually try the undiluted cider vinegar. You may want to apply it twice a day for best results. If not, then at least once a day, maybe before going to bed.

You can topically apply cider to pimples, acne and warts too. Caution: always try it out on a small part of your skin, preferably hidden skin, just in case your skin breaks out.

Drinking apple cider vinegar

Drinking apple cider vinegar offers a range of benefits, and not just psoriasis. It helps to lose weight, burn fat, remove toxins, and improve digestion.

You should drink apple cider vinegar twice a day, preferably on an empty stomach.

Never drink cider vinegar without diluting it first. It has 5% acidity and may cause damage to enamels of your teeth.

Take a cup of water and put 2 to 3 tsp of cider vinegar and drink it. Add honey to it to improve its taste. I prefer organic honey usually.

Other treatments for psoriasis

These are some of the common cures used by people suffering from psoriasis. You may want to see what works for you:

  • Banana leaves
  • Aloe vera
  • Coconut oil, castor oil
  • Baking soda
  • Beet juice
  • Turmeric
  • Shea butter
  • Hydrogen peroxide
  • Glycerin

Have you cured your psoriasis?

Are you someone who has managed psoriasis well? Would you like to share your experience? Please leave a comment below and share your favorite remedy for treating psoriasis.


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      ipsitaact 9 months ago

      This post is quite informative. Thank you. I have been suffering from this disease for a long time now and the only way I found helpful till date is homeopathy medicines and photo therapy. I will definitely try out ACV. Thanks again.. :)

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      geetha 18 months ago

      acv has helped a lot in controlling an outbreak of scalp psoriasis

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      AntonioAdzaga 2 years ago

      I bought DermalMD Psoriasis Serum for my husband who has a time with his eczema flares. His skin stays so dry and itchy. He says that the cream really helps moisturize his skin and when it's moisturized, it is a little less itchy. I love that it has so many natural and organic ingredients and doesn't contain any parabens or fragrance which can makes matters worse, not better.

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      Judith 3 years ago

      I have Psoriasis almost 12 yrs up to now i cannot go to school because of this,i try this apple cider vinegar i hope it works for me.

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      April Silvers 3 years ago

      I have had psorsis for 7 years.and I've tried pretty much everything, to get it to go away.I have it on both elbows and a couple of spots on my legs and my knees.I truly hope and pray this helps at least

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      Jyoti 3 years ago

      I have been suffering from psoriasis since I was 19 on scalp. For the last 6 years it had developed under my knees too...glycerin and witch hazel has completely cured the under knee lesion, there is just a faint dark color which looks like a mole...glycerin and witch hazel has been a savior for me.