Most of us know what eczema is, but for those that don’t, it’s a group of diseases that cause inflammation on the skin. The condition manifests through dry, broken, rough and inflamed skin which may or may not bleed. Eczema has 2 types – simple skin rashes or atopic dermatitis, which starts in infancy and develops slowly later.
The main cause of the condition are genetics and environmental factors such as dust mites, irritants, chemicals, foods, bacteria and germs. The risk of eczema is higher under the age of 5 – if you don’t develop it by then, there’s a great chance you won’t be suffering from eczema later.
The key to controlling eczema is to avoid the foods that might cause it. Proper hydration helps as well, and Epsom salt baths can also relieve the symptoms. Medical treatment is recommended in some cases, although it doesn’t work for everyone, which is why you should try treating the problem naturally. Luckily, there are many remedies that can help.
ACV – the most powerful eczema remedy!
ACV is a liquid made of fermented apples that contains a variety of essential nutrients and enzymes. First and foremost, it contains a lot of acetic acid which can defeat various bacteria and fungi. The liquid also has anti-inflammatory properties and can easily reduce the redness and irritation on your skin. Here are some of its other benefits for our skin:
*Used regularly, ACV can treat and prevent dandruff;
*When used along honey, it can fight various infections;
*The presence of beta-carotene in the liquid can rejuvenate the skin cells;
*ACV will boost your immune system and cure the underlying condition causing the eczema flare ups;
*The liquid contains a lot of fiber, which will improve your digestion system and detoxify the body;
*Finally, apple cider vinegar is rich in potassium, a mineral that can keep the skin alkaline.
How to use ACV against eczema
There are many ways in which ACV can help with the treatment of eczema. Keep in mind that it’s only going to be effective when used properly, so make sure to stick to these recipes.
1. Always dilute it first
If you don’t want to aggravate the problem, always dilute ACV with water first. Usually, ¼ cup of ACV is mixed with 3 cups of water before being used on the skin. You can use a cotton pad or ball soaked in the liquid twice a day for best results. You should notice the first improvements in just a week.
2. Use it in your bath
2 cups of ACV in a warm bath should be just enough to soothe the inflammation in your skin. Soak your body in the mixture for half an hour, and add 1/3 cup of sunflower oil as well in order to help the dry patches heal. This bath works great if your skin is sensitive as well.
3. ACV and honey
Add a few tablespoons of ACV and honey in a glass of warm water, then drink the mixture twice a day in order to reduce inflammation and improve the quality of your skin.
4. Baking soda and ACV
Mix 2 tablespoons of ACV with ¼ teaspoon baking soda, then add ½ cup of water to the mixture once the fizzing stops. Add some honey in as well, then drink the mixture every day to improve the quality of your skin.
5. ACV precautions
ACV is one of the best eczema natural remedies, but it should be used with caution. First, never use it on its own – always dilute ACV before applying it on your skin. Second, make sure the ACV you’re using is purely organic – you can notice it by the “mother” substance flowing on the bottom of the bottle. Due to the presence of acetic and citric acid, ACV shouldn’t be used in cases of indigestion, heartburn and acid reflux. Diabetics should use it with caution as well.
Finally, when treating eczema, try the aforementioned remedies and see which works best in your case. Like with any other natural remedy, consult a doctor before starting with the treatment.