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How to Use Apple Cider Vinegar for Psoriasis

Psoriasis is a chronic skin disease that is affected by the body's immune system. According to The National Psoriasis Foundation, people with psoriasis experience extra growth of skin cells, which results in raised patches or lesions, in addition to a buildup of dead skin cells. These patches are often itchy or painful. While there is no cure for psoriasis, there are several treatments available, from prescription medication to over-the-counter topical solutions. If you choose to treat your psoriasis at home, apple cider vinegar (ACV) can be an effective soothing agent. Use these tips to learn how to use apple cider vinegar for psoriasis.

Method One of Four:
Use ACV for Spot Applications

  1. 1
    Prepare an ACV compress to treat your psoriasis.
    • Dampen a washcloth with warm water to use as a compress.
    • Make a solution of apple cider vinegar and warm water. Mix 1 part vinegar with 3 parts water.
    • Use the warm washcloth as a compress. Apply the ACV solution directly to the affected areas and hold the compress on the skin for 30 seconds to 1 minute. Apply several times a day as needed for itching. ACV makes the pH levels in the skin more acidic, thus reducing irritation.
  2. 2
    Use pure ACV to soak nails. Many people with psoriasis find that their toenails and fingernails become affected. To treat these areas, soak them in a bowl of ACV for 5 minutes daily.
  3. 3
    Use a cotton ball to apply ACV at night. For itchy patches or legions, saturate a cotton ball with pure ACV and apply to affected areas. Leave the treatment overnight and shower off in the morning.

Method Two of Four:
Bathe with ACV

  1. 1
    Prepare a bath with vinegar. Pour 2 cups (470 ml) of ACV into a drawn bath of warm water.
  2. 2
    Soak in the bath for 30 minutes.
  3. 3
    Shower after your bath to rinse off any remaining vinegar and odor.

Method Three of Four:
Moisturize with ACV

  1. 1
    Apply 2 to 3 drops of ACV to 2 tbsp. (30 ml) of regular hand lotion. Apply to the affected areas. Use no more than a couple of drops, as ACV will dry your skin in larger quantities and if left on the skin for too long.

Method Four of Four:
Ingest ACV

  1. 1
    Prepare a tincture of apple cider vinegar to drink. Combine 1 tbsp. (15 ml) of ACV with 1 glass of water.
  2. 2
    Drink the mixture 3 times daily, 30 minutes before meals.

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  • Can I drink an apple cider mixture before going to bed?
    Answered by wikiHow Contributor
    • Yes, it is fine to drink it before going to bed. Just make sure to wash it out after. The cider improves your PH levels, which is a good thing for many different reasons.
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  • Will apple cider vinegar remove odors from clothes?
    Answered by wikiHow Contributor
    • Distilled white vinegar is best for this, but apple cider vinegar will work as a substitute, just add about 1/2 cup to your wash load.
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  • Can I drink apple cider vinegar even if I've already eaten?
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    • Yes. ACV helps your entire digestive system. If you ate too much and are bloated, ACV can help your stomach break down your latest meal. It also helps with bloating.
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  • In drinking apple cider vinegar with water, should I use warm or cold water?
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    • Try tepid water, as the body prefers room-temperature fluids.
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  • How do I take apple cider vinegar if I have joint pain as well as psoriasis?
  • Is apple cider vinegar similar to coconut vinegar?
  • What is the pH level in apple cider vinegar?
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  • It may take up to 2 weeks to see results from your ACV treatments.
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  • When making a tincture to drink, you may add some honey or sugar to the mixture to make it more palatable.
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Things You'll NeedEdit

  • Apple cider vinegar
  • Water
  • Cotton balls
  • Bowl
  • Hand/body lotion

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    "Information was helpful and simple to understand and follow. It was also nice that other than the vinegar, every other item is easily available or on hand."..." more
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    Jul 24, 2017

    "Drinking ACV has helped certain parts of my body affected by Psoriasis."
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    "Excellent article. Very helpful. Great ideas in one place!"
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